Adam Lambert: ‘There’s no reason for the music industry to be scared of gay popstars anymore’ | DigitalSpy.com
12 Apr 2016
…..But the gatekeepers still need convincing.
While Adam Lambert is happy that attitudes towards LGBT+ music acts are rapidly changing, he’s added that industry gatekeepers need more convincing.
The singer – who became the first openly gay artist to hit No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his album Trespassing back in 2012 – says that recent success stories mean the industry is slowly becoming more comfortable with artists expressing their true sexual identities.
“I think there have been a lot of things in general that have shifted within the LGBT community and mainstream acceptance,” Adam told Digital Spy.
“People are becoming less ignorant and the younger generation that’s coming up right now are like, ‘So what?’ That’s melting into and affecting pop culture in general.
“There’s not as much of a reason to be scared of it, because people in general aren’t scared of it.”
While Adam acknowledged openly gay British stars like Sam Smith and Olly Alexander from Years & Years as pop musicians who are helping to change attitudes, he’d like to see more mainstream acts from America do the same.
“It’d be nice if there was more,” he said. “I think it’ll happen slowly but surely. There are success stories happening and that’s the biggest thing for the music industry.
“They need to see that it actually works in order for them to feel comfortable with it. The audiences are there for it, but the industry needs to come around a bit more to it. They are, but it’s the last piece.”
As for the use of male pronouns by gay popstars in their music? Adam says apprehension about that could stem from gatekeepers in traditional media.
“There’s only so much you can do as an artist,” he explained. “Luckily we’re in a moment right now with streaming where there’s more power put back into the artist’s and audience’s hands.
“But the gatekeepers who make a lot of the other big decisions in the music industry, those are the ones hardest to convince on certain things. That’s the reasoning for some of that pronoun stuff.”
Adam Lambert recently released brand new single ‘Welcome To The Show’ to coincide with his current The Original High world tour.
The jaunt will stop off at London’s Eventim Apollo on April 14, before hitting Manchester Academy on April 16.
Adam will then return to the UK to headline the Isle Of Wight Festival as the frontman of Queen on June 9-12.