Adam Lambert, a glam rock singer and an "American Idol" runner-up, on Monday released a 5 song EP called "Acoustic Live!".
The record contains acoustic versions of tracks from his 2009 album, "For Your Entertainment" - "Whataya Want From Me", "Music Again", "Soaked", "Aftermath" - as well as "Mad World", which was originally recorded by Tears for Fears in the 1980s and which Lambert performed on "American Idol" and released as a digital single.
Lambert recently received a Grammy nomination for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" for his single "Whataya Want From Me". He faces off against Michael Buble, the late Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and John Mayer for the honor . The Grammy Awards ceremony is set to take place on Feb. 13, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS.
"I hope that at this point, after all the hard work I've done over the past year, the nomination will give me credibility as a true vocalist in the industry and perhaps help fade some of the stigma that comes from rising to fame on a competition show," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Lambert, 28, as saying.
Before he appeared on "American Idol", the glam rock singer and former musical theater actor showcased flashy outfits and makeup in regional performances in his native California. However, his performances on the show appeared to be toned down.
Weeks after he placed second on "American Idol", Lambert graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with an accompanying interview in which he confirmed he was gay, weeks after he placed second on the FOX singing contest series.
He made headlines in November 2009 for a raunchy performance of his song "For Your Entertainment" at the American Music Awards, which saw him kissing a male musician and grinding against a dancer. He called it "freedom of expression" but ABC received hundreds of complaints and canceled his performance on "Good Morning America". CBS' rival series, "The Early Show" invited him to sing instead.
Over the past year, he has sold at least 1 million copies worldwide of his debut 2009 album "For Your Entertainment" and his singles have reached top 10 chart positions in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Other "American Idol" alumni that won Grammy Awards and have enjoyed international success include winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood as well as finalist Jennifer Hudson.