A singer who became a star on “American Idol” has settled a lawsuit that was holding up the release of an album he recorded before his appearance on the Fox show.
Adam Lambert came to terms with Colwel Platinum Entertainment, with the parties agreeing to dismiss the lawsuit over the album “Beg for Mercy,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Colwel maintained in the suit that it owned a 50 percent publishing share of the recordings and that it had, pursuant to a contract with Lambert, an unconditional right to promote and sell the recordings, the story reports. The album reportedly appeared for sale on Amazon.
As part of the agreement, Lambert will not block the further marketing of the album.
The parties have made it clear that Lambert’s eligibility for "American Idol" was never a contention in the dispute, although that issue was previously interpreted by some to be a part of the lawsuit.
Colwel provided THR with a statement in which it said: “The Colwel Platinum Entertainment lawsuit against Adam Lambert has been resolved. Adam has withdrawn any objections to the release of ‘Beg for Mercy’ and he has approved the use of his songs and performances in these pre-‘Idol’ recordings which are interpretations of his artistic vision at the time. Neither Colwel Platinum Entertainment Inc. nor Malcolm Welsford ever stated that Adam was not eligible to participate in ‘American Idol’ when he did so and regret that the lawsuit’s allegations were misinterpreted.”