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Adam Lambert 'Leading the Charge and In Control' of New Album, Says Songwriter

Evan Bogart, the creator of "Platinum Hit" and the forthcoming "Majors & Minors," says new songs he's heard are "very Adam -- deep and true."

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Adam Lambert has dropped several album updates on us over the last couple weeks (thank you, Twitter!), including the promise that his second full-length is “coming early 2012!” with a single due out “next month (ish).” Needless to say, fans can hardly wait, but what might the follow-up to For Your Entertainment sound like?

We’ve been asking around and producer-songwriter Evan Bogart, who co-wrote the tracks “Down the Rabbit Hole” and "Broken Open" from Lambert’s debut and created the talent show Majors & Minors (premiering Friday on the Hub network and featuring Lambert as a mentor), offered a few clues, with one caveat: that even though the two have been writing together, he has yet to receive official word as to whether his work will make it to the finished product.

What does Bogart know? That “Adam has really taken the reins on this record,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I haven't heard all the songs, but what I did hear, they're very Adam -- deep and true.”

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As for a unifying theme? “Adam was saying that he didn't want anything to be about ‘rebel this’ and ‘rebel that,’" says Bogart. “Like on the first record, it was very much a let-your-flag-show kind of thing. This one is more specific to what's going on in his life and his relationships. I think he's making a very personal record. He's leading the charge and in control of it.”

Bogart credits Lambert’s new management, in part, for giving him the creative freedom to pursue his own direction. Then again, Bogart, who wrote Rihanna’s “SOS” and Sean Kingston’s “Take You There” and brought the show Platinum Hit (featuring former Idol judge Kara DioGuardi) to Bravo, has been a diehard Glambert since the early rounds of American Idol season 8. “There have been a handful of Idols that, while watching the show, I've picked up the phone, called my team and said, ‘I know there's, like, 12 episodes left, but I have to work with this person,’” he says. “And Adam was one of them.”

Asked if he’s surprised that Lambert ended up being one of the most successful Idols to graduate from the show without winning, Bogart snaps, “Not at all! I think the first record probably should've done even better. ‘Whataya Want From Me’ was a huge hit! And Adam is a star.”

Twitter: @shirleyhalperin