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There was music in the house because Adam’s father had been a DJ in college and had an impressive record collection that included Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. When he was very young, Adam wasn’t allowed to touch the vinyl LPs. “At some point, later on, he would let me hold the records,” says Adam, who didn’t listen to the radio very much. But he did buy cassettes at his local Wherehouse record store. “The first tape I remember having was the Paula Abdul’s ‘Shut Up And Dance’ remixes, which I was really into. The first CDs I owned were Mariah Carey’s ‘Emotions’ and Wilson Phillips.”
During his “Idol” journey, he sang songs from many different genres and impressed the judges every week, with songs like “Mad World” (“It’s haunting and beautiful and it gets in your head. I knew it would be different and very non-‘Idol.’”), “Ring Of Fire” (“I was really inspired by David Cook’s approach to the show the year before. Country week was one of those moments where you could take a song and make it work for you, like David did with ‘Billie Jean’”), “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (“My mom is a huge Stones fan. I picked ‘Satisfaction’ because I wanted to associate myself with icons”) and “The Tracks Of My Tears” (“the week before I did ‘Ring Of Fire” and pushed everyone’s buttons so I wanted to go in the opposite direction and be super cleaned up and and kind of pretty, acoustic and organic”).
After the season finale of “Idol,” Adam toured the U.S. with the other top 10 finalists. Even before he hit the road, he had conquered the Billboard charts, with multiple debuts on the Hot 100 and the Hot Digital Songs charts, but the release of “For Your Entertainment” gave him a solid debut at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, where the album is still sailing high after almost half a year on the tally.