June 19, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Apparently American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert recorded an album in 2007 and 2008, before anyone had ever heard of him. Now, not shockingly, somebody is trying to cash in with these early recordings. A label called Hi Fi Recordings/Wilshire Records has just released a “single,” called “Want,” from the sessions, and an album, On With the Show, is due out later this summer.

Check out the song below, then let us know what you think. Is this nothing more than a cheap cash-in? Or can you never have enough Adam Lambert?

UPDATE: Lambert has just released a statement responding to the release of this new song:

“Back in 2005 when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studiosinger to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was brokeat the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped atthe opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. I’m thrilled to be working with some of today’s hottest songwriters andproducers and can’t wait for people to hear what my music really soundslike.”

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