Adam Lambert dropped the music video for his new single “Superpower” on Wednesday, a 70s funk-inspired slow burner in which the former American Idol contestant and current Queen frontman struts through the streets of New York with a posse of pals decked out in rainbow-hued finery. Lambert, clad in a well-cut emerald green suit and gigantic gold chain, plucks a shaggy wig off his head, showing off a pompadour that would make Danny Zuko jealous.
The lyrics center queer self-empowerment. “All of the witches and the demons better get out my way,” Lambert warns, possibly forgetting that witches and demons are canonically queer. While he’s been put “in a box” and made into “something I’m not,” Lambert wails that he doesn’t “give a fuck 'cause [he’s] gonna take back” his superpower.
In an interview with the radio network Capital FM, Lambert explained that the song was inspired by all the “crazy stuff going on in the world,” observing that “there's a lot of groups of people that get discriminated against or get ostracised.” Lambert "wanted to make a song to make people in that situation feel like they didn't have to take it,” calling the final track is a “proud rebellion.”
Earlier this year, the artist told Variety that while music has become a “totally different landscape” for queer artists, he “can’t make a blanket statement that [discrimination] doesn’t happen anymore.” He said, “There are always going to be shades of homophobia — sometimes internalized homophobia that I’ve encountered from other gay people in the industry. They might feel that [I am] ‘too gay.’”
Lambert went on to say that the increase in queer visibility has chaged the industry landscape since his own come up.
“When I first came on the scene almost everybody that I encountered in the music business was very supportive of me personally, but they were all a bit nervous about how it could work publicly,” he added. “Now it’s been proven that there is a market and an audience. It’s allowing a lot more diversity to be pushed through.”