Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys and Pearl Jam: Artists With a Cause
Adam Lambert, “Velvet” (More Is More & Empire Distribution, March 20, 2020)
The LGBTQ activist has tackled issues such as bullying and suicide for years. Last year he launched Feel Something Foundation, a nonprofit to support LGBTQ human rights. On February 16, Lambert also joined other singers for the Fire Fight Australia benefit concern in Sydney. “Velvet” is his fourth album.
Alicia Keys, “ALICIA”
(RCA Records, March 20, 2020)
In 2003, Keys co-founded the nonprofit Keep a Child Alive to offer HIV/AIDS support services in Africa and India. In addition to serving as their Global Ambassador and musical director of “The Black Ball”, their annual fundraising gala, she has also supported other causes including anti-racism and anti-poverty initiatives. This is her seventh studio album.
Pearl Jam, “Gigaton” (Monkeywrench Records & Republic Records, March 27, 2020)
The name and cover image of this album refer to the rapidly melting polar ice. Since 2003, Pearl Jam has donated to carbon mitigating organizations to offset their world tour CO2 emissions. The band and manager also founded the Vitalogy Foundation in 2006 to support nonprofits working for the greater good. Guitarist Mike McCready said, “Collaborating with my bandmates on ‘Gigaton’ ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”