His photography is taking center stage these days thanks to a traveling exhibition and a new book, both titled "Exposed," but Bryan Adams hasn't forsaken music.
In fact, the Canadian singer and songwriter tells Billboard that he's "just cut 30 songs. Hopefully there's a record in there somewhere. It's rockin'. It's better to over-cut and see what you've got -- then you step away for a month or two and come back and listen to it." Adams worked with Bob Rock, who co-produced his 1998 album "On a Day Like Today," as well as David Foster, who Adams says is interesting in signing him to his 143 Records label in America. "I've been on my own timetable for quite a while now," Adams says. "The music business is in such peril now. It's such a shame. I've just kept myself afloat by touring.. basically 120 shows a year." Nevertheless, Adams says he plans to "do another album" rather than release more sporadic singles.
Meanwhile, Adams is happily rolling out the "Exposed" book, a monograph compiling images of Mick Jagger, Elton John (who wrote the foreword), the late Amy Winehouse, Ben Kingsley, Michael Jackson, Sting, Lindsay Lohan, Michael J. Fox, Mickey Rourke and others. "Naturally you see the progression from the early work to the later work, and most of it has to do with lighting," says Adams, whose photo work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, i-D and more. "It was quite a task to go through 10 to 12 years of work and try and compile it in one book. It was a big job, but the feeling of having done it is tremendous."