Six years after Adele’s last blockbuster exploration of heartache and loss, everyone’s favorite ugly-cry balladeer is back, channeling her vocal fireworks to lay bare the emotional torture – and catharsis – of divorce.
In line with her three other records the British artist’s highly anticipated new studio album “30,” out Friday, digs into romantic pangs with the heart-piercing high notes set to stirring piano arrangements that have made her a household name.
The album’s first single “Easy On Me” has reigned over the US and British singles charts since its debut four weeks ago, proving the enduring strength of Adele’s prowess as a hitmaker with broad appeal.
Her record drops after years without headlines and a stretch of musical silence, defying pop’s current standards of stream-friendly quick hits and an urgent social media presence.
But Adele’s announcement this fall that a new album would soon soundtrack break-ups and wistful contemplation the world round set off a media blitz, including Vogue and Rolling Stone cover stories along with a primetime Oprah Winfrey interview spliced into a televised concert that drew more than 10 million stateside viewers.
In the years since the 15-time Grammy winner’s last album “25” — which included the megahit “Hello” — Adele’s relationship of nearly a decade with Simon Konecki, including two years of marriage, dissolved.
She sifted through the fallout of that traumatic period for “30,” probing its implications for her own life but also for her nine-year-old son with Konecki, Angelo.
“There were moments when I was writing the record or I would listen back to something and be like, ‘That might be a bit too private, that might be a bit too about myself to put out,'” she told Winfrey.
“But nothing is as scary as what I’ve been through over the last two, three years behind closed doors. So I’m not frightened about what people may or might not know.”
‘I Want To Live’
While the 12-track “30” does include textbook Adele — those slow, mournful tales of feeling jilted and alone — she isn’t hitting replay on her previous work.
The new album sees the now 33-year-old megastar marry her classic, piano-driven pop with new inflections of Motown and reggae, Afrobeat and dance music.
But its Adele’s honed writing delivered in her smoky, volcanic range that does the heavy lifting on “30.”
“They say to play hard, you work hard, find balance in the sacrifice,” she belts in “I Drink Wine,” a track that progresses from a 1970s-esque groove to a gospel choir-backed meditation on self-acceptance.
“And yet I don’t know anybody who’s truly satisfied.”
In “Love In The Dark” she sings that “I want to live and not just survive.”
“I’ve definitely felt like that,” she told Winfrey. “But it was when I when I made it known to my own friends who thought I was really happy that actually I’m really unhappy and they all gasped. I felt like it was from there that I was, like, ‘What am I doing? What am I doing it for?'”
Some of “30,” she told Vogue, was a way of processing answers to the big questions her son had surrounding his parents’ split, things that are difficult to “make sense to a nine-year-old.”
“My little love,” she sings in one song dedicated to her son, which also includes diaristic voice memo recordings of conversations with Angelo. “I see your eyes/ Widen like an ocean / When you look at me / So full of my emotions.”
The North Londoner who now lives in Los Angeles is rare in the music industry in terms of the sheer breadth of her fan base, which includes people who listen to terrestrial radio and purchase physical albums as hundreds of millions more stream her work.
Along with the wave of positive critical reviews coming in, her new record is expected to be yet another resounding commercial success.
But no matter what numbers “30” does, Adele vows it will remain a work she holds dear.
“It’s sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it,” she told Vogue.
“I always say that ’21’ doesn’t belong to me anymore,” she continued, referring to her acclaimed sophomore album.
“Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go.”
British soul diva Adele on Friday released comeback single “Easy On Me”, in which she shares with the world details of the traumatic six years she has endured since last releasing a record.
In that period, the 33-year-old megastar said she suffered a “year of anxiety” in which her marriage fell apart.
While her voice has lost none of its power, the new single’s lyrics reveal a deeper vulnerability, with every chorus opening with the soaring refrain “go easy on me, baby” sung over a simple piano riff.
The multi-million selling singer has not been forgotten, despite her years out of the limelight, with fans racking up more than 18 million views of the song on her official YouTube page in the 10 hours since it was released.
Her much-anticipated new album “30” will be put out on November 19, the “Hello” singer announced on Wednesday.
Recording began three years ago, she wrote on Twitter, at a time when her life was “a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil”.
Given that Adele has sold millions of albums and won a slew of awards, including an Oscar and 15 Grammys, the release is arguably the most anticipated of the year.
She broke a five-year silence with an interview for Vogue, published last week, that spoke of living like a recluse as she battled with anxiety.
“I’ve learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I’ve shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones,” she wrote in the Twitter post.
“I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go as far as to say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my life.”
British megastar Adele has spoken of her “year of anxiety” that led her to live like a “recluse”, in a rare interview published in Vogue ahead of the release of her new album “30”.
“I thought, I’m just going to lock myself in a house,” she said of her anxiety-fueled retreat from the public glare, which began with two cancelled shows at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017 due to problems with her voice.
“That’s what I did. I was very reclusive. It paid off. People are used to me being a recluse,” she said in comments published on the fashion magazine’s website late Thursday, her first major interview since 2016.
The 33-year-old singer graces the cover of its US and UK editions this month.
It was during what she called her subsequent “year of anxiety” that her marriage to Simon Konecki, with whom she had a son Angelo in 2011, fell apart.
“Neither of us did anything wrong,” she said. “Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that.
“I’ve been on my journey to find my true happiness ever since,” added Adele, who currently lived in Los Angeles.
Finding root of anxiety
Adele revealed that a new song on the album was inspired by a comment her son made to her as the marriage collapsed.
She took solace in “a lot of sound baths” — a meditative experience in which participants are “bathed” in sound waves — alongside more traditional meditation, exercise, and “a lot of therapy”.
“I realised that when I was working out, I didn’t have any anxiety.”
Adele added that therapy had made her realise that much of her anxiety stemmed from her childhood and relationship with father Marc Evans, who left home when she was aged 2.
“My relationship with men in general, my entire life, has always been: ‘You’re going to hurt me, so I’ll hurt you first’. It’s just toxic and prevents me from actually finding any happiness,” she told Vogue.
However, the pair “got our peace” before Evans died of cancer earlier this year.
The stresses of the business and the death of compatriot Amy Winehouse almost led her to quitting the industry altogether, she revealed, at one point writing to her manager: “This isn’t really for me. It’s not why I love music”.
“I got really famous right as Amy Winehouse died,” she told Vogue. “And we watched her die right in front of our eyes.”
The Oscar and 15-time Grammy Award winning soul star told fans to expect a slight change in sound with the new album, noting there “isn’t a bombastic ‘Hello’,” referring to her 2015 smash single.
Her lyrics have also taken a change of course, she said.
“I realised that I was the problem,” she added.
“All the other albums are like, you did this! You did that!.. Then I was like… I’m the running theme, actually. Maybe it’s me!”
Singer Adele has cancelled the last two sell-out shows of her world tour due to take place at London’s Wembley Stadium this weekend after damaging her vocal cords.
Adele said she went to see a throat doctor on Friday night, who advised her not to perform.
She had already performed two nights to crowds at Wembley but said that she had been struggling vocally.
She said she was so desperate to perform that she had even considered miming at the shows but later admitted she couldn’t do that to her fans as it’s not her real self.
Adele said refunds would be available if the shows could not be rescheduled. The Grammy-award singer has previously had to cancel concerts due to problems with her throat following vocal cord surgery in 2011.
British singer Adele visited Grenfell Tower in London on Thursday June 15 during the early hours.
The Grammy winner musician was at the place of the disaster around midnight according to an eyewitness. “The 29-year-old singer was near the cordoned-off area” the eyewitness said.
The death toll in a fire disaster that destroyed a 24-storey block of flats in London was expected to rise on Thursday June 15, with many people still missing and firefighters facing hazardous conditions as they searched the charred carcass.
Smoke was still wafting out of the shell of the Grenfell Tower on Thursday morning and a Reuters witness saw a big piece of cladding falling from the building, 32 hours after fire engulfed the building in the early hours of Wednesday June 14 and turned it into a huge flaming torch in minutes.
Authorities have confirmed 12 deaths but have said that the figure would rise and that they did not expect to find any survivors. Firefighters rescued 65 people from the building.
The Billboard Music Awards were held in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 21) and Drake topped Adele’s previous record of 12 Billboard wins in a single night, taking home 13 awards. Among his wins were Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Male Artist, and the night’s biggest honor, Top Artist.
Beyonce and Twenty One Pilots each took 5 awards, although they were absent from the ceremony, and The Chainsmokers earned four, including Top Collaboration and Top Song for their song with Halsey, “Closer.”
Blake Shelton took home the award for Top Country Artist, and Top Country Song went to Florida Georgia Line.
Other show highlights included Cher receiving the Icon Award for her life achievement in music.
Calm has returned to the Chevron Nigeria Limited operated Escravos Gas-To-Liquid (EGTL) project in Ugborodo, Warri South-West Local Government Area in Delta State, after soldiers allegedly fired tear gas at aggrieved Nigerian workers and chased them out of the camp.
The workers allege that they were forced out of the camp by soldiers who fired tear gas, beat-up and handcuffed workers.
Oil giant, Chevron, however, has a different story to tell. The company claims that some of the community workers held other workers hostage in the camp.
“Chevron confirms that more than 1,000 junior contract workers locked down over the past five days in our EGTL camp have been freed. We are happy that this has been finally brought to a peaceful conclusion,” a statement issued by the General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron, Mr Deji Hasstrup, read.
The company further explained that the workers had been held against their will by some protesting community workers employed by local community contractors and that the Joint Task Force successfully set the workers free on February 15, 2014.
Many of the workers are now either back in Warri, Delta State or en-route to Warri to re-unite with their families.
The workers, who are alleged to have locked down the company for five days, are at loggerheads with Chevron’s management over alleged non-payment of their pay-off after the successful conclusion of the project.
British singer Adele on Sunday walked away with 12 of the 18 award nominations, at the just concluded 2012 Billboard Music Award.
The awards were won from her album 21, she also won top female artist, top artist and top album.
Other awardees include LFAO who got an award for their “Party Rock Anthem” as song of the year, Top duo group, as well as 4 awards out of 6.
Other highlights of the show were tributes session which allowed some fans to pay tribute to Robin Gibb who recently died of cancer. Natasha Bedingfield paid tribute to Donna Summer, while Wiz Khalifa praised late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch.
John Legend and Jordin Sparks sang “The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You” to remember Whitney Houston.