“Hello” Again

adeleKatherine Boback ’17
EE Staff Writer

“Rumour Has It” that Adele is back after her three year intermission from the top charts, and the statistics show it.  Her Comeback song “Hello” has become the fastest selling single in eighteen years.  On top of that, within twenty-four hours of it’s release, the music video had already been viewed 27.7 million times, according to DailyMail.com.  

In December 2011, Adele’s second album, 21, which includes record-smashing and nostalgia-inducing hits like Someone Like You and Rolling in the Deep. became the biggest- selling album of the 21st century.  As of 2014, 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.  At the 2012 Grammy Awards, Adele won Album of the Year, along with five other awards.  “This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it—just a rubbish relationship,” she said upon receiving the awards.  Clearly, however, even though inspired by something normal and average, the album, and her music, was not.  

So, clearly it confused the world when Adele gradually became a memory from the top charts she once dominated.  After her three year hiatus, many fans were left wondering if they would ever find “Someone Like You.”

On October 23, Adele Released the lead single to her soon-to-come third studio album, “Hello.” The song broke several records, like being purchased one million times in its first week, the first song in history to do so. It also holds the record for the shortest amount of time to be viewed 100 million times on Vevo.  Soon after being released, it became Adele’s fourth song to reach number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and as of the week of December 19, it still reigns as the number one single.  

As promised, the full album 25 was released November 20, 2015, garnering 3.38 million dollars in its first week.  

With the awe-inducing success of this album, it is hard to believe that it almost didn’t exist at all.  After her album 21 was such a success, Adele considered leaving the music industry on a positive note.  Instead, she decided to take a hiatus to stay home with her young son.  This decision was followed, she says, by an extreme case of writer’s block, where she feared that she was no longer able to write music.  Lucky for us, this proved untrue.  

While her last album was written about a break-up, Adele assigns a different meaning to 25.  “My last record was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. 25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.”

It’s safe to say that Adele has made the comeback of a lifetime after the debut of her record-smashing album that strikes the hearts of listeners all over the world.  Now, Adele plans to embark on her third tour, Adele Live 2016, from February to June 2016, as the world waits to hear more from this amazing artist.  

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