She’s back, ladies and gentlemen. Our favorite cat-eyed pop singer has won our hearts yet again. Almost four years after her last album, “21,” Adele sold 1 million downloads of her new single “Hello” in the first week, breaking Flo Rida’s 2009 Billboard Hot 100 record. Adele has had seven of her singles in the top 100, but this is her first to hit No. 1. “Hello” is the first single from Adele’s upcoming album “25,” debuting Nov. 20.
According to Business Insider, because she has not released anything since “Skyfall” in 2012, “That wait time increased anticipation for Adele's new music, which likely correlates to a boost in sales. You can bet its sales will be insane as well. The album is reportedly a ‘lock’ to sell over 1 million copies in the first week, and will likely end up closer to 2 million.”
Adele wrote an open letter to her fans explaining her leave of absence for the past few years. She explained that her whole life has been about wishing her life away, wishing to be older, wishing to be someone else. She apologized to her fans, saying that she has been trying to figure out life and make up for lost time in the huge gap between ages 21 and 25.
In 2012 Adele gave birth to her first-born son, Angelo. In an interview she stated that if she was going to be a mom, she had to straighten out her life first. This new album is to be a “make-up” album rather than a “breakup” album.
“‘25’ is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising,” she said. “And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”
If you are like me, over the past three or four years I have forgotten about my love for this Brit. A lot has happened in music since 2011, but somehow Adele was able to rebound in my life harder than ever. I think that Business Insider is right when they say that Adele’s absence is what made “Hello” such a hit. Whatever she were to drop after such a long absence would have skyrocketed. Adele is the kind of artist that almost everyone can enjoy. She is emotional, and we love to have someone be able to speak that kind of intense joy or sorrow into our lives.
Maybe BuzzFeed said it best: Adele’s music can “make you miss that guy you made eye contact with seven years ago on public transportation.” Whether you have been married for 40 years, have never had a boyfriend or girlfriend, or have recently lost love, you are sure to be able to identify or at least empathize with Adele’s soulful way of speaking to the heartstrings.
If you have not listened to “Hello” yet, I highly recommend it. Be sure to look forward to the new album “25” to come out in a few weeks.
Just be careful to not fall in love with that guy next to you in the sandwich line, lest Adele be too proud.