Adele has continually left everyone awestruck with her powerful ballads that never fail to break records or win awards. Over the course of her career, Adele has won ten Grammys, four MTV awards, one Golden Globe, and one Academy Award. She has even broken the record for solo female artist by staying at number one for eleven weeks in the US with her sophomore album 21, which sold eleven million copies in the US alone, making it the biggest-selling record this decade. It has been four years since the release of 21, and Adele is saying “Hello” with the first single from her upcoming album 25.
“Hello” is a powerfully chilling ballad that leaves you unconsciously singing and dancing along. It is a full volume, cruising-down-the-highway kind of song. It gradually builds to a climactic chorus with Adele belting out an apology to her former lover. The entire song relays feelings to which everyone can relate. Adele explained that, “It’s about friends, ex-boyfriends, it’s about myself, it’s about my family.” The relatability of “Hello” is further enhanced by the authenticity of the song as Adele’s commanding voice is not overproduced like many songs today.
The video for “Hello” broke the record for most views in the first twenty four hours with 27.7 million views, beating Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which had 20.1 million views when it was released in May. The momentum has not slowed with nearly 195 million views currently.
Adele’s new album, 25, will be released on Nov. 20. Adele describes the new album as a “record about getting older and becoming nostalgic. It’s about what was, what is, what might have been. It’s about missing things that you had no idea were so precious…” Judging by the success of “Hello,” 25 has many awards on the horizon.