Tuesday, December 7, 2010

ADELE . . . AT LAST

Twenty-two year old British singer/songwriter Adele released her debut album, "19" in 2008. It first became a hit in her native country and eventually throughout most of the world with the exception of the United States. It did get some buzz here and receive critical praise but not much else until Adele got a lucky break by being the musical guest on the October 18th episode of the television show, "Saturday Night Live".

Tina Fey was the host and Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, who Ms Fey famously parodied, was going to make a highly anticipated appearance. That show was watched by 17 million viewers and overnight, Adele's album went to number one on the Itunes album charts and leaped thirty-six places on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts to number eleven the following week.

"19" has sold over 2.2 million copies worldwide and Adele would go on to be nominated for four Grammy Awards and winning two, including Best New Artist.


Adele's second album, entitled, "21" is set to be released on January 24, 2011 in the UK and in the U.S. on February 22. "Rolling In The Deep" is the first single off of the record and she is already promoting it here, having made a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The song features her soulful voice combined with a slight country back beat which makes for an interesting sound. I'm looking forward to hearing what else she will be surprising us with on the forthcoming record.

This is a music video for the song which includes footage of the recording sessions for her latest album:



Here is "Chasing Pavements", one of my favorite songs off of "19":

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