Musical Notes – Adele
Produced by Lawrence Standifer Stevens
Written by Joseph E. Casanova
British songbird, Adele, topped both the US album and single charts with her long-awaited third studio effort entitled 25 and its lead track, Hello.
Adele co-wrote Hello with producer Greg Kurstin, who had also worked with American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson.
She teased UK fans during episodes of X Factor with commercials only airing snippets of her highly anticipated new song.
Hello becomes her fourth Billboard chart-topper joining Rolling in the Deep, Someone I Used to Know, and Set Fire to the Rain.
25 features I Miss You, a cut she penned with Paul Epworth who also won an Oscar for 2012’s Skyfall as well as All I Ask, in which she collaborated with fellow superstar Bruno Mars.
Adele arrived on to the music scene in 2009 with her debut, 19, including the hit Chasing Pavements, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist the following year.
Now the question remains: Who will succeed Madonna as the new Queen of Pop? Even though the 57-year-old shows no signs of slowing down. . . someone will eventually take her place.
Besides Adele, other noteworthy candidates are country crossover sensation Taylor Swift, Houston singer/songwriter Beyoncé and bubblegum pop rocker Katy Perry.
All four are greatly deserving of the title. Swift has taken country to new heights, while Beyoncé already established her longevity with Destiny’s Child in the late 90’s.
Perry proved her chart dominance with being the only artist behind Michael Jackson to have five #1 hits from one CD.
And then. . . there’s Adele. She already has won ten Grammys, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe and has amassed a huge international fan base. She wows critics with her emotional ballads and mesmerizing lyrics.
Swift’s songs of teen angst and relationships. . . definitely fit her demographic, while Perry’s messages offer feelings of encouragement and self-empowerment. Beyoncé’s music can make you dance one minute. . . and make you think the next.
However, as easily as she could be the new Queen of Pop, she could also be the Queen of Blue-Eyed Soul. Decades from now, the only one that will matter will be. . . Adele.