Simon Cowell used to advise his ‘American Idol’ contestants to avoid covers of powerhouse performers because unless a singer is capable of contending with the original, he or she will always be compared. So what happens when one powerhouse performer with the right pipes actually covers another? Watch below to see Celine Dion cover Adele’s “Hello,” which will bring you the first shot at a serious singing match-up. While Dion obviously lacks Adele’s emotional attachment to the performance, it’s extremely interesting to compare the two.
Adele visited the tiny stage at ‘Saturday Night Live’ for a two part performance, which included her first singles off her new album, ’25.’ Watch below to see her sing “When We Were Young.” She wrote the song with 30 year old up-and-comer Tobias Jesso Jr., who just released his debut album, ‘Goon,’ to much critical acclaim. Jesso Jr. always aimed to be a songwriter, but his struggle toward success forced him to sing his own tunes instead. In fact, his very first show was last year, and according to Jesso Jr., “Before that, [he] had nothing, no hopes of getting to write for anybody, no big dreams I thought would ever come true.” He was “just a 28 year old in his parent’s basement learning the piano for the very first time.” So how did Adele find him, and what precisely sparked her interest? Apparently, the song “Hollywood” set the ball rolling, and she had her manager reach out to his manager, and she was shockingly fearful he’d reject her proposition. She now calls him her new “secret weopon,” and he calls her his “dream collaboration.”
Equal opportunity offenders always get a pass. The reason? Because if you offend everyone, then it’s clear your heart isn’t actually advocating the joke. But it seems most news outlets have forgotten that Seth MacFarlane took universal digs during his gig as Oscar host, and they are only focusing on his misogyny, most notably his “boobs” song and dance, and his dig at Adele’s weight. As for the Jews? Well, who really cares that he made an anti-Semitic joke when he disrespected women, right?
As a woman, allow me to say that my panties are not in a knot. Hollywood women are notorious for overtly sexualizing themselves on every magazine cover, and constantly consenting to gratuitous on-screen nudity. If you want equality, then act equal. Don’t spread your legs on a Maxim cover and then ask for MacFarlane’s respect. Furthermore, lighten up.
I’m late in posting this, but better late than never. Adele’s Grammy acceptance speech for album of the year further proved why she’s deserving of her success. Aside from the insane quality of her album, she’s humble and appreciative, and she has a sense of humor about herself. In the video below, she says her record is inspired by her “rubbish relationship”, which is just “something really normal” that everyone has been through. Her comment got me thinking. While it’s true that every musician in history has likely written about heartbreak during the course of their career, this album had an unprecedented, unique impact. She has an unmatched, raw authenticity that differentiates her from other musicians that sing about their “rubbish relationships.” And if you don’t believe me, click here for further proof.
“I got a text from one of our mutual friends saying, ‘He’s found someone else and they’re engaged.’ I was over him, but I was like, ‘Oh! Am I that easy to replace?’ He never wanted to f***ing be with me. He was like, ‘Even if we’re together forever, I’m never getting married.’ I thought the world had ended and I was going to sit in my dark flat forever and my dog was going to eat me.” Adele, on the inspiration for her smash hit, “Someone Like You”
“Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my tits and ass out for no one. I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” Adele on whether being in the spotlight makes her concerned about her weight.
If you’ve listened to Adele’s ’21’ album, then you’re well aware that she had her heart broken by the love of her life. In a recent interview, Adele revealed that they have reconnected, saying, “We’re becoming friends again. It’s alright, I know what I’m doing. Enough time has gone by.” Well Adele — The Dishmaster knows what you’re doing too — and we vote no on the bad idea. Though I’m all for staying Facebook friends with ex-boyfriends (because I’m “mature”), “becoming [real] friends again” sounds like emotional suicide. Here’s hoping (or not hoping) we get another album out of this one. I predict it will be titled ’23.’
The most painful reality of life is not getting to share it with our greatest love. For some kind of horrific, unexplainable reason, we don’t always get to be with our most powerful love, and only Adele could master this pain in her beautiful song, ‘Someone Like You.’ She wrote it after her relationship ended with “the love of her life,” and she later said she would “never forgive herself” for its failure. In the song, Adele imagines what it would be like to run into her ex years later, after having discovered he settled down with someone else, and she was still searching. There is quite possibly nothing worse. I’ve posted her chilling performance from the Video Music Awards below, and I dare you to listen to it without crying. I have to warn you though — if you just exited a relationship, you should probably refrain. In fact, I’m currently on hiatus from the entire album. It’s just too damn close to home.
I must admit, I’ve dated some jerks. That being said, I think Adele’s jerks beat mine. In a recent interview, Adele revealed that her heart-breaker ex-boyfriend demanded royalties for the music she wrote about him. Of his demand, Adele said, “he was deadly serious about it.” Come to think of it — Adele’s ex is pretty creative — none of my exes would have thought of that.