“Adele’s new song is equally as powerful as she is. Her song is an anthem of heartbreak, yet she still keeps going amid her pain. Her music does make me feel sad, but there’s always a glimmer of hope in her lyrics,” said senior Alyssa Ammirati.
On Oct. 15, the 15-time Grammy Award winner Adele released her “comeback” single “Easy on Me,” after six years of no new music.
Adele has come out since the song’s release and said it, as well as the new album, was meant to address the “inner turmoil” coming from big life changes that she has endured, such as her recent divorce from Simon Konecki and how it affected her son.
In an interview with Vogue Magazine, Adele said, “I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”
“Easy on Me” debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 after only five hours of sales and streaming data. According to Spotify, it earned 24 million plays within its first 24 hours of release. The single also had 3.1 million U.S. streams on top of 3.1 million in airplay audience impressions. Adele has already had 13 Hot 100 entries, which makes her new hit song no surprise.
“You can hear her pain and feel what she is going through with her marriage and her life through her new song. The song is a melancholic song that describes a personal story. It reminds me of her song ‘Someone Like You.’ It sounds the same way in the sense that you can hear the pain and can tell she’s singing from a place of experience,” said senior Xu Nguyen.
Along with her new music, Adele is getting lots of attention regarding her public appearances. Over 12 million people have viewed “Vogue’s 73 Questions with Adele,” which can be viewed on YouTube. In this video, Adele is asked 73 rapid questions in which she discusses her life, music and more.
After photos and videos of Adele were released, many were shocked and took it upon themselves to discuss her recent weight loss.
In an interview with Vogue Magazine, Adele said she has been doing rigorous weightlifting and circuit-training sessions every day, sometimes even twice a day if her anxiety is running high. She is very active on every muscle machine and goes extra hard on the elliptical.
“Although Adele’s weight loss seems drastic, I’m sure it is something she has been working on over the years. I really hate that her weight loss is a topic of discussion because it shouldn’t be,” said senior Brianna Goldy. “It upsets me because I don’t want young girls to think that being ‘skinny’ is what gets you praised. People should be talking about her new music and her career moves, not her weight.”
Adele was also discussed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he not only promoted her new song but discussed her music video in a comedic manor.
“I love Jimmy Fallon, and I am glad Adele has come back. Her music is inspiring, and her voice is simply beautiful. I love her personality and I can’t wait to hear her album and continuing listening to her music,” said Ammirati.