A simple black dress with sleeked back hair was all it took to make history. And of course, a voice that captivated the world. No need for gimmicks like a meat dress or spot towering head gear and skimpy outfits. Just. Raw. Talent.
She is Adele.
She made Billboard history after her recent performance of “Someone Like You” on the Video Music Awards. She was catapulted to the pinnacle on the musical world: a top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, even without releasing it as an official single. Not just that, it was the first ballad Number 1 song that featured plainly the vocals and a piano. I mean, where else can you find someone who can actually sing in today’s music industry? Well, other than the divas like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
She has also been setting waves throughout this entire year, nabbing the top-selling single of the year with “Rolling in the Deep” and her sophomore album “21” is the best selling album of the year to date. It is also widely expected of her to score at least a handful of Grammy Awards at the 2012 ceremony.
Why are we so fixated with a girl from Tottenham? She isn’t exactly your everyday blond, beautiful celebrity (she is indeed curvy) that is constantly being thrust into our faces, whether we like it or not. She defies the norm of looking stick thin and has publicly spoken out about not succumbing to what the media expects her to be: a Barbie Doll. She holds her own ground. In her own words: “I make music for ears not eyes”. We are able to, then, perceive her as a strong individual whom we can relate to, and a role model on how the media should not make out who we are but we have to be individualistic.
A healthy chunk of Adele’s stunning album is largely in relation to her pains of breakups and past relationships, something that we all have in common. She pours her heart out and bares her soul on each song and is uninhibited by anything at all. The treads the thin line of being arrogant and humble about her experiences and luckily, she falls into the latter. Which hence, allows her to connect with her listeners on a highly personal level, highly relatable. Her music is a stark contrast to what is generally out in the market today, laden with sex, drugs and violent content. Maybe this is why she is the ‘it’ girl now.
Music is universal and it crosses culture and the message of Adele’s music is no difference. Her work transcends cultures and languages and everyone has a common interpretation of what she is singing about. Someone from China would essentially get the same message as someone from listening in Spain! This is the mark of a true artist.
She is a breath of fresh air, a novelty amongst her peers who markets herself based on just one attribute, the very tool that makes you a singer. Often, this is overlooked with the advancement of technology. One can be a mediocre singer but the aid of ‘Auto-Tune’ and, bam! You’re pitch perfect. Adele prides her work on her talent and she does not compromise it in any way. Her ‘live’ concerts are simple affairs, far from the glitz and glamour, but a stripped down intimate performace. It goes back to the roots of music.
Dave Grohl a drummer of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame had this to say about Adele:
“It’s the music. People are blown away that Adele is selling so many records. I’m not. That record is great! She’s got a beautiful voice, and people are shocked when they hear actual talent.”
“Music should be more than ad placement, more than synthesised looping of a voice that’s been Auto-Tuned and an image made to look like a superhero or supermodel.”
Beyonce told Adele:
“When I listen to you, I feel like I’m listening to God.”
Christina Aguilera met Adele and had nothing but praise for her.
This lady can simply do not wrong at this point of time. Her stars are aligning and her future is shining brighter than ever. Her colleagues are simply being put to shame with this gimmick-less, down to earth singing lady.
Enjoy Adele in all her glory.