Adele finally drops enormous new single 'Hello'
Enjoy your final days as the queen of pop music, Taylor Swift. After three years, Adele is finally back with a new single, and it seems she's out to reclaim her throne.
The British vocal powerhouse on Friday dropped Hello, the massive first single from her forthcoming third album 25, due Nov. 20. (That's the cover, above.)
Hello is nearly 5 minutes of slowly escalating drama that begins with a whisper and mournful piano, and crests with the sort of chest-pounding finale you might expect from classic Celine Dion. It's seemingly sung from the perspective of a woman who wants to reconnect with her ex.
"Hello, it's me," she sings. "I was wondering if after all these years, you'd like to meet to go over everything. They say time's supposed to heal you, but I ain't done much healing."
On Twitter this week, Adele described 25 as "a make-up record" (as opposed to her last album 21, which was "a break-up record").
"I'm making up with myself," she tweeted. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven't got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What's done is done. Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I'm going to be forever without a removal van of my old junk."
Adele hasn't said much else about 25, but that hasn't stopped rumors from swirling. The New York Post has reported Adele is in talks to appear on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show and Today in the coming months. She may even embark on a huge world tour, her first in years.
Could such a tour possibly be a bigger deal than Swift's 1989 World Tour, which hits Tampa on Oct. 31? Maybe not. But with Hello, it sounds like Adele's ready to give it all she's got.
-- Jay Cridlin