Adele’s album proved to be the UK’s biggest ever first week seller and Billboard reported that Adele had managed to flog almost 2.5 million copies of her latest dirge on its first day on sale in the U.S. Over 900,ooo copies were bought on iTunes alone on the day of release.
Metro reports that “25” saw Adele sell over one million copies in the UK in under 10 days making “25” the top selling album in the UK this year and the fastest to reach one million sales.
In the U.S. Adele has smashed all previous records by becoming the fastest selling album ever. The record was previously held by N*SYNC’s 2000 effort No Strings Attached, which sold 2,416,000 albums in a week. Adele smashed that record by almost one million after selling 3.38 million copies in the States in seven days.
Adele’s comeback single Hello was the biggest debut of any other video this year, and racked up 50 million views in the first 48 hours it was online, beating Taylor Swift’s vid for Bad Blood.
I am the first to admit that music is a subjective thing. As a fan of punk, metal, hardcore and metalcore I guess some of the music I like would send some people running for cover. I also have to admit that Adele’s success with “25” is incredibly impressive, you simply can’t argue with the figures.
What I can and will argue about is why on earth people are buying this music. Admittedly Adele can sing, I would even go so far as to say she has a great voice but, and it’s a HUGE but, every single song sounds the same. Adele’s music i’m afraid is a dirge. Adele started out on 19 weeping about love lost and here we are all these years later listening to the same old story.
It’s dull, it’s predictable, it’s formulaic. I struggle to listen to more than one Adele song before it all turns into background music. It is the same bland and unimaginative path that is trodden by Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Sam Smith and a host of other huge selling but bland pop artists.
Whatever happened to music being the opiate of the masses? Perhaps Adele and the other artists I mention reflect the current generation of the nation’s youth. That part of the nation’s youth that sits in their bedroom glued to a computer screen that is.
There is a hell of a lot wrong with our world today and unlike yesteryear popular music does not reflect discontent or disillusion. Instead artists like Adele pull a plastic veneer over the world’s problems. Not for them any hint of stirring up the rebellious masses. Perhaps Adele, Sheeran and company are part of the problem simply because they have nothing relevant to say.
Have you listened to Adele’s “25”? What did you think? Is Adele boring safe and bland or is she a genius? Let us know what you think.