Why Adele’s “Hello” Is Still Relevant One Year Later
It’s been a year since Adele assumed her place at the top of the music industry by dropping Hello, a.k.a. the day the human race collectively balled their eyes out over their past (and imaginary) relationships. Despite the track being her first single in three years, Adele held the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks in a row and broke Gangnam Style‘s record for the fastest video to hit 1 billion views on Vevo (88 days!). While we’re still trying to move on from the spiritually cleansing experience that was 25, we’re putting the spotlight on its lead single and why it remains relevant to this day.
The video had stunning visuals.
Shot completely in sepia and directed by film prodigy Xavier Dolan (a recipient of the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival), the song’s panoramic views of the countryside combined with shots of Adele alone singing in a forest framed the song perfectly.
Hello led to 25 selling 3.38 million copies in its first week of release.
During a time when people would rather use free streaming services like Spotify and Tidal as opposed to buying music, Adele proved that record sales are still very much alive as 25 sold 3.38 million copies in its first week alone. That’s star power right there.
The track’s songwriting will rip your heart out.
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I’ve tried
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore
It’s the perfect caption for a passive aggressive tweet.
Hello‘s meaning is deeper than you think.
Contrary to popular belief, Hello isn’t a song about attempting to reconnect with your ex. Following the announcement of 25, the singer explained the message behind her record’s lead single by saying it’s actually a song about reconnecting with yourself.
No gimmicks, just talent.
With Lemonade and 25 both vying for top awards next year, we’re emotionally preparing ourselves for the 2017 Grammy Awards as early as now. Popcorn, anyone?
Relive the heartbreak here: