Adele Invites Drake To Work On Remix Of ‘Hotline Bling’ With Her — And He …

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Adele Might Remix Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.

“I must’ve called a thousand times / you used to call me on my cell phone.” Dave Valeza is the artist behind this illustrated mash-up of Adele’s “Hello” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” (Dave Valeza) If you follow Drake on Instagram, and more than 16 million of us do, you’ve seen the latest post from Toronto’s very own @champagnepapi. In what, to use a hackneyed expression, would, if not break the Internet, at the very least briefly incapacitate it, Adele has said that she would enjoy remixing Drake’s excessively memed “Hotline Bling.” Adele was asked during an interview with etalk about the fan-made mash-ups of “Hello” and “Hotline Bling” already floating around the Internet—centered around the curious coincidence that the two biggest songs in the nation right now (at a time when no one has picked up a phone call in, like, years) are both predicated on phone calls. “I really want us to do an official remix [of ‘Hotline Bling’],” Adele said, “I love Drake. Most tantalising has got to be the prospect of teaming up with the chart-topping queen, and vocal powerhouse, Adele – and with the singer’s hotly-anticipated album 23 having only recently dropped, it looks like the dream collaboration may actually come into existence.

O.K., so it’s still basically hypothetical now, but—given this is a cultural landscape that provides Gilmore Girls revivals and Jennifer Lawrence-Amy Schumer screenplays—it would not be altogether surprising if it happens. The singer, who recently released her massive third LP, 25, is such a “Hotline Bling” fan, she purchased a coat worn in the song’s oft-parodied music video. “I got it delivered the other day, I ordered it,” she said. “The red one.” And not even Adele is above performing a drunken dance-along to the ubiquitous R&B jam. “I had a drink like three weeks ago [with] my best friends – in fact it was to celebrate ‘Hello’,” she said. “And I was off my face because I don’t really drink anymore, and they’ve got video of me dancing to it on a coffee table as well.” Drake, for his part, seems amenable to the collaboration, posting a drawing of himself and Adele on Instagram with the caption, “Me and my main ting just coolin’.” As the world waits for a “Hotline Bling”/”Hello” remix, there are plenty of prominent cover versions to explore in the meantime. Artists as disparate as Justin Bieber, Sufjan Stevens and Sam Smith with Disclosure have tackled the Drake track, and both Demi Lovato and Rick Ross have added their twists to the Adele ballad. “This may be one of the biggest records in the history of our time,” Ross told Rolling Stone of his remix. “We needed a warm record. He created the Drake/Adele picture, and first posted it online last month. “When both songs came out I thought, ‘What if Drake and Adele are playing a long game of phone tag, and it’s only exacerbating their assumptions of one another?’ he told CBC Arts. “I feel incredibly sad but I refuse to feel defeated,” he continued after sharing a comparison between Drake’s post, which appears to crop out Valeza’s signature, and the version he tweeted October 26. I felt like I had something to say on it.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Valeza’s October posts of his illustration received a sizable response: 685 retweets, 308 Instagram likes, more than 72,000 notes on Tumblr — and, apparently, enough reach to catch the attention of a pop superstar. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Eric Church joins Hank Williams Jr. and band for a roof-raising take on the 1972 Neil Young tune “Are You Ready for the Country,” with a video that spotlights their performance rather than any accompanying storyline.

The clip takes place on a set that resembles an old barn, which is a fitting tribute to the original, since the track from Young’s Harvest album, where the song was first heard, was recorded in a barn on his California ranch. Just two albums have sold more than half a million copies in the space of a week – Take That’s ‘Progress’ in 2010, and Oasis’s ‘Be Here Now’ which sold 695,761 after going on sale in August 1997.

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