Why Adele’s Record Sales Cannot Halt The Revolution In The Music Business

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Adele Announces First Tour in Four Years: “See You All Very, Very Soon”.

Less than a week since its release, 25 has sold at least 2.8 million albums through day five in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, including 1.45 million digital albums.“I have been bluffing this whole time and I am so received to finally tell you I am of course having a tour, and I can’t wait to see you all very, very soon.” Adele’s European dates will include Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Herning, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Zurich, Lisbon, Barcelona, Verona, Amsterdam, Paris and Antwerp. The 11-song album sold 2.433 million copies in its first four days, reports Nielsen Music — surpassing the previous record for copies sold in a week by *NSYNC for their 2000 album, No Strings Attached. Adele took to Instagram on Thursday, Nov. 26, to share some very exciting news with fans: she’ll be kicking off a European tour for her new album, 25, at the end of February next year. “Hello, it’s me.

Just a week in, 25 is already a mega-hit, and its lovely 27-year-old singer undeniably a megastar, proving her Grammy-winning album 21 from five years ago was no lark — she’s got staying power. Now, with a little more than one day left in the tracking week, we have to wonder what dizzying heights the album will have reached when the debut week sales are released on Sunday. According to her website, the 27-year-old British songstress will be starting the tour in Belfast, before making her way to Dublin, London, Glasgow, and Berlin, among other European cities. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, Adele performed a rousing rendition of her song “Million Years Ago” on the Today show, and a few days earlier, on Saturday, Nov. 21, she stunned audiences on Saturday Night Live with her performance of “When We Were Young” and “Hello.” But it was perhaps her live performance of “Hello” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots — and a whole host of classroom instruments! — that made the biggest splash. Not only does she belt out songs that become instant hits and can reduce you to tears in a grocery store, she keeps it real, gives swear-packed interviews, and shows great deftness with liquid eyeliner.

She is, as a spot-on SNL skit recently pointed out, the one thing everyone at the thanksgiving table can actually agree on; during tense turkey-time arguments about Syrian refugees, cops and Ben Carson, the only thing that can get the extended family to stop bickering is the song Hello, at which point they’re swept away by a wave of nostalgia and emotion and blond hair, morphing into the singer. Adele has a powerful voice, but her singing tends toward the theatrical and overblown. “She’s the character who would win on American Idol,” said a co-worker, not meaning it as a compliment.

Adele’s is a kind of one-size-fits-all sadness that everyone can get in on, much as she herself described her new song When We Were Young, which is, she told SiriusXM, about “Seeing everyone that you’ve ever fallen out with, everyone that you’ve ever loved, everyone that you’ve never loved, and stuff like that. And where you can’t find the time to be in each other’s lives and you’re all thrown together at this party when you’re like 50, and it doesn’t matter and you have so much fun and you feel like you’re 15 again. That’s not a full knock, even if it sounds like one: We all need breakup songs, ex-boyfriend songs, sad reunion songs, cry-with-girlfriends-over-glasses-of-red-wine songs, and she delivers all that in spades.

Maybe Adele’s mass appeal lies not so much in her talent but in her ability to bring about catharsis — she lets us have a good cry so that we can move on with our day.

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