With less than two months left of 2021, Adele has put out what is likely the most widely anticipated album of the year.
On-theme with her other album names, ‘30’ released on Nov. 19 to much excitement and Adele, of course, did not disappoint. The album, which became available at midnight ET (that’s 9 p.m. PT for us lucky West Coasters), is already No. 1 on U.S. Apple Music. In particular, lead single “Easy on Me” takes the No. 1 spot on Apple Music’s Top 100 songs globally and in the U.S. It has also spent five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, four of those weeks at No. 1.
The British singer-songwriter took to social media this morning to make her first official statement since the album dropped.
Accompanying a picture of her in the studio, she wrote, “It was a ride, so I threw my arms up and screamed! Love you all.”
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Already, Adele has garnered praise from celebrities, critics and fans alike.
“When I saw her perform this live, I knew this song would literally save and touch lives,” Tyler Perry wrote on Twitter about the song “Hold On.” “If you’re going through anything please listen to every word of this song. This is my prayer for anyone who is struggling.”
When I saw her perform this live, I knew this song would literally save and touch lives. If you’re going through anything please listen to every word of this song. This is my prayer for anyone who is struggling. I dare you to HOLD ON. God bless you, and thank you @adele pic.twitter.com/rl9eFKJxTE— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) November 19, 2021
Oprah Winfrey admitted she can’t get “Easy on Me” out of her head and congratulated Adele “on releasing her truth.”
“I’ve been singing the songs for a month now,” Winfrey wrote on Twitter. “‘Hold On’ will become an anthem around the world for anybody going through a struggle. ‘I Drink Wine’ will be appreciated by all of us wine connoisseurs.”
Who’s excited #30 is finally out? US! I’ve been singing the songs for a month now. “Hold On” will become an anthem around the world for anybody going through a struggle. “I Drink Wine” will be appreciated by all of us wine connoisseurs. pic.twitter.com/fbSW6YH3Nt— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 19, 2021
Earlier this week, Winfrey interviewed Adele as part of CBS’ Adele One Night Only special, which also featured an exclusive performance at the Griffith Observatory. The two dove deep into the album, including about how it is dedicated to her son, Angelo.
“There were so many answers I couldn’t give him because there aren’t any,” Adele explained, referring to her divorce from Simon Konecki. “The whole album is not about him, it’s about me and I just wanted for him to hear me talking madly, deeply about who I am and how I feel.”
30 is now available on all major music streaming platforms.
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