10 Reasons To Love Adele's "Hello"

Adele's single "Hello" is her first new release in three years. Her last recording to appear was the theme song from the James Bond film "Skyfall" in October 2012 which earned her an Academy Award. "Hello" is on target to be one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time. Check out 10 great reasons to love this phenomenal hit from Adele.

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Only Adele Could Have Recorded It

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From the moment Adele sings, "Hello, it's me...," there is no doubt who is singing. Her voice has a uniquely soulful sound among all of today's pop vocalists. She is equally compelling in both the softer verses and full-throated choruses. Three years might have elapsed since her last release, but no serious pop music fan is likely to mistake Adele for anyone else on "Hello." 

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The Emotions In "Hello" Are Powerful and Real

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Adele - "Hello" Music Video. Courtesy Columbia Records

The six-month long writing process for "Hello" broke Adele out of a period of writer's block. She says that once the song was written, the rest of the material for her album 25 began to flow. The song presents the emotions felt when it has been a number of years after a breakup, and there are difficulties in connecting with a past love. It's possible to hear the tears in the bluesy undercurrent of Adele's vocals. Few listeners remain emotionally unmoved by a song as powerful as "Hello."

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Producer Greg Kurstin Is On a Hot Streak

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Co-songwriter and producer of "Hello" Greg Kurstin first became widely known nearly 10 years ago as one half of the indie pop duo The Bird and the Bee. More recently his career has soared as a pop songwriter and producer. In 2013 he received Song of the Year and Record of the Year Grammy Award nominations for co-writing and producing Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)." Earlier this year he received Record of the Year and Producer of the Year nominations for production work on Sia's "Chandelier." He also co-wrote and produced Ellie Goulding's top 10 charting "Burn."

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"Hello" Previews 25, One Of the Most Anticipated Albums of All Time

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Adele - 25. Courtesy Columbia

"Hello" is the first single from Adele's third studio album 25 which is due to be released November 20, 2015. It is one of the most eagerly anticipated pop albums of all time. Her previous album 21 was one of the biggest hit albums of all time. It has sold more than 11 million copies in the US alone. It reached the 10 million mark in 92 weeks, the fastest any album had reached that mark since *NSYNC's 2001 release No Strings Attached.

Most music industry predictions for first week sales of 25 put it in the 1.3-1.8 million range which could make it move past Britney Spears' 1.32 million copies of Oops! I Did It Again in 2000 to give her the biggest opening week for any female solo artist. Some predictions go as high as 2 million which puts her in shouting distance of the all time record of 2.4 million copies in one week for *NSYNC's No Strings Attached

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The "Hello" Music Video Is Beautiful and Compelling

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Adele - "Hello" Music Video. Courtesy Columbia

The sepia-toned music video which accompanies the release of Adele's "Hello" is gorgeously filmed. It was directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. He gained immediate claim for his first film as a director, 2009's French language I Killed My Mother. Musician and actor Tristan Wilds also appears in the music video. He appeared on the HBO series The Wire and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album for his debut release New York: A Love Story.

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"Hello" Reminds Us of Lionel Richie

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Lionel Richie - "Hello" Music Video. Courtesy Motown

There is one other song that has hit #1 on the US pop chart. That is Lionel Richie's 1984 hit "Hello." It was also an emotional ballad. Many pop music fans are instantly reminded of the song when they hear of another pop song named "Hello."

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Adele's "Hello" Is a Record Breaker

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Adele's single "Hello" is a record breaker. In the US it sold 1.11 million copies in its first week of release. That shatters the six year old record of 636,000 copies in a week for Flo Rida's "Right Round." In the UK it became the most streamed song ever in a single week recording 7.32 million plays compared with the previous record of 3.8 million by Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?"

Adele also obliterates boundaries between radio formats. "Hello" has already broken into adult contemporary, mainstream pop, adult alternative, and rock radio charts. Previously her hits have even found themselves charting at Latin radio.

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Adele's "Hello" Proves Taylor Swift Is Not Unique

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Just a year ago as Taylor Swift was poised to smash records with the release of 1989, her third consecutive album to sell more than a million copies in one week, it seemed she was alone as the only major artist who could rack up sales at that level. Now Adele has proved she can compete with and even pass Taylor Swift. The future is looking brighter for mega pop stars. 

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"Hello" Beat Out Star Wars For Video Viewing

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Courtesy Walt Disney

Adele's "Hello" music video has had competition at YouTube for being the most frequently viewed clip. The trailer for the upcoming film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has also drawn a huge audience. However, at its peak the film trailer was only pulling in 1.2 million views per hour while Adele beat it out by soaring to 1.6 million views per hour.

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"Hello" Previews Adele's Saturday Night Live Appearance

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A well-timed live appearance on TV's Saturday Night Live played a key role in Adele's pop music success in the US. When it appeared like efforts to break her into the mainstream in the US had failed in 2008, she appeared on Saturday Night Live October 18, 2008 and performed "Chasing Pavements" and "Cold Shoulder" live. It gave her album 19 a massive boost to the top of the iTunes sales chart to begin her pop breakthrough in the US.

Adele returns to the Saturday Night Live stage on November 21, 2015 to perform "Hello."