Pop Goes the Music Diary: C’Mon, Admit You Love Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’!

Pop Goes the Music Diary: C'Mon, Admit You Love Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'!

I was never a big fan of Amy Winehouse, finding that her touted ‘Back to Black’ recording had a backing track that sounded sloppy rather than loose and with a vocal that had a ‘blues sound’ rather than sounding bluesy. In other words I found the entire thing contrived. So when British singer Adele appeared a couple of years ago touted as ‘the next Amy Winehouse’ … I was unimpressed and never gave a listen.

Now she has stormed the charts with her new album 21, powered by the mega-hit “Rolling in the Deep”. It is a huge success, and while for many folks it has now become too overplayed to be bearable, anyone with any history in pop/rock/soul/R&B has to suck it up and admit that they love the song.

According to Digital Music News, it is the best selling digital album of all time:

This is a story that goes way beyond formats. Because instead of Lady Gaga, Eminem, or Katy Perry holding this trophy, Adele now holds the prize for the highest-selling digital album in the world. According to Nielsen Soundscan, which oddly reports US-specific digital albums, Adele has now shifted 1.017 million digital copies of 21, which beats the second-ranked tally of 1.005 million for Eminem’s Recovery.

Meanwhile, Adele remains a serious chart over-achiever. Instead of a Gaga-style first-week explosion followed by a fizzle, Adele’s flame is burning brightly – week after week after week. Sometimes at number one, almost always in the top five.

To me the two things – being a song with appear across genres and generations, and also being a top-seller with organic growth that overwhelms ‘product’ like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry being stuffed down our throats – are linked. Why? As I listened one day recently I was looking at images of a wide array of NASA launches through the decades, and I thought that if the song was playing during a montage of Apollo 11 it wouldn’t have been out of place. I could hear the song coming out of the old AM radio on top of our refrigerator growing up, and just as easily here it now.

Bottom line: the reason we can all enjoy the song is not only because it is a really good song and a great performance, but it is one of those true timeless classics that we could hear in twenty years without feeling embarrassed about leg warmers or mullets or fades …

Let’s take a listen:

Adele’s 21 is available on the Amazon.com MP3 Store for $10.99, which will set you up with an unlimited storage account on Amazon Cloud Music.

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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!

2 Comments on "Pop Goes the Music Diary: C’Mon, Admit You Love Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’!"

  1. Actually… I do!!!

  2. Rodney St. John | July 16, 2011 at 9:47 am |

    I love that song and Rumour Has It. (and many other songs by Adele are very good too. On the 21 album.

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