By Sterling Wong
It’s Adele’s world and we’re just living in it. Since its release, Adele’s sophomore album, 21, has been No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an amazing 12 non-consecutive weeks – that’s the most time any album has logged at the top since Santana’s “Supernatural” 11 years ago.
And come next Sunday, Adele fever will probably spike as the relatively low-profile soul diva hits the MTV Video Music Awards stage for the first time ever, competing for the title of most water cooler-worthy performance with the likes of Lady Gaga, Lil’ Wayne and Chris Brown.
Amy Doyle, executive vice president of music and talent at MTV, hyped Adele’s performance to the Associated Press, saying that Adele would “"bring chills down everybody's spine, if not bring them to tears, too,"”
Judging from that comment, I’m guessing that means that Adele will be performing her second single, “Someone Like You,” a powerful ballad that the British songstress penned herself.
If she does choose to perform “Someone,” the timing is great. “Rolling in the Deep” has been all over radio and TV for the entire summer, so it’s time for something new. And the slower and gentler sound of “Someone Like You” is perfect for the rapidly approaching fall.
I’m tremendously excited to hear Adele belt out “Someone Like You” because it is quite simply a brilliant song – one that will surely become a classic in the years to come. The story of the song is autobiographical, as Adele sings about the pain of trying to get over a devastating breakup.
She’s performed the song live on a number of big occasions, and each time, she brought the house down with heartfelt, painfully raw vocals, probably because she connects on a deep level with the lyrics. She single-handedly dispels the myth that you need pyrotechnics and fancy choreography to produce a great performance. With just a mic stand, some soulful vocals and a sturdy command of the stage, Adele almost effortlessly captivates spellbound audiences with “Someone Like You.”
Check out a performance of the song live on a variety show in the UK here.
If Adele can bring the same kind of raw, gut-wrenching emotion to the VMA’s stage … well, I’m quivering in anticipation already!