David Attenborough narrates Adele
BBC Radio gets Sir David Attenborough to narrate over Adele’s music video Hello with hilarious results.
November 4, 2015 – 4:13PM
Adele, fresh from releasing the single Hello which restored her as the biggest thing in pop music, has lifted the lid on her frosty relationship with Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
Judging by Adele’s comments in an interview with Rolling Stone the pair really didn’t get along after initially setting out to collaborate on her new album, 25, which Albarn uncharitably described as “middle of the road.”
Singer Adele has opened up about her frosty relationship with Blur frontman Damon Albarn. Photo: Kevin Winter
“The saddest thing was that I was such a big Blur fan growing up,” Adele told Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt. “But it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him.”
“It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments,” she said.
Adele said none of the songs the pair worked on together will see the light of day. “None of it was right. None of it suited my record.” Harsh, but then again her name is on the door, so to speak.
Blur’s Damon Albarn has also spoken on his strained relationship with Adele.
If it all sounds a bit indiscreet, perhaps the kinds of thoughts you’d avoid airing publicly – let alone a magazine with a circulation of nearly 1.5 million readers – it’s worth noting that it was Albarn who first fired off a few wounding salvos in September.
Albarn said he didn’t expect his work to be used on 25 – and pointed out: “Adele asked me to work with her and I took the time out for her. Will she use any of the stuff [I made]? I don’t think so.”
He wasn’t happy to leave it there however. “The thing is, she’s very insecure… And she doesn’t need to be, she’s still so young”.
We’ll never know what prompted Adele to have her say this week, but the above comments hit a nerve for the soul-pop diva:
“He said I was insecure, when I’m the least-insecure person I know. I was asking his opinion about my fears, about coming back with a child involved — because he has a child — and then he calls me insecure?”
Albarn could well be right, but the ‘middle of the road’ tag seems naive if partly accurate: the amount of pressure Adele was under to produce a worthy follow-up to 21 – which sold a stupendous 30 million copies – was always likely to scupper risk-taking.
Besides, Adele is one of the finest singers – if not the finest – of her generation. She’s not a songwriting guru. Her songs are lifted towards the sublime by her vocals – and they could well do again on 25.
Adele certainly has plenty of reasons to have faith in herself these days: Hello broke the all-time streaming records in both the UK and the downloads record in the United States and the record for the most ‘shazamed’ song ever.
It smashed the record for the most YouTube views in one day (easily beating Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood) is the fastest selling song this year in the UK – and of course topped the charts in over 100 countries (including the UK, US and Australia).