“When We Were Young” is a song by British singer Adele. It was released on 22 January 2016 by XL Recordings as the second single from her third studio album, 25 (2015). Adele co-wrote the song with Tobias Jesso Jr., while production of the track was provided by Ariel Rechtshaid. “When We Were Young” is a soul ballad, with lyrics that talk about reminiscing past memories with a loved one. Upon release, the song received critical acclaim from music critics, who praised the song’s lyrics and Adele’s vocals.
Following the release of 25, “When We Were Young” had already sold 150,000 digital copies in the United States as an album track. It has reached the top 10 in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The song never received an official music video, although a version of the song filmed at The Church Studios was released via Vevo. Adele promoted the song with live performances on the BBC one-hour special Adele at the BBC, Saturday Night Live and Adele Live in New York City.
“Water Under the Bridge” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Adele for her third studio album 25 (2015). The song was written by Adele Adkins and Greg Kurstin, while production of the song was provided by the latter. Lyrically, the track is about a critical point in a relationship and trying to figure out if your partner is in or out. Musically, the song is a mid-tempo disco-pop song featuring an electro-drum beat and a tropical, trip hop riff. “Water Under the Bridge” received positive reviews from critics, with many deeming it an album highlight.
The song peaked at number 20 on the Finnish Singles Chart and number 42 on the Spanish Singles Chart. It also charted in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Scotland, the United Kingdom and the United States. Adele performed the song during Adele Live in New York City and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“Water and a Flame” is a song recorded by Daniel Merriweather for his debut solo album, Love & War. It features vocals from Adele. “Water and a Flame” was released as the album’s fourth and final single on 2 November 2009. Produced by Eg White and released under Columbia Records, “Water and a Flame” peaked at number 180 on the UK Singles Chart. The song’s music video does not feature Adele. In 2013, “Water and a Flame” was recorded by Celine Dion for her album, Loved Me Back to Life.
“Turning Tables” is a song by British singer Adele and the last single from her second studio album, 21. Conceived after an altercation with her former lover, the song was co-written by Adele and singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder, whilst the production was completed by Jim Abbiss. “Turning Tables” is a pop ballad with a soulful sound; its instrumentation consists of piano, “Broadway-worthy” strings and guitar. Lyrically, the song describes a domestic dispute in which its narrator assumes a defensive stance against a manipulative ex-lover. XL Recordings sent the song to UK mainstream radio on 5 November 2011 as fifth single from 21 along with “Rumour Has It”.
“Turning Tables” received acclaim from music critics, who praised Adele’s vocals and its production. The song reached the top-twenty of the singles charts in four countries, including Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. It also peaked at number 62 on the UK Singles Chart and 63 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 500,000 digital downloads. Adele performed “Turning Tables” on television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman in the US and The Jonathan Ross Show in the UK and included it on the Adele Live concert tour. American actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow performed a cover of the single in the Glee episode “A Night of Neglect”.
“That’s It—I Quit—I’m Movin’ On” is a song recorded by American singer Sam Cooke, released on February 14, 1961 by RCA Victor. Produced by Hugo & Luigi and arranged and conducted by Sammy Lowe, the song was a top 30 hit on Billboard’s Hot R&B Sides chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
25 is the third studio album by British singer and songwriter Adele. It was released on 20 November 2015, through XL Recordings. Following the release and international success of her second studio album 21, Adele considered quitting the music industry and going out on a positive note. However, she decided to take a hiatus instead and raise her son. During her sabbatical, she suffered from writer’s block and rescheduled studio sessions for a new album, fearing she had lost her ability to write songs. In 2013, Adele had a breakthrough and the material that eventually became 25 manifested, with writing and recording continuing through 2015.
Titled as a reflection of her life and frame of mind at 25 years old, 25 is a “make-up record”. The album’s lyrical content features themes of Adele “yearning for her old self, her nostalgia”, and “melancholia about the passage of time” according to an interview with the singer by Rolling Stone, as well as themes of motherhood and regret. In contrast to Adele’s previous works, the production of 25 incorporated the use of electronic elements and creative rhythmic patterns, with elements of 1980s R&B and organs. Like 21, Adele worked with producer and songwriter Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, along with new collaborations with Max Martin and Shellback, Greg Kurstin, Danger Mouse, the Smeezingtons, Samuel Dixon, and Tobias Jesso Jr.
25 received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended Adele’s vocal performance. The album achieved commercial success by debuting at number one in more than 25 markets and broke first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States; in the US, the album sold 3.38 million copies in its first week of release, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 eventually became the world’s best-selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within the year, and has sold 20 million copies as of June 2016. Many journalists felt that the album impacted the music industry by encouraging the public to return to buying physical albums, instead of downloading or streaming.
“Skyfall” is the theme song of the 2012 James Bond film of the same name, performed by British singer Adele. It was written by Adele and producer Paul Epworth and features orchestration by J. A. C. Redford. Film company Eon Productions invited the singer to work on the theme song in early 2011, a task that Adele accepted after reading the film’s script. While composing the song, Adele and Epworth aimed to capture the mood and style of the other Bond themes, including dark and moody lyrics descriptive of the film’s plot.
“Skyfall” was released at 0:07 BST on 5 October 2012 as part of the Global James Bond Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first James Bond film. The song quickly went to the top of the iTunes chart, and reached number two at the UK Singles Chart and eight on the Billboard Hot 100. Reviews were positive, with the song being compared to Shirley Bassey’s Bond themes, and “Skyfall” became the first Bond theme to win at the Golden Globes, the Brit Awards and the Academy Awards. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. During the 85th Academy Awards, Adele performed the song live for the first time.
“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is a song by British singer Adele from her third studio album, 25 (2015). It was written by Adele, Max Martin and Shellback, while production was provided by the latter two. The song was released to digital formats on 16 May 2016 by XL Recordings as the third single from the album. XL then released the song to mainstream radio the following day. “Send My Love” is a pop song with an uptempo, rhythmic sound, with the singer describing it as a “happy you’re gone” song dedicated to an ex-boyfriend. The song received a positive response from music critics, who considered it as one of the stand-out tracks on 25.
“Send My Love” managed to appear on various international charts following the release of 25; following its release as a single, it has so far peaked at number 5 in the UK, number 8 in the US and number 10 in Canada. An accompanying music video directed by Patrick Daughters premiered on 22 May 2016 at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. It features Adele singing the song against a black backdrop with many shots of herself overlapping one another. Music critics mostly praised the clip for its minimalist, simple concept and joyful nature. The video received a nomination for Best Visual Effects at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” is part of the set list during Adele’s third concert tour, Adele Live 2016, which visits countries across Europe and North America.
“Rumour Has It” is a song by British singer Adele. The song was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder while the production was handled by Tedder. Adele has said the song was not inspired by the media but it was aimed at her friends who believed things they heard about her. It was the fourth single from 21 in the United States.
The song received critical acclaim from critics, who praised Adele’s voice and the song’s “catchiness”. Even without having been released as a single, the song charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 16 and topped the Triple A chart. In the Netherlands, the record was released as the fourth single from 21 after “Rolling in the Deep”, “Set Fire to the Rain” and “Someone Like You”. The track received a Double Platinum certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 2 million units in the US. It has been covered by Jeremih and by Glee cast during the episode “Mash Off” with another Adele song “Someone Like You”, and also by Katharine McPhee during the episode “The Cost of Art” from the TV series Smash. Adele added the song to the set list on her second worldwide tour Adele Live.
“River Lea” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Adele for her third studio album 25 (2015). The song was written by Adele Adkins and Brian Burton, while production of the song was provided by Danger Mouse. Lyrically, the track is partly about a London tributary to the Thames River. Musically, the song is a gospel song with a ghostly feel. “River Lea” received positive reviews from critics, with The Guardian calling it “one of the most striking tracks” on 25.
The song peaked at number 5 on the Finland Chart and number 80 on the France Chart. It debuted at number 97 on the Official German Charts.