Friday, April 12, 2024

Adele’s “25” Hits 2.8 Mil with a Day to Go, Plus Why Aren’t Those Target Tracks on the Album?


Adele’s “25” is at 2.8 million copies, on its way to 3.1 million or more by end of the day Thursday. It’s broken all records and sold more copies than any recording since music was counted properly by SoundScan.

Meanwhile, a good chunk of sales came from Target’s special edition of “25,” which has three extra songs. Frankly, those songs should be on the album proper. They’re very good and maybe a little more varied than some of the songs on “side two” or tracks 7,8, and 9.

“Can’t Let Go” is co-written with Linda Perry, although I think with a lot of these songs, the composer really maps out Adele’s ideas. Haunting piano propels “Can’t Let Go” and the song is memorable and lively.

Tobias Jesso, who wrote “When We Were Young,” authored gospel-tinged “Lay Me Down,” which has friskier vocal than some of Adele’s more somber numbers.

“Why Do You Love Me” is written with Rick Nowells, who’s written a lot of hits and knows what he’s doing. He co-wrote the New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give,” a classic, and Michelle Branch’s “The Game of Love,” another, among many others. “Why Do Love You Me” sounds like a single to me.

The three “extra” songs are a little buried because of the Target deal. Too bad. They coulda been contenders.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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