Adele may not have finished a new album, but her old records are doing just fine.
Since appearing as host on “SNL” last night, three of Adele’s albums (she only has three) and four singles have climbed back onto the iTunes top 100 charts.
On the singles chart, “Someone Like You” is 47, “Rolling in the Deep” is 72, “Set Fire to the Rain” is 99. Two more singles are in the chart from 101-150.
On the albums chart, the “21” album is number 16, “25” is 21, and the “19” album is number 64. I swear, listing Adele’s albums and their chart positions is like calling the Lottery albums.
So what if Adele never records anything again? She’s rich! It’s kind of interesting, though, why Adele isn’t making new records year after year. Back in the day, great singers just wanted to sing. They made albums with arrangers and covered classic songs or new songs by other writers. That meant they didn’t get a publishing royalty.
Now a singer like Adele will only make a record of songs she’s participated in. The singing is secondary. She doesn’t realize we’ve lost– and she’s lost– half a decade of her voice when she was young and the voice was supple. Streisand and Sinatra would never have chanced such a thing.