Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Adele’s “Saturday Night Live” Performance Pushes 3 Albums, 4 Singles Back onto the iTunes Top 100


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.


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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