So, it looks like Adele isn’t dating UK rapper Skepta.
“What prompted this?” I hear you (maybe) cry. Well, things took a turn earlier today when a “source close to Adele” confirmed to People that the pair were dating. Rumors of them as a couple started trending afresh on twitter.com. It was a lot.
Enter Adele. She took to Instagram to thank the SNL team, following her recent night hosting. The caption was pretty cute — she even wished us, “Good luck with the election.”
However, there was one line that certainly stood out at the end: “I’m going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am! Peace out til next year.”
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Her time to shine! After months without a solid update on Adele due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans finally received news about her next album and more during her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on Saturday, October 24.
All About Adele
The Grammy winner’s monologue covered several changes in her life, including her recent weight loss. “I know I look really, really different since you last saw me, but actually because of all the COVID restrictions and the travel bans, I had to travel light and only bring half of me, and this is the half that I chose,” she quipped.
Adele then gave her loyal followers a shred of hope for new music. “Now I know there’s been a lot of chatter about me just being the host. I’ve seen all of it. Like, ‘Why isn’t she the musical guest?’ and stuff like that, and there’s a couple of reasons,” she explained. “My album’s not finished, and I’m also too scared to do both. I’d rather just put on some wigs, and this [hair] is all mine by the way, have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens. Who knows?”
She’s Still Got It!
The songstress proved her talent has not gone anywhere during her time out of the spotlight. In a Bachelor-themed sketch, she competed as herself to find the next love of her life. “I’m here ‘cause I’ve had a lot of heartbreak in my life,” she told the camera. “First at 19 and then sort of famously at 21 and then even more famously at 25.”
Adele struggled to fit in with the other contestants, though, breaking into her hits “Someone Like You” and “Hello,” among others, every time a romantic development occurred.
The host could not contain her laughter during a travel commercial for Africa. She struggled to make it through her lines as she and Kate McKinnon discussed the features of the continent that drew her and other divorcees there.
Adele showed off her acting chops in a sketch with Pete Davidson (as recurring character Chad), playing a ghost haunting a home and seeking vindication following her murder.
The Year Ahead
McKinnon portrayed a fortune-teller warning a group of friends in 2019 what the next year held in store for them. Adele’s character refused to believe she would soon have a fascination with adult coloring books instead of going to museums and concerts as she and her pals remained unaware of the impending pandemic.
While Adele focused on her hosting duties, H.E.R. acted as musical guest with performances of “Damage” and “Hold On.”
Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.
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It’s officially been five years since Adele called from the other side.
On Oct. 24, 2015, the British superstar released “Hello,” the smash hit lead single that would precede 25, her third studio album. Released a month later, the LP would go on to become the second-best selling album of the decade, behind only her previous release, 21. With both of those albums earning Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America—their highest certification, awarded at 10 million units sold—Adele became the only artist of the 2010s to reach the pinnacle with more than one album.
And since then, it’s been radio silence. (Though, here’s hoping the singer’s gig hosting Saturday Night Live on the same day “Hello” turns 5 means we’re due for something new any day now.)
Adele’s hardly alone, though.
While folks like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Lady Gagaand Dua Lipa have all made their grand returns to pop music in this dumpster fire of a year, there’s still an unseemly list of stars who seem more than content to keep us waiting through 2020 and beyond. (We’re looking at you, Rihanna.)
The queen returns! Adele will return to the Saturday Night Livestage — as the host! — on the October 24 episode for her first public appearance in more than three years.
The “Hello” singer, 32, announced the news via Instagram on Sunday, October 18, revealing that H.E.R. will be the musical guest.
“Bloooooody hellllll I’m so excited about this!! And also absolutely terrified! My first ever hosting gig and for SNL of all things!!!!” Adele wrote. “I’ve always wanted to do it as a stand alone moment, so that I could roll up my sleeves and fully throw myself into it, but the time has never been right. But if there was ever a time for any of us to jump head first into the deep end with our eyes closed and hope for the best it’s 2020 right?”
She added, “It’ll be almost 12 years to the day that I first appeared on the show, during an election…which went on to break my career in America, so it feels full circle and I just couldn’t possibly say no! I am besides myself that H.E.R will be the musical guest!! I love her SO much I can’t wait to melt into a flaming hot mess when she performs, then confuse myself while I laugh my arse off in between it all. See you next week ♥️🤞🏻”
Adele previously appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest in November 2015 following the release of her critically acclaimed album 25. She also appeared on the NBC sketch comedy show in 2008 on the eve of the presidential election.
The “Rolling in the Deep” singer had plans to release an album in 2020. Adele, who split from husband Simon Konecki in April 2019 after two years of marriage, reportedly told guests at a friends’ wedding to “expect my album in September.”
“Teaser? Albums coming out today???!!!! Tell me now!!!!”” to which Adele replied, “Of course it’s not. Corona ain’t over. I’m quarantining. Wear a mask and be patient ❤️”
After Adele announced her SNL hosting gig, fans speculated she was going to release her new album to coincide with her return to the public eye. Showbiz 411 reported her new music is set to drop on October 30.
Although Adele hasn’t released new music in five years, she’s kept busy with her major body transformation. The “Someone Like You” singer made headlines in January after she told a fan she lost 100 pounds. Four months later, she dropped an additional 20 to 25 pounds.
“Based on available photos, I would estimate that from 2008 to present, it appears like Adele has lost approximately 150 pounds,” Heather Struhl, a physician assistant and registered dietitian who has not treated Adele, told Us Weekly in May.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, the artist shared an Instagram post lamenting the cancellation of Notting Hill’s Carnival, an annual event celebrating Caribbean and Black communities in the United Kingdom. She captioned the photo, “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London.”
In the picture, presumably taken at last year’s celebration, the singer wore a bikini top with the Jamaican flag, black and white tye-dye leggings and yellow wings. She also had her hair in Bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle.
Despite Adele’s good intentions, people across social media took issue with the star’s appearance in the picture, accusing her of cultural appropriation.
One Twitter user remarked, “If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for. This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it.”
Adele turned a breakup into a blockbuster. First Kanye West, then Kendrick Lamar delivered hip-hop classics. And Beyoncé had us all drinking her “Lemonade.”
Here are the Top 10 albums of the decade that we had on repeat.
1. Kanye West, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Before he married Kim Kardashian, before he put on a MAGA hat, before he found God, Yeezy gave us the best album of the decade at its beginning in 2010 — which, sadly for him and us, seems like a lifetime ago. Still, you can’t take away the fact that this is a straight-up masterpiece, the “Sgt. Pepper’s” of hip-hop. Whatever happened with West over the rest of the decade, there is no denying his monster genius here.
2. Beyoncé, “Lemonade” Surprise-released just two days after Prince’s death in 2016, “Lemonade” is the kind of bold, partition-shattering move that does the Purple One proud. Slaying on every level, it’s the sound of a black woman fiercely embracing her artistic freedom, taking a bat to all of the rules.
3. Adele, “21” “We could have had it all,” Adele wails on “Rolling in the Deep,” making a soulful cry heard around the world. But the truth is, she really did have it all after “21,” her 2011 blockbuster, came out. Striking in its intimacy, it connected powerfully with the masses — especially anyone who’s ever been through a breakup.
4. Kendrick Lamar, “good kid, m.A.A.d city” Proving that this kid was not just good but brilliant, Lamar’s 2012 major-label debut takes you on a bumping — and bumpy — ride around Compton, the Cali city where he grew up. With cinematic scope, he vividly depicts the struggle, emerging a triumphant survivor.
5. Beyoncé, “Beyoncé” This would have been one of the most important albums of the decade just because of the way it changed the game with its surprise drop in December 2013. But the self-titled set from Queen B — drunk in love and lust — simply took her to a whole different level as an artist.
6. Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” Whether he’s riffing on Mary J. Blige and Elton John in the same song, hanging with André 3000 and John Mayer, or crooning about Forrest Gump, the way Ocean channel-flips the script on his 2012 debut album is about as addictive as the “Crack Rock” he sings about on one dope cut.
7. Kendrick Lamar, “To Pimp a Butterfly” One of two K-Dot albums on this list — and that’s not even counting 2017’s excellent “DAMN”— this 2015 insta-classic displays the Pulitzer Prize-winning skills of a rapper who, to paraphrase Muhammad Ali, floats like a butterfly and stings like a killer bee.
8. Drake, “Take Care” With an in-his-feelings mix of rapping and singing, Drizzy was probably the single most influential artist of the decade — hip-hop or otherwise. His second proper album, 2011’s “Take Care,” is one long, lush mood piece that is cohesively and oh-so-meticulously realized.
9. Janelle Monáe, “Dirty Computer” This avant-R&B artist released all of her genre-bending albums in the ’10s, starting with her debut LP, “The ArchAndroid,” in 2010, and followed by “The Electric Lady” in 2013. Either of them could have made this list. But after acting in Oscar-bait movies such as “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” she returned to music in 2018 with “Dirty Computer,” a high-wired work that is erotic and empowering, soulful and soul-baring.
10. Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience” The first — and finest — half of JT’s two-part “20/20” project in 2013 is the challenging vision of an artist who, seeing new dimensions in sound and song structure, brought the album experience back.
It’s been six years since Céline Dion last belted out an English-language album, 2013’s “Loved Me Back to Life.” But after the death of her husband-manager René Angélil in 2016, the Grammy-winning powerhouse behind such hits as “Because You Loved Me” and, of course, “My Heart Will Go On,” is back with “Courage,” her new studio LP. Here, we break down the most titanic moments on her comeback collection.
“Flying on My Own” Lest you be feeling sorry for this widow, Dion opens the album with this spirited, uplifting dance anthem that emphatically embraces the future on her own: “I’m free like an eagle/Soar like an eagle/Sailing the winds of change.” And a refreshing change-up it is: Not known for her EDM tracks, she takes off twirling under the disco ball in the sky, letting those famous pipes soar all the way.
“Falling in Love Again” Penned by singer-songwriter Skylar Grey — who co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s 2010 hit “Love the Way You Lie”— this spare piano ballad is stripped raw with emotion, hinting that Dion could one day open her heart again. She uses the softer shades of her voice to capture the vulnerability of “falling in love once again,” but then displays real strength when, out of nowhere, she hits that money note that you always want from her.
“Courage” The album’s title track seems to directly address Angélil in the afterlife, with Dion bravely revealing just how much she aches for him: “I would be lying if I said I’m fine/I think of you at least a hundred times/’Cause in the echo of my voice I hear your words/Just like you’re there.” While the verses are quietly conversational, this ballad ultimately swells — behind strings and Dion’s lung power — to the heavens.
“For the Lover That I Lost” Produced by the hit-making Stargate duo (vets of Beyoncé, Rihanna) and co-written by Sam Smith, this tender piano ballad plays like an elegy for Angélil: “Thinking about your lips and the way they kiss/There’s so much I really miss about you/Sitting on the beach, you were still in reach/And I haven’t felt free without you.” The grief lingers hauntingly, as Dion lays “a dozen roses for the lover that I lost.”
“I Will Be Stronger” This ballad was written and produced by Eg White, who has collaborated with Adele on “Chasing Pavements” and other songs. You can hear echoes of Adele’s work here, with Dion displaying a soulful fervor, emerging triumphant in her vow to be stronger. By the end, there’s no doubting that she’s got this.