Adele

Adele Sets Fire to Trump’s Reign, Tells Him Not to Use Her Music

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The soundtrack is the most important part of any political rally. More than a candidate’s speech, the tone of the music sets the mood and creates the feeling that lingers with viewers and attendees long after the confetti falls and the lights go off. That power is why “Rockin’ In The Free World” and “Born In The U.S.A.” have been played nonstop at rallies since they were written: they sound American, and they inspire patriotism! Adele’s “Skyfall,” a song written for a James Bond film? Not so much. Yet, Trump still played it at a rally in Columbus, Ohio. And Adele was not too happy about it.
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Sia’s ‘This Is Acting’ Breaks Down the Business of Being Anthemic

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The upcoming album from the most mellifluous wig in music — Sia — is a specimen of pointedly impersonal pop: it mostly comprises songs she wrote entirely for other artists. Seen in light of the music itself, the title of the album, This Is Acting, seems neither to glorify the concept of being a blank slate and molding oneself to write for icons nor make a more sinister statement about self-erasure.
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The Year in Bad Ideas

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2015 was a year that gave us a lot of excellent books, films, TV shows, albums, and other cultural wonders. It was also a year in which a lot of people evangelized — and in some cases realized — a lot of egregiously dumb ideas. We’ve devoted plenty of space to 2015’s cultural highlights, so here, in the name of balance, is a slog through the year’s cultural sewer. Content warning: transphobia, Twitter fights, Martin Shkreli.
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2015 in Music: Adele Staves Off the Inevitable Streaming Takeover For Another Year

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In the first three weeks since its debut, Adele has sold 5.19 million copies of her third album, 25. Released in the penultimate month of 2015, it’s the best-selling album since 2011, and well, you know, 21. Plenty of people will tell you how big a deal this is, and with the ungodly amounts of money that she will make for XL and Columbia, her labels have probably already canonized her.
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Why Does the World Love Adele?

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In the lead-up to the release of 25, the new album from Adele, the news cycle was flooded with various “industry people” in a tizzy, falling over themselves to count Adele’s money with useless predictions of how many copies of her record she’d sell and what records she’d break.
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