Adele has returned today with new track Easy On Me, and the internet has predictably gone wild.
Updated 15 October: Well, the long wait is finally over.
Adele has made her grand comeback with heartfelt single Easy On Me and an emotional music video, and fans are already dissecting the “perfect” release for its suitably Adele aesthetic, drawing parallels to her previous videos.
“Go easy on me, baby,” she sings on the track. “I was still a child / Didn’t get the chance to feel the world around me / Had no time to choose what I chose to do / So go easy on me.”
Fans on Twitter joked about the sentimental track, which was inspired by her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki, hitting them right in the feelings.
Stars including Normani and Alicia Silverstone also tweeted their joy at the single’s release, the video for which has already been watched by over 13 million people.
Since last Friday, the number 30 had been appearing on billboards and projections in cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, London and Amsterdam.
Given that we’ve been fervently waiting for new music from her since 2015’s 25, and the fact that everyone loves to play “Detective Twitter” these days, it was only a matter of time before fans but 3 and 0 together and signalled that new music was on the way.
“Adele hasn’t even released the album yet and has already outdone everyone,” wrote one user, alongside pictures of the global landmarks with “30” projected on them.
We know an album has been on the way for a while, as Adele confessed during her SNL stint last October that it wasn’t finished yet. Since then, we haven’t heard a peep other than the occasional fan account spontaneously screaming “NEW ADELE IS COMING.” That’s some serious manifesting.
There were, of course, a few other questionable sightings…
The 33-year-old singer didn’t confirm the rumours about the billboards, but changed all her social media profile layouts to reflect the backgrounds of the projections.
Then, on 5 October, Adele finally put us all out of our misery by posting a short clip of new music on Instagram, captioned “Easy On Me - October 15.”
And the social media sleuths, it turns out, were right. Watch the music video for Easy On Me on YouTube now.
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