Hello (again), Adele!
CBS welcomes back the Grammy-, Oscar-, and Golden Globe-winning singer with Adele One Night Only. The new primetime concert special will give fans their first opportunity to hear new material from her in six years! The two-hour event will be broadcast Sunday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CBS. It will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Filmed in Los Angeles, the special will feature chart-topping favorites, never-before-heard songs, and an exclusive interview with Adele conducted by Oprah Winfrey from her rose garden. The O sit-down is Adele's first wide-ranging televised conversation and will cover her new album, the stories behind the songs, life after divorce, weight loss, and raising her son.
Get ready for Adele's triumphant return with this ultimate playlist!
"Easy On Me"
Adele's new single—the first from her much-anticipated studio album 30—raced up the charts when it was released in mid-October. It hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and generated 54 million streams as well as 74,000 downloads in its first week, according to the New York Times.
The album, which she calls her "most personal one yet," will be available starting Nov. 19. There's also an exclusive Target edition of 30 with three bonus tracks, including a duet of "Easy On Me" featuring country crooner Chris Stapleton.
Adele's debut single came out in 2007, when she was 19, but she wrote it when she was just 16 years old—in a mere 10 minutes!
The story behind the song? "It was kind of about me and my mum not agreeing on where I should go to university," the London-born crooner told bluesandsoul.com in a 2008 interview. "Because, though at first I'd wanted to go to Liverpool, later I changed my mind and wanted to go to university in London. But, because I love being at home and I'm really dependent on my mum, she still wanted me to go [away] to Liverpool. So that I'd have to learn how to do things on my own, rather than still be coming home for dinner, having her do my washing and stuff like that. So in that way it was a kind of protest song about cherishing the memories—whether good or bad—of your hometown ... in general it is an ode to the place where I've always lived.""
Cheaters, beware. When Adele realized her boyfriend was unfaithful, "I went to the pub [where he was] and punched him in the face," she told Rolling Stone. "I got thrown out, and as I was running away, the phrase 'chasing pavements' came to me" as a good metaphor for a lost cause—and a song that became a hit in 2008.
A few years later, Adele's ex reappeared demanding royalties for having inspired the album 19, she told The Sun. "For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it. Finally, I said, 'Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.'"
"Rolling In The Deep"
Adele credited producer Paul Epworth for helping her reach notes "I never even knew I could hit" in this 2011 chart-buster, the first single from her second album (21, released in 2011).
What's with the lyrics? That's Adele belting out her anger at "being told my life was going be boring and lonely and rubbish, and that I was a weak person if I didn't stay in a relationship," she told Spin.com. "I wrote it as a sort of 'F-- you.'"
For those unfamiliar with the term, to "roll deep" is the British equivalent of "ride or die"—to have someone's back no matter what. (Her ex clearly failed in that department.)
"Someone Like You"
Adele channeled heartbreak into a string of hits with 21, much of which tackles the end of her first real romantic relationship. If fans felt puzzled by the words to "Someone Like You"—which seemed to contradict the strong survivor stance expressed in other tracks on the album—Adele explained it this way: "I wrote that song because I was exhausted from being such a b----, with 'Rolling in the Deep' or 'Rumour Has It.'"
"When I was writing it, I was feeling pretty miserable and pretty lonely, which I guess kind of contradicts 'Rolling in the Deep,' where I was like, 'I'm gonna be fine without you,'" Adele has explained. "This one was me kind of on my knees, really."
"Set Fire To The Rain (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)"
"It's a bit like 'Chasing Pavements.' You can't do it," Adele explained of this 2011 hit's lyrics. "I was playing on my mind while I was trying to light a [cigarette] in the rain outside a restaurant."
Incidentally, the album Live at Royal Albert Hall was recorded, as the title says, at the fabled London concert venue during Adele's much-interrupted and much-postponed 2011 tour, which ended with the singer undergoing throat surgery for vocal cord hemorrhaging.
After a four-year hiatus from recording and performing, new mom Adele released the album 25 in 2015, to the delight of fans. "Hello" was the first single—and it wasn't about a toxic guy!
She described it as being "about reconnecting with everyone else and myself. From the other side, I couldn't get over my guilt of leaving my kid to go and write a record and stuff like that. So getting over that—getting on the other side of that. It was just ... hello to everyone."
"Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"
As Adele has proved repeatedly, breakups provide rich material to mine for music. Though this upbeat hit from 25 was (no surprise) about an ex, she credited Taylor Swift—another chanteuse famous for her breakup ballads—as the inspiration.
"I was in New York with Ryan Tedder, and 'Trouble' came on the radio ... I knew it was Taylor ... but, I said, this is a total other side to her that I want to know, who, like, brought that out in her," Adele, a self-proclaimed Swiftie, told NPR. The answer? Producer Max Martin. Adele's team reached out to him, played a riff she'd been working on for him, "and then 'Send My Love' happened—really, really quickly."
Adele credited her son Angelo for helping her generate more good will toward past loves in both life and lyrics: "...my attitude towards my ex-boyfriend when I was writing 21 was a little bit immature ... now that I'm a mom, I feel like everything I do, I'm making a legacy for my child so I try and be very articulate with my feelings going forward because he will read all about this one day."
"When We Were Young (Live At The Church Studios)"
Adele called "When We Were Young" her favorite track on her album 25. Though it sounds like an ode to lost youth, she put a more positive spin on it.
The song "was based on us being older, and being at a party at this house, and seeing everyone that you've ever fallen out with, everyone that you've ever loved, everyone that you've never loved, and stuff like that, where you can't find the time to be in each other's lives. And you're all thrown together at this party when you're like 50, and it doesn't matter and you have so much fun and you feel like you're 15 again. So that's the kind of vibe of it really," she told SiriusXM.
Her favorite lyric? "You look like a movie / You sound like a song / My god this reminds me of when we were young."
Adele initially balked at the prospect of writing and singing the theme for a James Bond film because of the "instant spotlight and pressure" it would bring, but she changed her mind after reading the script for Skyfall and falling in love with it. Her dark, moody composition won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and—equally impressive—brought Bond himself to tears. "I cried" when I heard it, Daniel Craig said, according to Digital Spy. "From the opening bars I knew immediately, then the voice kicked in and it was exactly what I'd wanted from the beginning."
"When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life," Adele told the BBC. "I'll be back-combing my hair when I'm 60, telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day, I'm sure!"
Adele One Night Only airs Sunday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on CBS. You can also stream it live and on demand on Paramount+.
By Justin Neely
When the NBA announced its slate of 75 all-time great basketball players this month, anyone betting against Kevin Durant making the cut would doubtless also like the Washington Generals' odds of taking the Globetrotters this fall. Durant's 14 seasons in professional basketball haven't lacked controversy, but no one has ever doubted KD's transcendent skills or his desire to win. Ball don't lie and neither do these stats.
Durant's got SWAGGER, and on the court he can't be denied. But how are his storytelling skills? We're about to find out.
Starting October 29 Durant changes positions with the debut of Swagger, a new basketball drama streaming on Apple TV+. As an executive producer, he joins another star team, including CBS Studios, to dramatize his journey from standout prospect to global superstar.
Peep The Trailer
Swagger's cast includes O'Shea Jackson Jr. (as a youth basketball coach), Isaiah Hill (as Jace Carson, basketball phenom), and Shinelle Azoroh (as Jace's mom, a proxy for the loving force of nature known as Wanda, Durant's mom). The fictionalized life story will explore all the work that goes into making it to the most elite levels in sport and offers an insider perspective on AAU (American Athletic Union) ball, a national youth program that serves as a pipeline to the NBA for the majority of top U.S.-based players.
You won't miss the thrills of on-court action in this series, but because Swagger is a story based on KD's life, not a documentary, you won't actually see Durant's hooping magic. Don't worry—we've got you covered.
Scroll on for a curated collection of Kevin Durant's finest (and sometimes hardest) moments.
Boo! (The Halloween Kind)
Let's start at the beginning. Well, Swagger explores the early teen years, but Durant's NBA debut on Halloween 2007 packs some excitement, too.
On a poor shooting night by percentage, KD still put up 18 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. He didn't have an easy job that night, as a couple of the other names from the NBA's 75 greatest players list were starting for Denver: Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson.
ESPN quoted Durant on the defeat: "'I've been playing this all of my life,' the rookie out of Texas said. 'I reminded myself to go out and have fun. I had fun.'"
Time To Be An MVP
The Sonics left Seattle, breaking many hearts, but Kevin Durant truly arrived in the OKC blues that came with the move. On a Thunder team that had let go of James Harden, Kevin Durant's individual talent seemed to know no limits. Here are 10 highlights from his first MVP season.
Hold Back The Tears
That first MVP was the catalyst for one of the greatest highlights of Kevin Durant's career: the acceptance speech. Not since Brian's Song have grown sports fans had to work so hard to hold back the waterworks.
Watch a humble young man tearfully thank his mother for his success. It's a perfect refresher before seeing Swagger's version of the tale.
Warriors! Come Out To Play!
The move to Golden State cast Kevin Durant in the role of villain for some, but even the haters had to marvel at his amazing work on the court. With two NBA Championships and two finals MVPs to show for his time with the Warriors, Kevin Durant's move shouldn't be second-guessed by anyone.
Clash Of The Titans
With Kevin Durant joining the dynastic battle between the Warriors and LeBron James' Cavaliers, fans were treated to a head-to-head showdown of the era's greatest talents. GOATs butting heads, you might say. And we got to enjoy every moment.
Victory Is Sweet, Even With A Hangover
It's hard not be hung up on 2017 and that first NBA Championship. This James Corden FaceTime interview offers fans a surprisingly candid peek inside the mind of an MVP the day after he reached the pinnacle of success in the game.
Back To The Future
Let's face it. There aren't many NBA preseason games that are worth a first watch, never mind a second. But seeing Kevin Durant put on a show for one of the great NBA fan bases bereft of an iconic franchise is that rare gem of a game.
Carry The Weight
Kevin Durant is now an all-time great member of the Brooklyn Nets roster. That hasn't meant a trophy, but he has shown the league and the world that he can put a team on his back and carry it to victory in battle, even if the war can't be won without a team.
His 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks are one of the greatest stat lines ever recorded for a playoff game. If you can't win it all in a given year, this is an impressive way to build on your legacy.
What Dreams May Come
Kevin Durant knows his shot is money, wherever the hoop is hanging.Photo by Bruno Aguirre on Unsplash
Kevin Durant has shown that an Achilles tear won't stop his dominance. But will he hoist another championship trophy now that he's in Brooklyn? Or is there yet another destination waiting before he packs it in?
The future remains unwritten for Kevin Durant, but with the debut of Swagger, we all have a chance to better understand his past. Expect to be impressed.
Tune In To Swagger
Isaiah Hill as Jace in a promotional shot for Swagger
The first three episodes of Swagger are available to stream on Apple TV+ starting October 29. One new episode will air each week through December 17.
By Katey Clifford
Ghouls and ghosts and goblins, oh, my! Halloween is right around the corner, so it's time to tee up your horror movie playlist. Luckily, Paramount+ offers the perfect one-stop shop for things that go bump in the night. We've rounded up 10 top chillers to binge ... if you dare.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
This cult favorite written and directed by horror movie great George A. Romero, and marking his movie debut, is considered the first modern zombie film. In Night of the Living Dead, the dead come back to life and start feasting on the townspeople. Terrified locals barricade themselves in a farmhouse. Will they survive the night?
Child's Play (2019)
Dolls aren't my thing, but if you can deal with those dead, creepy eyes, then Child's Play—from the producers of IT—is the film for you. When Buddi, a new doll that can control all of the family's smart electronics, comes to market, people won't be able to resist the convenience. But at what cost?
Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin (2021)
Arriving just in time for Halloween, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin premieres exclusively on Paramount+ October 29th. If you're a fan of the hit "found footage" horror series, you'll love this installment. When a documentarian accompanies a young woman into a secluded Amish community in search of her missing mother, they soon discover there's something very strange going on in the secluded countryside.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Starring husband and wife duo John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place captures the sufferings of a post-apocalyptic world. Aliens with an otherworldly sense of hearing have decimated the human population, and those who survived must live in utter silence.
A Quiet Place Part II (2020)
Naturally, the next on our list is the sequel, A Quiet Place Part II, available exclusively on Paramount+. SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't seen the first film: Although the Abbott family has lost two members, they're a little more prepared to handle the aliens. Their home was destroyed in the last attack they endured, so they'll have to move on with their newborn baby in tow.
Gretel & Hansel (2020)
The classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale Hansel & Gretel gets a gruesome 2020 re-imagining, Gretel & Hansel. When two hungry children are turned out of their homes, they explore the countryside looking for food and work until they stumble into the cottage of a cannibalistic enchantress.
The Ring (2002)
The Ring is a classic horror film, perfect for Halloween frights. A mysterious VHS tape is floating around that's rumored to kill whoever watches it seven days later. When four teens die, reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) watches the videotape herself. With just seven days left to live, she'll have to solve the mystery behind the tape—or face the consequences.
World War Z (2013)
Brad Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator, in World War Z. When his city is suddenly overrun with zombies, he'll do anything to protect his family—even if that means leaving them unprotected to figure out how to stop the worldwide outbreaks.
An independent team of investigators recently claimed to have ID'd the real zodiac killer, which makes this movie especially timely. In the 2007 film Zodiac—starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo—the self-proclaimed Zodiac Killer, who has already murdered one, sends coded messages to the San Francisco Chronicle threatening to kill again. As the body count rises, political cartoonist Robert Graysmith and crime reporter Paul Avery struggle to identify the murderer.
Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend in the series EVIL.
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Paramount+ also offers bone-chilling shows for those who like their frights to last longer than two hours. Catch the first and second seasons of Evil. In this spooktacular series, an unlikely trio—a forensic psychologist, a Catholic seminarian, and a technology contractor—teams up to investigate supernatural phenomena.
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