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+.