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Hello (Adele song)

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"Hello"

Single by Adele
from the album 25
Released
23 October 2015
Format
Digital download
Metropolis Studios
Recorded
(London)[1]
Genre
Soul
Length
4:55
Label
XL
Adele Adkins
Writer(s)
Greg Kurstin
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
Adele singles chronology
"Skyfall" "Hello"
(2012) (2015)
Music video
"Hello" on YouTube
"Hello" is a song by English singer and songwriter Adele. It was released on 23 October 2015

by XL Recordings as the lead single from her upcoming third studio album, 25. Following the
release of "Skyfall" in 2012, Adele embarked on a three-year hiatus. [2] During her sabbatical,
Adele suffered withwriter's block and rescheduled her studio sessions. Following this, Adele
returned to the studio and met with producer Greg Kurstin; during their sessions Adele had a
breakthrough and co-wrote "Hello" along with Kurstin, with the latter also producing the
record.[3][4] The session resulted in "Hello" being apiano ballad with soul influences, and lyrics
that discuss themes of nostalgia and regret.
Upon release, the song received acclaim from music critics, who compared it favourably to
Adele's previous work and praised the song's lyrics and Adele's vocals. "Hello" attained
international commercial success reaching number one in twenty-six countries including the
United Kingdom, where it became her second UK number-one single, following "Someone
Like You", and has the largest opening week sales in three years. [5] In the United States,
"Hello" debuted atop the BillboardHot 100, becoming Adele's fourth number-one on the chart
and breaking several records, including becoming the first song with over a million digital
sales in a week.[6]
The accompanying music video was directed by Xavier Dolan and co-stars Adele and Tristan
Wilds. The music video for the song broke the Vevo Record by achieving over 27.7 million
views within a 24-hour span, held previously by Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" which accumulated
20.1 million views in that timeframe.[7] It also broke the record for shortest time to attain 100
million Vevo views, previously held by Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball".[8] Adele promoted the
song with numerous live performances, including a performance of the song on a BBC onehour special, entitled Adele at the BBC.

Contents
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1Background
2Composition and lyrical interpretation
3Release and reception
4Commercial performance
5Music video
6Live performances
7Track listing
8Charts
9Certifications
10Release history

11See also
12References
13External links

Background
Following the release of 21 (2011), Adele was considering
quitting the music industry all together, stating she thought it
was better to "go out on a high". However, in early 2012 she
announced she was simply taking a hiatus from music in
order to "take time and live a little bit". [10] Her hiatus from

music came to an end after the birth of her first child in

October 2012, with Adele stating her son inspired her to start
Adele, speaking with Jenny
Eliscu andZane Lowe about "Hello"[9]
recording music again in order for him to "know what I do". [11]
[12] On 10 February 2013, she confirmed that she was in the
very early stages of her third album and was having meetings while staying in Los Angeles for
the Oscars.[13][14] Initially recording sessions for 25 were unsuccessful, in which Adele suffered
from writer's block. Adele rescheduled the album's recording stating she did not feel "ready",
but returned to the studio when her son was eighteen months old, which inspired her to write
an album about motherhood.[15][16] In an interview on BBC One, it was revealed that a whole
album about being a mother was written and scrapped because she thought the material was
"too boring".[17]
This song was a massive breakthrough for
me with my writing because it'd been pretty
slow up to this point, and I felt after I
worked with Greg Kurstin on this, it all
poured right out of me.

Adele continued to suffer with writers block, until she met with producer Greg Kurstin. During
the meeting with Kurstin, Adele had a breakthrough: "It all poured right out of me." [18] "Hello"
was written by Adele and Greg Kurstin and produced by the latter, who also played bass,
guitar, piano and keyboards, with Adele being credited as a drummer. [19] "Hello" was written
in Chiswick, London, something not normally done by Adele, who said she likes to write her
music at home.[20] The writing process for the song was slow, taking six months to complete.
Initially Adele and Kurstin started writing the first verse; finishing half of the song, six months
later Adele contacted Kurstin to finish the song with her, with Kurstin stating he was not sure
"if Adele was ever going to come back and finish it." [21]