Most of the biggest stars in the music industry work regularly with other bands, and artists who score catchy hits and release hit albums often rely on duets with other powerhouses to stay as popular as them. . Not Adele. Since the start of her generation-defining career, Adele has completely reversed this trend, preferring to perform on her own, with her relevance still going strong. But Adele has teamed up with others, though such collaborations are rare.
In the 15 years that Adele has released music, she has offered only a handful of suitable collaborations, including two appearing on her new album. 30, a departure for the Oscar winner.
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Let’s review – and classify – all of Adele’s collaborations.
6. “Be divine” with Ricsta
This is by far Adele’s lesser-known collaboration, one that doesn’t match her discography at all. Ricsta’s tune is an electronic flashback ready for clubs. Released in 2006, “Be Divine” predated Adele’s signing on a record label, but her vocal talent is still evident on the song. The song was never ranked anywhere in the world, and it was largely forgotten over the course of its career.
5. “Easy on Me” with Chris Stapleton
Only available on the Target Exclusive Deluxe Edition of 30, Adele invited Chris Stapleton to join her on the chart-topping track “Easy on Me”. The country musician doesn’t have his own verse, nor even lyrics that differ from the original. He’s largely relegated to the role of a background singer, although his superstar status earns him some credit.
4. “Need You Now” with Darius Rucker
This is a cover collaboration that somehow works although it is an unexpected partnership. Rucker began his career as the frontman of rock band Hootie and the Blowfish before skipping genres and working in country, an area in which he has enjoyed incredible success for over a decade. He and Adele performed Lady A’s (then known as Lady Antebellum) song “Need You Now” at the 2010 CMT Artists of the Year Awards, and they delivered a moving rendition of the hit, right in front of the trio. Adele then included the duo in the Deluxe Edition of 21.
3. “Water and a Flame” with Daniel Merriweather
When Daniel Merriweather released his first album Love & War in 2009, Adele was the bigger star of the two, as she had already become a household name in the UK and won two Grammys. Her inclusion in the singer’s first outing probably played a small part in her rapid success, although the single they worked on, “Water and a Flame”, was not as huge as it should have been. to be. The laid-back pop / R & B / soul song did not make it to the UK lead song charts, despite its popularity and the quality of the song.
2. “Many Shades of Black” with the Raconteurs
The pairing of Adele and the Raconteurs seems strange, but their collaboration works wonderfully. the original version of the song features band leader Jack White singing the lyrics, but for a special take the two don’t really do a duet, as Adele covers the entire track. The song was released on the Deluxe Edition of Adele’s debut album 19. A matter of horn and guitar, Adele’s performance proves that she has what it takes to enter the world of rock.
1. “Parking all night” with Erroll Garner
“All Night Parking” marks the first track from an Adele album that credits another artist, at least on a standard tracklist and not deluxe. The song is sandwiched in the middle of 30, and it’s unlike anything the superstar has ever released. It’s a wonderful blend of old-fashioned musicality and modern mixing, as it takes a piano recording made many years ago and uses modern technology to make it current. Erroll Garner is presented posthumously, as the jazz pianist died in 1977.
Before becoming the Adele that the world knows and loves today, she found work as a background singer on two songs by British indie rock / soul musician Jack Peñate. Adele’s voice can barely be heard on “Every Glance” and “My Yvonne”, but she’s in there. Adele didn’t get credit on any of the tracks, so they don’t really count in her discography.