Adele says ‘Hello’… and Ellen DeGeneres picks up
You’re regarded as one of the best voices in the music industry, with matching accolades for your songwriting skills. You’ve won awards and you’re damn rich. What do you do if you’re lonely? If you’re Adele, you pick up the phone and call… Ellen DeGeneres?
After a long hiatus, Adele is back with her third album, 25, that she’s set to launch on November 20. To whet people’s appetite, she released her first single, “Hello”, on the music-video website Vevo last October 23.
Since its release, the music video was viewed 90 million times or an average of one million times per hour during the first 48 hours, according to YouTube. At its peak of 1.6 million views, the music video beat out the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with its record of 1.2 million views per hour.
It also beat out Taylor Swift’s last music video, “Bad Blood”, with 27.7 million single-day views against 20.1 million single-day views respectively. Not bad for a song about regret-calling, eh?
Adele sings… and Ellen DeGeneres spoofs
So where does Ellen come in?
Ellen being Ellen, the talk show host showed a video on her TV show that was slightly different than the one featuring Adele. In this one, Adele– all in black-and-white– makes the call and starts singing.
At the other end, Ellen– in regular color– answers the call using one of those old-time blocky mobile phones. (You can’t blame Ellen; Adele was using a flip phone, for crying out loud.)
It’s all downhill from there as Ellen has to deal with a lousy signal, noisy potato chips, and Adele’s slow lyrics.
Unfortunately, Ellen gets another call, this time from Drake’s own phone-themed song, and puts Adele on hold. When she gets back to her, Adele’s gone. When Ellen goes back to Drake, he’s gone as well. (Not bad: two dropped calls in a span of a few seconds.)
Ellen gives it up, but the phone rings again for a third– classic– phone-themed song. Can you guess who?
Adele being serious… no, seriously
You can’t blame Ellen though for coming up with this spoof. After all, Adele hit it big with songs that drew on the collective pain of heart break and regret of people everywhere.
As Adele said in a statement, “My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”
However, she’s not about to dwell on past ex-boyfriends who broke her heart. “No, it’s not about anyone specifically. It’s about friends, ex-boyfriends, it’s about myself, it’s about my family. It’s also about my fans as well. I feel like everyone thinks I’m so far away and I’m not. Everyone thinks I live in f–king America, I don’t,” she said in an interview.
Like she said, “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”
Good for her. Now if she could only get a good signal from wherever she’s calling…
Check out Adele’s music video and Ellen’s spoof below.