Singer Adele’s eagerly awaited first single in three years entitled Hello, is already a record breaker.
Fans are downloading and viewing it in droves proving that Adele is well and truly back.
Last year it was widely reported the multi-award winning singer was too happy to write. The star’s previous mega-selling albums 19 and 21 contained brilliant ballads inspired by the agony of a broken heart, referred to by many as break-up records.
Now happily coupled up and a mother of one it seemed Adele was struggling to write another epic album without the inspiration of a tortured soul. Happily she seems to have been able to have tuned into a bit of misery to write her new single, which she denies is the sequel to her tear-jerker ballad Someone Like You.
Her new album entitled 25 is out on November 20. No doubt her record executives are sighing with relief that she was able to find some angst within.
It seems Adele isn’t the only artist who needs misery to make millions. Pop star Annie Lennox formerly of the Eurythmics, also admitted recently that she stopped writing songs because she became too happy. She credited her third husband with her newfound bliss. Lennox claimed in an interview that there was a part of her that feels quite complete and she no longer needed to express herself, though she does still feel the need to sing.
There may be some truth in the notion of the tortured soul and the link to creativity. Creative people are usually great thinkers. They will ruminate constantly on their thoughts, trying to make sense out of their worlds and emotions. It seems angst definitely has creative perks and melancholy moods change people into more creative artists. Greatness can sometimes come from extreme pain.
Take one of the greatest break-up records of all times for instance; Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. The five piece band consisted of two couples in the midst of the breakdown of their romantic relationships.
One couple were married and going through a divorce, the other couple had been living together for many years and were splitting up.
The drummer of the band, Mick Fleetwood, was also dealing with his own messy love life. The air in the studio whilst recording in 1977 was reportedly filled with accusations, adversity and spite. It took a year to record the album.
They managed to channel their anger, love and hurt into one of the biggest-selling and most revered albums in history. Stevie Nicks many years later, said the album was created from trauma, but it was almost worth going through it when you see the timeless end product that is still reaching new audiences some 38 years later.
A similar example of misery creating greatness was the break-up of the two married couples in Abba. Who can forget the massive 1980 hit The Winner Takes It All accompanied by a melancholy video of a woman reflecting on her lost love? You couldn’t help but imagine the private sorrow that must have been felt by Agnetha (the blonde Abba female) as she sang words written by her former husband after their divorce. Words that seemed to be biographical references for her. The word ‘awkward’ springs to mind. Agnetha commented that it was quite a while afterwards before she realised that they’d made a small masterpiece with that particular song.
We may not all be destined to create a masterpiece and become millionaires out of our sorrow, but we may be able to enrich our own lives through the simple act of writing down our problems. Research has revealed that emotional writing (writing for therapeutic purposes) is good for our health.
Experts believe there’s something about the act of writing that helps us change how we feel about our lives. Psychologists have found writing about your feelings can help the brain overcome emotional upsets and leave you feeling happier. In studies, men seemed to benefit from writing about their emotions more than women. The reason for this was thought to be that women are more used to expressing their feelings with words, where as for men it was more of a novel experience.
The findings suggest that becoming a Bridget Jones-type diarist, composing poetry and writing song lyrics can help us get over emotional distress. It certainly worked for Adele, she transcribed her heartache into a veritable fortune!