Adele Releases Live Performance Of New Song ‘When We Were Young’

Just when your were coming off of her “Hello” high, Adele has dropped the second single from her third studio album 25 “When We were Young.”

Adele co-wrote the song with Tobias Jesso Jr., and she recently said, in an interview with SiriusXM, of the inspiration behind the track: “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. And where you can’t find the time to be in each other 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. . . . My favorite lyric in it is ‘You look like a movie, you sound like a song / My God this reminds me of when we were young.’””

Welcome Back Queen Adele

A few days ago, Adele announced her first album in more than four years, “25” would be release on November 20. Today, the queen dropped a new music video for “Hello,” the first single off her upcoming record.

You can find the entire track list here.

Unlike her last record 21, 25 isn’t going to be about heartbreak. “I’m making up with myself,” she wrote in a lengthy tweet Wednesday. “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold onto the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done.”

15 Recent Pop Songs That Weren’t Released as Singles (But Should Have Been)

Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus
Originally Posted on Billboard.com

These songs from Miley, JT, 1D and other pop superstars could have ignited radio, if they had just been given the chance.

Have you ever listened to a just-released album, gravitated toward one particular track and thought with certainty, “Oh, this song is definitely going to be a single!”? And then you wait, and other songs are chosen as singles from that album, and you keep waiting, and the album cycle ends… and you realize that the most obvious single choice (to you, at least) was never chosen?

We know that feeling of incredulity: there have been several high-profile pop projects over the past few years with out-and-out standout tracks that seem ripe for radio play… and yet, for one reason or another, they never make it there. These songs will forever exist as precious album cuts and fun hypotheticals for pop nerds to kick around. And, yes, your favorite hit-maker has a song that could (or did) make this list.

Check out 15 of the best pop songs from the past five years that weren’t released as singles before their respective artists’ album cycles came to a close, but really should have been:

Miley Cyrus, “#GETITRIGHT”

As a No. 1 pop album with multiple smash singles, Miley CyrusBangerz album was an anomaly for only having three official singles released. “We Can’t Stop” was the Mike WiLL-assisted reinvention and “Wrecking Ball” gave Cyrus her first Hot 100 No. 1 single, but after the somber, gorgeous “Adore You” was released as a follow-up in late 2013, the controversial pop star embarked on the Bangerz tour and ceased with the single releases. The logical fourth single that never was, of course, is this slinky Pharrell Williams cut, which Cyrus performed on television but never gave a music video or radio push. As breezy as “Wrecking Ball” was intense, “#GETITRIGHT” remains a stellar album cut, but not a single. #BUMMER.

Rihanna, “Lost In Paradise”

Rihanna has been startlingly good at selecting the most sensible singles from each of her seven albums; scan through her discography, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find too many irrepressible bangers that weren’t given a shot at radio. One of the exceptions to that rule is “Lost In Paradise,” the final track onUnapologetic that steps forward on a contemplative foot and explodes when Rihanna declares, “It may be wrong but it feels right, to be lost in paradise!” The song presented an interesting mix of pop elegance and techno animation, and more complex emotion than something like “Right Now.”

Justin Timberlake, “Let the Groove Get In”

Those searching for a Justin Timberlake dance floor burner to follow up “SexyBack” and “My Love” on The 20/20 Experience were rewarded roughly 47 minutes into the comeback album with the intricately energetic “Let the Groove Get In.” Stretching past the seven-minute mark, the Afro-pop-influenced collection of calls and responses seemed like the logical next step for JT after “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors,” but instead Timberlake pushed out “Tunnel Vision,” then quickly skipped ahead to the second half of The 20/20 Experience with “Take Back the Night.” If only one new album had been released, “Let the Groove Get In” could have been the stealth dance hit Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience opus curiously lacked.

Demi Lovato, “Something That We’re Not”

“Something That We’re Not,” from Demi Lovato‘s most recent album Demi, is the type of song that takes one listen to completely embrace: the big-haired pop-rock sound, the please-acknowledge-the-friend-zone concept and cheeky background of ‘hey!’s’ make the song one of Lovato’s most fully realized to date. The pop star gave “Really Don’t Care,” a Cher Lloyd collaboration in a similar vein, a proper single look, as well as more uptempo dance fare like “Heart Attack” and “Neon Lights.” All three of those tracks were Top 40 hits for Lovato, but none offer the unadulterated shout-along joy of “Something That We’re Not.”

Beyonce, “End of Time”

Real talk: “End of Time” is the catchiest song on Beyonce‘s 4 album, with a bulletproof chorus and masterful control of its melodies. Beyonce released a whole bunch of singles and videos from 4, delivering official clips for “Run The World (Girls),” “1+1,” “Best Thing I Never Had,” “Party,” “Love on Top” and “Countdown” before taking time off to deliver her first child, Blue Ivy Carter. Those six songs help make 4 one of Beyonce’s strongest full-lengths, and “End of Time” should have been squeezed into that group.

Taylor Swift, “State of Grace”

With singles like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “22” and “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” Taylor Swift‘s Red album represented the transition to mainstream pop that 1989 completed two years later. Here’s the best-kept secret of Red, though: it features the best straight-ahead rock song of Swift’s career. Opening track “State of Grace” pummels the listener with guitar riffs as towering as skyscrapers and a central theme — blindsiding love — that can be summed up with a 12-word chorus: “And I never saw you coming/And I’ll never be the same.” Released as a promotional single ahead of Red, “State of Grace” might have dominated alternative radio for months on end if a different artist had created it… but then again, no artist could have pulled off this anthem as well as Ms. Swift did.

Usher, “Show Me”

Usher‘s 2012 album Looking 4 Myself contains about five songs that could have been among the R&B king’s biggest Hot 100 hits, from the Luke Steele-assisted strut of the title track to the pre-“Get Lucky” style of the Pharrell Williams collaboration “Twisted.” “Show Me,” however, remains the most frustrating non-single, a classy throwback to Usher’s “U Remind Me” days that didn’t need to resort to studio gimmickry in order to sizzle. Remember those pained shrieks at the end of “Scream”? “Show Me” is the exact opposite of them: calm, collected, effortlessly cool.

Britney Spears, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful”

“Hold It Against Me,” “Till The World Ends” and “I Wanna Go” stood apart from the rest of Britney SpearsFemme Fatale album, and deserved to be the electro-pop project’s first three singles. But pour some out for Sabi and her would-be breakout moment, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful,” a Britney song with a gorgeous hook, an Auto-Tuned rap breakdown (from Sabi, not Britney), and lines like “You must be B-I-G/Because you got me hypnotized” and “Your body looks so sick, I think I caught the flu.” Top 40 radio never caught the “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” flu in 2011, but we sure did.

Katy Perry, “Double Rainbow”

Katy Perry struck a lot of different poses with her PRISM singles — tribal empowerment on “Roar,” trap-hop salaciousness with “Dark Horse,” goofy dance-pop on “This Is How We Do,” disco on “Birthday” — and while “Unconditionally” waved the stone-serious mid-tempo ballad flag admirably, “Double Rainbow” had the prettier pedigree. Produced by Greg Kurstin and co-written by Sia, Perry and Kurstin, “Double Rainbow” is not the powerhouse Sia co-write that Perry probably envisioned, but it’s arresting enough to warrant multiple rewinds. All the way, “Double Rainbow” — all the way.

Justin Bieber, “Roller Coaster”

True Beliebers understand that Justin Bieber‘s Journals tracks showcased an impressive level of R&B artistry during a tumultuous time in the former teen superstar’s career. Nowhere is this more clear than “Roller Coaster,” an understated funk delicacy with a savvy breakdown in the bridge leading into the glide of the chorus. Who says that all of Journals is downbeat? “Roller Coaster” certainly isn’t an international pop play like “As Long As You Love Me,” but it’s something more nuanced and ultimately smarter.

P!nk, “Are We All We Are”

Holy cow, does P!nk‘s The Truth About Love album start out strong: the 2012 full-length boasts “Are We All We Are,” “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “Try,” “Just Give Me a Reason” and “True Love” as its opening five tracks! The first of those five, of course, was the only one to not be released as a single — and what a shame, because “Are We All We Are” is a classic fist-pounding-against-chest P!nk single, a distant cousin to “So What” and an inspiring stomper vaguely reminiscent of P.O.D.’s “Youth of the Nation.” But, you know, in a good way!

Lady Gaga, “MANiCURE”

Lady Gaga‘s ARTPOP album has a few quietly stunning track sequences nestled within its 15 songs, and the lovably “MANiCURE” injects a jolt of energy into the middle section of the full-length. An underrated expansion of Gaga’s sound,ARTPOP still lacks the sort of otherworldly hooks that Fame Monster fans longed for — but “MANiCURE” totally hits its mark as a triumphant post-breakup romp, and is one of the instances on the album in which Gaga’s vocal performance is jubilantly unabashed. Perhaps if the album had been given a few more cracks at a smash hit, “MANiCURE” would have reached its potential as one.

One Direction, “Little Black Dress”

While One Direction swiveled toward arena rock on 2013’s Midnight Memories, “Little Black Dress” took a bite out of the power-pop of Cheap Trick and the Knack — and excellently so. Seriously, listen to this song and wrap your head around the fact that the Strokes haven’t made a rock song this good over the past decade. Maybe “Little Black Dress” wouldn’t have caught on at radio, but it’s a song that defiantly slays the image of 1D as a mainstream pop act, and goes a long way toward establishing their post-teenybopper cred.

Kesha, “Only Wanna Dance with You”

Some of Kesha‘s sophomore album Warrior sounds belabored, as if the electro-pop star’s crazy misadventures needed to be spelled out in extreme detail; meanwhile, “Only Wanna Dance With You” remains disarmingly sweet, a tale of two kids drinking wine on the cement outside of a 7-11, not wanting to develop feelings but knowing that they now exist. The airy ditty would have made for a lovely change-up to singles like “Die Young” and “C’Mon,” but continues to be a hidden gem for Kesha completists.

Adele, “I’ll Be Waiting”

As one of the biggest-selling albums of the century and the home of three No. 1 singles, Adele‘s 21 is an album that doesn’t have too many smudges on its resumé. Still, could the rousing “I’ll Be Waiting” have been the fourth No. 1 single had it been performed at one of the many awards cermeonies that Adele was sweeping in 2011-12? The uncharacteristically fast tempo, nifty piano refrain and brassy vocal take combine for one of the album’s most emphatic releases, and after “Set Fire to the Rain,” “I’ll Be Waiting” could have very well set Top 40 radio ablaze, had it been given the chance.

The 10 Most-Liked Songs Of All Time On Pandora

Pandora lets you teach it what to play by giving songs either a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.” It recently announced that users have voted with their thumbs a staggering 50 billion times — the equivalent of seven thumbs for every person on Earth.

Here are the 10 most popular songs of all time on Pandora.

10. The Fray, “How to Save a Life” — 15.6 million thumbs up
9. Adele, “Someone Like You” — 15.8 million thumbs up
8. Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)” — 16.2 million thumbs up
7. One Republic, “Counting Stars” — 16.3 million thumbs up
6. Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved” — 17.1 million thumbs up
5. Goo Goo Dolls, “Iris” — 17.3 million thumbs up
4. Mario, “Let Me Love You” — 17.4 million thumbs up
3. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” — 18.3 million thumbs up
2. Drake, “The Motto” — 19.0 million thumbs up
1. Journey, “Don’t Stop Believin’” — 20.2 million thumbs up

Consequence of Sound’s The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

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When the first minutes of the new year are soundtracked by Kanye West and Paul McCartney collaborating on an honest-to-god ballad, you know it’s going to be a weird one. Five days in, 2015 is positively strewn with our hopes and dreams. Some tremendous comebacks are already locked in: Sleater-Kinney’s set to release their new one in just a couple weeks, and the Decemberists are finally back from hiatus. Others, like Grimes and Frank Ocean, remain murky. But with new Kanye, new Kendrick, and new Radiohead on the horizon, who says we can’t be hopeful?

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PandaBearGrimLPPANDA BEAR – PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER

Release date: January 13th via Domino Recording Company

Why We’re Excited: Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox, akaPanda Bear, always seems to find a new tunnel into the psychedelia of the subconscious. His brand new solo full-length already feels heady with a title like Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, but the beautiful packaging suggests it could match his 2011 LP, Tomboy. The crisscrossing of pink and green lettering unfolds like an intricate envelope, showcasing the innards of Lennox’s bright vision of death.

We’ve already heard “Mr. Noah” and the rest of his surprise new EP. The three non-album B-sides show a hazy side of Panda Bear where anxious thoughts and jovial singing swim around in a hurry while managing to feel relaxing, too. We can only imagine what songs like “Davy Jones’ Locker” and “Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker” might sound like, but it’s likely they’re just as trippy and dark as they sound. –Nina Corcoran

Listen: “Mr. Noah”

Buy: Amazon The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

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Belle and Sebastian Girls In Peacetime Want To DanceBELLE AND SEBASTIAN – GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE

Release date: January 20th via Matador Records

Why We’re Excited: After 18 years of pristinely crafted, airtight indie pop, Belle and Sebastian fans shouldn’t be blamed for thinking they’ve got the band’s sound pretty firmly under thumb. That only makes the impending release of the Scottish band’s ninth studio album all the more interesting. By all accounts, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance will not be your typical Belle record. Frontman Stuart Murdoch, in a recent interview with The Guardian, said the record is indebted much more to synthpop, electronic music, and disco than anything the band’s ever done. He’s not kidding. The record’s lead single, “The Party Line”, ventures closer to Simple Minds than anything you’ll hear on classics like If You’re Feeling Sinister or The Boy with the Arab Strap. The only common thread is Murdoch’s fragile speak-sing whisper, but damn if it doesn’t sound good. Whether or not the band will be able to pull off the shift remains to be seen, but it promises to be an interesting listen. –Ryan Bray

Listen: “The Party Line”

Buy: Amazon The 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

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The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, albumTHE DECEMBERISTS – WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Release date: January 20th via Capitol Records

Why We’re Excited: It’s hard to believe that almost four years have passed since we last heard from Colin Meloy’s folk rock outfit The Decemberists. Following 2011’s The King Is Dead, Meloy and his bandmates took a well-earned break from touring and recording to focus on their families. According to the Portland singer-songwriter, this respite helped make their forthcoming LP, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, more personal and introspective than the band’s extravagant, outlandish back catalog.

Channeling the “bewildering, conflicting feeling” of raising one’s children in a world brimming with both terror and transcendence, lead single “Make You Better” sounds simultaneously disillusioned (“But we’re not so starry-eyed anymore/ Like the perfect paramour you were in your letters”) and staunchly optimistic. Peppered with buoyant keyboard lines and beaming female harmonies, the fulsome arrangement of longtime producer Tucker Martine (Thao, Laura Veirs) perfectly frames Meloy’s reedy, steadfast voice. As the track reaches its final chorus, he belts his lyrics atop the rising instrumental tide with a sense of resilience and fortitude: “It’d make you better, ohh hohh!”  –Henry Hauser

Listen: “Make You Better”

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This Day in Music History — November 7

1951 : Frank Sinatra marries his second wife, actress Ava Gardner. The marriage, her third, lasts six years and is credited for moving Sinatra into his “mature” phase as a singer, with Nelson Riddle stating: “It was Ava who did that, who taught him how to sing a torch song. That’s how he learned. She was the greatest love of his life and he lost her.”

1974 : Hard rocker Ted Nugent (The Amboy Dukes) becomes national squirrel shooting champion.

2003 : With tourism suffering because of the SARS outbreak, the Hong Kong government hires The Rolling Stones to perform a concert there to assure people it is safe. The rockers play to 13,000 people at the city’s Harbourfest.

2011 : Adele, just 23, has laser surgery on her vocal chords at a hospital in Boston. The singer had to cancel many tour dates in 2011 because of her throat problems.

This Day in Music History — October 18

1922 : The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.

1963 : Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 20 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).

1974 : Al Green’s “Grits Incident”: When a stewardess friend of Green’s shows up to meet the singer, he ends up at his Memphis home with her and his companion, Mary Woodson. When Green takes a bath, Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits in the tub, burning him badly before going in the next room and killing herself with his gun. Green takes these disturbing events as a sign from God and focuses his career on Gospel music and preaching.

1984 : Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding is born in Portland, Oregon. She won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, becoming the first Jazz artist to do so… while beating out nominee Justin Bieber in the process.

2008 : Adele is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing “Cold Shoulder” and “Chasing Pavements.” Sarah Palin is on the show, which leads to a huge audience and lots of exposure for Adele, which gives her a huge boost in America.

This Day in Music History — October 5

1979 : ABBA visits the White House while on tour for the first and only time in America. They meet President Carter’s daughter Amy, who is a big fan.

1997 : Garth Brooks fans snap up more than 139,000 tickets in less than four hours, selling out eight shows at Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon.

2002 : Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” goes from #52 to #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for biggest leap to the top spot. The previous record was held by The Beatles, whose “Can’t Buy Me Love” went from #27 to #1. Maroon 5 beat Clarkson’s record in 2007 when “It Makes Me Wonder” rose to the top spot from #64.

2012 : Adele posts her new theme to Skyfall, the 23rd film in the James Bond series, at 0:07 AM BST. The theme song, written by Adele and her songwriting partner Paul Epworth, featured a 77-piece backing orchestra. In an informal Billboard poll, 69% of responses voted it the best theme to a Bond film ever.

Aretha Franklin Covers Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin got a standing ovation for her rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on Late Night With David Letterman last night.

Whitney Houston’s mother 81-year-old Cissy Houston, who sang back-up for Franklin in the 1960s, was among the singers.

Franklin, 72, has an upcoming classics tribute album, and “Rolling in the Deep” made the cut.

Franklin, 72, has an upcoming classics tribute album, and "Rolling in the Deep" made the cut.

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She even manages to sneak in a bit of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to make it even grander. The album, aptly titled Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, comes out Oct. 21 on RCA Records.

Franklin dips into perfect classics, like Etta James’ “At Last” and Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.”

Franklin dips into perfect classics, like Etta James' "At Last" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."

But also delves into more recent hits, like Alicia Keys’ “No One.” She’s reportedly been working with Babyface, Daryl Simmons, André 3000, Clive Davis, and other producers.

The full tracklist:

1. “At Last” (Etta James cover)
2. “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele cover)
3. “Midnight Train To Georgia” (Gladys Knight & the Pips cover)
4. “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor cover)
5. “People” (Barbra Streisand cover)
6. “No One” (Alicia Keys cover)
7. “I’m Every Woman” (Chaka Khan cover) / “Respect”
8. “Teach Me Tonight” (Dinah Washington cover)
9. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes cover)
10. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor/Prince cover)

Must feel pretty good to have a legend cover your music.

Aretha Franklin's Cover Of "Rolling In The Deep" Is Majestic

You can pre-order the album at iTunes or Amazon.

Listen to the recorded version below.

And tell us what you think!