Chalking up two consecutive weeks after debuting at #1 on the Billboard albums chart, Adele‘s 21 has sold over 520,000 copies in the U.S., making it the year’s best-selling set yet. Back in her native UK, the news is even better: 21 has sat on top for six weeks since its January release, with over 1 million copies now in the hands of fans. And the singer’s set looks like a solid lock for seven when the official UK charts are updated later today, with second single “Someone Like You” expected to hold at #1 for a fourth week.
Adele’s astounding sophomore run has other recording artists going cover crazy over her new tunes, with men mostly riding her considerable coattails. “Rolling In The Deep” has been covered by Mike Posner (meh), Young The Giant (better), and Alex Gardner (best, admitting major bias since the young Scotsman is also super-easy on the eyes). Now covers of “Someone Like You” are beginning to roll in, with this past week bringing a worthy entry from Friends Electric.
The Welsh electropop quartet bathes “Someone Like You” in a warm synth glow that renders their take utterly winsome. If I had a) a time machine and b) John Hughes’ contact info, I’d hop in my DeLorean and convince the director that Friends Electric’s cover of Adele’s heartbroken number was meant to score a crushing scene in which Molly Ringwald’s misfit male bestie accepts that the redhead with whom he’s still besotted after all these years is content with her beau-hunk, setting up the film’s eventual climax in which the two friends are reunited after her seemingly fairy-tale pairing unravels and Ringwald realizes where her heart has really belonged all this time. Hear here:
Adele, of course, appreciates a good cover song or three. In addition to recording The Cure’s “Lovesong” on 21 (a recent Sunday Cover Story), she sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for her VH1 Unplugged performance, and while on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, she picked a recent UK pop hit, Cheryl Cole’s “Promise This.”
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