Adele has been quiet on social media since she bailed on the end of her tour due to vocal stress. Her silence–both in the real world and online–has left fans eager to see a post from the songstress in their feeds. Her return was a fairly anti-climactic ode to the haunted holiday.
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Adele may never tour again due to issues with her voice, but the singer’s recent interest in film might be more than just a passing fancy. The rumor mill has churned out news that Adele is in talks to appear in a film adaptation of the musical “Oliver.”
The only thing bigger than Adele’s voice may be her heart. The singer showed as much recently for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The blaze in the West London public housing building killed 80 and injured 74, rocking the U.K. and the world with its devastation.
Adele has been vocal about the tragedy in her efforts to help raise money for survivors. Whether she was attending vigils for those lost or trying to cheer up the emergency first responders, the London native has demonstrated her love for those effected again and again. Back when she was still touring, she even raised money on stage.
Adele has made it sound like she’d never tour again. Adele announced that she was canceling the end of her last tour just days after a letter she wrote made it seem like she might stop touring forever. She’s been quiet since the cancellation–literally, she’s been using sign language to try and preserve her voice. Despite her struggles with the spoken word, Adele can clearly still sign her name.
The proof of that comes from a new report claiming Adele has signed a new deal with SESAC (the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers) for her performing rights representation in the United States. Apparently, SESAC will be handling all the legal business for Adele when it comes to performing live in the U.S., including live performances on stage, radio or TV. Anyone wanting to cover “Hello” or “Rolling in the Deep” has to go through SESAC to get the rights.
The move is a change for Adele, who was signed to BMI. SESAC, BMI and ASCAP are the three big performing rights names in the country, and Adele has moved to the smallest of the three. But does the move mean anything for her live performances?
Adele is willing to try anything when it comes to saving her voice. The singer cancelled the last two shows of her tour due to concerns about her vocal chords. Now, anonymous sources say they saw Adele taking drastic measures to save her voice. Apparently, Adele was checking out a posh prospective private school for her son but she couldn’t exactly ask any questions.
“Adele wasn’t making a sound, even if she was asked a direct question by people unaware of her vocal issues she wouldn’t be tempted to answer,” a source says. Adele’s husband, Simon Konecki, had to serve as an interpreter for Adele as she struggled not to speak but still tried to be understood.
“It was almost funny at times because he joked that it was her made-up sign language,” the source says of Simon. Adele apparently wasn’t so amused, though: “It looked like it was really frustrating her and she stroked her throat a few times as if it was hurting her.”
Apparently, looking for a school in London means that the couple is not moving their family to Los Angeles. As Adele considers retiring from touring, she’s apparently preparing to settle down in the British capital.
“They said pretty firmly that they were back in the UK now for good after spending some time in Los Angeles,” the source adds.
(Photo credit: Adele Instagram account)
Adele’s touring career may officially be over. Days after hinting at tour retirement, the singer has cancelled her remaining tour dates. On Friday, the singer issued an apology explaining that once again her vocal chords are becoming a problem.
After performing two nights in Wembley, Adele visited her doctor when her vocal chords didn’t open up and “it turns out I have damaged my vocal cords.” Due her current situation, Adele has decided to cancel her final two shows scheduled in London. “To say I’m heart broken would be a complete understatement,” she wrote in a statement.
The singer’s shows were expected to have a turnout of 100,000 concertgoers for each night and Adele admits she is struggling with the decision: “I’m sorry. I’m devastated.”
Read Adele’s full statement below.
(Photo credit: Adele Instagram account)