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Music of Adele for Concert Band Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No pop artist is currently more universally popular or successful than Adele.  Her second studio album, 21, was the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012.  It featured three #1 hits, spent 24 weeks at #1 in the U.S. – the first album to do so since 1985, and has sold over 26 million copies through 2012!  The #1 single Rolling in the Deep is the fourth song in history to win Grammy awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the same year, and with over 7,600,000 copies sold, it is the highest selling digital song by a female artist in the U.S., and the second-highest overall.  Add to that an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie theme which she both co-wrote and performed, and you have an artist riding the crest of success.  There are several Adele hits available for concert band that are perfect for spring concert programming and community bands, and are sure to be a hit with your students and audience!

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Adele in Concert
arr. Michael Brown
Grade 3
Certified Diamond with over 10 million copies sold, Adele’s second studio release 21, topped the charts in 30 countries, including spending 24 weeks at #1 in the U.S. – the first album to do so since 1985!  Michael Brown’s great-sounding arrangement features all three #1 singles from the album: Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, and Set Fire to the Rain.

Rolling in the Deep
arr. Robert Longfield – Grade 1.5
arr. James Kazik – Grade 2
Winning 3 Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video, hit single Rolling in the Deep from the album 21 by Adele is the biggest crossover hit in the U.S. from the past 25 years!  Spending 65 weeks on the charts, your students will love the opportunity to play this hit that Adele describes as a “dark, bluesy gospel disco tune.”

Skyfall
arr. Jay Bocook
Grade 3
The theme to the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall was co-written and performed by popular British singer-songwriter, Adele.  Featuring musical characteristics of previous Bond movie themes with hints of THE James Bond Theme thrown in for good measure, Skyfall won both an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.  Faithful to the original, Jay Bocook’s arrangement for band is sure to spark your students, and be a hit with your audience!

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