Pop sensation Adele has released her first new track in six years after eager anticipation from her fans and the music world.
The 33-year-old singer bares her soul in comeback single Easy On Me - and she did not disappoint, with fans calling her a “genius”, and her song a “perfect storm of emotions”.
Keen listeners streamed the single as soon as it was released at midnight, with the music video on Adele’s YouTube channel surpassing half a million views just half an hour after it premiered.
The video passed five million views just over three-and-a-half hours later, and became the number one song on iTunes US in a couple of hours.
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Adele said 30, the album she will release in November, was her attempt at explaining her divorce from charity boss husband Simon Konecki - father to her son Angelo - in 2019.
Easy On Me sees the singer apparently directly addressing her ex-husband and son while explaining why she left her marriage.
The stirring video, shot in black-and-white and filmed in Canada last month, features Adele taking a last look around an empty house before picking up her suitcase, putting on sunglasses and leaving.
She climbs into her car and drives off, passing a “sold” sign outside what was her family home.
“Go easy on me, baby,” Adele sings over a piano as she drives past a newly married couple.
“I was still a child, didn’t get the chance to feel the world around me, I had no time to choose what I chose to do.”
Later, seemingly speaking to Konecki and Angelo, Adele sings: “You can’t deny how hard I tried, I changed who I was to put you both first but now I give up.”
She adds: “I had good intentions, and I had these hopes, but I know it now, it probably doesn’t even show.”
The video, shot in Quebec with director Xavier Dolan, ends on a light-hearted note, with a behind-the-scenes clip showing Adele being blown by a wind machine.
It was filmed at the same house as the music video for Adele’s 2015 smash hit Hello.
Fans shared their reactions on one of the most eagerly awaited releases in recent years. Many noticed the familiar setting of the video.
Others let memes describe how they were feeling.
A lot of memes.
As expected from Adele's often personal and raw writing in her music, fans were left in tears.
Many enjoyed the artistry and Adele being Adele.
She "makes history".
Others appreciated the deeper meaning behind the heartfelt song.
"Thank you Adele"
Adele's previous albums – 19, 21 and 25 – have all been global hits. 21 and 25 both won album of the year at the Grammys, and fans are already predicting an addition to those trophies.