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Adele
Writer(s) Adele, Ryan Tedder
Producer(s) Ryan Tedder
B-side "Turning Tables" (released simultaneously)
Released November 5, 2011 (UK)
March 1, 2012 (US)
Length 3:43
From 21
Singles "Rolling in the Deep"
"Someone Like You"
"Set Fire to the Rain"
"Rumour Has It"
"Turning Tables"
21 track listing
"Turning Tables"

"Rumour Has It" is a song by the English singer-songwriter Adele and the final single from her second studio album, 21. [1] The song was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder while the production was handled by Tedder. Adele revealed that the song was not inspired by the media but it was aimed at her friends who believed things they heard about her, specifically rumors involving her breakup with her boyfriend. Musically, "Rumour Has It" contains jazz, blues, and pop elements accompanied by a stomp beat and piano. It was released as the fourth and final single from 21 in the United States. [2] In addition, it was originally planned to be the fourth track on the album rather than the second. [3]

The song received generally positive reviews from critics who praised Adele's voice and the song's "catchiness." Even without having been released as a single, the song charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 39 and topped the Triple A chart. In the Netherlands, the record was released as the fourth single of the album, after "Rolling in the Deep", "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Someone Like You." By Februaray 2013, The track has received a 2x Platinum certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 2,000,000 units in the US. It has been covered by Jeremih and by Glee cast during the episode "Mash Off", with Adele's other song "Someone Like You". Adele added the song to the set list on her second worldwide tour Adele Live. [2]

"Turning Tables" was released as the song's B-Side. The two were released simultaneously as singles, although "Turning Tables" did not receive airplay as an official single in the US; instead, it received airplay as a non-official single, with "I'll Be Waiting".

Although "Rumour Has It" proved to be extremely successful, it was the least successful of all four official singles from 21 (not including "Turning Tables", which received an unofficial US release), as it did not reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 like the album's previous three singles; "Rumour Has It" did chart on the Hot 100, though, peaking at #16.

BackgroundEdit

"Rumour Has It" was written by Adele and Ryan Tedder and produced by Tedder. Talking about the collaboration with Tedder on "Rumour Has It", Adele revealed: "You can really tell when you hear a Ryan Tedder song, which I liked, but I wanted to come out with something that would surprise everyone when it was us two put together, so we came out with this sort of bluesy-pop stomping song really." Adele explained that the song was not inspired by the media, but was aimed at her own friends, who frequently spread rumours about her break-up with her boyfriend: "People might think it's about blogs and magazines and papers, but it's not. It's about my own friends believing stuff that they hear about me, which is pretty mortifying really." Adele said that "Rumour Has It" and "Rolling in the Deep" were lyrically opposite of "Someone Like You". She said that she wrote "Someone Like You" after she was tired of "being such a bitch" with "Rolling in the Deep" or "Rumour Has It." [2] Adele later told the English newspaper The Sun about the inspiration for this tune:

I'd been away for about 18 months, going straight from the UK to America. When I go back I went for lunch with some of my girlfriends and one of them said, 'I heard you're going out with blah blah.' I was like, 'Who? I've never even heard of that person? I've never even met them.' I just thought it was funny. I had to set the record straight with my own girlfriends who know and love me. [4]

On 28 October, during an interview with Billboard, Columbia Records revealed that "Rumour Has It" will be released as the third single from the album and serviced to pop and adult contemporary radio. However, the release of the song was scrapped and "Set Fire to the Rain" was released as the third US-single on 21 November 2011. A spokesperson for Columbia, Pete Cosenza stated: "Our research found more programmer preference for 'Set Fire to the Rain'. [...] Both 'Rumour' and 'Fire' came back strong, but 'Fire' was a bit stronger. [...] It's a better plan to go with 'Fire' over 'Rumour' at pop and adult radio." [2] After the 2012 Grammy Awards "Rumour Has It" was confirmed as the fourth single from 21 in the United States. Adele collaborator Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote the song with Adele and produced it, revealed the news on the Grammy red carpet on 12 February: "I found out three days ago that I have the next single," Tedder told Billboard. "I'm very excited about it." [5]

Adele herself compared the song to "Rolling in the Deep" on several occasions, describing the two as having a similar vibe and admitting that she was tired of being "bitchy" on both tracks. [6]

Ryan Tedder confirmed that prior to the release of "Rumour Has It", country singer Faith Hill had expressed interest in covering the song for her upcoming album, Illusion. Tedder insisted that the song was not a demo and therefore could not be used, resulting in Hill's decision to cover "Come Home" by Tedder's band, OneRepublic, instead. [7]

CompositionEdit

"Rumour Has It" is a percussion-driven jazz number which contains blues elements while Adele described as a "bluesy pop stomping song". Ian Walker of AbsolutePunk wrote that the song "details the complexity that would obviously come with being a part of multiple love triangles." In the stripped-down piano bridge Adele's vocals carry a "twinge of sweetness" before "being rushed away by the infectious chorus once more" as stated by Walker. Noel Murray of The A.V. Club found a "persuasive backbeat" and soul comparing the song to Adele's earlier material during her first studio album 19 (2008) due to their similar instrumentation consisting of piano and guitars. Ian Wade of BBC Online wrote that the song "channels the avenging rock'n'roll soul of Wanda Jackson." Tom Townshend of MSN Music found a "similar primal stomp" to "Rolling in the Deep" (2011) which made a "pacey, hypnotic, funk, interrupted by sublime symphonic blues." According to the sheet music published by Universal Music Publishing Group at the website Musicnotes.com, "Rumour Has It" is written in the key of D Minor. [8] It is set in a time signature of common time with an up-tempo beat of 126 beats per minute. It incorporates pop, adult alternative, pop rock and neo soul elements while Adele's vocal ranges from the note of D3 to the note of B4. [2]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Ian Walker of AbsolutePunk commented that in "Rumour Has It", Adele is "equal parts demeaning and seductive, flitting between emotional poles with an impressive elegance that's all too rare in today's music scene." While reviewing 21, Allmusic's Matt Collar concluded that "Rumour Has It" and "He Won't Go" are "terrifically catchy, booty-shaking numbers, and exactly the kind of songs you want and expect from Adele." Noel Murray of The A.V. Club wrote that the song was "overpowering", while Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly praised Adele's voice comparing it with The Shangri-Las. Chris Parkin of NME called it "a swamp song so perfectly shadowy David Lynch might be fond of it."] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times found "hollow counterpoint vocals, and a daringly morbid bridge that jerks away from the song’s rhythm, before once again acceding to it." Matthew Cole of Slant Magazine concluded that when Adele sings an adventurous arrangement like the "spooky Tin Pan Alley blues" on "Rumour Has It", she "sounds every bit the phenomenon the press has made her out to be." Joanne Dorken of MTV UK said that the song is a "bluesy/soul anthem [which] shows a more sassy side to Adele. With its banging drums, infectious beats and cheeky lyrics, you can't help but tap your feet to this up-tempo number from Miss. Adkin." PopMatters' Jer Fairall called "Rumour Has It" a "booming John Barry homage." [2]

A writer of URB compared Adele's voice with a "'[19]40s, piano-vixen lounge singer." John Murphy of musicOMH wrote that "Rumour Has It has more sass, a brilliant blues/soul anthem with more fantastic drumming and a cute lyrical twist at the end." While reviewing 21, Gary McGinley of No Ripcord called the song a "potential single" from the album, while Ian Wade of BBC Online called it a "literally banging" song. Jim Farber of Daily News wrote that Adele "mined a bayou stomp" the catchy "Rumour Has It." Allison Stewart of The Washington Post wrote that "'Rumour Has It' is set in a fictional universe where Dusty Springfield fronts the Ronettes." Sputnikmusic's Joseph Viney chose the song as the best on the album, praising its "pounding drums, sweet vocal harmonies and a tale of love both won and lost with some alacrity." [2] Nima Baniamer of Contactmusic.com gave a positive review of the song in its review of the album; he further wrote that the song "exemplifies" Adele's ability to write "truly brilliant music". [9]

PopCrush has referred to it as their #1 song of 2012 so far. [10] Despite the critical acclaim, "Rumour Has It" was the least successful single from the album (not including "Turning Tables", which received an unofficial US release); it peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart but never made it to #1 (or the Top 10, for that matter), unlike the previous three singles.

Chart performanceEdit

"Rumour Has It" has charted on various formats, including the Rock Songs chart peaking at number 28 and the Triple A chart, where it reached the top position for one week in August 2011. It has also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 96 for the week ending 3 August 2011. As of January 2013, "Rumour Has It" sold 2 million copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan, and should be noted that the song sold 1 million copies before its single release. The track already has a history on the singles chart. "Rumour" reached No. 60 on the Hot 100 in December, fueled largely by the "Glee" cast's exposure of the song. The same week, the TV troupe bowed at No. 11 with its mash-up of the song and Adele's "Someone Like You".  The song reached a peak of 16 for three weeks in a row on the Billboard Hot 100. [2] Despite it charting before a single release, it is still the lowest charting single from the album (not including "Turning Tables", which did not have an international release).

Cancelled music videoEdit

A music video for the single was strongly hinted at by Adele's manager, Jonathan Dickins, who stated:

We're looking into maybe doing an official video, looking at somebody. It's the fourth and last single from this record. [11]

It was rumored that the official video for the song may just be the live performance of the song from Live at the Royal Albert Hall, as that is what they did with the official videos for the last two singles from the album, "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Turning Tables".

"Rumour Has It" is the first official Adele single to not receive a music video, although her collaboration with The Raconteurs on the track "Many Shades of Black" did not receive an official video, either. Confirmation of "Rumour Has It" not having a video never directly came, but was implied when Adele released "Skyfall" as her next single and then gave birth to her first child a few weeks later. The most likely reason for the video being cancelled was that Adele was simply too busy to try and make a video for the track. This also officially marked the end of the 21 era.

Live performances and media usage Edit

Live performancesEdit

Adele added the song to the set list on her second worldwide tour Adele Live. She also performed the song during the 2011 iTunes Festival in London. During most live performances of the song, including the performance at the Royal Albert Hall, Adele ended it by sticking out both of her middle fingers. [12][13] American singer Jeremih covered the song during Billboard's Mashup Mondays. During an interview he said: "I know you probably haven't heard this type of sound from my voice, so I just wanted to touch it. And see what I could do with it. [...] The bridge is my favorite part. It showcased my vocals entirely, being so bare, just the keys and guitar. At first I was going to switch from keys to strings, but that was just too much." Jessica Letkemann of Billboard praised Jeremih's tenor and his "dusky-yet-feminine voice" saying that he was "centered on stripping the song's instrumentation down." During the cover, Jeremih made references to Vanilla Ice, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury. [2]

Media usageEdit

"Rumour Has It" was used in several television shows, including [episode titles in parentheses]: Grey's Anatomy ("This Is How We Do It"), The Lying Game ("Pilot"), Ringer ("That's What You Get For Trying to Kill Me"), and Pan Am ("Secrets and Lies"). [14]

Cover versionsEdit

Amber Riley, Naya Rivera and Heather Morris sang a mash-up of "Someone Like You" and "Rumour Has It" during Glee's episode "Mash Off" which aired on 15 November 2011. However, the cover was posted online on 10 November. Jenna Mullins of E! Online praised the cover saying that it will "knock your socks right off" and a writer for OK! described it as "AMAZE-ing". Erica Futterman of Rolling Stone noted that the cover was "one of the greatest things the show has done [so far]." Similarly, Billboard's Raye Votta commented that the cover was "arguably the best performance 'Glee' has done since 'Don't Stop Believin'.'" Their version of the song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 while selling 160,000 digital downloads in its first week and became the fifth highest digital sales week by a Glee Cast single. In Canada, the song debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 at number 12, selling 14,000 downloads. The mash-up also peaked at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart, number 28 in Australia and number 19 on the Irish Singles Chart. [2]

Katharine McPhee also covered the song on the TV series Smash. When asked about her performance of the song, she stated: "I’ve been obsessed with her record for like the last year, much like the rest of the world. It was originally in the script and then it got cut out and I actually had to fight for it.” [15]

Cover artEdit

There were several different covers for the single released, but there were three main ones heavily promoted and used as the official cover. According to Wikipedia, though, the first image (shown below) is the official one, while the second and third ones were simply heavily used fan-made images. [2]

Another reference shows the first image as the official cover art and cites Columbia Records as the source for the image, indicating that it is the official cover art. [16]

LyricsEdit

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Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh...

She, she ain't real
She ain't gon' be able to love you like I will
She is a stranger
You and I have history or don't you remember?
Sure, she's got it all
But, baby, is that really what you want?

Bless your soul, you've got your head in the clouds
You made a fool out of you, and boy, she's bringing you down
She made your heart melt, but you're cold to the core
Now rumour has it she ain't got your love anymore

Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh

She is half your age
But I'm guessing that's the reason that you stayed[17]
I heard you've been missing me
You've been telling people things that you shouldn't be
Like when we creep out and she ain't around
Haven't you heard the rumours?

Bless your soul, you've got your head in the clouds
You made a fool out of me, and boy, you're bringing me down
You made my heart melt, yet I'm cold to the core
But rumour has it I'm the one you're leaving her for

Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh

All of these words whispered in my ear
Tell a story that I cannot bear to hear
Just 'cause I said it, it don't mean that I meant it
People say crazy things
Just 'cause I said it, don't mean that I meant it
Just 'cause you heard it

Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh
Rumour has it, ooh

But rumour has it he's the one I'm leaving you for

References and notesEdit

  1. http://www.billboard.com/news/adele-s-manager-talks-grammys-tour-rumour-1006191952.story#/news/adele-s-manager-talks-grammys-tour-rumour-1006191952.story
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumour_Has_It_(Adele_song)
  3. http://www.adele.tv/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=39161&start=110
  4. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=21900
  5. http://www.billboard.com/news/adele-s-next-21-single-rumour-has-it-1006182752.story#/news/adele-s-next-21-single-rumour-has-it-1006182752.story
  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKAQ4baruqc
  7. http://fresh1027.cbslocal.com/2012/08/15/rumour-has-it-faith-hills-cover-of-onerepublics-come-home-was-a-surprise/
  8. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0091336
  9. http://www.contactmusic.com/album-review/adele-21
  10. http://popcrush.com/top-songs-2012/
  11. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/legal-and-management/exclusive-adele-s-manager-jonathan-dickins-1006188352.story#gvqTfqWm6LyZCOwv.99
  12. http://www.adele.tv/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20212
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXottBGAQp8
  14. Adele - The Biography, pg. 202
  15. http://ryanseacrest.com/2012/02/13/exclusive-watch-katharine-mcphee-sing-adeles-rumor-has-it-video/
  16. http://popcrush.com/adele-rumor-has-it/
  17. In some live performances of the song, Adele changes the lyrics "But I'm guessing that's the reason that you stayed" to "But I'm guessing that's the reason that you strayed".


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