In , Stereogum ,  Rolling Stone ,  and Pitchfork  ranked the song as the 39th, 64th, and 71st best song of the s, respectively. The song debuted at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart in late-January due to strong digital downloads from Following a live performance of the song at the BRIT Awards , it climbed 46 places from the previous week to number one, beating Lady Gaga 's single " Born This Way " , although it was at number 18 on the mid-week chart update.
By June , UK sales stood at 1,, copies, making "Someone like You" the second best-selling single of the s and the third-best-seller of the 21st century. In Finland , "Someone like You" debuted at number 14 in October and rose to number one in its 12th week in early —the week when Adele had three simultaneous top-ten songs " Rolling in the Deep " at number two and " Set Fire to the Rain " at number seven. With " Rolling in the Deep " spending 7 weeks at number one on the Hot and "Someone like You" spending 5 weeks, Adele is the first female solo artist to log 12 weeks at 1 in a calendar year with two strictly solo recordings.
The music video for the song was filmed in Paris, France , by English director Jake Nava  who said:  . The location evokes style and romance. And shooting early in the morning allows you to focus on Adele in this lonely and emotional space. The video begins with a shot of a road in Paris and Adele is seen walking on it alone. She continues to walk and starts singing the song with a sad look as the camera makes circles and shots more locations in Paris including the Eiffel Tower.
She continues walking through the deserted streets during the bridge before finally entering a building in which she sees her ex-lover. The video premiered on MTV and Vevo on 29 September ,    and as of June , the video has received 1. James Montgomery of MTV News called the video "a somber, black-and-white affair, featuring Adele wandering the early morning streets and pining for her long-lost love.
It's a perfect match for the song's jaw-dropping emotional range—raw and unfiltered and incredibly sad but also, in a lot of ways, beautiful and resolute. Amanda Dobbins of New York magazine concluded that "the secretly devastating video" for "Someone like You" will remind Adele's ex-lover what he has done by leaving her. The look on her face during the 'I wish nothing but the best for you' line is the best, just gutting, a real achievement how she plays it cold but not sarcastic.
I think in times of emotional devastation, everyone wants stand on a bridge over the Seine on a cold day, squinting into the wind, sorting it out. A writer of Rolling Stone wrote: "this clip for the ballad 'Someone Like You' sticks to the singer's simple but emotionally direct approach with black-and-white footage that lingers on her subtly expressive face as she lip-synchs to the tune while walking along sad, grey city streets.
Not everyone gets to indulge in moments as tragic but beautiful as a weepy solitary walk through Paris landmarks. But then, we don't all have voices as tragic and beautiful as Adele's either. As the performance finished, there was a notable stunned silence from the audience, before bursting into applause. Adele has since described this performance as a career defining moment. Then everyone stood up, so I was overwhelmed. Carter of MTV. Her tone was gorgeous.
And if her stellar performance, accompanied by only a piano, isn't enough to melt your heart, then her nervous wave to the audience at the end definitely will.
Gina Sepre of E! Online praised the performance saying, "When Adele took the stage to perform her understatedly stripped-down and hugely impactful performance of 'Someone Like You,' there were no pyrotechnics, no acrobatics, no lavender hair, and no autotune.
And guess what? We didn't miss it. There may be hope yet for MTV to remember just what the 'M' in their name actually stands for. Simple is not a bad word, pop music. I was right; her frill-free performance of breakup ballad Someone Like You was just that. The broadcast temporarily abandoned its frantic mission of nonstop overstimulation, bowing to the year-old English soulstress's soaring, nearly a cappella well done, subtle piano man rendition of her heart-wrecking ballad "Someone Like You.
Who needs special effects, when God gave you your own? Even Britney Spears looked like she had to fix her mascara when it was all over. The sounds of Someone Like You bounced off every wall and tugged at every heart-string, making it a truly special moment and something that every member of the Apollo crowd will never forget.
Online praised the cover, saying that it will "knock your socks right off"  and a writer for OK! The song is featured on Nail's three-track digital EP, which was released on 17 July Credits are taken from 21 liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
CD digital download. Soul pop. XL Columbia. Adele Adkins Dan Wilson. A second sample of "Someone Like You" which features spare and understated production. In the song, Adele wishes her former lover happiness on his new relationship and begs him to never forget her.
And though she's heartbroken, she puts on a brave face, stubbornly proclaiming she'll find someone just like him, even if she knows that she never will. And that conclusion makes you ache not only because it's so daunting, but because it's so real.
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