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Real talk on race: Adele’s talent shouldn’t blind anyone to her privilege

SCREENSHOT: Adele "Hello" video (2015)

Screenshot: Adele “Hello” video (2015)

Adele’s lauded 25 album has already passed the triple platinum mark after just one week of sales. The British singer’s third album has earned rave reviews, the lead single “Hello” has been inescapable and she built a tremendous amount of anticipation for the follow-up to 21. After all, winning so many awards and then disappearing for three years is a great way to get the public jonesing for your stuff, and Adele delivered exactly what her fans had hoped for:  music that builds on her previous work just enough without simply echoing it. With Adele’s return to the charts, the ongoing conversation surrounding her music and popularity has also resumed. She’s often championed as a British soul singer, a descriptor that irks some for a variety of reasons — some balk at anyone considering her music “soul” at all and some acknowledge that her tremendous popularity raises questions regarding appropriation and White privilege.

Adele’s music simmers with sincerity, a sort of lived-in pain and hope that resonates deeply with many listeners. She’s been able to turn her heartache into gripping art in a way that feels more mature than contemporaries like Taylor Swift — and more timeless. She’s become a force in contemporary music on par with the biggest artists of our time. But regardless of how you may love Adele’s music, make no mistake — Adele is definitely benefiting from White privilege.

And it doesn’t matter how good anyone thinks she is.

It’s important to understand that White privilege isn’t only manifest in mediocrity–which, as it pertains to art appreciation, is a pretty subjective determination–being elevated by fans and mainstream media. There are some very talented, innovative and important White artists who benefit and have benefited from the fact that they are White. The Beatles’ early music was heavily influenced by Black ’50s rockers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, as well as their contemporaries like Motown; but the Beatles also broadened their sound and approach in ways that proved to be influential on the evolution of rock and popular music. But part of why the Beatles were able to be so creatively fearless was because they’d become the biggest act in the world — any artist can take risks, but having commercial clout gets you a lot of latitude and being megastars means that you have a wide influence on popular culture. And in the 1960s, that megastardom wouldn’t have happened if they weren’t White. The same year that the Beatles released their first “serious” album Rubber Soul, Otis Redding released his classic Otis Blue — and he wasn’t even on the cover of the album, a sadly common practice for many Black R&B artists of the day. No matter how brilliant Redding’s album was, it was still considered “risky” to put this dark Black man on the cover of his own album. It’s hard to imagine Otis ever becoming the biggest artist in the world when he had to hide his blackness in order to get a record on shelves. Did the Temptations ever have the opportunity to become poster boys like the Rolling Stones? Or were so many Black artists forced to navigate other challenges that British Invasion bands didn’t have to face? The same year the Stones were taking a stab at psychedelia with Their Satanic Majesties Request, the Temptations recorded the blatant “crossover” album In A Mellow Mood — an attempt by Berry Gordy to market the group to more middle-of-the-road White tastes.White artists never had to feel pressured to cross over to anyone, they could dabble in virtually any genre or style their creativity sought to indulge in–Black, Indian or otherwise–without it bearing the weight of needing to boost their appeal to any mainstream audience.

Of course, that was the ’60s and this is now. Since the 1980s, we’ve had a plethora of Black megastars like Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyoncé and Kanye West. And hip-hop is everywhere. But it’s worth noting that the best-selling rap album of the 1980s (Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys) was by a White act. Prior to the deaths of 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G., the best-selling rap album of the 1990s (To the Extreme by Vanilla Ice) was also by a White act. And the best-selling rap album of the 2000s? The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem — also White. Beyoncé and Rihanna are easily two of the biggest pop stars in the world—but do they have album units like the Taylor Swifts and Katy Perrys? Beyonce’s acclaimed self-titled album from 2013 has gone double platinum in two years. Adele’s 25 sold 3 million in a week. While stans like to use sales as some sort of metric for quality or greatness, they’re really only a tally for popularity.  And we can’t pretend that race doesn’t factor into popularity. Being “good” isn’t the sole factor in determining whether or not an artist can sell huge numbers. “Good” is entirely subjective and there are lots of artists who are very popular who may or may not meet one’s personal tastes. That’s why this discussion shouldn’t hinge on subjective arguments.

It’s easy to single out an artist like a Vanilla Ice or Iggy Azalea because, to most people, they don’t carry a lot of credibility. But many of Iggy’s detractors missed the point when they implied that she would be less problematic if she respected the culture or made better music. Eminem did both, but the fact that he regularly outsold his Black counterparts wasn’t just because he made dope music and had credibility — it was because he was White making dope music with credibility. It’s good that a White artist who may be appropriating someone else’s culture can show that they “get it,” but in many ways, the issue is bigger than the artist’s approach and behavior. The platform gives you privilege and artists who truly “get it” should at least acknowledge that fact. And so should their fans.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you think Adele’s music is brilliance or trash — she benefits from White privilege, regardless. She can be marketed to adult contemporary audiences who would’ve never considered buying a Tamia or Deborah Cox album 20years ago. She can be marketed to angsty suburban youth who have never heard of Jazmine Sullivan, Elle Varner or Teedra Moses. If you put  White people in a set of circumstances and compare it to Black people in a similar set of circumstances, White people will generally have the advantage because White people won’t have the extra hurdle of racism to overcome. That’s the privilege. So if Michael Jackson could sell 25 million copies of Thriller, then I have to believe that a White artist with the same album, same videos and same fortuitous timing would’ve sold even more. Because it’s good to be great, but it’s even better to be White.


  1. Nigg.Newton on November 30, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    It’s not WHITE PRIVILEGE — Stereo Williams, it’s call WHITE RACISM.

    Why do we as BLACKS continue to PAINT rosy words and pictures to VICIOUS actions by Whites.

    When have you EVER read, a WHITE MEDIA call Black people rosy words and pictures. We/Blacks are always Thugs, Protesters, Gang Members etc.

    What is Supreme about a WHITE person? So why are we CALLING THEM White Supremacist!!!

  2. Denise Keniston on November 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    That’s a reach!

  3. Dave Carr on November 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    this article makes no sense. Adele is a talented singer. she is a pop singer who has a soulful voice. no harm. no foul.

    • Nigg.Newton on December 1, 2015 at 5:53 am

      Adele, is not singing POP MUSIC. Sorry but your comment clearly shows you have no FORMAL MUSIC education.

      As a semi-pro musician ALL of Adele’s music is R&B, Ballard’s, and nothing close to POP MUSIC.

      All music has a rhythm, chord, and beat count that defines what type of music it is.

      • guest on December 1, 2015 at 10:17 am

        “As a semi-pro musician”, Lmao just when you think you’ve heard it all!

        • Nigg.Newton on December 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm

          You do know I played Trumpet from 5th grade all through COLLEGE!

          Damn…why are BLACKS the only people that go to COLLEGE and graduate, but have no MEMORIES of what happened.

          • Sugarbush43 on December 9, 2015 at 10:22 am

            Wow, so playing trumpet in school bands from 5th grade until college makes you semi-pro. I guess that means everyone who has played an instrument for a number of years is a semi-pro musician. Score! I am one, too!

          • Nigg.Newton on December 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm

            Yeap…by most any musicians standards that makes me Semi-pro!

    • Richard Hack on December 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      Wow. what is so ABSOLUTELY SAD is you don’t get it . You must be 5? I don’t mean that in intelligence I mean you have not idea of history or the history of BLACKS IN MUSIC. But then again you could just be in denial with your blinded by red hair.

      • Dave Carr on December 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        hmmm…again, there is nothing in this article that says anything new or shines a light on anything. It’s drivel mixed with a bit of self pity. Again, the music game is a crap shoot. in 2015 it’s a disaster. Adele has done it. I don’t know the history of black’s in music? Hmm…tell that to the Black kids who made fun of the Black kid who dug rock and supported Jon Butcher, the bus boys, early Prince (remember when he was booed opening for the Stones? You don’t? Google it), Tony MaCalpine, Sound Barrier and so on.

        • Jae on December 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

          where do you think rock music came from?

          • Dave Carr on December 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

            Black musicians. Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Hwlin Wolf, Muddy Waters. Shall I continue?

  4. Matt on November 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    1. Adele’s music is not just inspired by R&B, soul, etc. It also has country, pop, and acoustic influence as well so to label her music as “black music” shows a lack of musical knowledge, or at least shows laziness.
    2. Adele doesn’t make a mockery of the music and artists she’s been inspired by. There’s no act done on her part to “appropriate” certain types of music for her own gain. She’s stated her inspirations MULTIPLE times.
    3. Adele doesn’t fit your typical standard of beauty in Hollywood so any privilege she has in being white is challenged by the fact she’s not a size 0. Sure, you can be overweight and successful in Hollywood, but usually it’s when you’re making fun of yourself.
    4. The material matters as well. Black artists have dominated the singles and albums charts this year, because they understand that, like anyone, if you want hit songs, the material has to be to be able to receive constant rotation on pop radio, which is how most of the public discover top 40. There’s a certain formula to pop music that Adele’s music has that people like Jazmine Sullivan, etc don’t. If you want those artists to be more well known, then have them step out of a niche genre that it’s own audience barely supports. Adele took off because of songs like Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, etc. If she didn’t have those songs to elevate her, her situation would be no better than anyone else’s. The material matters. Having a good voice is not enough.

    • Nigg.Newton on December 1, 2015 at 5:53 am

      Adele, is not singing POP MUSIC. Sorry but your comment clearly shows you have no FORMAL MUSIC education.

      All music has a rhythm, chord, and beat count that defines what type of music it is.

      • Matt on December 29, 2015 at 12:26 am

        Adele DOES sing pop music. What planet are you living on that her music is not pop? lol

        • Nigg.Newton on December 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

          Do you know what POP MUSIC is — Let me give you a few examples.

          Culture Club, 98 Degrees, One Direction, Ed Sherann…Got it.

          *** NOW — Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and ADELE are singing BLACK MUSIC!

    • Rocktivity on December 3, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      If Adele was an American, she wouldn’t have gotten within ten miles of a record contract.

  5. Dave Carr on November 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Also…is there Black privilege? Black artists have dominated the charts! Come on this article is grasping at straws and I’m being disrespectful to straws when I say that!

    • Nigg.Newton on December 1, 2015 at 5:55 am

      You clearly have not been looking at the music industry since 2000. Blacks are not MAKING MUSIC at all.

      What you have currently is Hip-Hop ONLY!

      Adele’s song “Hello” was sang better by the Black Artist — Joe. Hands down he sang her song better than she did.

      • M K on December 1, 2015 at 8:11 am

        Joe is a true ‘RnB singer’. Of course his version is going to be sang better. Enjoyed the video. Adele is a talented soulful pop singer with a nice vocal style; but her style is apples/oranges when compared to a RNB singer.

        • Nigg.Newton on December 2, 2015 at 1:32 pm

          Explain how you came to that CONCLUSION.

          Because — little do many people know this, but the song was WRITTEN BY a BLACK Producer, as most of her ALBUM!

          • M K on December 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

            Good to know, but she is still not an RNB singer. She is a fantastic soulful pop singer. The singer’s vocal style and interpretation of the song makes a difference. Rod Temperton is one of the most prolific songwriters of our time. He wrote many RNB hits. Imagine a rendition of ‘Always and Forever’ sung by the Beatles. It wouldn’t touch Heatwave’s classic.

      • Dave Carr on December 1, 2015 at 11:42 am

        I still don’t understand what the point of this article was. it goes from Adele is a white soul singer with white privilege to the Beatles to Otis Redding. the bottom line is this. Adele is talented. she is a true singer who dabbles in pop and soul and even rock. She is not auto tuned, she does not lip sync, she is not a size 0 nor is she selling sex although she is indeed sexy because she is so good; in this day and age that is a rarity! I mean does Darius Rucker have Black privilege? he is a Black rock singer in a who has become a HUGE country star but one of only a few Blacks to make it in country. does he factor into this argument? what about timing, luck, marketing or lack thereof? All of these things play a huge part. Eddie Van Halen once joked that he and the rest of Van Halen are going to have to learn how to dance if they want to knock Michael Jackson off the charts. Whitney Houston was the biggest pop singers in the 80’s. Beyonce is huge now. Lionel Richie found fame with the Commadores and then became a pop sensation. When he played Live Aid race baiters not only were mad at the so called lack of Black artists on the bill but they scoffed when his name was brought up because he was not seen as Black enough. you see how nonsensical this is. There is no way for a singer/songwriter cannot be influenced in some way by Black artists because Black artists are so prevalent in music. One thing that should be asked is where are the Black artists in the main stream who don’t rap or auto tune. I know I have found them in the Afro-Punk scene!

        • Richard Hack on December 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm

          You will NEVER get it. And the more words you add to your post make it even worse.

        • Nigg.Newton on December 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm

          You answered your own question…

          ARE YOU A JACKASS?

          Really, you asked a question only to answer it! ONLY a Jackass would do that.

          You mentioned, no black artist not auto-tuning and etc.. MAYBE because they are not LETTING OTHERS make music so that ADELE can sell 3+ MM albums. AS YOU SAID…

          NOW — please get a remedial book and practice READING COMPREHENSION!

          • Dave Carr on December 2, 2015 at 1:45 pm

            I truly have no idea what you are saying. Let’s try having a salient conversation based on facts and truth and history. If you want to resort to name calling that’s on you but it’s a bit foolish.what question are you referring to? I asked several.

          • Nigg.Newton on December 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

            DYCK LICKER — you are not talking to some LOW CRANIAL CAPACITY person. You are talking with a PhD., from Columbia University class of 2014. So have some DECENCY and shut your pie hole.

            You have already made a FOOL of yourself. Again, you answered your own question so you do know why.

            TROLLING is not your best suit find another.

          • Dave Carr on December 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm

            DYCK LICKER? Pie Hole? Hmm…Columbia must have changed…PhD eh? In what? Insults on the web?

            HA! Don’t answer that. I think I answered my own question.

          • Sugarbush43 on December 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

            A Ph.D from Columbia, eh? That proves nothing, you realize? Any fool can get a Ph.D if they have enough money (or willing to take on the debt) and perseverance. Degrees don’t equal intelligence. If you were as intelligent as you childishly try to prove you are, you would know that. There is a vast difference between actual intelligence and an ability to do schoolwork. In the end, you should really work on your maturity, because that seems to be the department where you’re lacking the most.

          • Nigg.Newton on December 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm

            So SAYS THE DYCK LICKER without a Degree to her name, but giving out advice like — Dr. Phil

      • Sugarbush43 on December 9, 2015 at 10:29 am

        You do realize that your OPINION does equal fact, right? You can believe that someone else sings a song better than another artist, but that doesn’t make it so. You can mature a lot faster by realizing opinions are just opinions while facts are, typically, immutable.

        • Nigg.Newton on December 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

          How about a BLACK MAN wrote and produced the song! Is that enough PROOF and COLOR for you…The woman is sing BLACK POP music

          • Truth Sayer on December 10, 2015 at 11:55 pm

            A black man wrote and produced the song? What’s the name of this guy please?

          • Nigg.Newton on December 12, 2015 at 12:33 pm

            Go read the credits on the album and google the man’s name…

            You people act as if I am suppose to do your homework like we in college. If you make a statement, then as an ADULT you must prove it…

            I proved my statements, now YOU DO THE SAME…

            Adele did not write that song it’s written by a BLACK PERSON!!!

            Adele is singing BLACK MUSIC and the Black Artist — Joe sang her song better than she did.

          • Truth Sayer on December 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm

            I’m so confused. First of all, you proved what statements? I believe I asked you a question, the answer to which was meant to prove your statement that the writer of the song was black. Secondly, what do you want me to prove to you? I should prove my question? I don’t understand maam.
            Now to the facts: Hello was co-written and produced by Greg Kurstin, who last I checked was still as white as milk. Maybe you should PROVE your ridiculous statements before asking same of others. All in all, I feel dumber having ‘conversed’ with you. I guess its true that stupidity does rub off.

          • Nigg.Newton on December 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

            You are a DAMN LIE.

            Greg Kurstin brought the song from a BLACK person and produced it. Do you want me to give you the ANSWERS!

            Damn you are White right? Do you need a Jewish Black Man to give you the answers? Because you only looked up the Wikipedia info, go google, Greg’s inspiration for the song.

            Wow…the low cranial capacity of some folks.

          • Truth Sayer on December 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

            Obviously you are suffering from some mental disorder and me being a sympathetic guy, I won’t stoke your mental handicap any further. All I will advise is to seek out a qualified, professional mental health physician to help you out before it gets worse. I would put a link here of some excellent ones but billboard won’t let me. Lastly, before I go, perhaps it would interest you to know that I am actually black. Good luck!

          • Nigg.Newton on December 12, 2015 at 4:58 pm

            SO — now it’s me, and not your LACK of RESEARCH!

            This is why BLACKS are LOSING TO HISPANICS…you all are too stupid to work.

            NOW that I have given you 80% of the ANSWER — you still REFUSE to do the 20% to get the TRUTH.

            Adele is SINGING BLACK MUSIC, not white music or POP, but STRAIGHT UP BLACK MUSIC!

            Sorry but she didn’t even sing the song as well as JOE a black man!

            NOW — GO do you!

  6. Richard Hack on December 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    And THIS article is just PURE TRUTH.

    • Dave Carr on December 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      nope…pure drivel…unless pure truth is the new drivel. then you are correct. and again I see no answers to my questions.

  7. Brandon Croke on December 1, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Yes white people have privledge. So do good looking people, and people born with two arms and two working legs.

    Gotta throw it up for Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder though. Black and blind and making killer tunes forever? God bless all the people.

    If you’re reading this article; you’re literate, know English, have an Internet connection and understand the dynamics of privledge in our culture then guess what.. You might be privledged.

    • Dave Carr on December 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Excellent point! Blacks who go to 4 year universities? guess what? they have privilege, just like whites who go to 4 year universities.

    • Nigg.Newton on December 2, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      Sir, you are not making any sense. ARE YOU A CLOWN…you sound CLOWNISH.

      • Brandon Croke on December 2, 2015 at 1:53 pm

        Appreciate the name calling much love to you!

        • Nigg.Newton on December 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

          You are welcome…would you like a 2nd SERVING…

          Sir, you sound like a JACKASS are you a DUMB JACKASS!!!

          Damn the world has too many LOW CRANIAL CAPACITY — people online.

          • Brandon Croke on December 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

            Name calling is what people resort to when they can’t intellectually defend an argument. I truly wish you all the best and hope you can find other outlets for your anger 🙂

          • Dave Carr on December 3, 2015 at 12:03 pm

            Well put, well said, well done…

    • Jason on December 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      No such thing as Black privilege – at least not in the U.S. Not unless you are speaking on poverty and welfare?

      • Brandon Croke on December 5, 2015 at 11:38 am

        I never said there was a thing as black privledged I agreed there was a thing called white privledge and asked the author what we should do about it. Nobody had an answer. My second point is that lots of people have privledge it doesn’t have to be about race. President Obama’s kids are more privledged than a poor rural white family from West Virginia. Or is race the only thing that matters? Cause that sounds.. Racist.

        • Jason on December 5, 2015 at 2:05 pm

          You confuse privilege with being fortunate. Obama’s kids are only fortunate to have a now famous mother and father. This has allowed them to be recognized as the offspring of famous parents. A wealthy black person is only afforded privilege if they are recognized by those in the dominant society. For instance – a profiling cop might pull over a wealth black male in a Bentley because the black male does not fit the image of a person who should drive such a vehicle at a young age. The same cop will usually overlook a young white male in the same vehicle. There is no privilege for the black male in that situation even if he might have MORE wealth than the young white male.

          • Brandon Croke on December 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

            I hear your point and appreciate you actually adding to the discussion. I just have a tough time ONLY using race decide if someone is privlefged.

            Definition ”
            a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.”

            Studies show short people make less money than tall people, people with good looks are more likely to get ahead and how many books your parents will have dictate how well you do in school. All of those groups of people have privledge.

            And yes (as I stated before) white people do have white privledge (all the studies I’m talking about are summarized in Malcom Gladwell’s Blink) what I don’t get is what to do about it?

            Every time a white person does anything (makes an album, starts a company, etc) we have to have an article that says “hey that person did okay, but don’t forget they are privledged!” just doesn’t seem constructive to me.

          • Brandon Croke on December 5, 2015 at 9:13 pm

            My issue with this article and political correctness in general is that I (as a privledged white male) can’t have a logical respectful dialogue with the PC camp because unless if I agree with everything they say or I will be deamonized. Did you see the names I was being called earlier?

            We need to be able to have a dialogue and not blindly accept articles full of anecdotes or a PC vocabulary which may not reflect reality and therefore should be questioned not in an act of suppressing the other side, but expanding and uplifting one another so we rid this toxic world of oppression and divisive politics.

      • Brandon Croke on December 10, 2015 at 3:17 am

        Also important to note that if you are born in America, you’ve probably got more freedom, privilege and mobility than if you were born into 50% 75% 90% of the other countries out there? Could be wrong on this, but I think there’s a great deal of American privilege that we all take for granted.

  8. shellyTheGreat on December 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

    it’s true that her being white has helped with her popularity and success, but that’s only because the head honchos of music are white. the people who determine what will be on the radio are white. everyone who has major power in the industry is white. the word white privilege, the way i see it, has grown out of black people being upset that white folks won’t accept and help us. if a white person doesn’t want to play tyrese on a pop station, THEY DON’T HAVE TO. To receive privilege, someone has to bestow that privilege onto you, and white folks are (erroneously) the ones we’re looking to for that. We need to STOP doing that. If we had more of our own avenues in media, radio, television, etc., then our popular artists could get more shine. But unfortunately, we’ve been waiting for whites to give us the opportunity to “cross over.” adele is talented, but for me personally, i noticed that adele’s music is played everywhere…in the bookstores, at panera bread, everywhere. that helped me not forget about her during her hiatus, so when she came back, people still had her music in their recent memory and were anticipating something new. black folks…we don’t own nothing, so we couldn’t have done the same thing. since many establishments and radio stations are white-owned, they are of course going to play more white artists, but if we had our own book stores and music outlets, we could have played our own artists. So basically, we need to stop whining and waiting for whites to give us a come up, and do for ourselves. This whole idea of us constantly complaining about someone getting privileged over us sounds weak.

  9. guest on December 2, 2015 at 8:59 am

    What this boils down to is what Chris Rock summed up perfectly years ago in one of his comedy routines. For a very talented white person the sky is the limit, for an equally talented black person the limit is the sky.

    • Jason on December 4, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      LOL – Chris the Prophet!

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  11. cupcake333 on December 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    god iam so glad to hear someone break this down one thing this article says that hit home .. IS YOU CAN BE GREAT BUT STILL NOT SELL AS MANY RECORDS. . eminem does sound as good as tupac but he sold way more music, than tupac did and would have done alive , but thats white privelege too. i dont like adele i think she sound to simple and strange, and not in the line of rb music at all” . but she does not out fame the supremes or mary j blige or whitney houston in sound . she just sound ok for a white chick , but her popularity makes us wake up and see the facts , its not that shes some mega star,for real real” her size has made her popular with women and girls ok thats a added plus” ,cause the average woman is her size or bigger “buttttttt she still is not a top singer, song lyric equate to good writer of the songs . BUT HER WHITE FACE GOT HER IN EVERY GENRE OF MUSIC EVEN RB.. who ever think this fat woman with nasal issues should be rb your smoking crack for sure

  12. Rocktivity on December 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    It’s neither privilege nor racism — it’s marketing and audience share.

    Since there are more white record buyers than black, recording artists who can appeal to whites and blacks alike will always be of more value, especially whites who make black musical genres “safe” for whites to buy. It’s been going on since the days of Elvis Presley — his “crossover” success did for rock and roll what the Beastie Boys did for rap and Eminem did for hiphop. Meanwhile, white female “soulful” singers have been coming out of England since the days of Dusty Springfield.

    Need further proof that it’s not race-based? Then look at Bon Jovi: if the phenomenal success of their Slippery When Wet album hadn’t made life easier for the less commercial rock bands, do you think Metallica or Slayer would have had a chance of going platinum and becoming household words?

  13. Jason on December 4, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Funny how the media goes googoo gaga when they identify a white person who is either a “rapper” or R&B singer. They instantly attempt to portray them as the greatest thing since sliced bread. Adele would fold like a wet napkin if she were ever in the presence of a Jill Scott, but since she has the white media behind her – she is an icon. Ladies like Badu, Jill Scott, and even India Arie are giants without any media hype.

    • Truth Sayer on December 11, 2015 at 12:17 am

      I am pretty sure Adele would hold her own, and even more, against Jill Scott. Jill Scott is not even that phenomenal of a singer, based on her songs anyway.

  14. James P on December 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Her crime is that she appeals to multiple types of people, and she is white of course, the nail in the coffin. Fucking racist asshole.

  15. Sasha Liles on December 11, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    This article is beyond ridiculous. Adele isn’t Britney Spears or another 100 pound white woman with impossibly big boobs and small on talent. She has talent. PIck on some other manufactured artist with no discernable talent. Like Rihanna.