Adele gave her first live performance of “To Be Loved” in more than a year at a Rolling Stone celebration in New York on Thursday. With Jimmy Fallon’s help, she stood on a stoop and belted the most downbeat breakup song that has hit the top 10 in more than a decade, knocking Rihanna off the No. 1 spot.
The song first appeared in 2009. It was released as the second single from her widely acclaimed sophomore album, 21. After going double platinum, the song was Adele’s first and only No. 1 hit. It sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone, and went on to win the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance. The one time she played the song live in years, she couldn’t hold back her tears.
“I’ve wanted to do this for so long,” Adele said on the Today show this month. “I just needed to get it out. I don’t want to sing it on the radio any more.”
“To Be Loved” is about an ex who had previously been on the show with the singer. The lyrics include the lines, “I’m not looking for another man/I’m looking for all of you to be loved/I don’t want another love anymore/I just want to be loved for me.”
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