The Bottom Line
Simply because "Rumour Has It" wasn't released as an official single until March 2012 doesn't mean the song could be contained. A mash-up of the song with Adele's ballad hit "Someone Like You" brought Glee one of its biggest hits to date. Before its official single release "Rumour Has It" sold over one million digital downloads and topped the AAA radio chart. Now as the song enters the top 10 at pop radio, it is a perfect time to assess the secrets of its success.
- Powerful stomping beat
- Adele's soul-infused vocals
- Clever lyrics
- No significant negatives
- Written by Adele and Ryan Tedder
- Produced by Ryan Tedder
- Released March 2012 by Columbia Records
Guide Review - Adele - "Rumour Has It"
Ryan Tedder's music with his own group OneRepublic is often notable for the percussion tracks that animate the melody. Here he works with Adele to create a powerful bluesy stomp that echoes both American 60s girl groups and the UK northern soul movement. Ominous background vocals give "Rumour Has It" a slightly claustrophobic feel fitting the feelings of doom created by swirling rumours.
When "Rumour Has It" breaks down into a slow bridge it is a truly gorgeous, if disturbing, moment. In a torch song wail Adele reminds the listener to not believe everything you hear, even if she is the one who said it. Then the song sweeps back into its powerful stomp to close with a line of revenge, "Rumour has it he's the one I'm leaving you for." Adele has said in interviews that "Rumour Has It" and "Rolling In the Deep" are two of her most angry songs on 21. "Rumour Has It" certainly leaves a powerful impression.
Like Adele's other hits from 21, "Rumour Has It" has appealed to a broad audience. The Glee mash-up went to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Adele's version has reached the charts for alternative, rock, and adult contemporary radio. Now with an official single release "Rumour Has It" has its moment to shine on the mainstream pop charts.