Adele’s comeback single Easy on Me has officially become the most-streamed song on Spotify, garnering over 20 million streams within 24 hours of its release. The record-breaking track is the first single from upcoming album 30, set to be released next month.
During the official announcement of the album, the singer mentioned that it was written during the “most turbulent” period of her life. The project reportedly draws from her divorce with former husband Simon Konecki, with the latest single largely referring to the split.
The song documents the singer’s journey as she finally decides to move out of her marriage. It depicts her struggles to make the marriage work before choosing to “give up” the hope in search of her own happiness.
Adele previously told British Vogue that she has dedicated the album to her nine-year-old son in an attempt to explain the divorce to him later:
“I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness. It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”
Adele possibly addressed her son in Easy on Me, asking the listener to “go easy” on her for her life choices. Through the lyrics she also explained how she changed herself to prioritize her husband and son’s happiness.
The song also highlighted that the singer tried to hold on to hope and optimism but failed to change the situation, ultimately leading to the divorce.