It will be difficult for Adele to top her Video Music Awards performance for the hit “Someone Like You,” but reps for the singer have released a teaser for the song’s proper video.
The official music video is expected out later this week, and a press release ahead of its premiere (tommorrow night on MTV and Vevo at 7:56pm EDT) describes the clip as “minimal and graceful.” Jake Nava, who has worked with Kanye West and Beyonce in the past, directed the clip, and he describes the feel of the video:
“The location evokes style and romance,” Nava explains, “and shooting early in the morning allows you to focus on Adele in this lonely and emotional space.”
The clip was shot on location in Paris in the early morning hours, and the released bit shows Adele in black and white wandering the city, singing. The hit comes off Adele’s 21, the biggest selling album of 2011 with more than 10 million units of the record sold worldwide. Since its February 22nd release, Adele’s 21 has remained in the top three of Billboards Top Albums, holding its high rankings for 30 weeks.
Of the song, Adele herself describes the heartbreak that went into writing it. The song chronicles her feelings upon learning the man she believed she’d marry- who had only broken up with her a few months earlier- was engaged to marry another woman. She says:
“I wrote that song on the end of my bed. I had a cold. I was waiting for my bath to run. I’d found out that he’d got engaged.
“We were so intense I thought we would get married. But that was something he never wanted …So when I found out he does want that with someone else, it was just the horrible-est feeling ever. But after I wrote it, I felt more at peace. It set me free … I didn’t think it would resonate … with the world! I’m never gonna write a song like that again. I think that’s the song I’ll be known for.”
Although the official “Someone Like You” video will likely be fabulous, it will be difficult to top this live performance: