Is Adele’s ‘Hello’ too Similar to Tom Waits ‘Martha’?

By Staff

Adele’s new single “Hello” has seen an unprecedented amount of success. According to Billboard it’s the first song ever to sell at least 1 million downloads in a week.

However, NME is reporting that some fans are wondering if the song sounds a little too similar to Tom Waits Waits’ 1973 track “Martha”.

Related: Adele’s ‘Hello’ Gets Rick Ross Remix

They lyrics below illustrate how the songs resemble one another.

“Hello, hello there, is this Martha? / This is old Tom Frost, and I’m calling long distance. Don’t worry ’bout the cost / Cause it’s been 40 years or more, now Martha please recall / Meet me out for coffee, where we’ll talk about it all.”

“Hello, it’s me / I was wondering if after all these years / You’d like to meet, to go over everything”.

Perhaps it’s coincidence, but Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin specifically called out Waits as an inspiration for Adele’s new record in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

No comment yet from either Adele or Waits.

Check out both songs below.


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