Why Everyone Thought Beyoncé Was Working With Adele

Adele and Beyoncé are undoubtedly the two most popular singers of our time. Reports recently surfaced that the two singers were going to collaborate and the hype was massive. It currently appears that those reports were false. How did this happen?

Adele arrives at the BRIT Awards 2012 | Photo by Mike Marsland/Wireimage

An amazing announcement

Ryan Tedder is one of the most in-demand songwriters working today. He’s had hits with his band, OneRepublic, and written songs for numerous other artists including Paul McCartney, Demi Lovato, and Kelly Clarkson. He’s also written “Halo” for Beyoncé and “Rumor Has It” for Adele. When Tedder announced that OneRepublic would be collaborating with Adele and Beyoncé, the world was shaken. 

Adele and Beyoncé | Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage

Tedder added that, in addition to Adele and Beyoncé, the track was also going to feature instrumentation by Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay; Martin was said to have performed the piano on the song’s bridge. If this report was true, this song probably would have been a collaboration for the ages. It could have united fans of pop, soul, R&B, and alternative rock. There’s also no way that this song would not have been a hit, lest the laws of physics and logic suspended themselves.

A joke people took too seriously

Yet, it was not to be. After Twitter was set aflame with this news, a spokesperson for OneRepublic clarified that Tedder was only joking. The humor in Tedder’s statement might not be obvious to everyone; the idea that someone could get Beyoncé, Adele, and Chris Martin to work on one song together is too good to be true, which is why Tedder, a music industry veteran, found it humorous. He knows that it would be nearly impossible to orchestrate a song like this. He also knows that it’s extraordinarily rare for that many superstars to collaborate on one song, “Don’t Call Me Angel” notwithstanding.

Part of the reason why everyone took Tedder seriously was because he had previously worked with Adele and Beyoncé in the past, so the idea that he would work with them again was not far-fetched. The other reason why people took the joke seriously was that it was delivered in such a deadpan manner that no one found Tedder’s words funny.

Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic | Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Adele and Beyoncé are two of the most prominent singers within their genre, so the two might want to collaborate. However, attentive fans of singers would notice that such a collaboration would be out of character.

Adele occasionally collaborates with other artists like Ryan Tedder and Bruno Mars in a songwriting capacity, but she has never performed a duet at any point in her career. Beyoncé is less resistant to duets – she famously released a song called “Beautiful Liar” with Shakira – but she generally only collaborates with rappers like Kanye West, Big Sean, and her husband Jay-Z. Even when Beyoncé does perform duets, she never performs with anyone who is as famous as her in the English-speaking world.

It would appear that neither of these singers have much of an interest in sharing the spotlight on their songs, and why should they? They’re each major draws on their own. There is no need for them to share a stage to sell out a stadium.