Wait’s tune ‘Martha’ was released in 1973
Adele has been accused of plagiarising Tom Waits, with supporters pointing out similarities between the vocalist’s new single ‘Hello’ and Waits’ 1973 tune ‘Martha’.
‘Martha’, like ‘Hello’, centers around a telephone conversation between the narrator and an old flame.
Waits lyrics include: "Hello, hello there, is this Martha? / This is old Tom Frost, and I am calling long distance. Do not worry ’bout the price / Cause it’s been 40 years or more, now Martha please recall / Meet me outside for coffee, where we’ll talk about it all."
Adele’s lyrics meanwhile are: "Hello, it is me / I was wondering if after all these years / Youwant to meet, to go over everything".
Online commentators have accused Adele of ripping off Waits with the track. One man wrote: "The new Adele tune (which I Have finally heard) is basically only "Martha" by Tom Waits tho is not it."
Another said: "Only copped that Adele’s Hello is a copy of Tom Waits’ Martha."
Adele’s producer Greg Kurstin recently told Entertainment Weekly that Waits inspired Adele’s new record. He said: "She did not need to simply go through and compose a pop song with any specific formula. We talked about distinct storytellers, and Tom Waits like that. I believe that was the thought, that we needed to do something that was quite honest about where she was at right now, and she needed to do something that was real and believable."
Last week, Adele’s ‘Hello’ became the largest UK chart topper in three years, in addition to establishing a new one-week flowing record, racking up over 7.32 million listens in its first week.
The vocalist’s new record ’25’ is going to be published on November 20.