Fantasy K-Pop Collab: Jung In + Adele
By Annie Sidou | March 16, 2013 08:22 PM EDT
Celebrated for their soulful voices and blues-inspired songs, Jung In and Adele have found musical success the world over, and fans of both would agree, a duet between the jazzy singers has the potential for greatness.
Let's take the following songs into consideration: Jung In's "I Hate You" and "Take It All" by Adele.
"I Hate You" was the breakout single from Jung In's first solo EP From Andromeda. It was released in 2010.
Jung In, despite being deaf in one ear, has been praised among Korean music industry professionals for her unique vocal style and ability to control her voice, moving from sultry low tones to the occasional high note in the midst of a verse. When "I Hate You" was released, it was ranked in the top 10 on several Korean music charts.
"Take It All" was the first song Adele wrote for her 2011 album 21.
Adele has made a name for herself in the industry over the last several years for her voice control and sensual lower register. She has won numerous awards for her singles and albums and is the first female to ever have three singles in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
Aside from the obvious themes of failed relationships, the two women are known for singing with passion and conviction. Jung In and Adele effortlessly pour their scorned hearts into their work and with such powerful lyrics, there is rarely a dry eye in the house.
Their voices, powerful with a rather haunting quality, give the audience goosebumps and a shared sense of understanding - we know exactly what they are feeling when they sing.
Perhaps what is most impressive about these two soulful ladies is their ability to cross genres and appeal to a wide spectrum of music fans.
Jung In is associated with many other acts in Korea, notably, hip-hop duo Leessang, with whom she performs regularly. She has also worked alongside Brown Eyed Soul, Dynamic Duo, and Bobby Kim. Adele has even found a place in the hip-hop scene. She collaborated with Tyga on his single "Reminded" which features elements of her song "Someone Like You." Both Kanye West and Jay-Z have mentioned their desire to work on a project with the British singer-songwriter.
Neither of them are strangers to collaboration, so a project with both Jung In and Adele would be a piece of cake. But what would it sound like?
Given their firm placement in the Soul/R&B genres and penchant for jazzy accompaniment, a new arrangement of an old tune just may be the way to go. Adele's covers of Bonnie Rait, Sam Cooke, and Bob Dylan have been wildly successful already, and a fresh interpretation of an older song is a good way to keep fans of all ages intrigued.
On her bio page, Adele states, "I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion, and Roberta Flack for control." Songs from any three of those legendary singers would be apt for a collaboration with Jung In. Another singer who could serve as inspiration would be Nina Simone whose raspy-voiced tunes would lend well to her contemporaries.
Even taking a modern blues song and making it their own would be a fantastic option (a'la Eva Cassidy). Imagine the Adele-Jung In version of Martin Sexton's "Can't Stop Thinkin' Bout You" - they would kill it.
Neither Jung In nor Adele have released any information about upcoming albums, but we hope that a collaboration between these two extremely talented singers will happen in the near future!
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