Tony Visconti Apologizes to Adele
Pro tip for anyone making public statements: always think twice before using a celebrity as an example to support your argument — especially one as outspoken as Adele. Producer Tony Visconti recently received a forceful reminder of why it's sometimes best to hold one's tongue, inadvertently sparking Adele's ire while weighing in on the state of modern music.
"You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90 percent computerized voices. We know Adele has a great voice, but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don’t know," Visconti recently told the Daily Star. "There’s a sound to pop now that is so perfect it’s boring, because everything is fixed."
Visconti's comments were widely spun as criticism of Adele herself, or a suggestion that she isn't as talented as many people believe — which eventually got back to her. NME reports that she aired her grievances during a show, telling the audience, "Some d---head tried to say that my voice was not me on record. Suck my d---."
Duly chagrined, Visconti spoke to Billboard, gently pointing out that his comments were misrepresented and offering Adele an apology. "I'm sorry that what I said in regards to what's being played on radio was misconstrued, yet I cannot apologize for something taken the wrong way," he said. "If Adele has taken my comments as offensive, that was certainly not my intent. Adele has a great voice and it brings pleasure to millions."
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