John Legend Covers Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’

Published: Thursday 24th Mar 2011 by Sam

R&B crooner John Legend has been hard at work on his fourth studio album. However, perhaps as a reminder of his undeniable talent, the Grammy winner has served up a stirring cover of Adele‘s much-loved ‘Rolling In The Deep’ (from her smash LP ’21’).

Check out John’s rendition below…

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  1. TWITTER.COM/XTINASDISCIPLE March 24, 2011

    FOLLOW CHRISTINA AGUILERA ON TWITTER @TheRealXtina

    *SMOOCHES B*******

    Leave this song to Adele 5 head !

  2. Who’s Cedric? March 24, 2011

    Ugh that went right through me. His voice can be quite annoying so I’m gonna go right on ahead and say…no!

  3. Shouw March 24, 2011

    Amazing …

  4. So Me March 24, 2011

    I loved it, I wonder what it would sound like if this were to be a duet between them.

  5. WonderLand19 March 24, 2011

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice 🙂

  6. lenell March 24, 2011

    I love it….I would love too hear beyonce cover this song!

  7. LOVEME March 24, 2011

    LOVE IT……WOW

  8. FBINX March 24, 2011

    Made it sound like a slave song. Nah Legend’s my dude but his voice isn’t right for this type of song. Jennifer,Beyonce,or Fantasia would kill it though

  9. Chulo March 24, 2011

    FIRST OFF HE IS ALL KINDS OF S***, MMM MAKES ME SUCK MY TEETH. SECOND I LOVE THIS RENDITION, HE COULD SING ANYTHING FOR ME AND I WOULD ADORE

  10. LIONESS March 24, 2011

    oohhh nasty notes. stink face on that chorus

  11. Shea Butter March 24, 2011

    I love it!! I think he kept it basic and let it flow out. I have to say good work.

    I like Beyonce but I would hate it if she covered this…..

  12. MrIncredible March 24, 2011

    That was terrible. What is with this blog sometimes? Ya’ll say the most ridiculous things at times. The chorus sounds a hot ass mess.

  13. FABLE March 24, 2011

    THIS MAN IS A BEAST!!!! love it!

  14. Artisan March 24, 2011

    I L O V E it! Love those two.

  15. Judge & Jury March 24, 2011

    UGHH!!!!!! HE MAKES IT SOUND LIKE A SLAVERY SONG WORKING THE FIELDS. SERIOUSLY. SMH.

  16. C-mo Love March 24, 2011

    I love love love Adele and both her albums (hoping the new single is “Set Fire to the Rain”. That being said, this version seems the way it is supposed to sound. So raw and soulful!

  17. Mira March 24, 2011

    Love it!

  18. Jamaican Bouy March 24, 2011

    NO NO NO NO NO, *Shake head at the chorus!!!!!! boring and dead, sounds like he his straining his voice

  19. trucie March 24, 2011

    Great rendition. Love the rawness of his voice. Love him. Love the song. Love Adele!

  20. I.LUV.MUSIK March 24, 2011

    I enjoyed this very organic rendition of this song. I agree with some others though. I would love to see either Jennifer Hudson to a gospel version or Beyonce cover this song, orchestra style!!! Now THAT would be interesting….

  21. Know it all March 24, 2011

    Those top notes in the chorus are lowered and sound wrong. The scratchy texture is also not appreciated. Adele’s version has 10x the soul.

  22. JohnVidal March 24, 2011

    He is very talented but I´m not sure how I feel about his rendition.
    Beyonce singing Rolling in the deep??? No thanks. This is the kind of song that needs a performer with personality to be sung. I swear her fans are annoying still thinking she has a special VOICE

  23. A Second Kat Deluna stan March 24, 2011

    😐 wat did I just listen to?
    Leave it to the British broad sweetie.

  24. The Truth March 24, 2011

    NO

  25. Stoney-Brie March 24, 2011

    this is amazing! and i see nothing wrong with the chorus.. it’s all perfection! and what people straining its his signature thing.. and there’s nothing wrong with it..

    John Legend has a very good distinct sound to his voice! great job Mr Legend!

  26. PAM March 24, 2011

    WDF?? >> @The Truth ?? you be saying NO.. when its really YES.. smdh

  27. JER March 24, 2011

    Leave it to a Christina Aguilera stan to bash another artist. Aguilera is history. She’ll be remembed as “that trashy disney girl who sang ‘Beautiful'”

  28. Prince&Queen March 24, 2011

    @Johnvidal u neva learn do you lol Beyonce would sing Adeles whole album better than her!! There’s nothin special about Adelle voice she is really just another AVERAGE voice.

    Adeles voice is a mixture of Natasha Bedinfield and Sara Berellis voice. Sara Berielles voice even sound better than Adeles!!

    Queen Bey would definitely Demolish this song!! Lol boy Queen Bey would sing the skin off of Adele. Adele would be nothin but bones when Queen Bey get finish with her.

  29. Prince&Queen March 24, 2011

    John Legend KILLED this song.

  30. oneday March 24, 2011

    @Jer LOL all true

  31. JuanR March 24, 2011

    No.

  32. socialstudy1 March 24, 2011

    John Legend is s*** and has a great voice. His cover of Rolling In The Deep was just, …OK! I can’t wait to hear his new cd though. I saw him live in CO and he was amazing. “)

  33. Laurie March 24, 2011

    This could’ve been great but those chorus needs to shut up seriously !!! There’re terrible.
    I like John’s voice

  34. socialstudy1 March 24, 2011

    PS – I second that Beyonce shouldn’t touch this song. Or anyone else for that matter. It’s Adele’s song, …….lets let her have it.

  35. Prince&Queen March 24, 2011

    @JohnVidal U say Queen Bey doesnt have Personality in her singing????????????? U need to take a Listen to her Live Vocals right now!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrQ3NmTkBGU
    When is Adele goin to sing like that??? UUMM NEVER!!!

  36. Prince&Queen March 24, 2011

    Johnvidal lol i know im really wasting my time trying to prove to you cuz ure soo Delusional! But b**** u need to see those performances. U dont know anything about Voices if u dont think Queen Bey can sing this adele song. And that goes 4 any other Hater.

  37. Robier March 24, 2011

    UHHHHHHH NOOOO!!!

  38. King David March 24, 2011

    #Dead at people saying it sounding like a slave slong LOL it did soo sound like a good ol spiritual LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!

  39. The Life Size Bobble Head formally known as Rhitard The Goat March 24, 2011

    1 word- NO!!! ScRaTcH dat HELL NO!!! #BoYjUsSit

  40. C-mo Love March 24, 2011

    If we are comparing, this version is by far better than the original and I love the original but this version is just bananas!!! Just the soulfulness of that roughly smooth voice and nothing else. Amazing!

  41. JohnVidal March 24, 2011

    @Prince&Queen
    Oh please you are really retarded. I only mentioned Beyonce cos some stupid stans like you brought her first when this is a post about 2 unique artists with really special voices. I prefer Adele´s voice over Beyonce´s anyday.
    Repeat with me: singing louder and putting manly faces is not singing better and specially it´s not having a special and personal voice
    Adele can get slayed by voices that are special like hers and in addition have more range, power and all that. Bey has those last things but not the unique voice and tone. What she does, thousands can do it too everywhere. Are you trying to tell me ‘If I were a boy’ is something special??? You need to realize it´s not: her songs are not hard to sing and the most important she doesn´t have that talent in her voice to sound awesome, unique. Do you get it now?
    Do you need more reasons why Adele slays her as an artist? I´ll stop it here if u don´t want Bey to get exposed again with the songwriting. Keep it cute ok?
    I really understand Bey is your favorite. I appreciate it, believe me, you don´t stan for crap like Spears, J No, Rihanna etc. But you seriously need to understand Beyonce is not among the best musicians and singers honey. Get over it

  42. LALA March 24, 2011

    @PRINCE&QUEEN
    I DONT THINK YOU SHOULD COMPARE ADELE TO BEYONCE THEY ARE BOTH GREAT VOCALISTS
    I JUST LISTENED TO 21 TODAY AND I MUST SAY I AM MORE THAN IMPRESSED HER AND KANYE HAVE DEFINETELY SEALED THAT ALBUM OF THE YEAR GRAMMY NOM AND SHE WILL DEFINETELY BE NOMINATED FOR BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE

    HAVING SAID THAT, I ALSO THINK BEYONCE IS AN AMAZING SINGER
    PEOPLE SAY HER VOICE LACKS SOUL
    BUT HAVE YOU LISTENED TO HER SONG IF
    YOUTUBE AND BE AMAZED
    BEYONCE MAKES ME GET GOOSEBUMPS EVERY TIME SHE SINGS

    SO THEY ARE BOTH GOOD

  43. Just Sayin March 24, 2011

    John killed this, I like his voice.
    A very nice rendition.

    Now let me listen to Adele’s CD, cause it’s da ish.

  44. Keesha March 24, 2011

    I LIKE this version, LOVE Adele’s version.

    If Beyonce made a version of Adele’s song, I know that I would just LIKE it, not LOVE it.

    I got Adele’s album on Tuesday, and I LOVE it! She is AH-MAZING!

  45. John & Adele’s March 24, 2011

    As usual there must be a few DEAF haterz, but it’s all good! …I was so excited to listen to this cuz they are both some of my favorite artist and John put his foot in this…good to see a guy’s interpretation!

  46. Robier March 24, 2011

    Bwaahaaa I have to hollar at it sounding like a spiritual. omg i screamed

  47. Prince&Queen March 24, 2011

    @Johnvidal whateva hon, U know Bey voice sounds Beautiful and Powerful when its loud just like Whitneys and she looks Beautiful when she sings, boy u need to quit HATIN. If thousands of people can sing her songs better than she can WHERE THEY AT!!!!!!!!!!!! They sure not in the music industry.

    There u go again tryin to be psychic ,once again hon URE NOT PSYCHIC!!! All her songs are VERY SPECIAL and No 1 and i MEAN NO 1 can sing as Amazing as she can or Better in this generation. Deal with it.

    Queen Bey is Definitley Amongst some of the Best Musicians and Singersor or Above & Beyond hon. Deal With It! @Jonhvidal just know that u are settling for less.

    @LALA I didnt want to compare them at all but Johnvidal took it there. Adele shouldnt even be compared to Queen Bey at All. Adele is only a good average voice to me.

  48. HAHA March 24, 2011

    @JohnDival

    They also bought up Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson too, but you being your normal self bought upon yourself to only call out Beyonce. How predicatable?

    Yes Adelle’s voice is spectacular, but it is not unique. There is a girl at my school who is a freshmen that sounds just like Adelle when she sings.

    Beyonce is not the greatest singer in the world, but the girl can sing her ass off and is one of the best today.

    And I just love how you always bring up Beyonce’s not writing?

    Okay let’s examine.

    Let’s examine…

    Let’s start with the most famous one… “If I were a Boy”

    Beyonce never claimed to write if I were a Boy.

    Months before the song was released Beyonce would talk about how Toby Gad introduced the song to her and she loved it when she heard it.

    Beyonce doesn’t even have writing credit for the song. She never did.

    Not to mention the fact that B.C Jean herself debunked the whole rumor herself, but being the idiot you are you probably ingonred that all together.

    Now LEt’s go to “Love in this club Pt. 2″…

    Another song Beyonce never claimed to write nor is she credited for it.

    Next… “Irreplacable”

    Beyonce only claimed to write that song once when she was on stage. She was most likely in the moment when she said that. Because times before that and after that she made it clear that Ne-Yo was the writer. And Ne-Yo even explained that she got credited as a writer because she came up with the melodies and harmonies. She also added the “to the left” bridge which is the most memorable part of the song.

    “Loving You Kissing You”

    Des’Ree didn’t sue Beyonce because she took writing credit, Des’ree sued Beyonce because she put the song on her album without finishing negotiations.

  49. JohnVidal March 24, 2011

    You are retarded for sure. I´m sorry you ruined Adele and Legend´s post!
    The thing is Beyonce writes almost nothing and Adele writes her songs. Deal with it!

  50. Neickha March 25, 2011

    SO Beautiful. I loved his version just as well as Adele’s original!

  51. Gabs March 25, 2011

    Awe It was a good cover. Interesting to hear with a guys voice!

  52. KaVion March 25, 2011

    I f****** love John Legend.
    John Legend, R. Kelly & Luther Vandross are my favorite male voices of all time.
    Get Lifted, R. & Happy People/U Saved Me, Never Too Much/Dance with My Father! Man!

    When is his next album going to come out? Wake Up! was a dissapointment..

  53. FORMERRIRISTAN….SMH… March 25, 2011

    WHOEVER SAID JOHN DIDNT SING THIS RIGHT NEEDS TO GET THEIR HEADS EXAMINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF THIS IS WAT WE CALL SIIINGING! HE SHUT THIS SONG DOWN, ITS BEAUTIFUL, THE CHORUS IS PERFECT, ITS JUST BACKGROUND SINGERS SINGING WITH HIM DUMBHEADS!!

  54. True Blue March 25, 2011

    @ John Vidal:

    No, YOU ruined this post by singling out Beyoncé and bashing her fans for no reason. One person suggested that she, (among other singers that curiously enough, you did not single out) would do a good job covering this song. They didn’t even say she would do a better job than Adele, just that she would “kill it”. Is it a crime for someone to hold that opinion? You can RESPECTFULLY disagree with that person without insulting their tastes, especially considering that person didn’t really bash anyone to make Beyoncé look good. Funny how you didn’t say s*** about the X-Tina stan who called Adele a fivehead, but it’s FBINX’s post that you have a problem with. Right, like you’re any less biased than Beyoncé stans.

    Back on topic, John did a decent job, but obviously nowhere near as good as the original version. Maybe with an instrumental arrangement it might be better.

  55. JER March 25, 2011

    Why does BeYAWNce get dragged into EVERY post on this site? SRS. You f****** stans. Articles about Rihanna…. BeYAWNce stans hate. Article about Justin Bieber…. BeYAWNce stans have to comment on. Article about Adele…. BeYAWNce stans have to slip their 2 cents.

  56. Nojistno March 25, 2011

    ONLY A FAN WOULD SAY THIS S*** SOUND GOOD. IT’S HORRIBLE. LEAVE IT ALONE JOHN AND MAKE UP FOR THAT SUCKY ASS WAKE UP ALBUM. BECAUSE THIS S*** RIGHT HERE NOT CUTTING IT. HIM AND ALICIA ALWAYS SOUND LIKE THEY GOT LARYNGITIS

  57. KD March 25, 2011

    Hell to the no…I love John Legend but no one should ever EVER cover this song. It was such a HAM that I had to stop it within a minute of it playing.

    I LOVE Bey…but this is not her type of music, it would not suit her voice @ all (which I absolutely love by the way…I have the I AM TOUR on constant replay whenever I have nothing else to do).

  58. LSZ March 25, 2011

    John sounded good, but his scratchy notes were really unpleasent to listen to during the chorus. I still prefer the original, though an Adele rendition – similar to this one by John – would sound ten times better.

    I don’t know why Beyonce’s name was even mentioned on this post because she’s got an average voice with nothing special to go with it, the only advantage she has is: vocal ability. Adele and John is what’s considered true and raw talent.

  59. JohnVidal March 25, 2011

    @LSZ
    You nailed it!

  60. carmen March 25, 2011

    um leave it to ADELE please..london baby xx 🙂

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