Commons leader backs Adele against the 'suits'

Adele's success has been stratospheric this year.
Adele's success has been stratospheric this year.

By Ian Dunt

Singer Adele found an ally in a somewhat unlikely corner today when Commons leader Sir George Young backed her rebellion against music industry "suits".

The multiple Grammy and Brit award winner stuck up her middle finger at the Brit award's corporate hosts after her speech was cut short to make way for indie band Blur.

"I join my honourable friend in congratulating Adele on her many achievements and I share her disappointment that her speech was cut short by what she calls 'the suits'," Sir George said in response to a question from Tory MP Therese Coffey this morning.

"The music industry is an important industry, she is absolutely right, and we should do all we can to encourage it."

The British singer, who won unprecedented success for her album '21' over the last year, was quick to insist she had not aimed the gesture at her fans when the show ended last Monday.

"Can I just say sorry for swearing?" she said.

"I flung the middle finger at the suits, not the fans, I want people to know that.

"Sorry if I offended anyone, but the people in suits offended me. I wasn't swearing at the fans, but I didn't get to complete my thank you speech!"

'21' far outstripped the expectations of Adele's record label, topping the album charts in over 26 countries. It is currently the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century, with a 20-week tenure at the top of the album charts.


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