Listen to this: New singles from Adele and Tegan & Sara

By Nicholas Jennings

Most pop songs deal with either love or heartbreak. This week sees two top acts singing about both sides of the romantic equation. While Adele's focuses on a breakup, Tegan & Sara are all about a hookup. Both songs perfectly capture the upsides and downsides of a spring romance.

Adele: “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
Little has been heard from England’s mega-star since she dropped her 25 album last November. No doubt that’s because the “Hello” singer has been watching sales of her disc climb to 19 million copies worldwide as she prepared for her latest concert tour, which opened in Belfast at the end of February and will keep her moving around the globe until mid-November. But Adele surprised fans this week with an Instagram video showing her in a dazzling, floor-length Victorian dress and an announcement of her next single, a breakup song.

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Adele has revealed that the subject of the song is an ex-boyfriend. But she’s clearly over him. “I’m in the best place ever,” she said. “I have no idea where he is now.” The video for the stirring pop anthem will be unveiled at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. In the meantime, it’s worth revisiting the stirring pop anthem in light of the new revelations.

Tegan & Sara: “Stop Desire”
Tegan & Sara have been teasing the release of the upcoming album Love You to Death with the singles “Boyfriend” and “U-Turn.” Now the Calgary sisters have released a buoyant pop song that boasts a danceable beat and infectious chorus. Here’s a taste of the lyrics: “In a minute, I’ll be hoping you’re outside/Another second, you’ll be walking on my wild side/you know I’m ready for anything to happen/Take this passion, turn it into action.” Yes, it’s about hooking up — a perfect spring romance song.

Tegan & Sara themselves were even explicit in describing the subject matter the song in a short and snappy post on Twitter.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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