“Chasing Pavements” is the second single from soul singer Adele. Adele performed the song on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on December 7, 2007. It was released digitally in Ireland on January 13, 2008 and entered the Irish singles chart at number 26 through download sales alone. Having received a physical release, the single then leaped nineteen places to number seven, where it peaked. On 20 January, the single entered at number two in the UK singles chart on downloads alone.
It was also featured in three episodes of Hollyoaks. The first was in a concluding scene of Hannah Ashworth‘s anorexia. The second was in a beginning scene of Charlie Dean‘s custody battle. The third was in a scene showing Dominic Reilly reflecting on Tina McQueen talking to him, which was aired on the 15 October.
“Chasing Pavements” was performed on Saturday Night Live on Saturday, October 18, 2008, when Adele was the musical guest.
The B-side to the single, “That’s It. I Quit. I’m Movin’ On.”, is an acoustic cover of a Sam Cooke song..
The album the song appeared on was written about a former boyfriend. The song “Chasing Pavements” refers to an incident that occurred at 6AM one day after a fight with that person during which Adele was running down the street alone. She thought to herself “What is it you’re chasing? You’re chasing an empty pavement.”
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