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{{Infobox single <!-- See Wikipedia:WikiProject_Songs -->
 
|Name=Chasing Pavements
 
|Cover=Adele - Chasing Pavements.jpg
 
|Artist=[[Adele (singer)|Adele]]
 
|from Album=[[19 (Adele album)|19]]
 
|B-side="That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On" (live)
 
|Released=11 January 2008
 
|Format=[[CD single|CD]], [[Music download|digital]]
 
|Genre=[[Soul music|Soul]], [[blues]], [[Pop music|pop]]
 
|Recorded=[[Compass Point Studios]] in [[Nassau, Bahamas|Nassau]], [[Bahamas]] in 2007
 
|Length=3:30
 
|Label=[[XL Recordings]]
 
|Writer=[[Adele (singer)|Adele]], [[Eg White]]
 
|Producer=Eg White
 
|Certification=Gold <small>([[Recording Industry Association of America|RIAA]])</small>
 
|Last single="[[Hometown Glory]]"<br>(2007)
 
|This single="'''Chasing Pavements'''"<br>(2008)
 
|Next single="[[Cold Shoulder (song)|Cold Shoulder]]"<br>(2008)
 
}}
 
 
"'''Chasing Pavements'''" is the second single from [[soul music|soul]] singer [[Adele (singer)|Adele]]. Adele performed the song on ''[[Friday Night with Jonathan Ross]]'' on 7 December 2007.<ref>{{cite news|title=Jonathan Ross welcomes Lucas, Walliams, Seinfeld and Zellweger|url=http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/entertainment/television/Jonathan-Ross-welcomes-Lucas-Walliams-Seinfeld-and-Zellweger.jsp|date=7 December 2007|accessdate=2008-01-27}}</ref>
 
It was released [[Music download|digitally]] in [[Ireland]] on 13 January 2008 and entered the Irish singles chart at number 26 through download sales alone. Having received a physical release, the single then leaped 19 places to number seven, where it peaked. On 20 January, the single entered at number two in the UK singles chart on downloads alone. "Chasing Pavements" was the 27th best selling single of 2008 in the UK, with over 280,000 sales.
 
 
It was 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 15 October. The song was also featured in ''[[Wild Child (film)|Wild Child]]'', starring [[Emma Roberts]] and the late [[Natasha Richardson]] and TV shows such as ''[[90210 (TV Series)|90210]]''. Adele performed "Chasing Pavements" along with "[[Cold Shoulder (song)|Cold Shoulder]]" on ''[[Saturday Night Live]]'' on 18 October 2008. The B-side to the single, "That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On", is an acoustic cover of a [[Sam Cooke]] song. It's Adele's first top 40 hit on the [[Billboard Hot 100|''Billboard'' Hot 100]] and has sold over 1,200,000 digital copies as of October 2011.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/#/news/adele-s-someone-like-you-atop-hot-100-passes-1005405372.story|title=Adele's 'Someone Like You' Atop Hot 100, Passes 2 Million Downloads|publisher=Billboard Magazine|date=2011-010-11|accessdate=2011-10-14}}</ref>
 
 
"Chasing Pavements" won the [[Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]], and was nominated for the [[Grammy Award for Record of the Year]] and [[Grammy Award for Song of the Year]].
 
 
==Lyrical meaning==
 
The song was inspired by an incident Adele had with a former boyfriend of six months.<ref name=nicole>Frehsée, Nicole (22 January 2009), "Meet Adele, the U.K.'s Newest Soul Star". ''Rolling Stone''. (1070):26</ref> At 6am, after learning he had cheated on her, she went to the bar he was at and punched him in the face.<ref name=nicole/> After being thrown out, Adele walked down the street alone and thought to herself, "What is it you're chasing? You're chasing an empty pavement."<ref name="BlogCriticsInterview">{{cite web|url=http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/07/16/084115.php |title=Interview: Adele – Singer and Songwriter BlogCriticsMagazine 16 July 2008 |publisher=Blogcritics.org |date= |accessdate=2011-09-06}}</ref><ref name=Bi>{{cite news| first=Kim| last=Dawson| title=ADELE'S BI GUY| date=24 March 2008| publisher=Daily Star| url=http://www.dailystar.co.uk/posts/view/33091}}</ref> She sang it into and recorded it on her mobile phone and arranged the chords when she got home.<ref name=nicole/>
 
 
==Music video==
 
The song's [[music video]], which earned a 2008 [[MTV Video Awards|MTV Video Music Award]] nomination for Best Choreography, centres around a car crash (a white [[Peugeot 505]] sedan) occurring in [[Hyde Park, London]]. It was directed by Mathew Cullen of production company Motion Theory.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://musicnews.virginmedia.com/news/?news_id=84330 |title=Coldplay and Adele snag VMA nods Virgin Media 28 August 2008 |publisher=Musicnews.virginmedia.com |date= |accessdate=2011-09-06}}</ref>
 
 
It features two views: one of the real-world in which the occupants of the car are lying motionless on the pavement following the accident, and the other (during the choruses) in which the camera shows them from above. Adele is seen in the first view, inside a car with a man. She sings before getting out of the car and walking past a group of people who are running towards the crash victims. Then, she stands beside a tree continuing to sing until it ends and the victims being shown on stretchers, being wheeled away in different directions by ambulance crews tending to them. Adele is not one of the car crash victims.
 
 
In the second view, the couple 'comes to life' and move as if standing up. The couple appear to reenact their relationship, starting from their first meeting when the woman dropped her scarf and the man handed it back to her. For a while they appear happy together, but it is short-lived; the man discovers that the woman had another lover. She writes something on a piece of paper and when the man reads it, he is angered, but he forgives her and they begin rekindling the passion they had before the crash. When Adele sings the chorus for the final time, the couple dance on the pavement surrounded by the onlookers, who are now also dancing. The man and the woman dance gracefully and intimately, but in spite of all the joy, they are still just two bodies lying motionless on the pavement, and are then wheeled away by ambulance crews in different directions.
 
 
On 20 December 2008, the video was ranked #26 on [[VH1]]'s Top 40 of 2008.
 
 
==Controversy==
 
According to the ''[[Daily Mail]]'' the single has been banned by several [[United States of America|U.S.]] radio stations because of the perceived meaning of the words "chasing pavements" referring to the singer chasing gay men. The source of the perceived meaning is said to come from an entry submitted to [[Urban Dictionary]].<ref>{{Citation
 
| title = 'Americans think that I'm chasing gay men,' says Adele as she reveals hit song radio ban
 
| newspaper = [[The Daily Mail]]
 
| page = 1
 
| date = 10 September 2008
 
| url = http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1054239/Americans-think-Im-chasing-gay-men-says-Adele-reveals-hit-song-radio-ban.html
 
| accessdate = 2010-02-28
 
}}
 
</ref>
 
 
==Awards==
 
"Chasing Pavements" was nominated for three [[Grammy Award]]s at the [[2009 Grammy Awards]]. The track had received nominations in the categories of [[Grammy Award for Record of the Year|Record of The Year]], [[Grammy Award for Song of the Year|Song of the Year]] and for [[Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance|Best Female Pop Vocal Performance]].<ref>[http://www.grammy.com/grammy_awards/51st_show/list.aspx The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Nominations List 3 December 2008]{{dead link|date=September 2011}}</ref> It won the award for the Best Female Vocal Performance, beating established singers such as [[Pink (singer)|Pink]] and [[Leona Lewis]] but lost out to [[Coldplay]]'s "[[Viva la Vida]]" in the Song of the Year category and to [[Robert Plant]]'s and [[Alison Krauss]]' collaboration, "[[Please Read the Letter]]", in the Record of the Year category. She performed "Chasing Pavements" with [[Sugarland]].
 
 
==Track listing==
 
;UK – CD and 7-inch vinyl
 
#"Chasing Pavements" (Adele, [[Eg White]]) – 3:31
 
#"That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On" <small>(live)</small> ([[Sam Cooke]]) – 2:12
 
 
==Release history==
 
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|-
 
!Region
 
!Date
 
|-
 
|[[Europe]]
 
|11 January 2008
 
|-
 
|[[United Kingdom]]
 
|14 January 2008
 
|}
 
 
==Charts==
 
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!Chart (2008)
 
!Peak<br>position
 
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|{{singlechart|Austria|56|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Flanders|10|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Wallonia|21|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Canada|21|artist=Adele|artistid=810846}}
 
|-
 
{{singlechart|Czech Republic|27|year=2008|week=18|accessdate=10 June 2011}}
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Denmark|8|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Germany|46|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|Ireland ([[Irish Singles Chart|IRMA]])<ref>{{cite web|author=Steffen Hung |url=http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Adele |title=Discography Adele |publisher=irishcharts.com |date= |accessdate=2011-02-20}}</ref>
 
|align=center|7
 
|-
 
|Italy ([[FIMI]])<ref>{{cite web|author=Steffen Hung |url=http://italiancharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Adele&titel=Chasing+Pavements&cat=s |title=Adele – Chasing Pavements |publisher=italiancharts.com |date= |accessdate=2011-02-20}}</ref>
 
|align=center|7
 
|-
 
|Netherlands ([[Dutch Top 40]])<ref>{{cite web|url=http://acharts.us/song/31513 |title=Adele – Chasing Pavements – Music Charts |publisher=Acharts.us |date= |accessdate=2011-02-20}}</ref>
 
|align=center|9
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Norway|1|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Slovakia|51|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
{{singlechart|Sweden|37|artist=Adele|song=Chasing Pavements}}
 
|-
 
|UK Singles ([[UK Singles Chart|The Official Charts Company]])<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.theofficialcharts.com/artist/_/adele/ |title=ADELE – The Official Charts Company |publisher=Theofficialcharts.com |date= |accessdate=2011-02-20}}</ref>
 
|align=center|2
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Billboardhot100|21|artist=Adele|artistid=810846}}
 
|-
 
|US [[Adult Contemporary]] ([[Billboard (magazine)|''Billboard'']])<ref>http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=810846&model.vnuAlbumId=1104726</ref>
 
|align=center|23
 
|-
 
|{{singlechart|Billboardadultpopsongs|17|artist=Adele|artistid=810846}}
 
|-
 
|US [[Pop 100]] ([[Billboard (magazine)|''Billboard'']])<ref>[http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=396&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Pop+100&ci=3105843&cdi=10122315&cid=01%2F31%2F2009 ]{{dead link|date=February 2011}}</ref>
 
|align=center|28
 
|}
 
 
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===Year-end charts===
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
|-
 
!scope="col"|Chart (2008)
 
!scope="col"|Position
 
|-
 
|[[Dutch Singles Chart]]<ref>{{cite web |title=http://dutchcharts.nl/jaaroverzichten.asp?year=2008&cat=s|language=Dutch |work=dutchcharts.nl |publisher=|accessdate=2011-02-15}}</ref>
 
| style="text-align:center;"|36
 
|-
 
|[[UK Singles Chart]]<ref>{{cite web|title=http://www.ukchartsplus.co.uk/ChartsPlusYE2008.pdf|work=UKChartsPlus|publisher=|accessdate=2011-02-15}}</ref>
 
| style="text-align:center;"|27
 
|}
 
 
===Certifications===
 
{| class="wikitable sortable"
 
|-
 
! Country
 
! [[List of music recording certifications|Certification]]
 
|-
 
|[[CRIA|Canada]]
 
| style="text-align:center;"|Gold<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php |title=Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum |publisher=Cria.ca |date= |accessdate=2011-09-06}}</ref>
 
|-
 
| [[VG-lista|Norway]]
 
| style="text-align:center;"|Gold<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.ifpi.no/sok/lst_trofeer_sok.asp?type=artist|title=IFPI Norsk Certified Awards|publisher=[[IFPI]]|accessdate=2011-10-08}}</ref>
 
|-
 
| [[British Phonographic Industry|United Kingdom]]
 
| style="text-align:center;"|Silver<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx|title=BPI Certified Awards|publisher=[[British Phonographic Industry]]|accessdate=2011-04-04}}</ref>
 
|-
 
| [[Recording Industry Association of America|United States]]
 
| style="text-align:center;"|Platinum<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Adele&format=&go=Search&perPage=50 |title=Recording Industry Association of America |publisher=RIAA |date= |accessdate=2011-09-06}}</ref>
 
|}
 
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{{s-bef | before = "[[Supernatural Superserious]]" by [[R.E.M.]] }}
 
{{s-ttl | title = [[VG-lista|Norwegian VG-lista]] number-one single
 
| years = 12 March 2008 – 26 March 2008 }}
 
{{s-aft | after = "[[4 Minutes (Madonna song)|4 Minutes]]" by [[Madonna (entertainer)|Madonna]] featuring [[Justin Timberlake]] and [[Timbaland]] }}
 
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==References==
 
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[[Category:Songs written by Eg White]]
 
 
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