Music producer Tony Visconti apologized to Adele after suggesting that her voice might be a product of studio manipulation.
“I’m sorry that what I said in regards to what’s being played on radio was misconstrued,” Visconti told Billboard. “Yet I cannot apologize for something taken the wrong way. If Adele has taken my comments as offensive that was certainly not my intent. Adele has a great voice and it brings pleasure to millions.”
Last week, Visconti – known for his work with artists like David Bowie, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy – issued a sweeping indictment of pop radio. “You turn the radio on and it’s fluff,” he said during a provocative interview promoting the second season of the TV show Guitar Star, on which he serves as a judge. “You are listening to 90 percent computerized voices.” He also singled out Adele: “We know Adele has a great voice, but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated … There’s a sound to pop now that is so perfect it’s boring … Everything is fixed.”
Adele appeared to address Visconti’s insinuation in a video captured by fans at a recent performance in Paris, though she did not refer to the producer by name. “Some dickhead tried to say that my voice was not me on record,” she said onstage.
Adele’s third album, 25, was the best-selling album of 2015 in the world with 17.4 million copies sold within the year and 19 million since then, according to Billboard.