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Turning Tables

Music by Adele

Originally Performed by Adele

"Turning Tables" is a song by British singer Adele and the last single from her second studio album, 21. Conceived after an altercation with her former lover, the song was co-written by Adele and singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder, whilst the production was completed by Jim Abbiss. "Turning Tables" is a pop ballad with a soulful sound; its instrumentation consists of piano, "Broadway-worthy" strings and guitar. Lyrically, the song describes a domestic dispute in which its narrator assumes a defensive stance against a manipulative ex-lover. XL Recordings sent the song to UK mainstream radio on 5 November 2011 as fifth single from 21 along with "Rumour Has It".

"Turning Tables" received acclaim from music critics, who praised Adele's vocals and its production. The song reached the top-twenty of the singles charts in four countries, including Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. It also peaked at number 62 on the UK Singles Chart and 63 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 500,000 digital downloads. Adele performed "Turning Tables" on television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman in the US and The Jonathan Ross Show in the UK and included it on the Adele Live concert tour. American actress and singer Gwyneth Paltrow performed a cover of the single in the Glee episode "A Night of Neglect".

    Release Date: 2011


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Adele  : Songs for Treble Voices : SSA : Sheet Music

Adele : Songs for Treble Voices

Adele is currently the most acclaimed female singer of the era and her songs are hits worldwide. Have your choir singing the latest hit music. Adele returned to the pop charts in spectacular style, breaking records and achieving tremendous commercial success. This soulful piano ballad evokes themes of nostalgia and reflection for a wonderful choral showcase for choirs of all ages and levels.From her second album 21 and also performed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee "Turning Tables" has a piano accompaniment that is almost classical in approach, the reflective vocals express emotion of deep melancholy tinged with hopefulness. "Someone Like You" opens with a single voice on the opening verse, the vocal textures gradually build into a full-voiced chorus that expresses the emotional message of the song. Ideal for all types of choral ensembles! "Rolling in the Deep" can be performed a cappella, as in the GLEE version, or with the bluesy, soulful accompaniment. The all-girl Troubletones sing a phenomenal mash-up of two Adele hits in Season Three. Alternating between the aggressive "Rumour Has It" and a more accepting "Someone Like You," this epic pairing offers solo opportunities and powerful vocal backups. A fantastic SSA feature!

Songlist: Turning Tables, Someone Like You, Rolling In The Deep, Rumour Has It / Someone Like You, Hello

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Voicing: SSA | Performed by Adele | 6719b | Sheet Music | $12.95


Adele : 21 : Solo : Songbook : 884088569082 : 1458402231 : 00307247

Adele : 21

Adele's sophomore CD 21 has enjoyed enormous critical acclaim, with reviewers lauding this British, multi-Grammy-winner's vocal performance and introspective songwriting. This songbook matches the original recording, with piano/vocal/guitar arrangements of the smash hits.

Songlist: Don't You Remember, He Won't Go, I'll Be Waiting, Lovesong, One And Only, Rolling In The Deep, Rumour Has It, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Take It All, Turning Tables

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Adele | 5159b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Backbeats : Backbeats : 00  1 CD : 5017273008829 : NRVS88.2

Backbeats : Backbeats

The Sing-Off season two finalists, The Backbeats, release their self-titled, debut album. The record, "The Backbeats From The Sing-Off," features a mix of hand-selected cover hits, including the group's rendition of Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy," which helped seal their top three position on season two of the show. The album also includes a track featuring the Grammy-nominated and season three judge from "The Sing-Off," Sara Bareilles, who guests on the group's version of Sara's hit "Uncharted."

Songlist: Thinking 'Bout Somethin', Born This Way, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, Turning Tables, Till The World Ends, Firework, Cry Me A River, Need You Now, Who Are You?, If I Were A Boy, Monster, Uncharted

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2088c | 1 CD | $16.95 | A Cappella


Greg Gilpin : Fire and Rain : Showtrax CD : 884088476151 : 35027120

Greg Gilpin : Fire and Rain

A James Taylor classic, Greg's arrangements for SATB, SAB and TBB voices reflect the original recording and add lush vocal harmonies that melt into the incredible lyric. Sure to be an audience and performer favorite, it is a stunning pop ballad and an enduring concert selection. Available separately: SATB, SAB, TBB, StudioTrax CD. Duration: ca. 3:35.

Songlist: Love is Here to Stay, The Way We Were, The Way We Were, Love is Here to Stay, Caramba (Good Gracious, My Love), Santafecino de Veras, La Doble, A Boy and a Girl, Barb'ry Ellen, There Is Joy, Joy, Joy!, Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Rejoice!, The Lords Prayer, African Sanctus - Finale and Gloria, Jack's Valentine , Barbara Allen, Can't Buy Me Love, A Belen Pastores (Villancico), J'ai Cu Le Loup, America, The Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, Friendship Song, A La Nanita Nana, Canciones Hispanas, Halo, Just the Way You Are, A House Is Not A Home, Gone, Gone, Gone, Axel F, Lollipops and Roses, and more

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| Showtrax CD | $26.95


Individual Folios

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Turning Tables : SATB : Ed Lojeski : Adele : Glee Cast : Showtrax CD : 08203047 : 884088635961

Ed Lojeski : Turning Tables

From Adele's second album 21 and also performed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee, and with a piano accompaniment that is almost classical in approach, the reflective vocals express emotion of deep melancholy tinged with hopefulness. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Rhythm section parts available digitally (syn, gtr, b). Duration: ca. 4:05.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composer: Adele Performed By: Glee Cast

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08203047 | Showtrax CD Available


Turning Tables : SAB : Ed Lojeski : Adele : Glee Cast : Sheet Music : 08203048 : 884088635978

Ed Lojeski : Turning Tables

From Adele's second album 21 and also performed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee, and with a piano accompaniment that is almost classical in approach, the reflective vocals express emotion of deep melancholy tinged with hopefulness. Available separately: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Rhythm section parts available digitally (syn, gtr, b). Duration: ca. 4:05.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composer: Adele Performed By: Glee Cast

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08203048 | Showtrax CD Available


Turning Tables : SSA : Ed Lojeski : Adele : Adele : Sheet Music : 08203049 : 884088635985

Ed Lojeski : Turning Tables

From Adele's second album 21 and also performed by Gwyneth Paltrow on Glee. With a piano accompaniment that is almost classical in approach, the reflective vocals express emotion of deep melancholy tinged with hopefulness.

Arranger: Ed Lojeski | Composer: Adele Performed By: Adele

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08203049 | Showtrax CD Available

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