Adele is breaking every record out there AND doing things for women AND being herself and being REAL AS HELLl. The Time interview (which you can read in full here) took place in November, so it isn’t quite as current as any of you crazy Adele superfans would like, but it’s still really great. Here are some highlights:
She has â€œno ideaâ€ how she sold so many records: â€œItâ€™s a bit ridiculous. Iâ€™m not even from America. Maybe they think Iâ€™m related to the Queen. Americans are obsessed with the royal family.â€
She hates the word â€œbrandâ€: â€œThey all use that word. It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a packet of crisps.â€
She doesnâ€™t want to be an aâ€”hole: â€œSome artists, the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable. I donâ€™t care if you make an amazing albumâ€”if I donâ€™t like you, I ainâ€™t getting your record. I donâ€™t want you being played in my house if I think youâ€™re a bastard.â€
She writes music the old-school way: â€œIâ€™m not precious about writing creditsâ€”itâ€™s whatever makes the best song. But I canâ€™t do that. I canâ€™t write a song based on a trackâ€¦ I write a song from beginning to end. I donâ€™t go in sections. Itâ€™s a storyâ€¦ Iâ€™m not saying my album is incredible, but thereâ€™s conviction in it. And I believe the f-ck out of myself on this album.â€
Sheâ€™s not all about social media: â€œItâ€™s ridiculous that high-profile people have that much access to the public. How am I supposed to write a real record if Iâ€™m waiting for half a million likes on a photo? That ainâ€™t real.â€
She didnâ€™t want her album to be streamed: â€œI donâ€™t use streaming. I buy my music. I download it, and I buy a physical [copy] just to make up for the fact that someone else somewhere isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s a bit disposable, streaming. I know that streaming music is the future, but itâ€™s not the only way to consume music,â€ she says. She believes â€œmusic should be an event.â€
What she thinks of the comparisons to Taylor Swift (just with the streaming thing): â€œIt was amazing. I love herâ€”how powerful she is. Weâ€™ll get lumped together now because of it, but I think we would both feel the ability to say yes or no to things even if we werenâ€™t successful.â€
She also tells Time Magazine that sheâ€™s already thinking ahead to how Angelo is going to come with her when she tours, which is adorable.
Man, when I think about Adele and think about who’s like, a peer of hers in this day and age, I’m hard pressed to come up with someone.Â I mean, IÂ guess Taylor Swift? I mean, I don’t think that Tay holds a candle to Adele. She’s the real deal.