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 “no idea” how she sold so many records: “It’s a bit ridiculous. I’m not even from America. Maybe they think I’m related to the Queen. Americans are obsessed with the royal family.”
She hates the word “brand”: “They all use that word. It makes me sound like a fabric softener, or a packet of crisps.”
She doesn’t want to be an a—hole: “Some artists, the bigger they get, the more horrible they get, and the more unlikable. I don’t care if you make an amazing album—if I don’t like you, I ain’t getting your record. I don’t want you being played in my house if I think you’re a bastard.”
She writes music the old-school way: “I’m not precious about writing credits—it’s whatever makes the best song. But I can’t do that. I can’t write a song based on a track… I write a song from beginning to end. I don’t go in sections. It’s a story… I’m not saying my album is incredible, but there’s conviction in it. And I believe the f-ck out of myself on this album.”
She’s not all about social media: “It’s ridiculous that high-profile people have that much access to the public. How am I supposed to write a real record if I’m waiting for half a million likes on a photo? That ain’t real.”
She didn’t want her album to be streamed: “I don’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 isn’t. It’s a bit disposable, streaming. I know that streaming music is the future, but it’s not the only way to consume music,” she says. She believes “music should be an event.”
What she thinks of the comparisons to Taylor Swift (just with the streaming thing): “It was amazing. I love her—how powerful she is. We’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 weren’t successful.”
She also tells Time Magazine that she’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. I mean, I guess Taylor Swift? I mean, I don’t think that Tay holds a candle to Adele. She’s the real deal.