Remember when singer Frank Ocean cryptically announced “I’ve got two versions” while hashtagging the name of his upcoming album, Boys Don’t Cry? Remember when July came and went without a new release from Ocean, despite the singer saying that he would drop his album during that month?
The internet does, as countless memes have been made in honor of the album that never came. More importantly, singer Adele, who took her own time to make her new album 25, also remembers Frank Ocean’s monumental announcement.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Adele talks about the exhaustive wait for Ocean’s follow-up album to his 2012 Grammy winning album Orange.
“I’m just f**king waiting for Frank f**king Ocean to come out with his album. It’s taking so f**king long.”
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Ocean’s fans feel Adele’s pain. And sadly, it looks like Adele is going to have to wait a while for that album. According to a report, Frank might have scrapped Boys Don’t Cry altogether to focus on a different collaborative album with French producer SebastiAn. Ocean hasn’t confirmed or denied these reports.
Aside from gabbing about motherhood and the sheer torture of waiting for Frank Ocean’s album to drop, Adele spoke about her thoughts on sexism, which has been a hot button for a while now. The singer revealed that she was asked to pose for Playboy, and she’s still wondering why she was asked.
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“I’ve been asked, ‘Would you do Playboy?’ so many f***king times, it’s ridiculous. And is that because I’m a woman or because I’m fat?”
As for where she stands on feminism, Adele said that she is a feminist.
“I’m a feminist. I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality.”
These days, it seems as though singers tout the label of being a feminist to latch on to a trend without understanding what feminism is. Considering how authentic Adele is, it doesn’t seem like she’s one of those pop stars.
That said, the singer did struggle with being her most authentic self when she was creating her album 25. While she was in the studio, producer Rick Rubin told Adele that he didn’t believe her on the album when she gave him a copy of her first go-around. Instead of getting bent out of shape about it, it sounds like Adele went back to the drawing board.
“I just said, ‘I don’t really believe myself right now, so I’m not surprised you f**king said that.'”
Adele’s album 25 isn’t out yet, but it’s already smashing records all over the place.
According to USA Today, as a single, her song “Hello” has sold more than 1.1. million copies digitally in the first week. Because of this, Adele is the first artist to sell over a million copies of her song digitally.
She also beat out Justin Bieber’s single “Sorry,” which rounded out at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
As for the music video, it broke a Vevo record due to people being so enthusiastic about hearing the song. The video racked up 27.7 million views in 24 hours of the video’s release. It’s now the most viewed video in a day, which broke Taylor Swift’s record.
Swift’s “Bad Blood” received 20.1 million views in a 24-hour span. So far, Swift still holds the Vevo record for “Blank Space,” as it’s the most watched video of all time with 1.2 billion views, but if Adele’s current records are evidence, it looks like “Hello” might have some serious staying power and will provide some major competition for Swift.
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