The internet was lit on fire when Adele returned to the music scene with her video “Hello,” bringing tears to millions of her fans’ eyes. What made her return ever better was the fact that she would be releasing her third album, 25, which is looking to be the most anticipated album of the year. Her previous album, 21, took the music industry by storm, selling a staggering 30+ million records.
Adele has stated that her newest project is somewhat of a make-up record, in that it is making up for lost time and the four years that she was absent from music, but also making up with herself. Reaching the age of 25 was a big turning point in the British soul singer’s life, which has allowed her to reflect on her past and become much more comfortable moving forward into her adulthood. While talking with the New York Times, the “Rumour Has It” singer went into detail about her songwriting method, and reveals what it takes to convince her that she has written a truly great song: when it makes her cry.
“That’s how I know that I’ve written a good song for myself — it’s when I start crying. It’s when I just break out in… tears in the vocal booth or in the studio, and I’ll need a moment to myself.”
Her incredibly successful 21 album is one revolving around a breakup and heartache, and it can bring tears to almost anyone’s eyes who listens. During her four-year hiatus, Adele began a relationship with her current boyfriend, philanthropist Simon Konecki, and gave birth to her first child, her son Angelo. Though she may have created emotionally moving and incredible work during dark periods in her personal and romantic life, her son is what keeps her out of those deep shadows.
When “Hello” first hit the internet, there were plenty of celebrities and singers who were quick to share their reactions to the emotional song on social media, including Sam Smith, Russell Crowe, Emma Roberts, and Katy Perry. Actress Kate Hudson posted an Instagram picture of her crying while listening to “Hello.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer revealed that she was in no rush to put out her next album. She took her time during the writing process, with a gap of six months between writing the verses for “Hello” and coming up with the chorus. The lyrics to the song might appear to be about someone the singer had loved in the past, but in actuality, the song is not about just one person in particular. The song is from the perspective of someone who has survived through her early 20s and is now speaking on the “other side of becoming an adult.” The song “Hello” hit 50 million views on YouTube in just 48 hours.
The 27-year-old Adele was not sure if she could create another album that would even come close to what she accomplished with 21 in 2011. Billboard magazine deemed the project the greatest album of all time, according to its chart positions.
“I didn’t think I had it in me to write another record. I didn’t know if I should. Because of how successful ’21’ was, I thought, ‘Maybe everyone’s happy with that being the last thing from me. Maybe I should bow out on a high. As time went on, I realized I had no choice. I have to write more music for myself, and there’s nothing else I want to do.”
25 will be released on November 20, and will feature production from Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, and more.
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