There are some reports floating around now that Adele's upcoming third album, 25, is going to absolutely demolish the charts when it drops on Nov. 20. We're talking a million projected album sales here -- in the first week alone. And it makes sense. It's Adele!
Since we haven't heard from her in a while (three years, actually), we've been eating up all the interviews she's been doing, including last week's "first interview in forever" with i-D magazine. On Tuesday (Nov. 3), Rolling Stone rolled out its new cover story on the London-born songstress, and we learned a few more very important facts about her. The most important one involves Rihanna, of course, as most important things do.
But there's a lot more where that came from.
"Hello" took more than six months to write.
Adele and co-writer/producer Greg Kurstin hammered out the verses first, but half a year passed before they came back around to the chorus. "We had half a song written," he said. "I just had to be very patient."
And it's really just about growing up.
"It sounds a bit morbid, like I'm dead. But it's actually just from the other side of becoming an adult, making it out alive from your late teens, early twenties."
Fame scares the sh-t of out her.
"People think I hate being famous. And I don't. I'm really frightened of it. I think it's really toxic, and I think it's really easy to be dragged into it," she said. "I'm not sure if I'll ever not feel a bit overwhelmed when I go to places where there are loads of stars. I always feel like I'm gonna get thrown out. Or it's going to turn out to be some, like, hidden-camera show. Like someone's gonna send me back to Tottenham."
But her son, Angelo, helps her deal with it.
"It might've seemed like the most ridiculous time to have a baby, but I was starting to get a bit afraid of everything. When I had him, it made everything all right, and I trusted everything because the world had given me this miracle, you know, so I became a bit of a hippie, an Earth mother."
She wants to recruit Rihanna for her #squad.
"I guess I have my own squad. It's not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now. But maybe Rihanna can be in my squad! That would be really cool. Oh, God. She's life itself, isn't she? I love her."
"Water Under The Bridge" was inspired by her relationship.
Her boyfriend, Simon Konecki, is also her son Angelo's father, and the new song she wrote "was sort of about a relationship suddenly getting really, really serious, and then getting a bit frightened by it, and then realizing that 'I think this must be right. This is the relationship that I want to be in for as long as I can possibly be in it.'" Konecki hasn't heard the album yet because Adele worries -- "What if he doesn't like it?"
She accidentally got the same tattoo as Lana Del Rey.
They both have "PARADISE" on their hands, though Adele didn't know about LDR's at the time. Adele says she got hers to honor her son, and she has "ANGELO" on the opposite hand. "She probably thinks I'm, like, some mad fangirl. I mean, I am a Lana fangirl, but not a crazy one."
She's over the whole "pitting women against women" thing.
"If they do decide to get their body out, I would rather not be that person because that's just pitting a woman against another woman, and I don't hold any more moral high ground than anyone else. So that has pissed me off a bit. Not that I'm going to start getting my t-ts out now!"
And she's an equalist. "I'm a feminist. I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality."
She has four new notes at the top her vocal range now.MTV
Thanks to her 2011 surgery to repair a vocal hemorrhage, Adele can hit four new notes, a revelation that, at first, kind of frightened her. "It does make your voice, like, brand-new, Which I actually didn't like at first, because I used to have a bit of husk to my voice, and that wasn't there at first."
She's desperately waiting for Frank Ocean's album, too.Frank Ocean/Tumblr
"I'm just f--king waiting for Frank f--king Ocean to come out with his album. It's taking so f--king long. That sounds so stupid, coming from me, doesn't it?"