Adele’s first album since 2011, is due out in less than three weeks. the singer’s lead single, “Hello,” was streamed more than a million times per hour and shot straight to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, breaking a digital download record in the process.
To celebrate the awesomeness that is Adele, Rolling Stone sat down for an interview with the superstar and placed her on the cover of the magazine.
Below are 5 awesome things we learned about Adele from the feature interview.
On the importance of Madonna: “[O]ne of the chief inspirations for 25 was Madonna’s Ray of Light. ‘You know what I found so amazing about that record?’ Adele says. ‘That’s the record Madonna wrote after having her first child, and for me, it's her best…’”
On squads: “I’ve heard about a squad,” she says with an amused snort. “I wish my squad was all supermodels. We are, in our brains. I guess I have my own squad.’ She pronounces the word in a comical American accent. ‘It’s not as interesting as some of the other squads that are around right now.’ She brightens. ‘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.’”
On her sass: “‘She’s a superstar and sassy as fuck,’ says [Bruno] Mars, who recalls a brief disagreement over one lyric. ‘Once she recorded it, it became one of my favorite parts of the song. She told me she hopes I’m in the audience when she sings that line live so she can flick me off.’”
On working with Sia: “‘I actually love the dynamic of us both being in there and just fucking being bossy,’ she says with a laugh. ‘And it’s all these male producers, and they’re all fucking shitting themselves ‘cause we’re in there.’”
On Frank Ocean: “‘I’m just fucking waiting for Frank fucking Ocean to come out with his album,’ she says. ‘It’s taking so fucking long.’”