Adele: Amy Winehouse is the reason I make music

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Adele talks motherhood in new interview: ‘It’s hard but it’s phenomenal’.

Much like our universe, there are some artists that seem to bloom spontaneously. The singer and her husband Simon Konecki had son Angelo in October 2012 and she revealed to i-D magazine that being a parent was the main reason for her two-year musical hiatus – but it has been tougher than expected. “It’s f***ing hard.When the Amy Winehouse documentary came out earlier this year, it left music fans with tears in their eyes, but Adele has revealed that although she “loved” the late singer-songwriter, watching the film left her feeling “intrusive”.

Such is the significance with which her upcoming release is being freighted that the questions dominating the conversation around 25 aren’t “How much will it sell” or “Is it as good as the last one” but rather “Will Adele be the last hurrah of the album era?” That is a formidable responsibility to heap upon what is, after all, a modest collection of 11 songs, even if the video for one of them, “Hello,” was, at its peak, being streamed almost a million times an hour. Amy Winehouse was that kind of artist and – in an exclusive interview with Vice’s i-D – Adele reveals that she was just as big of a fan (if not more so) than the rest of us. “If it wasn’t for Amy and Frank, 100% I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar, I wouldn’t have written Daydreamer or Hometown and I wrote Someone Like You on the guitar too.” Adele clarifies that the two weren’t friends, but did attend the same school for a brief period of time. At the halfway point in the week, the lead single from Adele’s new album 25 is way ahead of its nearest rival – Justin Bieber’s Sorry – with combined sales and streams of 165,000.

She says she adored Winehouse and wavered on whether or not she would watch Amy, a documentary released in July 2015, which chronicled the soulful songstress’s life through a compilation of personal testimonials as well as previously unreleased footage and tracks. “I wasn’t going to [see it]. It’s the greatest thing I ever did. “He makes me be a d***head, and he makes me feel young and there’s nothing more grounding than a kid kicking off and refusing to do what you’re asking of them. Adele told i-D magazine recently that she had gone to see the film and got “super emotional with the funeral footage” after going through her own “massive grieving process as a fan”.

Then there are the jokes, highlighted by a 12-second mash-up, viewed more than 2 million times, in which Lionel Richie tries and fails to call Adele to say, well, you know (LINK: http://bit.ly/adelerichie ). But while the “Rehab” singer had a huge influence on her own work as an artist, Adele “wasn’t really into the saved voicemails and stuff like that”. “I felt like I was intruding so I actually felt a bit uncomfortable and that ruined it for me,” she said. “I love watching her but I kind of wish I hadn’t seen it.

The current record for first week’s sales this year is held by Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do, but that figure of 173,000 is likely to be eclipsed by Adele’s sales. She described the emotional turmoil of being separated from her three-year-old while she filmed the music video for her new single Hello as “the most exhausting thing ever”. Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, said: “It is a huge challenge for any artist returning after such a huge last record – as 21 and its singles were. In a wide-ranging interview for i-D magazine’s The Here and Now issue, the Skyfall singer also discussed fame and the impact Amy Winehouse had on her career. “I’m just frightened of it, you know? Among the other releases that day will be a Nine Inch Nails box set, Halo I-IV, which the band self-released in small quantities in 2008; soundtracks to Pretty in Pink and High Fidelity; a reissue of Linda Ronstadt’s second album, Silk Purse (the one picturing the singer lounging with a bunch of pigs on the cover); and a slew of seasonal releases, from Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Holiday Hits to the glad tidings of the Eazy-E single “Merry M—-F—– X-mas.” Streaming: With Ryan Adams using his cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album to insert himself back into the conversation, it’s a good time to visit the wide range of concert recordings available on the Live Music Archive.

Among the highlights are his 23-song show at Massey Hall in 2007 (LINK: http://bit.ly/ryanmassey ) and a memorable webcast for David Letterman’s show, performed at the Ed Sullivan Theater in 2011 (http://bit.ly/ryanletterman ). Video: “She’s so big/She’s so strong/She’s so energetic in her sweaty overalls.” Yes, it’s the return of Weezer, the only band that can make a lyric video that revolves around the wanton destruction of defenceless cannoli. With its torrent of idiosyncratic lyrics — we defy you to find another song that includes both “centrifuge machine” and “osprey eggs” in the same verse — the song sounds more like the XTC of “Dear God” than the band that brought us “Buddy Holly.” Finally, this might be the longest shot ever at winning Britain’s annual Christmas No. 1 Single derby: the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir performing a medley of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to protest cuts to Britain’s National Health Service.

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