Kate Hudson & Katy Perry Cry In Excitement Over Adele’s New Song ‘Hello’— Pic

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Adele’s Director Explains Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Hello’ Video (Including Why She’s Using That Flip Phone!).

Since Adele dropped her new single “Hello” on Friday, everyone – including Kate Hudson, Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson – has had it on repeat (and has likely been crying along, too). The Canadian director dished on working with the soulful Brit, how he kept it a secret – and, most importantly, why she’s using that janky flip phone at the 0:37 mark. The power ballad, which is dedicated to an ex lover, is the lead single off of her third record, 25, and serves as an excellent sign of what’s to come – so, so many more emotions, especially on Twitter. The world is one giant crying emoji today, joining hands to weep together over the release of Adele’s new song, “Hello,” the first single off her upcoming album 25.

I was sort of scared that the song would be great – I had no doubts the song would be great – but would I be able to imagine something, some story to tell? This is also Adele’s first new song since her Bond theme, “Skyfall,” won the Oscar for Best Original Song. “Hello, it’s me,” the ballad begins, as if Adele is actually speaking to us, saying, “Hi, I know y’all have been thirsting for me.” Yes, Adele. In the tried-and-true formula of “Someone Like You” or “Turning Tables,” “Hello” opens with coy confessions over soft piano tinkles, eventually giving way to Adele’s lion’s roar of heartbreak. We had a great time. [When we met], we spent the afternoon talking about our families and our friends and our lives, and it wasn’t much of a professional meeting more than an encounter on the human side, which was great … Which is normal, I guess, when you think of who she is and the artist she is. As she belts the chorus—“Hello from the other side / I must’ve called a thousand times / To tell you I’m sorry, for everything that I’ve done”—the power is so guttural and so forceful it’s like she is projectile vomiting her heart.

I told my mom and my dad and my friends, and then I told them, “Don’t tell your parents or your friends!” I understand the value of keeping this a secret: There’s no reason in announcing things like these. So it was smart of Adele to return to that sepia-toned eternal autumn where she lives and deliver a classic ballad that aggressively accomplishes everything we want from an Adele song: big voice, big emotion, and structural simplicity. Twitter instantly transformed into a 140-character open mic night, with all your favorite social media mavens hustling to pen witty tweets about crying along to the song.

We all love nothing more than bonding in mass rhapsody, to the point that any criticism of “Hello” at this point would be tantamount to blasphemy, treason, and disparaging Beyoncé. They’re elements that you identify to our reality so much that – whether it’s a short film, a film, a music video – they just hurt the piece’s sensibility and reality, and it’s not as romantic. In a pop music landscape that favors overproduction and faux swagger, that confuses “Worth It” by Fifth Harmony as a good pop song and turned “Bad Blood” into a No. 1 hit, Adele represents class. She sensed the Internet orgasming over Drake in a turtleneck and trying to convince themselves that a moderately OK Justin Bieber song was a masterpiece, and then was all like, “Ha! I’ve been living with it for like three weeks, and I couldn’t tell anymore if it was touching … I see on Twitter: “Oh, I cried and I cried and I cried.” I’m like, “Great!” I guess I’m a horrible person wishing for other people to cry.

It was shot by breakout Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Mommy) and is the first music video partially shot using IMAX cameras. (Finally a screen big enough to accommodate the size of Adele’s voice and emotions.) It was filmed outside Montreal and co-stars The Wire actor Tristan Wilds, who plays Adele’s ex-boyfriend in flashbacks. Basically she glades around a rural estate wearing a fabulous floor-length coat, belting to the autumn breeze about repairing herself from heartbreak.

She has a direct line into our hearts, the rare person who can speak and sing about her own personal experience and have it resonate so acutely with our individual journeys.

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