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Six things to know about Adele as “25” is released

Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth hold their Oscar for Achievement in Music (Original Song) for the film “Skyfall” in the press room during the 85th annual Academy Awards in 2013. Her long-awaited album “25” has a final release date on XL/Columbia Records: Nov. 20.
Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth hold their Oscar for Achievement in Music (Original Song) for the film “Skyfall” in the press room during the 85th annual Academy Awards in 2013. Her long-awaited album “25” has a final release date on XL/Columbia Records: Nov. 20. MCT

Adele’s reemergence into the music world struck a chord with her fans, who were desperate for more from the soulful artist.

Here’s a look at six things you should know about the singer as her third album, “25,” is released.

And you can see her perform live on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this Saturday. Actor Matthew McConaughey will host.

1. Adele listens to musician Jeff Buckley when she’s sad

No artist makes us feel things like Adele, so who does she turn to when she’s feeling blue?

Jeff Buckley.

“I try and listen to music that might uplift me a little bit, but I don’t really connect with it and music for me is all about connection,” Adele said in an interview with Sirius XM.

“I remember like falling out with my best friend when I was like 7 and listening to Jeff Buckley,” she said. “My mom was a huge fan.”

2. Her song “Water Under the Bridge” is about her boyfriend, Simon Konecki

Adele is a private person, but no so private that she won’t vaguely talk about her relationships.

“Water Under the Bridge,” one of the tracks from “25,” is about Simon Konecki, the father of the couple’s child and her current boyfriend.

“If I'm not the one for you," Adele sings, "why have we been through what we have been through? If you're gonna let me down/Let me down gently."

Although the two have no plans to get married, Adele admits that having a kid together feels “like a big enough commitment.”

"It was sort of about a relationship suddenly getting really, really serious," Adele told Rolling Stone, "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.'”

3. “Hello” is the fastest-selling single in 18 years

It’s no surprise that Adele is already breaking records before her second album is released.

After a four-year hiatus, the singer’s first single has become the top-selling song in two decades.

“Hello” sold 480,000 digital copies in its first three weeks, breaking a record previously held by Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” in 1997, according to the Daily Mail.

The single was also streamed the most in its first week, beating out Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean.”

Adele joked that “Hello” broke the Internet, a la Kim Kardashian.

“I did a Kim Kardashian,” the singer said in an interview with etalk.ca. “Thank God it wasn't with my a--. It would've actually broke the Internet if it was my bum!”

 

4. Adele did not turn down a collaboration with Beyonce

Somehow, somewhere a rumor about Adele turning down a Beyonce collaboration surfaced.

But the singer was quick to squash the nonsense.

“Obviously, Queen B until the day I die,” Adele said in an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.

“There's a rumor going around that I turned Beyoncé down, which I would never be so disrespectful as to do," she said. "I'd never disrespect her like that.

"I'm such a fan, oh my God."

And although Beyonce is not featured on “25,” the idea that the two could collaborate gives us enough to look forward to.

5. “25” will not be available on Spotify

Adele is following in the footsteps of singers like Taylor Swift who won’t offer their music on the streaming service Spotify.

Fans seeking to listen to Adele's new album won't be able to do so on Spotify or Apple Music.

The streaming sites said Thursday that Adele's "25" will not be available for streaming when it's released Friday.

But if “Hello” is any indication, fans will have no problem supporting the singer by buying her album.

After all, the album is predicted to push well over 1 million copies in its debut week.

It's unclear if Adele's album will appear on Spotify or Apple Music in the future. A representative for the singer has declined to comment.

6. Adele cries to her own songs, too

You’re not alone.

If one of Adele’s songs moves you to tears, take comfort in the fact that they often elicit tears from the singer, too.

“In order for me to feel confident with one of my songs it has to really move me,” she told The New York Times. “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 [expletive] tears in the vocal booth or in the studio, and I’ll need a moment to myself.”

When it came to her first album, “21,” Adele said she would “drown” herself in the sadness of it all.

“If I was sad, if I was confused — which I would say were the running themes for most of my records so far — I’d just go with it,” she said. “I’d let myself fall apart, and I’d sit in darkness, and I’d feel sorry for myself, and I wouldn’t accept any help to get out of it, in terms of going out with my friends to cheer me up, or staying busier. No! I loved the drama of it all.”

We imagine her fans found themselves in similar situations, which is why her music resonates with so many.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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