Adele recognizes pop royalty.
The current Queen of music, Adele, who’s poised to sell 3 million records with 25 this week (officially dethroning Britney’s longstanding record for most albums sold in one week by a solo female artist with Oops!), honored the “Gimme More” singer by calling her “the queen” in a new interview with NPR today (Nov. 25).
Adele appears on the syndicated radio show to promote her new record, detailing the creation of the massive record and the immense response she’s received. They ask if she’s overwhelmed.
Listeners have such a personal connection to your songs — I imagine they must want to not just take selfies with you, but, like, cry with you. How do you handle the intensity of all that emotion, especially from total strangers?
“I take it as a huge compliment, really. You know, I listen to music as a fan, for the outlet of my emotions and stuff like that. So the fact that people seem to be listening to my music for the same thing, or react to it in the same way I do with certain artists and bands, it’s really wonderful, and that’s why I like to put my music out there. Obviously, I hope that I bring joy to people’s lives, not just sadness. And I find that most people feel quite relaxed around me. I’ve met a couple that, have been a bit hysterical — like, uncontrollable shaking and stuff like that. But I’m like, ‘C’mon. Stop it. It’s just me. I’m not Britney. What’re you doing?'”
You’ve outsold Britney, though! I hate to break it to you.
“Britney is the queen.”
I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to hear you say that.
“I love her. So yeah, sometimes it is a bit intense. But I usually crack a joke, and then it breaks the ice.”
We don’t have words for Adele’s kind words, only emotions.
Did she really just say that?
Adele uses the same terminology as me.
Adele is a stan.
Check out her full interview with NPR here.