Adele Opens Up About Her Son, Writer's Block, And The Inspiration Behind 'Hello'
After a four-year hiatus, singer-songwriter Adele has made an undeniably triumphant comeback. Her new album, "25," has been smashing records left and right since its release, her music videos have garnered more than half a billion views, and she is looking healthier and more glamorous than ever before.
Ahead of her NBC Radio City Special, the Grammy winner recently sat down for an interview with Matt Lauer of "Today" and talked about making "25," struggling to find the inspiration to write new songs, navigating motherhood, and parenting her 3-year-old son Angelo.
"I found it impossible [to write] for a while," the 27-year-old "Hello" singer admitted to Lauer (via Huffingtonpost). She added: "I didn't know what I wanted to write about ... And, to be honest, I wasn't sad. I was overthinking everything. And when I chilled out, it came."
The singer previously spoke about the struggles she had making "25" in her November 2015 Rolling Stone cover story. In it, she recalled being worried that her current state of happiness and contentment would dampen her ability to make music that her fans could relate to.
"Hello," the first single off "25," broke Taylor Swift's record for most views in a day, with more than 27 million views.
As for the meaning behind the smash hit, Adele said, in her interview with Lauer, "From the other side, I couldn't get over my guilt of leaving my kid to go and write a record and stuff like that. So getting over that - getting on the other side of that. It was just, you know; it's, in general, just hello to everyone."
Adele's "25" broke the single-week album sales record previously held by the 'NSYNC album "No Strings Attached," which sold 2.416 million copies in its first week in March 2000. According to Nielsen, "25" sold more than 3.38 million copies within a week of its release. In its second week, the album sold 1.11 million copies, breaking another record. It is the first album to sell more than a million copies in two consecutive weeks since 1991, the year Nielsen began tracking sales data.