British pop singer and songwriter Adele recently released her fourth studio album, titled “30.” To promote the album, Adele appeared on CBC Radio’s acclaimed podcast “The Q Interview,” where she spoke with host Tom Power. The discussion spanned many topics, ranging from parenthood and divorce to the album itself and what inspired it. It’s a rather candid episode, with a great deal of honesty on both sides, revealing plenty of new info for fans of Adele.
The album, which has been in production since early 2019, is largely about relationships, from those with family and her son, to the relationship she has with herself. Some of these ideas are expressed through audio clips of voicemail calls to friends during periods of loneliness, and of discussions she had with her son. “I was in the studio for myself,” Adele says, stating that she’s a different person than she was before writing this album. “30” has clearly resonated with quite a few people, as three weeks before its release, it broke Apple Music records for most pre-added album. Plus, three days after release, it was the most purchased album in the United States with over 500,000 pure copies sold.
Adele discusses parenthood with Tom, referring to the song “My Little Love,” which includes voice clips of Adele and her son, Angelo, speaking with one another. Adele describes the song’s impact on male listeners, making them think about who their mothers were beyond just being their mothers, while female listeners easily related to the song.
“It’s not normal, and I live very normally. It’s not normal,” Adele said about living and breaking up with a significant other while famous, “I’m getting used to it. It’s okay.” The divorce with Simon Konecki played a major part in the writing of the album, as well as on her son. She elaborated on the point, saying “Fame scares me, but fame comes with my job and stuff like that.”
Adele also delves into her experience with COVID-19, and how she sat on the album for a year while the world was in lockdown, and how she deals with the anxiety that was heightened by the pandemic. The coping mechanisms range from pilates and meditation to self-help books, which interviewer Tom relates to.
Adele refers to herself and fellow performer Drake as “a dying breed,” as they began their careers before the streaming era. She opens up about how the industry has changed, and how she, as a millennial, wouldn’t feel the same drive to enter the current music industry as she did when she was a girl. While artists like herself and Drake were able to express themselves and get people to listen, she explains how social media has made it so that you have five seconds before people lose interest, making it harder than ever to break into the industry.
You can find “30” on all major digital storefronts, while you can find this interview and more on CBC’s Q Interview page.