Women in Music 2016
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Adele on Crying to Her Music: 'It Has to Really Move Me'
In a recent profile for The New York Times, the British soul singer delved into motherhood, rejecting endorsement deals and even tearing to her own music.
“In order for me to feel confident with one of my songs it has to really move me,” Adele said. “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.”
At a time where cash rules everything around celebrities, Adele also explained why becoming the face of a brand was never her style.
“If I wanted to just be famous, like be a celebrity, then I wouldn’t do music, because everything else I’ve been offered would probably make me more famous than I am just with my music,” she said.
“Commercials, being the face of brands, nail varnishes, shoes, bags, fashion lines, beauty ranges, hair products, being in movies, being the face of a car, designing watches, food ranges, buildings, airlines, book deals. I’ve been offered everything. And I don’t want to water myself down. I want to do one thing. I want to make something. I don’t want to be the face of anything.”
Adele’s face -- and vocals -- will light up Radio City Music Hall on Nov. 17, three days before her third studio effort, 25, breaks the Internet. Her comeback single and visual for “Hello” has already ruled the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 for the past two weeks since its Oct. 23 release.