Adele picked “Easy on Me” as the first single from her upcoming album, 30, but says she could have gone in a very different direction.
The singer spoke with BBC Radio’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show for a segment that aired soon after releasing her new song and admitted that she had three strong contenders in mind.
“There was three options for the first single. Very, very different, all of them,” Adele said.
Without giving too much away, she dropped a few details about the songs that were almost chosen as the lead single from 30.
“Obviously ‘Easy on Me,’ and then there’s another one which is like, I got very into Goldfrapp again,” she noted.
“There’s another one that’s very sort of ’70s, like piano, singer-songwriter-y,” added Adele. “When I say piano, I mean it’s got a whole band on it, but just very Carpenters, like very Elton, whatever.”
In the end Adele went with “Easy on Me” because of its “soaring chorus” — and because it simply “just felt like a me song,” which felt important to her after not releasing a new album since 2015.
Adele’s “Easy on Me” arrived on Oct. 14 as the first taste of 30, and it’s headed for a noteworthy chart debut. Of the three albums she’s previously released, she’s had two No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart (with a record-smashing first week for 2015’s 25, which sold 3.38 million copies in just its debut week in the U.S.) and four No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
Listen to the full BBC Radio interview with Adele here.