Adele: Kate Bush inspired my comeback

Adele 25

After seeing Bush’s recent live shows, the record-breaking singer decided to release new album 25, already one of the most successful albums of all time

Adele has cited Kate Bush as the inspiration behind her latest comeback album, 25.

In an interview with the New York Times, she said it was while watching Bush’s recent run of London shows at Hammersmith Apollo that she realised she needed to release new music. “I read somewhere, and I don’t know if it’s true or not, that [her son] said when he was 16, ‘I want to know now why everyone loves you.’ And it makes me so emotional. After that show, it was: ‘I don’t want to wait. I don’t want to wait till my kid is 16, I want to show him now.’”

Like Bush, Adele has always taken a determinedly single-minded approach to her career, choosing only to make music when she’s ready and being unafraid to do things differently to her peers. She has never been one for big arena tours, and explained her reasons in the interview: “Performing to that many people for every night, for that long, I find something very lonely about it,” said Adele. “Which sounds weird, because you’re performing for like, 20,000 people every night, but you leave on your own. You don’t go home and, like, share a bed with 20,000 people and have a little pyjama party and watch movies.”

She added: “Obviously I’m going to have my friends with me and I’m going to have my family with me, but the thought of how lonely that could be frightens me more than the load of doing a worldwide tour.”

The singer also opened up about her insomnia, saying that she only goes to bed when she’s ready to fall asleep, otherwise she is likely to stay up all night worrying: “I can make the biggest deal out of the tiniest thing. It’s like a fear of being left on my own in the dark.”

Adele’s 25 has already been one of the most successful albums of all time, breaking several chart records since its release. Of the 119 countries that have an iTunes chart, she sits atop 110 of them, while the album sold over 3m copies in its first week in the US.

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