Adele(XL)

On Sarah Palin's contribution to her career...
The show that really broke me in America was Saturday Night Live. The week I was doing it, Josh Brolin was hosting, which I was really excited about because I love The Goonies, and of course No Country For Old Men.

Everyone was going, "Sarah Palin's on next week" and Coldplay were the musical guests, but something changed in the campaign and she came in (early).

But I heard Tina Fey was going to be on the show, so when I saw Sarah Palin I was going, "Tina! Tina!" Nobody looked around of course, she just walked off with her millions of security. So yeah, she ended up being on it and word spread like wildfire, and that was the night I met Rick Rubin too.

On working with Rick Rubin...
He's amazing. It's all about the songs, all about the music, so isolating in the studio but in a really great way. We just vibed until it felt right and there was no referencing of things in the charts that were doing well or whatever, no seeing what was hot and what was not, and there are no samples used at all. I could sit here now and play the entire record completely live without any electricity. It was just so organic.

On improving her songwriting for the new album...
I made a huge effort to just swim in music for a while. I want to be a career artist. I want to show growth and development and progression and stuff like that. So I literally just sat in my house for three weeks and didn't really leave apart from to take the dog for a walk, and just listened to loads of music, catalogues of music. Loads of hip-hop, loads of country, loads of pop, loads of stuff I like already, loads of stuff I don't even like, and just trying to understand what it is about a song that moves me; where it peaks, why I think it peaks, stuff like that, just kind of studying it. I don't think this record is perfect or nothing but I think the songs are a massive step up from the last one.