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    Here Are All The Reasons We Love Adele (And Her New Album)

    “She has these very silky, big songs. And then in interviews and especially in videos, she just comes along like kind of a regular gal.”

    On today's episode of BuzzFeed Daily, we broke down the top pop culture headlines AND discussed Adele and why we love her. You can listen below or scroll down to read more about the interview!

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    So let's dive right into it! Recently we talked to Natasha Jokic about Adele. Here's some of what we learned:

    BuzzFeed Daily: The moment has finally arrived: Adele released her fourth studio album, 30, this past Friday. And before we get into the album, I want to know why you love Adele so much, because I know you've been a fan since you were a teenager.

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    Natasha Jokic: I mean, I've really struggled to remember what life was like before Adele, without sounding incredibly melodramatic. Back when I still lived in England, she just felt inescapable. She was the first recipient of the Brit Awards Critics Choice Award, which was something that I would always keep up with and always watch with my mum every year. And there were like moments like that, a performance of someone like you will remember as well very, very vividly. And she's just someone I've kind of grown up with in that way. And it's interesting — her song "Hometown Glory" is probably still my favorite, just because it really hits me. I'll be like, "I'm fine, I don't miss England," and then she'll be talking about London and I'm like, "Oh, God."

    I think what appeals to a lot of people about her as well is that she has these very silky, big songs. And then in interviews and especially in video, she just comes along like kind of a regular gal. Like, she's not. She's Adele. 

    And I think being a "relatable" celebrity is really, really hard — it's a fine line to tread. She very much keeps out of the public eye in between album release cycles...and I think that choice is very interesting.

    BuzzFeed Daily: So, if you were telling someone who hasn't listened to the Adele album what the perfect aesthetic would be to listen to, are you by yourself? Are you with friends? Are you in an apartment or are you out somewhere? How are you envisioning the ideal listening of 30?

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    NJ: That's such an interesting question. Okay, integral to the scene I'm about to paint you is that I am in New York, where we actually have seasons, and the other day I was walking down the street. The leaves are all orange and I was in my new long coat and it was a bit brisk out. I could just hear Adele coming in through my headphones and it was beautiful. 

    Other than that, I would just say I think any way you can be quiet and concentrate is ideal. There are some more upbeat songs on the album, don't get me wrong. But I don't know if I think this is a subway listen.

    BuzzFeed Daily: We just saw that she somehow got Spotify to get rid of the album shuffle button so that people have to listen to the album the way it was meant to be listened to. And I think that is the most powerful thing ever.

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    NJ: Oh my god, I yeah, I heard that news and then accidentally hit "shuffle" on the album the second time I was listening to it. So I was like, "Sorry, all this work you've done..." I mean, yeah, I think it's just a testament to the incredible industry power Adele has, and I really enjoyed some of the responses to it because people were like, "Who is listening to an album, especially for the first time, out of order?"

    BuzzFeed Daily: Now that we're talking about it, I want to get into the specifics of the actual album. What did you think of 30 and is it the masterpiece that everyone is saying it is?

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    NJ: I mean, in short, yeah. But there are two songs that I really want to highlight, as I think the emotional core of the album. I think there's a great deal of, within the context of an Adele record, a timeless quality. But I think there's a little bit more experimentation with this album, which pays off beautifully. There's some of it that makes me want to dance and get it on. (Sorry, mum, if you're listening to this.)

    But the two songs, I think, that really got the tears flowing for me — and that I've seen a lot of responses to online — are all "My Little Love" and "To Be Loved." (We're big on love in this record.)

    So "My Little Love" is track two, so we're getting misty-eyed pretty much immediately. And what a lot of people noticed is that it has some raw recordings of her speaking to her son, Angelo — just like very, very heartbreaking and the bit that really, really got me as someone who doesn't have kids, she, in tears, says, "I feel like today's the first day since I left him that I feel lonely" And it's actually her speaking, and it just feels so vulnerable and intimate.

    And then we have "To Be Loved." OK, I'm not exaggerating here — I went to a bar on Friday and I was telling my friends this, and they were like, really? And I was like, "Yeah, I think it's one of the best vocal performances I've ever heard in a recorded song, it's so powerful." I don't know if there's a misconception that songs that are driven with, very, very sparse piano chords behind them, are somehow easier to pull off than something more instrumentally complex.

    But to be really clear, I think it's incredibly hard to carry a song just based on your vocal ability and delivery and your lyricism. And of course, Adele can do it. She can do it very, very well. And she previously told Zane Lowe that she won't perform it live outside of...her living room, because she said, "Oh, I can't even listen to it. I have to leave the room. I get really upset, I get really choked up," which completely makes sense because I can hardly hear it without crying. And I'm not Adele. So in short, yes. The album? Wonderful.

    BuzzFeed Daily: Okay, my last question is: Do you think that either of those two songs, or any other songs on the album, are going to reach the success of "Rolling in the Deep" or "Someone Like You"? Or do you think that this is more just an amazing album altogether?

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    NJ: I think that's an interesting question. When we compare something to "Rolling in the Deep" or "Someone Like You" levels — you know, they are what they are in part, and had that impact because they were kind of a breakout hit that catapulted her into very much a new level, which isn't say that she wasn't successful before because she was. 

    But she's already broken out and is established now, and I don't think she needs to, or even necessarily could, just by the very core of it, have another hit like those two. And she has spoken specifically in reference to "Hello" in her Vogue interview. She said, "There isn't a bombastic 'Hello,' but I don’t want another song like that. That song catapulted me in fame to another level that I don’t want to happen again. I’m not saying I’ve got ‘Hello’s in my pocket. I was just conscious that I didn’t want my story on this album to sound like that.” Which is totally fair enough. And I think the album sounds great and it's a great collective album.

    We also discussed how Paris Hilton said she and her parents don’t talk about her time at Provo Canyon School, the boarding school she attended as a teen — and where she allegedly suffered verbal, mental, and physical abuse.

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    In a new episode of her Peacock show, Paris in Love, Paris explained: "Any time I bring it up with mom, she won't even talk about it. She's like, 'I was scared; you needed to go.'"

    She added: “I just feel like they just don't want to think about it, just like I didn't want to think about it and didn't talk about it for 20 years. It's painful to think about, to open that up."

    She also said that while she believes her parents regret sending her to Provo, she wishes they could quote “just one day sit down and have a real conversation” about it.

    Plus, Eddie Redmayne recently opened up about playing a transgender woman in 2015’s The Danish Girl, a biopic about Lili Elbe, one of the first known people to undergo gender affirmation surgery.

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    Eddie told The Sunday Times that while he quote “made that film with the best intentions,” he believes it was a mistake and wouldn’t take the role now.

    He added: “The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is because many people don’t have a chair at the table. There must be a leveling, otherwise we are going to carry on having these debates.”

    As always, thanks for listening! And if you ever want to suggest stories or just want to say hi, you can reach us at daily@buzzfeed.com.