Adele covers Rolling Stone: “I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears”


Does having Adele on the cover of Rolling Stone make up for their Snooki cover? No, no it does not. But still, I’m happy that Adele is getting mainstream acceptance and love because she is MAGNIFICENT. And Jesus, look at that cover shot. She’s so beautiful! It’s all working for me, the ginger, the big mouth, the soulful, sad eyes – I’m in love. Regarding the interview: Adele is one of the few celebrities where I really don’t care about her personal life, mostly because I don’t want to be distracted from her enormous talent. But I still gave the Rolling Stone excerpts a read-through, and to my delight, Adele is just as sweet, hilarious and amazing as I could ever want her to be. Here are some highlights from the piece:

Adele on her weight: “My life is full of drama and I won’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like,” she tells Rolling Stone contributing editor Touré. “I don’t like going to the gym. I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine. Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my tits and ass out for no one.”

But Adele has no beef with other female recording artists who choose to flaunt their bodies. “I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum,” she says. “I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.”

Many of the songs on her hit album 21 were inspired by a break-up with her boyfriend. “He was artistic, but not romantic,” she says. “We’d just bicker over a cup of tea or the fact that my lighter wasn’t working.” Nonetheless, Adele says, “He made me an adult and put me on the road that I’m traveling on.”

Despite the fact that she’s one of the most successful new recording artists of the past few years, Adele still has terrible stage fright. “I’m scared of audiences,” she says. “One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.”

Adele says her dad was never in the picture. He recently talked to a British tabloid and said that he regretted his actions. “I never knew my dad,” she says. “He has no f-ckin’ right to talk about me.”

In person, Adele is just as unguarded. Walking through the park, she tells of once going onstage with “a tampon on my thumb. It was awful!” She says it was to cover up a broken nail. (“You make it hollow and put it on your finger. I do it all the time.”) She talks fast, uses different voices, and tells filthy jokes onstage (“What do you call a blonde standing on her head? A brunette with bad breath.”)

She also has an alter ego she uses to pump herself up, called Sasha Carter – a composite of Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce and June Carter. “I was about to meet Beyoncé,” she says, “and I had a full-blown anxiety attack. Then she popped in looking gorgeous, and said, ‘You’re amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God.’ Can you believe she said that?” Later, “I went out on the balcony crying hysterically, and I said, ‘What would Sasha Fierce do?’ That’s when Sasha Carter was born.”

[From Rolling Stone]

“What Would Sasha Fierce Do?” is hilariously beautiful, right? You know she’s only 21 years old, right? Isn’t that amazing? Her album is called 21, and it’s her followup to 19 (when she wrote when she was 19, obviously). Even though she’s so young, the girl has an old soul, and she seems like a throwback to a different era of singer-songwriters, a different concept of what we expect from our musical celebrities. I love that Adele isn’t about tricks and costumes and showing her ass – she’s just funny and cool and she’s got that incredible voice. Sigh… I can’t say enough nice things about her. I love her.

Here’s her amazing cover of The Cure’s “Love Song”:



Photos courtesy of Rolling Stone, WENN.

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  1. Sarah says:

    A friend of mine introduced me to her music about a month ago and I fell in love. I’ve listened non-stop since then! I had no idea she was only 21. WOW. She has such amazing talent.

  2. mln76 says:

    I love the new album so much. She gives me hope for the music industry she isn’t plastic, contrived, or self-destructive and she can sing her ass off. I am so glad there is finally a mainstream new artist with talent out there (it’s been a long while).

  3. Ruby says:

    She is beautiful. How could anyone say she is not attractive. Even as a woman I find her absolutely stunning and if you listen to 21 it will blow you away even more.

  4. Gwen says:

    I love her. I hope she stays this way.

  5. MarenGermany says:

    took the words right out of my mouth, kaiser.

  6. Caz says:

    Love her so much! Someone like you is always on repeat :)

  7. TXCinderella says:

    I love her. I think she has the most beautiful voice. Even my 11 year old commented on how good she is. He said “her voice is full of soul”. Funny to hear that from a kid, but he is a music fanatic like me.

  8. Quest says:

    Great voice, great talent, great personality…I hope she last a long time, love her music. It is sooo refreshing.

  9. Vickyb says:

    Those are really beautiful pics from Rolling Stone. Love it.

  10. Nanz says:

    Gawd, she’s gorgeous and genuinely talented. I told my husband this morning that she is my girl crush. He is suspicious that it’s more. ;) Ha ha!!

  11. Dominique says:

    OBSESSED with both of her albums. Her voice is like chocolate. Oh, and she’s not 21. She’ll be 23 next month.

  12. tapioca says:

    Any one else getting Christina Hendricks in the cover shot?

  13. Kaiser says:

    I think Adele is prettier – on a superficial level – than Christina, honestly. Adele’s face is GORGE.

  14. Macey says:

    I LOVE HER! I’ve been playing her CD every since I bought it.
    She’s the first naturally beautiful voice Ive heard in ages, no auto-tuning needed for this one. she sounds even better live than on CD’s.
    Im glad she doesnt feel the need to flaunt her T&A. Those that do are usually trying to distract the audience from their auto-tuned voices.

  15. Rose says:

    She played the Olympia here in Dublin last night, so mad I couldn’t go. I have played her album to death.

  16. CeCe says:

    She’s great. Loved her for years. Her first CD was great.

  17. sassenach says:

    I LOVE HER!!! I do however think that the album 19 is better than 21.

  18. I don’t get her. no, I think her music is of good quality and nice but I don’t get her at all. she doesn’t reach my heart. I have listened to couple of her songs but couldn’t sit through – yeah, she has depth and her music is intelligent but this is not enough. maybe too depressing for me. though I like depressing. and now that I have Jedward fever I don’t think there’s a chance of me liking her. ever.

  19. malachais says:

    I love Adele, and I love that she focuses on quality over image. I agree that her personality and music ability make her even more beautiful.

  20. brin says:

    She is amazing and definitely one of a kind!

  21. Phoenix says:

    I can’t believe she is so young (although, yes, she is 22, 23 next month as someone else posted). She’s very talented. It’s good that she can be so successful without having to be in a bikini on stage.

  22. P.M. says:

    I have serious hair & skin envy. Will now have to listen to her music.

  23. bunkins says:

    love her. how annoying that she has to address her weight. they should just focus on her amazing voice.

  24. NELLIE says:

    I was about to meet Beyoncé,” she says, “and I had a full-blown anxiety attack. Then she popped in looking gorgeous, and said, ‘You’re amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I’m listening to God.’ Can you believe she said that?”


  25. Addie says:

    Love her!!
    One of the last real mainstream musicians.

    Also cos I relate to the old soal thing.
    Oh and cos her name is the begining of mine.

    Damn, I REALLY like her.

  26. Sanaa says:

    She is so amazing – I have had 21 on repeat for a while now. It’s refreshing to see an artist that sounds so great live. By far, my favorite live performance of hers is Someone Like You at the Brit Awards. I listen to it all the time…it gives me chills every time!

  27. lucy2 says:

    I love her, she seems really awesome, and her voice is incredible. I loved 19, but think 21 is even better and listen to it all the time. She is really pretty, but I’m glad she (and everyone else) focuses on her talent more – that’s what’s important and worthy of the attention.

  28. Mandy says:

    Love, love, love Adele. Her voice is ungodly beautiful, and I’m so glad she’s just as funny and down-to-earth as I wanted her to be. And wow, she looks gorgeous in those photos!

  29. Mizz Tickles says:

    Adele is a refreshing change from the cookie cutter Christina Aguilera’s out there!

  30. OXA says:

    A true beauty with raw talent.

  31. Dizzybenny says:

    Yeah but can Adele play the piano??
    According to CaCa munsters that’s what makes CaCa a good artist and singer.;)

    ”I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears”
    Probably the quote of the year so far!!
    Thank you Kaiser for talking about her i had no idea who she was.
    Watching clips of her right now and it gives me hope for the musics future :)

  32. xxodettexx says:

    a few years ago, one of her songs was featured on a dance routine on SYTYCD [yes, guilty pleasure] and it was love at first sounding! love her voice, love her talent… i even got my boyfriend listening to her and loving her!

  33. TheMango says:

    Loved that quote. It explains the difference between sexually explicit visual artists like gaga and rihanna and katy pervy.

  34. original kate says:

    great cover – how gorgeous is that voice?! she’s confidant and seems quite cheeky, too so she gets a thumbs up from me all around. she gives me hope for the music industry as well, which usually churns out no talent twits like gaga, katy perry, justin beiber etc. but sometimes they get it right.

  35. Merijaan says:

    She has soul in her music, unlike so many talentless singers out there today. She is amazingly beautiful too. I have tickets to her show in May and I CANT WAIT!

  36. I Choose Me says:

    Thank you, thank you Celebitchy for introducing me to this woman. I love, love, Rolling Deep and Someone Like You. I have got to get her albums. Oh and I agree with Kaiser. I think she’s gorgeous and her voice gives me goosebumps. She sings with passion and soul and I hope she’s around for a long, long time.

  37. Christine says:

    Thank you for covering Adele. I just recently discovered her and am obsessed with her. She’s the only one who could date Gerard or Clive and I wouldn’t want to shank her for it.

  38. Christine says:

    And I agree – her voice is unreal. It’s just….remarkable, and haunting and stunning and beautiful.

  39. harfang says:

    Well I’ll be danged. Those shtitheads CAN put a woman on the cover without turning her into a blow-up doll. Not that I didn’t love the Rihanna cover, ’cause I did…

  40. Camille says:

    She is just beautiful. Love her, love her music.

    I hope she doesn’t go down the ‘get ultra skinny to conform’ route, because if I have to listen to people going on and on and on about her weight loss I will throw something through the TV. *side eye at JHud etc*

  41. ctkat1 says:

    Adele is extraordinary- ’21′ is my go-to album right now.

    Her performance of ‘Someone Like You’ at the Brit Awards gives me chills- she is so damn beautiful and THAT VOICE! The tears at the end, all of it…

  42. fizXgirl314 says:

    great and beautiful musician and what do we focus on? how much does she weigh? what does she eat? trivial, inconsequential shit that doesn’t effect the quality of the product she puts out nor has any consequence to anyone but her… when will we evolve as a society? Shit, probably never cuz people are dumb.

  43. kwoww says:

    love her. music for ear and not the eyes. brilliant.

  44. daisyfly says:

    I’ve been writing my latest novel to her album…damn, she’s great inspiration.

  45. MsCatra says:

    @ sassenach:

    Totally agree. Her voice is awesome on both, but I think 21 is a bit boring and 19 is a better overall album.

  46. Amanda G says:

    “I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” Such a powerful quote! I can’t believe she’s only 22! I loooove her song Chasing Pavements!

  47. kikay says:

    love love love this girl,one of the few artist that have actual talent!someone like you,my fave!

  48. stickler for details says:

    she’s not 21. she turns 23 on May 5th

  49. Ruffian9 says:

    Actually, I think she makes music for the heart.

  50. Forelithe says:

    Genuine talent and a beautiful physical presence.

  51. Erin says:

    Does this girl really not know how flat out beyond beautiful she is? “Makes music for ears not eyes”? Her voice is magical but surely she looks in the mirror every now and then. Most perfect features I have ever seen–lucky girl.

  52. Erin says:

    She is a Jean Shrimpton clone!