Adele may be single-handedly propping up the British music industry, but the north London singer is looking across the pond for her third album. The follow-up to smash-hit 21 will be inspired by American roots music, she said this week. "I want to spend some time in Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, and learn about it."
Adele, 23, has already expressed plans to write, record, produce and master her next album on her own. "I want it to be quite acoustic and piano-led," she said in July. "It won't be a big production." Now the singer has revealed she is drifting away from her original R&B and girl-group influences, and exploring the country music she discovered during a US tour.
"I feel like a four-year-old in a candy shop who's discovering sweets again," Adele recently told the Sun. "The melodies and to-the-point lyrics I have found in a lot of American styles of music is definitely something I'm going be pursuing heavily from now on ... Every day is amazing when it comes to discovering new artists."
Adele is a huge success in America, topping the charts for 11 weeks. She was introduced to country music during the US tour for 19, thanks to a bus driver with good taste. "He would be rocking out to all this amazing country and blues and gospel and bluegrass, and I was constantly like, 'Who's this? Where's this from?'" she said earlier this year. "He used to radio all the other bus drivers, 'Can you pick your favourite country and blues songs and send them to me?' ... All sorts – Wanda Jackson, Garth Brooks, early Johnny Cash, early Dolly Parton, the Carter Family."
Released in January, 21 has sold almost 10m copies worldwide.
ummm .... no ty!!!!!! I h8 cuntry.