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Sam Fender turned down the chance to feature on Sir Elton John's 'Lockdown Sessions' album because he was too busy. © Bang Showbiz Sam Fender snubbed Sir Elton John
The 'Will We Talk?' hitmaker has been "hanging out" with the 74-year-old music legend and admitted they discussed the possibility of recording a duet for the 'Crocodile Rock' singer's latest LP, but Sam ultimately had to decline as he was working hard on his own record, 'Seventeen Going Under', and didn't want to "rush" anything.
However, Sam is hopeful he and Elton will still work together one day in the future.
He said: "Elton is now actually a friend, so I’ve been hanging out with him and learning some of his tricks.
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Gallery: Hello - Adele RETURNS! Everything you need to know about her new album and comeback (BANG Showbiz)
Adele is back!
It’s been six long years since Adele released her last studio album '25'. Led by the phenomenal chart-topper 'Hello', Adele's LP conquered the charts all over the globe and made her the biggest music star in the world. Now, she's back! New single 'Easy On Me' drops on October 15 and excitement is mounting for the album. Here's everything we know so far...
The Title: 30
You know it’s an Adele album when the title is a number. This is Adele’s way of showcasing a body of work dedicated to that time period in her life and expressing the emotions she was feeling at those ages. So far we’ve had '19', '21' and '25' all based on periods of her life and now it’s time for Adele to unleash '30'. Although the title is not yet confirmed it is widely accepted it will be the name, and Adele added to the speculation by talking about how 30 was an important age in her life in an interview with Vogue. Talking about her split from husband Simon Konecki, she said: "We got married when I was 30 … and then I left..."
A global album campaign
In order to debut the title of her album Adele and her team concocted a bright little publicity stunt in order to capture the world’s attention. A number of landmarks across the globe had the number 30 projected onto them. Some locations where they were spotted include the Eiffel Tower in Paris, NYC’s Empire State Building, the Venice Grand Canal in the Philippines as well as the Tate Modern in London. The logo also managed to make it’s way to Poland, Brazil, Ireland, Canada, Malaysia, Manchester and South Korea.
Heartbreak on the mind
During the writing and recording process of this new album, Adele separated from her husband, Simon Konecki. The charity entrepreneur and the music icon began their relationship in mid-2011 when Adele was at the height of her success with the '21' record. The pair welcomed a son, Angelo James, in October 2012 before she confirmed that the pair had tied the know at a show in Brisbane, Australia in March 2017. However the pair were not destined to be as it was confirmed in April 2019 that the pair had split before Adele later filed for divorce in September of that year. Not one to shy away from a heartbreak ballad, Adele could have us all in floods of tears if she lays her heart bare for the world to see on '30'. Speaking about the split to Britain's Vogue magazine, Adele said: "I’m not gonna go into that detail, remember I am embarrassed. This is very embarrassing. It wasn’t very long... “So, when I was 30, my entire life fell apart and I had no warning of it.”
An ode to her dad?
Could Adele sing about her relationship with her father on the LP? In an interview with Vogue, Adele revealed she had made "peace" with her father Mark Evans before he died from cancer. Adele, 33, said: "We actually got our peace, again contrary to reports. I played him my album just a week before he passed, over Zoom. "One thing that definitely happened in my divorce was that it humanised my parents for me. Big time. I went to hell and back! "And in that I found the peace to forgive him. He was ready to go and he lasted a long time with it."
A plethora of performances
No stranger to an iconic award show performance, we expect to see Adele belting out her new hits up on stage very soon and it could be coming sooner than we think. New reports indicate that Adele’s team are shopping a TV special to coincide with the release of her new album with multiple networks around the world reportedly having been approached. Adele worked alongside the BBC and NBC on a similar project in 2015. Reports claim she has signed a deal with ITV in the UK to host the special and she has paired with the creative team who worked on her Carpool Karaoke sketch on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'. We can’t wait to see what she has planned.
Easy On Me
Whilst most of the record is still shrouded in some secrecy, one thing we know for sure is the lead single and when we can all get to hear it. Adele dropped a 20-second black and white teaser clip to confirm the release of ‘Easy On Me’. The video lit up social media and confirmed that it would be releasing on October 15. The teaser clip was very reminiscent of 2015’s 'Hello' video. The clip shows Adele playing the aforementioned song through her stereo whilst driving in a pick-up track down a quiet lane as her belongings begin to topple over losing some sheet music and papers along the way. What this means only time will tell but it’s sure to bring the world to a halt on October 15.
It’s safe to say that this album campaign Adele will be looking rather different. After undergoing a lifestyle change, Adele has been displaying her new svelte figure. During her 2020 Saturday Night Live appearance Adele joked: “I know I look really, really different since you last saw me, but actually, because of all the Covid restrictions, I had to travel light and I could only bring half of me. And this is the half I chose.” With that being said, Adele may be keep to put her stamp on the fashion world this time around as well as the music.
Light up Las Vegas
Adele could further be taking a bold move when it comes to promoting her music. Reports indicate that she is considering a Vegas residency for 2022. She would be following in the footsteps of Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga if she were to take up this landmark career move. Sources have told Billboard she is considering either the Park Theatre at Park MGM Las Vegas or the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, both of which are owned and operated by Live Nation. This rumor would also align with the fact Adele’s team have not placed any holds on any major arenas or stadiums for a North American tour, something booking agents often do when carving out a tour calendar.
"He’s a legend. We were going to do something for his ‘Lockdown Sessions’ album but I needed to stay focused on what I was finishing.
Sir Elton John is eager to spend more time with his family
Sir Elton John is keen to spend more time at home with his family.The 74-year-old singer is poised to hit the road for one last time for his Yellow Brick Road tour, and he'll then focus his attention on spending quality time with his family.
"We didn’t want to rush it or f*** it up, so I hope we can return to it down the line or drop it in later."
As well as Elton, Sam has also been able to call on Paul Weller for advice and he really values the former Jam singer's opinion.
He told the Daily Star Sunday's Wired column: "Both have their opinions on the album. Paul’s great to bounce things off because he’s a lyric writer himself, he really engages with that."
The 'Tiny Dancer' singer recently heaped praise on Sam, hailing the 27-year-old singer as the "best rock and roll artist there is".
Discussing who else he would like to duet with, Elton said: "I've collaborated with most people. Sam Fender. He's a British rock and roll artist who's the best rock and roll artist there is. He makes Oasis sound like a calm palm trio. He is brilliant."
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