The Story Behind The Song: Adele, “Someone Like You”
When and where did you and Adele write “Someone Like You?”
Dan Wilson: Adele and I met for the first time at our session at Harmony Studio in Hollywood, about a year and a half ago. Rick Rubin, among other people, had called us both and suggested we work together. Rick’s opinion carries a lot of weight in my world.
Harmony is a small, high-ceiling studio with a very nice Yamaha grand piano. I like that piano a lot and I go there as often as I can.
Adele and I worked on “Someone Like You” there over two days. At the end of the second day we finished the recording, which ended up on the album. She couldn’t stay late, as I remember, because she had a meeting in Malibu to play Rick and other people from her label the song. So we finished it in the late afternoon and she took it to them.
What inspired the song?
Adele came to the session with lyrics and melody for the first half of the verse at least – there was a real vibe and idea already.
She told me she wanted to write a song about her heartbreak…that was how she put it. She told me a little bit about the guy who broke up with her, and I think maybe part of my contribution was to help keep the song really simple and direct—very personal.
This picture where she says 'I love food and hate exercise'. It's fucking perfect I think. She looks incredibly hot and she makes smoking look so sexy omg. She's so adorable and hot even if she hasn't size zero.
“I love Adele. I think she’s amazing and has an incredible voice. She impresses me most out of the new artists today.”—Madonna to magazine The Mirror on her thoughts about Adele. (via caffeinewithshireen)