Adele's 25 is set to be the biggest album of the year -- and potentially, earn the biggest first week sales of any album for the Nielsen/SoundScan era -- but you wouldn't know it by watching the British superstar at her album release party in New York City on Nov. 20.
Hosted by Z100's Elvis Duran -- fresh off his entry into the National Radio Hall of Fame -- Adele's release party found her performing three songs live and chatting with the radio host. But there was no pop star posturing - the 27-year-old primed to shatter sales records was casual, self-depreciating, warm and affectionate to her fans, waving and shouting out people in the 550-capacity venue (Joe's Pub) where she made her live U.S. debut seven years prior.
The show opened with a chill-inducing "Hello" and wrapped with Adele leading the crowd in a sing-along of "Someone Like You." Between that, Duran deftly steered the conversation to a variety of illuminating topics, from the music that inspired 25 to the reason she wanted to link up with pop producer juggernaut Max Martin.
Here are 10 revelations gleaned from her 25album release party.
The Albums That Inspired 25
You wouldn't realize by listening to 25, but Moby's seminal Play and Madonna's Ray of Light were the albums she listened to the most while making her third album. Although she said she "wasn't exposed to Madonna's catalog earlier" in life, she absolutely fell in love with Madge's electronic foray after hearing it. "I believe everything she says on it. Some of the songs on it are an ode to her first kid, and I needed that to challenge me."
Her Son Wants the Paparazzi to Snap His Pics
While he's not too into her singing, Adele says her son is fascinated by cameras, filming her and loving it when people take his picture. When they're hiding out in hotel rooms, she says he puts on Captain America or Optimus Prime masks and tries to let the paps snap his pic, but she doesn't let him. "He's mine, he ain't yours," she explained.
On 25, Adele teamed with tried-and-true hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for the song "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." Adele said she'd been kicking around the acoustic guitar riff in that song "forever," and after hearing Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble.", she knew she needed to work with whoever was behind it.
Noting that you can feel the NYC subway running beneath Joe's Pub, Adele said the rumbling sensation had her worried for a moment. "My manager has a stomach bug, I was wondering if that was me," she explained, making a whooshing motion downward to signify an unexpected bowel movement, before breaking into an infectious peal of laughter.
Her Favorite Song on 25 Is...
"When We Were Young," inspired by old friends, is the most meaningful song to her on 25.
The Best Voice She's Ever Heard Is...
Bruno Mars, who worked with her on "All I Ask." "He is actually the best singer I've ever heard in front of my face."
The "Hello" Director Tricked Her Into Acting
She didn't intend to act on the video shoot, but Xavier Dolan managed to work around her intentions and get a great performance from her. Part of that was listening to Labyrinth's song "Jealous," which is what finally brought her to tears during the shoot.
When Duran asked her to describe the album in one word, she said (after laughing), "Nostalgic." "I know I'm not old, but I feel old. So much has happened to me."
"Hello" Is Hard for Even Her to Sing
Pointing out the sky-high notes in the No. 1 hit, she said, "I don't know what I was thinking writing a song that high."
25's Leftovers Are Plentiful
Adele says she left "three or four albums' worth" of songs on the floor while recording this one. "They were not good enough" she explained. When Duran pushed her on releasing some of those eventually, she emphatically stated, "No, they're bad."
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Adele through the years
10 revelations from Adele's intimate '25' album release party in NYC
COLOGNE, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06: Adele attends the television show 2015! Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen - RTL Jahresrueckblick on December 6, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)
MAIDSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11: Adele performs on the Main Stage on the second day of the Radio 1 Big Weekend at Mote Park on May 11, 2008 in Maidstone, England. (Photo by Rosie Greenway/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Adele arrives at the Mercury Music Prize 2008 at Grosvenor House Hotel on September 9, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 17: Musician Adele performs at the 9:30 Club on January 17, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Adele attends the Keep a Child Alive organization's 5th annual Black Ball at The Hammerstein Ballroom on November 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Adele arrives at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Adele, winner of two awards; Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for 'Chasing Pavements' and Best New Artist, poses in the press room during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Adele performs onstage during 2009 VH1 Divas at Brooklyn Academy of Music on September 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
British singer-songwriter Adele poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, Calif., Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Adele arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 28: Singer Adele performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Recording artist Adele poses for a portrait Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Adele arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Adele performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, performer Adele arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London. Four years after her last album, the singer appears to have teased British television viewers with a snippet of new music, broadcast during an ad break on prime-time TV. The 30-second ad shown Sunday evening, Oct. 18, 2015, during TV talent show "The X Factor" featured Adele's distinctive tones over a black screen on which heartache-filled lyrics appeared. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
Musician Adele poses with her six trophies at the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Adele arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Singer Adele poses in the press room with her best original song in a motion picture award for 'Skyfall' at the Golden Globes awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on January 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Adele speaks onstage at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Adele, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Skyfall,' poses in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Adele arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Singer Adele performs onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Adele is seen on November 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Adele is seen in Soho on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Matthew McConaughey' Episode 1689 -- Pictured: Musical guest Adele performs on November 21, 2015 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0373 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Adele plays 'Box of Lies' with host Jimmy Fallon on November 23, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0374 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Jimmy Fallon and The Roots sing with Adele during the Music Room bit on November 24, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: Adele is seen on November 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gardiner Anderson/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)