Rick Rubin: My Life in 21 Songs

From LL Cool J to Kanye West, Slayer to Tom Petty, Johnny Cash to Dixie Chicks, producer reflects on more than three decades of challenging music's status quo

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Adele, "Lovesong" (2011)

Adele said that she wanted to do a cover, in addition to the songs that she had written. There was a demo that I had done of the Cure's "Lovesong" in a bossa nova style, originally because Barbra Streisand wanted to make a bossa nova record, so I came up with modern songs that would work in that style and made a demo. And I made the demo for that purpose but didn't end up working with Barbra Streisand. I played it for Adele, and she loved it. She was like, "Let's definitely do that."

She sang it so beautifully as well. I mean, she sings everything so beautifully. You don't have to do anything to get her to sing great. You just have to set up a mic and let her sing it. She sang it so much, when we worked on it; when the band was playing it, she sang. She must have sung the song, I don't know, 30 times in a row. And every time was astounding.

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