Adele's full live performance of her new song, "When We Were Young," premiered Tuesday ahead of the British singer's scheduled concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Paul Dugdale directed the video, which was taped at The Church Studios in London, where some of the tracks for her third album, "25," were recorded. Adele co-wrote the song with Tobias Jesso Jr. Adele teased the performance Monday in a promo for her upcoming interview with Australia's "60 Minutes."
Speaking to SiriusXM Monday, Adele said the song was about attending a house party when you were older and "seeing everyone that you've ever fallen out with, everyone that you've ever loved, everyone that you've never loved, and stuff like that. And where you can't find the time to be in each other lives and you're all thrown together at this party when you're like 50, and it doesn't matter and you have so much fun and you feel like you're 15 again. So, that's the kind of vibe of it, really. The lyric is like, 'Let me photograph you now /Let me photograph you in the light in case this is the last time.' My favorite lyric in it is, 'You look like a movie, you sound like a song / My god this reminds me of when we were young.'"
"When We Were Young" is the follow-up to Adele's long-awaited, well-received comeback single "Hello." The music video garnered 50 million views in its first 48 hours alone, and it also broke Vevo's 24-hour record with 27.7 million views in one day. "Hello" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and set a record for the most U.S. downloads sold in a week with 1.11 million.
Adele's third studio album, "25," is available Friday.
To promote her new music, the singer is scheduled to tape a performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Tuesday for "Adele Live in New York City," airing Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. on NBC. She will also be the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 21, appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Nov. 23, and "Today" on Nov. 25.
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