Adele is top of the charts for both front runners

Adele accepting the award for best British female solo artist at the Brit Awards last month.
Adele accepting the award for best British female solo artist at the Brit Awards last month.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • US presidential front runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not have much in common but, like millions of others, they are both fans of British ballad singer Adele.

Mrs Clinton, in an interview with satellite radio network Sirius XM, said she would choose the singer if she had her own music show.

"I'm currently into Adele. That is my go-to voice. I have such a huge admiration for her skills, her ability and her personality," she said.

Mrs Clinton, who is trying to become the first woman to lead the United States, said she would play many female singers on her hypothetical radio show and also listed Sheryl Crow.

The 68-year-old said she grew up with classic rock 'n' roll and was also fond of classical music, which she found relaxing in the background while working.

Her passion for Adele is apparently shared with Mr Trump, who was spotted at a concert by the singer in November at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

But Adele later objected to the billionaire right-wing populist playing her music at his rallies, saying she has not given permission to any candidate.

Adele shattered early sales records with her latest album, 25, and has been the rare artist to win a fan base across age and demographic groups.

The British singer's songs about heartache and childhood nostalgia are rarely political but, in the past, she has declared her support for Britain's Labour Party.

Mrs Clinton, in her previous job as secretary of state, was similarly asked about her musical tastes in 2011 at a forum with students in Manila.

The baby-boomer revealed that she listened to The Doors, The Who, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on her iPad, although she added she mostly used the device to read news online.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 13, 2016, with the headline 'Adele is top of the charts for both front runners'. Print Edition | Subscribe