"Are you having a laugh?" she asks

Enormously successful singer Adele has slated the volume of tax she has to pay in a new interview.

Fame is all fine and well - getting invited to exclusive parties, being wined and dined by the powerful - but it all comes at a cost. As Adele is just finding out, that cost is a whopping great big tax bill.

The singer has slaughtered the charts with her second album '21' which has spent a total of fifteen weeks at number one. The year's best selling album so far, Adele has also claimed the second most popular with her rejuvenated debut album '19'.

However with her tax bill set to come in the singer is far from happy. Always bluntly spoken, Adele recently asked Q Magazine why she was paying out so much money when the country didn't seem to benefit.

I use the NHS, I can't use public transport any more, doing what I do, I went to state school, I'm mortified to have to pay 50 percent!" she said. "Trains are always late, most state schools are sh*t and I've gotta give you like four million quid, are you having a laugh?"

"When I got my tax bill in from '19' I was ready to go and buy a gun and randomly open fire," she joked.

Dominating the charts in 2011, Adele could be set to meet her match. Lady Gaga returned on Monday (May 23rd) and her new album 'Born This Way' has raced ahead of the Tottenham singer.

Lady Gaga sold over 90,000 copies in the first day alone while Adele's '21' sold a mere 12,700 in comparison. Now, ClashMusic has a habit of incorrectly assessing these figures but would seem to us to be an insurmountable lead.

In the mid week charts '19' has dropped to number five, while The Prodigy's live album 'World's On Fire' reaches number three.

Can Adele overhaul Lady Gaga? She would need a miraculous weekend...
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