“This is a big one for Alex because we’re coming off such a high. We’ve got big numbers to pull. Big, big numbers. X went Double-fucking-platinum. This was a huge year for us and we need to capitalize on that. We need to come back with full force when we do come back in a couple of months. He was in the office a few days ago. Did I tell you? I didn’t tell you! Lord, you’re going to get a kick out of this one. Just after the New Year he just asked for a meeting so I cleared my morning for him and he said he was eager to show us what he’s got. Of course I want to listen, this kid is gold certified. I was like, look, I will fucking get you whatever you want if you deliver the numbers you’ve been delivering. Anyway, we listen, and...the album I’m hearing now? It’s just not there yet. We’ve got half an album, and I told him that. I said, look kid, you’re fucking good at what you do and I’m fucking good at what I do. There needs to be something to take it to that next level. I said, who do you want? Rick Rubin again? You liked working with him, I can get you Rubin. He’ll look over the final product like last time. Markus Dravs? Max Martin? Rob Kirwan? Paul Epworth? He and Blanco have been writing together. Now that’s a good combination. Where was I? Oh, right. Half an album. The first album got people excited, the second was a worldwide masterpiece, and the third needs to go even bigger. I hope he realizes that. This shit needs to go through the fucking roof. I want everyone onboard with it. He's gotta pull it off. Sure, people are clinging on to him now, but no tour and not many press appearances in the next few months means that the fans will hang on to whatever new thing comes around as he's away. We know how the music industry works. You're hot one second, trash the next. I don't give a shit about Adele and her comeback, I'm talking about the acoustic types that are in his genre. Who knows who else will pop up to get some attention? Another Sam Smith, another Gues Lievsay, you just never know. He's proved that he can make a solid second album and the first wasn't just a fluke so we've gotta keep the momentum going. He’s always been focused, we’ve still got time. He’s a hard worker, he can get it done. The Grammy’s are going to be great, he’s going to take home from his categories this year. We all know it. How can he not after the year he’s had? Now that's definitely what he needs. The press that comes from a win like that. It'll be fucking great. Just things to remember. You got all that down? Good."