It has been five and a half years (and counting) since Adele dropped the mighty ’25’. The London-based artist’s critically-acclaimed, perfect-to-cry-to third album swept the 2017 Grammy Awards and has gone on to sell over 24 million copies worldwide, but since its release, us devoted listeners have only been fed crumbs of intel about its follow-up. Could this mean that Adele has instead been cooped up in the studio, working up that special kind of soulful magic that only she can conjure? We believe so. Here’s everything we know so far about the new Adele album.
WHEN’S ADELE’S NEW ALBUM RELEASED?
Very soon (we hope). In October 2020, Adele marked her official TV comeback when she took over hosting duties of Saturday Night Live in the US, for one night only. During her opening monologue, she revealed that her new album wasn’t ready yet, and implied that we would have to wait until 2021 for her fourth record.
She joked: “My album’s not finished. I’d rather put on some wigs… have a glass of wine or six and just see what happens.”
Prior to Adele’s SNL stint, her manager Jonathan Dickins confirmed that complications regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic had shunted the release of the vocalist’s new album into the following year. In June 2020, Dickins told Music Week: “It’ll be ready when it’s ready.
“We’re all in the same boat, you’re doing stuff and then all of a sudden, the world stops. It’ll come when it’s ready. I can’t put a date on that yet…We have music, but we’re still working.”
In February last year, Adele fuelled rumours when told guests at her friend’s wedding party – where she was both the officiant and performer – that she intended to release her new album in September 2020. Sadly, this did not materialise.
However, the singer has been teasing new music since May 2019, when she posted an emotional message to Instagram in celebration of her 31st birthday. At the time, she said: “This is 31…thank fucking god – 30 tried me so hard but I’m owning it and trying my hardest to lean in to it all.”
She added: “For the first time in a decade I’m ready to feel the world around me and look up for once,” before joking that a new album – ’30’ – could see her take a hard pivot from the yearning pop-soul ballads that she is known for: “’30’ will be a drum n bass record to spite you. Chin up, eh”. Alas, ’30’ never saw the light of day, but we wouldn’t dare say no to a full-blown DNB record from Adele – just imagine the chorus drops.
WHAT’S ADELE’S NEW ALBUM CALLED?
No official name has been released as yet. However, in January 2016, Adele confirmed that 2015’s ’25’ would be the last LP to be titled after her age – and suggested that her new album could be eponymously titled.
In an episode of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, she told the comedian: “This is the last album after my age,” she said. “I believe in trilogies, yeah. The next one is just gonna be ‘Adele.’”
Adele’s previous two albums, ’21’ and ’19’, reflected her age at the time of writing, as did ’25’.
WHAT’S THE NEW RECORD GOING TO SOUND LIKE?
Prepare some tissues and a tub of ice cream, as the new Adele album is set to be a right ‘ol tearjerker. In 2019, the singer announced that she had split from her husband, Simon Konecki. The pair dated for five years before marrying in secret in 2016 – and many fans believe that the forthcoming record will centre on this heartbreak.
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