Adele’s last album, 21, sold roughly 26 gajillion copies, enough to make the Frozen soundtrack look like your little cousin’s basement hardcore demo, and it was a pretty good album to boot. So any indication that she’s working on new music is the sort of thing that makes recording-industry execs fall to the ground and thank whatever deities they prefer. Adele turns 26 today, and she celebrated by posting a photo of herself throwing an awkward thumbs-up sign on Twitter, as Billboard points out. She gave it this caption: “Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year x.” Given that Adele’s two previous albums, 19 and 21, were named after Adele’s ages when she was recording them, this seems like a pretty clear message.

UPDATE 7/16: A tweet from the World Music Awards seems to confirm that Adele’s album will be called 25, will be released sometime this year, and will be followed by a tour in 2015. The Daily Star also recently reported that Adele is planning to release the album by surprise, a la BEYONCÉ. … But Beggars tells Billboard none of this is confirmed.

Comments (11)
  1. It’s funny because I was an Adele holdout all through 2011, which must be sort of what it’s like for those being pursued by the Beygency now. I could not deny “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You,” but pretty much everything between them on the album was somewhere from missed opportunity to outright bore as far as I’m concerned. For that reason, though, I’m optimistic about the new one. She’s obviously a great vocalist, she’s older now. I think she has like a 90% chance of making a better record. Now will any of the songs be the phenomena that the epic singles from “21″ were? A single like that has to really have some zeitgeist-y resonance beyond just being a good single, so who can say.

  2. come to brazil

  3. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. (please let me finish)

    Guys, I fucking hate Adele, I’m sorry (and this is not a #sorrynotsorry situation, I really wish I liked her, or could at least tolerate her). Yes she can sing (although nobody seems to think she’s been biting Amy Winehouse this whole time, and that was the FIRST thing I thought when I heard her), many of her songs are undeniably catchy (if mushily provocative and “hey-haven’t-we-all-been-there-before”?-y), and she seems like a down-to-earth person, but I REALLY wish I had tolerated the last force-fed piece of schmaltzy crap I had to hear from her.

    I’ve found myself defending Beyonce recently to a lot of friends who don’t get it. I get not getting it with Beyonce, but the fact that I don’t get it with Adele is baffling and deeply discomfiting to me. Usually when I tell people I don’t like Adele their immediate reaction is “Oh, what the hell is wrong with Adele? You’re just being a hater,” and I truly want to tell them I am just trashing on her because everybody else thinks she’s great and I wanted to provide a counter-balance, but the problem is I truly think she’s crap.

    It’s much more frequent that I want to hate a musical artist that I actually like, so when I truly want to like an artist and think they are terrible in spite of myself, it opens up a whole can of existential worms…

  4. Kurt Loder turned 69 today.

  5. Count me as part of “don’t really get what’s so great about Adele” bandwagon. I thought “Rumour Has It” was a cool tune, and she’s better and more genuine than most pop music (low bar to clear). But I don’t really see what makes her stand out. My wife was a fan of 21, so I listened to it a lot when she put it on, but it never sounded like more than generic singer-songwriter stuff to me. Most of the second half of the album was just plain dull. What am I missing?

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