Adele Announces 25 In Open Letter

The rumors have been swirling for a while now: Adele is finally ready to release 25, the follow-up to her galactically popular 2011 sophomore album 21, and the new LP will come out in November. Supposedly, she worked on the album with a varied cast of characters that includes Danger Mouse, Max Martin, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Ryan Tedder. Sia’s new single “Alive” was originally meant for the new Adele album, but Sia kept it for herself. We heard a bit of a new song in a mysterious TV ad. And now, we finally have confirmation from Adele herself: The new album really exists, and it really is called 25.

In a personal-but-vague statement that she posted on Twitter and Facebook, Adele talks a bit about the album. None of the nuts and bolts are there; we still don’t know what songs will be on the album or when it will come out. But she does say that whereas 21 was a breakup record, the new one is “a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.” From what she’s saying, it sounds something like her version of Mary J. Blige’s No More Drama, which should be interesting. She also offers this: “I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.” Here’s the full statement:

Bottom line: If you’re a major pop artist with an album coming out in November, maybe you should push that shit back a month or two.

UPDATE: Adele shared the official release date, 11/20, along with the cover art, on Instagram. And a press release confirms that lead single “Hello” will be released tomorrow, 10/23, along with a video.

25 out November 20th

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