She blew everyone away with her first two albums, but a third studio album has been a long time coming for UK singer/songwriter Adele. However, rumour has it (you just had to go there really!), that this Christmas could see a number of brand spanking, newly minted CDs under a lot of Christmas trees. Or iTunes vouchers/digital downloads, but that is not nearly as fun.
Adele has hardly been idle between the 2011 release of her blockbuster album 21 and now. She wrote, composed and recorded the title track for the last Bond film, Skyfall, earning herself a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song. She also wanted to “take time and live a little bit”; gaining a partner and a son in the meantime. However, she would continue to write and compose during this time.
Then in May last year, excitement grew when on the eve of her 26th birthday, she tweeted the following leading many to speculate that, following on her from previous albums 19 and 21, that the new one would be 25 and out later in 2014.
Bye bye 25… See you again later in the year x pic.twitter.com/HEmY14El5s
— Adele (@Adele) May 4, 2014
Her label, XL Recordings, refuted these claims and the end of 2014 came and went and there was no sign of a new Adele album. Now once again, there are rumblings of a release.
According to Billboard, who highlight the upcoming release in their fall preview special, XL Recordings is planning a November release for the album.
At present, not much is known about the album. We do know that Danger Mouse and Ryan Tedder (who produced and co-wrote “Rumour Has It”) have worked on the album, that Max Martin and Canadian singer-songwriter Tobia Jesso Jr have both contributed tracks.
Pharrell Williams has also collaborated with Adele, telling Ryan Seacrest back in June, “I’ve seen her recently. She’s kinda like, ‘OK guys, I’m gonna open my diary for 20 minutes’. So it’s like, OK, you have 20 minutes, or 32 minutes really. Then she gives it to you and closes it up and disappears, and she’s off with her beautiful boy – and that’s what it’s all about.”
To date there has been no official word from Adele or anyone in her team about the proposed November date, but with a number of people reportedly having already heard the album, our wait might not be too much longer.