Nearly six years after the release of her previous blockbuster album, Adele will make a long-awaited return to the music industry with a new album on November 19, she announced on social media Wednesday.
Dubbed “30,” in keeping with her previous records “19,” “21,” and “25” – Adele wrote them over the years – the singer, now 33, said the album had emerged from “the most turbulent period in my life. life “.
In 2019, Adele filed for divorce from her two-year-old husband, the head of the charity, Simon Koniecki. The couple have a young son.
“Along the way, I learned a lot of unprecedented truths about myself,” Adele wrote in her statement.
She compared the music to “that friend who tested me no matter what, even though I stopped dating them because I was so consumed with my own grief,” adding, “I have painstakingly rebuilt my home and my heart since then. and this album is about that. “
This week, “30” will be preceded by the single “Easy on Me”, produced by Greg Kurstin, who collaborated with the singer on “Hello”, the chart-topping song “25” in 2015.
Described in a recent Vogue cover as “the harrowing plea of a piano ballad,” “Easy on Me” was tentatively announced by Adele on Instagram on Saturday and contains the words:
“Take it easy with me baby
I was still a child
It was not possible
Feel the world around me. “
However, while many expect Adele’s new music to be one of the most commercially successful of the year, judging by her record sales, the singer is also living up to expectations as she re-enters a reshaped business.
“There is no pompous ‘hello’,” she told Vogue. “But I don’t want another song like that. This song took me to a new level of fame, which I don’t want to repeat. “
The track debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained there for 10 weeks. But streaming, which currently accounts for 84% of music recording revenue according to the Recording Industry Association of America, is still gaining traction. When “25” was released on November 20, 2015, it only became available for services such as Spotify and Apple Music seven months later, relying instead on traditional sales.
As a result, 3.38 million albums were sold in the United States in the first week, nearly a million more than the next largest release in the Nielsen / SoundScan era. (The company, now MRC Data, began tracking POS data in 1991.)
Album 25 has since been certified 11 times platinum and won six Grammy Awards in 2017, making Adele the first artist ever to win first place in three categories – Record of the Year, Song of the Year and “Album of the year” – in two. isolated cases. (She did the same in 2012 with “21”).
Unlike Adele’s previous releases, “30” is expected to be available on streaming services immediately after release, although Vogue said the singer is “adamant about making it tangible,” including on CD and vinyl. …
According to reports, the new album will include collaborations with producers and songwriters Max Martin and Shellback, who worked on Adele’s previous single, “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”; singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. (When We Were Young, 2015); manufacturer Inflo; and composer and producer Ludwig Goransson, best known for his work with Childish Gambino and films such as Black Panther.
“I was so fragile when I wrote this that I only wanted to work with a few people,” Adele said in an interview with Vogue, citing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Happening” as “a very important reference.”
According to her, although the singer’s divorce inspired the creation of the album, this is not the only topic. “It was more like I divorced myself,” Adele explained, referring to “self-destruction,” “self-reflection,” and “self-extinguishing.”
In recent years, the singer has also started to exercise two or three times a day, which has led to significant weight loss (“I realized that when I exercised, I had no anxiety”); was a guest on Saturday Night Live as a non-musical guest; and entered into a relationship with LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul (“I Know What I Want”).
“I’ve thrown off a lot of layers, but I’ve also enveloped myself in new ones,” Adele wrote in a statement Wednesday, “I’ve discovered a truly rewarding and healthy mindset to lead with and I feel like I’ve finally found my way back. feeling. I would say that I have never felt more peaceful in my life. “