hmv.com presents… Albums Of 2015: #30 Adele
Every day during January we've been previewing the albums that are going to be hitting the shelves in 2015. Most will definitely come out, some probably will, and some we really hope finally see the light of day. Today we're tackling the big one, the elephant in the room: is Adele finally going to release the follow-up to 21 this year?
A Little Background…
Let's just say this right from the beginning: nobody could blame Adele for taking her time with her next album after creating record like 21. With sales of over 11 million and still rising it is, in no uncertain terms, a monster. So much so, that at the back end of last year when it became apparent that there would be no new Adele album in 2014, her label XL was compelled to issue a statement warning of a fall in profits.
However, for a while last year it looked as though things may be happening. Fans started to get excited back in May 2014 when Adele posted this cryptic tweet:
Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year x pic.twitter.com/HEmY14El5s— Adele (@OfficialAdele) May 4, 2014
Although it could easily just have been a reference to her birthday, the latter part of the message seemed to suggest that there could be a release by the end of the year, but then came XL's statement, followed by another this month in which the label announced that a new album would now definitely not appear “until the second half of the year.” So what has happened?
Well, Adele and those in her camp have been very quiet, as have the label and producer Paul Epworth, who gave nothing away when asked to comment on the album's progress recently. So, with no official word, the internet did what the internet does best: speculate. There have been rumours of collaborations, one of the most recent being Harry Styles, and even a story about the singer working with Phil Collins, resulting in a bizarre incident in which he described her as “a slippery little fish.” There was also a bit of a false dawn in October last year when two leaked tracks purported to be from the new LP turned out to be offcuts from the 21 sessions.
On the flip side, there has also been the odd leaked photo, such as the one a booking sheet from London's RAK Studios in which Adele appeared to be booked in for a 'writing session'. Other than that though, there's very little else to go on.
What will it be called?
That really depends on when it comes out, but we're going to stick our necks out her and guess at 26. Or 27.
What will it sound like?
Tricky one, that. This could well prove to be the mother of 'difficult third albums', and perhaps part of the reason for the delay is experimentation. At the same time though, we can't see anything too radical being changed and when you've clearly hit on a formula that works, it's natural to try to replicate some of that.
However, with no new music and no comment from inside, we can only guess at what to expect.
Who's Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
Paul Epworth certainly seems to be working on the album with Adele, so it definitely looks as though he'll be heavily involved, but whether he'll produce the entire thing has, like pretty much everything else about the album, yet to be confirmed. As for guests, there are only really rumours to go on, however it does now appear pretty unlikely that the album will feature Phil Collins.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Well, it did seem like XL's tone was a little more pessimistic when they made their most recent statement on the subject, but if their hopes end up being fulfilled then we could well be looking at a release in time for next Christmas, but until Adele herself speaks, it remains a mystery.