Adele returns with new No. 1 song, ‘make up’ album

Global superstar Adele, 27, says her last album (21) was a “break up record,” so she’s labeling her new XL Recordings/Columbia Records release, 25, the “make up record” in her chronological series of age-identifying albums. “I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did,” she explains in a label news release. The 11-track project is the English singer’s first new music since 2012’s Oscar-winning single, ‘Skyfall,’ from the James Bond film of the same name. The lead single from 25 is ‘Hello.’ The song was issued in October, topped the Billboard Hot 100, and is currently No. 1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.

‘Hello’ is the first non-holiday title since Phil Collins' 2002 hit, ‘Can't Stop Loving You,’ to reach the Top 5 of the Billboard AC chart in only three weeks. The song Adele co-wrote with producer Greg Kurstin is also charting on the Mediabase Hot AC and Top 40 charts at No. 7 and No. 12, respectively. ‘Hello’ is accompanied by a “cinematic video” that was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal. Canadian actor and filmmaker Xavier Dolan directed the video that has more than 335 million views to date. What’s more, Adele says making the video has inspired her to do more film work. “I’m sure I’ll get some flak for this, but I actually would like to act after working with Xavier. I would be in a film for him, definitely,” she reveals in a BBC radio interview.

Adele explains there’s both “lightness” and “darkness” in the new album. “There is some darkness on it just because I like to do dramatic, I'm a bit of a drama queen,” she states in a Rolling Stone recap of a radio interview. “It's not as themed as [21] … This record is all about how I feel as opposed to how someone else has made me feel, it's about how I made myself feel.” The additional song titles on 25 include ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover),’ ‘I Miss You,’ ‘When We Were Young,’ ‘Remedy,’ ‘Water Under The Bridge,’ ‘River Lea,’ ‘Love In The Dark,’ ‘Million Years Ago,’ All I Ask,’ and ‘Sweetest Devotion.’

A report in Forbes magazine predicts 25 may end up being one of the biggest releases ever, estimating the album could sell a record-breaking one million or more copies in the U.S. during its first week of release. The current record was established in 2000 when the *NSYNC album, No Strings Attached, moved nearly 2.5 million copies in its debut week. Adele says that titling her albums after her age is “like taking a photograph of my life” and relating the “magnitude of stuff” that's happened to her.

Adele reveals 25 is her final album to bear a number as its title. “Twenty-five is the perfect age to end the albums named after my age,” she declares in a Q&A session with Apple Music. She also tells Rolling Stone her voice is “stronger than ever” following throat surgery in November 2011. Touring in support of 25 is still undecided, but she’s agreed to do some television appearances and performances.

Watch Adele in the official music video for ‘Hello,’ the Grammy and Oscar-winning artist’s first single from her third studio album, 25.

As A Matter of Fact…

* Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, MBE, was born May 5, 1988, in London, England. She was raised by her mother after her father left when she was two. Adele began singing at age four and became obsessed with voices, citing Roberta Flack, Suzanne Vega, and Jill Scott as influences.

* In May 2006 Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, where her classmates included Leona Lewis and Jessie J. A demo she recorded the same year got her a deal with XL Recordings.

* After touring as an opening act for British singer-songwriter Jack Penate, Adele started getting headlining gigs in 2007 when BBC Radio 1 began playing her single ‘Daydreamer.’ She also appeared on the BBC television show “Later with Jools Holland,” and a panel of U.K. music critics voted Adele No. 1 on a BBC list of new music talent.

* In January 2008 Adele released the single ‘Chasing Pavements’ to introduce her debut album, 19, titled to correspond with her age at the time. The effort earned her a 2009 Grammy Award as Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘Chasing Pavements.’

* Adele’s sophomore album, 21, was released in January 2011 and rocketed her career to unprecedented heights. The album is one of the longest-running No. 1 albums in history, spending more than 18 weeks at the top of the album charts.

* The February 2012 Grammy Award presentations were marked by Adele’s six wins for the 11-times platinum 21. It was named Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, while the track ‘Rolling In The Deep’ was named Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video.

* In October 2012 the title theme song of the James Bond film “Skyfall” was released as a single. The Top 10 (No. 8) hit on the Billboard Hot 100 sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, and the song written by Adele and producer Paul Epworth won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

* The much-heralded singer says she keeps all but one of her many awards in the bathroom. An article on the TV3 Xpose website notes Adele likes to remind herself of her accomplishments whenever she’s using the loo, but her Oscar for ‘Skyfall’ holds a coveted space in her bedroom.

* Adele has released three studio albums, two extended plays, and 15 fifteen singles (four of her five Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 went to No. 1). Her album sales are nearly at 7 million in the U.K., while sales in the U.S. exceed 14 million albums and 22 million singles.

* Adele’s charity work involves doing numerous benefit concerts such as Keep A Child Alive Black Ball events to raise funds for research and programs that help children and families affected by AIDS. She’s also a major contributor to MusiCares, which provides financial, medical, and personal assistance for less fortunate people in the music industry.

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