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25 is the upcoming third studio album by Adele, scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015. [1] It is the highly anticipated follow-up album to Adele's hugely successful sophomore album, 21. In the August 2011 issue of Q Magazine, Adele revealed that she has written seven songs for her third studio album, which she promised would be more intimate and stripped-down than her first two.

It won't be a big production. I want it to be quite acoustic and piano-led. I want to write it all, record it all, produce it all and master it on my own. I think it'll take a lot longer because I want to do it this way. [2]

Adele has admitted that she wants to make sure the album is "good enough" before she releases it[3], which is one of the main reasons why she is in no rush to release the album. She previously stated that the album may expand her music to other genres, such as country and bluegrass, stating that she wanted to do some of the work for the album in Austin, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. [4] This music influenced some of the music on 21, including "Don't You Remember" and a live cover of country group Lady Antebellum's song "Need You Now." Singer Kelly Clarkson, a fan and friend of Adele's, further confirmed this, telling the Wall Street Journal that, "I heard Adele is doing something more country-influenced with [her] next record." [5]

Adele has also expressed interest in including a cover of the song "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS on the album:

I have five tracks ready to go. One of them is quite upbeat — a real 'girl power' type of song. I plan to do a cover of the INXS hit 'Never Tear Us Apart' which is probably my fave song of all time. The whole album will have quite a live feel to it. [6]

In April of 2013, a report suggested that Adele was in the studio working on her third album, and an even more recent report confirmed that Adele began work on her third album on April 22, 2013 and plans to release the album in mid-2014, with her record label pushing back the release date of Susan Boyle's fifth studio album in order to get Adele's album out as soon as possible. It was further stated that Adele had written four songs and would be in total "lockdown mode" for the next couple weeks while she wrote and recorded the album in London and Los Angeles; this would also contradict the previous statement that would suggest she had seven songs written for the album. [7] It was later reported that she had at least four songs done for the album, which would go back to her modern jazz roots, and was beginning to record the vocals. [8] As of May 2015, the album was still incomplete, as it was confirmed Adele had recently been working in The Bridge Writing Studios in Southeast London. [9]

Diane Warren, Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson, Greg Kurstin, Jeff Bhasker, Max Martin, Danger Mouse, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Paul Epworth have all been confirmed to be attached to the project. Phil Collins has also reportedly worked with Adele on the album. Ryan Tedder revealed prior to the Grammy Awards in 2014 that the album had a "different" sound and that Adele was happy and in a good place at the moment, adding that she is currently working on it with plans to release it when she feels it is good and ready. [10][11]

Sony reportedly pushed for the album to be out before the fall of 2014. [12] Despite this, a financial report released by XL Recordings confirmed that no new music would be released from Adele in 2014. [13] It has since been reported that Adele is planning to release the album in fall of 2015, with British musician Naughty Boy even claiming that the album is scheduled to be released in September. In August of 2015, it was confirmed that Adele had finished recording the album and that twenty possible tracks were being mixed at a recording studio in Hollywood, while Adele's team is planning for a pre-Thanksgiving release. [14] Billboard later confirmed that Adele would be releasing an album in November. [15] On September 23, 2015, it was confirmed that Adele would be releasing an album on November 20, 2015, with a lead single released earlier on in the month. [1] Journalist Roger Friedman, known for reporting that Adele was involved with "Skyfall" before she had even announced it, further confirmed these reports via Twitter, adding that "[more] details [were] to follow." [16]


Like her first two albums, 19 and 21, the album was expected to be titled after her age at the time of the album's writing process. On May 4, 2014, in honor of her birthday the next day, Adele tweeted, "Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year x," strongly hinting that the album would be titled 25 and would be released later on in the year. [17] Despite this, the album was not released in 2014, causing speculation that the album had been pushed back and, consequently, the title would be changed. In September 2015, however, Hits Daily Double confirmed that the album was titled 25. [18] 

Recording and release

The album was rumored to be released in May 2012[19], although this was postponed due to Adele's recovery from her ongoing vocal illness. Despite no album being released, Adele instead released "Skyfall" from the film of the same name in October of 2012. Although Adele herself had never openly stated this, her manager, Jonathan Dickins stated that the record following 21 will be released when "the time is right". [20] Adele had originally planned to release the album three years after 21, as 19 and 21 were released three years apart as well, implying that the album had originally been scheduled for release in 2014.


Adele revealed at the Academy Awards in 2013 that she plans to work with Paul Epworth on her third studio album.

Several rumors circulated throughout 2013 claiming that Adele was secretly working on her third album, with some stating that she wanted it out by the end of 2013. In June 2013, Adele was spotted several times with her son in New York City, leading the public to believe that she was staying there to record the album. One fan Tweeted that she saw Adele go into the Sony building with her baby on June 24, 2013. [21] In April 2013, it was reported that Adele had gone back into the studio with plans to release the album in mid-2014, with four songs already done. According to the rumor, Adele would write and record the album in London and Los Angeles, and would work with previous collaborator Paul Epworth[22] 

In July 2014, the World Music Awards Tweeted that Adele would be surprise-releasing a new album titled 25 soon with a 2015 tour to follow. These claims were denied by Chairman Martin Mills of Beggars Group, the parent company to Adele's label XL Recordings. [23] This is not the first time a surprise release has been suggested, as the Chairman of Adele's US record distributor, Columbia Records, also denied a "sneak attack" release after being directly asked whether or not Adele would follow in labelmate Beyoncé's surprise release technique. [24]

Adele hinted in May 2014 that she would be releasing 25 later on in the year. In October 2014, however, a financial report from XL Recordings confirmed that no new music from Adele was scheduled to be released that year. Her publicist told Billboard that "at the moment, nothing is scheduled." [25]

In an interview with Sam Ashton of MSN Music, Ryan Tedder stated that Adele will release the album "when she decides it's finished." [26] Paul Epworth similarly stated that the new Adele album "will come when it's ready" in an interview with Billboard in 2015. [27] Richard Russell, head of XL Recordings, confirmed that he was pleased with Adele's progress on the album so far, stating, "It [the album] takes the length of time that it takes to do and for it to be right. I'm really pleased with how it's going. [Adele has] always had a very high standard for what she does. She had that from day one, which is why the records have been so good." [28] Ryan Tedder told ABC News that he has heard most of the material being considered for Adele's third studio album and revealed his high hopes for the album, stating, "I'm super stoked. And I know that with the amount of insanely good songs she has to pick from — 'cause I've heard most of 'em — this album's gonna be crazy. She'll be able to toss aside hits, you know, and still have the most insane album. So I'm excited for her." [29]

Following reports that Adele would release an album at some point in 2015, sources allegedly close to Team Adele revealed that it would not be released until the second half of 2015, if it is even released this year. [30][31] In March 2015, Amazon Italy put an Adele album under the title of 25 up for pre-order on their website. Although some doubted whether or not the release was official, Amazon Italy removed the album from its store upon news outlets reporting it, causing major speculation that the album would be released in the near future. [32] In April of 2015, several confidential emails and documents from Sony Enterprises leaked online; among them was a presentation that explicitly stated that Adele was one of several artists who would be releasing in 2014[33], confirming that the album was originally planned to be released in 2014, as Adele hinted, but was delayed.

In May of 2015, Sony Music website Open Mic, a site that is "an exclusive, invite-only, online community where you are asked to give your opinions on what Sony Music is doing," published a survey regarding new music from Adele that caused speculation she would be releasing later in the year. [34][35] In June 2015, Roger Friedman, who previously was responsible for confirming Adele's involvement with Skyfall prior to her official announcement, announced that she had declined to return for the film's sequel, Spectre, in order to focus on recording her third studio album, which is tentatively scheduled for a fall 2015 release. [36] It was further revealed that Adele's third studio album will not be released before the Grammy deadline, indicating that it will not be released until at least October. [37] British musician Naughty Boy then told reporters that Adele would be releasing in September and that several artists, including his frequent collaborator Emeli Sandé, would be postponing releases to avoid competing with Adele. [38] However, later reports indicated that twenty tracks for the album were being mixed in Hollywood and prepared for a potential pre-Thanksgiving release. [14] Billboard confirmed these reports, revealing that Adele would be releasing an album in November. [15] Hits Daily Double later confirmed that the album would be released on November 20, 2015, with the lead single's release scheduled for early November. [1]


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Ryan Tedder confirmed he has worked with Adele on several songs for her new album.

Backstage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Adele confirmed that the album is not very far along, but hinted that she may begin working on it after the Oscars with Paul Epworth, saying: "I’m not very far along at all. I’m having lots of meetings. I’ve been in L.A. the whole time since the Globes and I’ll be here 'till the Oscars. So I’m having lots of meetings, but I’ve been out of the loop, really. I’ve just been singing my baby nursery rhymes, so I don’t really know what’s cool and what’s not. I’m definitely going to visit with Paul Epworth and talk about doing that again." [39] In July 2014, Paul Epworth posted a picture of XL Recordings' logo with the caption "Back to work", causing many fans to believe that he had entered into the studio to work with Adele on new music again. [40]

Adele also posted a picture of herself with magician David Blaine online, and the next day Ryan Tedder revealed that he had been at the dinner with Adele when David Blaine showed up. [41] Although the dinner was most likely in honor of his birthday, some reports suggest Adele was discussing her third album with him while they were out. Soon after, it was reported Adele had been in New York for her third album. [42] In October 2013, Tedder revealed that he was sworn to secrecy as far as the album went, but confirmed he was working on it and that she sounded "even better than before". [43] Arjan Timmermans, a writer for the Grammys' official website, spoke with Ryan Tedder prior to the ceremony in 2014, who stated that he had finished working on the album (although he went back into the studio with Adele several times throughout 2014 after these comments were made) and that the album sounded "different". He also stated that Adele was in a good place and was very happy, and that she plans to release the album when she thinks it is ready.

William Orbit, known for his work with Madonna and Britney Spears, confirmed that in early 2014, he would be writing with Adele. [44] On January 2, 2014, it was reported that Orbit had actually been the final person to work with Adele on her album and that Adele was preparing it for release. [45] Orbit later took to Twitter to deny these reports, calling them "rumors" and further stating that he had something big planned that was occupying most of his time. [46] He later confirmed that Adele had approached him about working on her album, but he didn't hear back from her and has no plans to work with her as of right now. [47] Phil Collins also claimed that he and Adele were working together on new music. [48] Due to the fact that Collins resided in New York most of the time with his family while Adele resided in the UK, they ultimately did not end up working together. [49]

In January of 2014, Diane Warren confirmed that she had been writing new music with Adele for the album. [50] By the end of the same month, Warren had confirmed to Billboard that she had finished working on her songs with Adele, implying that the album was well underway. [51] It was further revealed that some of their writing sessions took place at RAK Studios in northwest London. [52]

In February 2015, it was confirmed that Emile Haynie had a meeting with Adele regarding her new album. [53] Haynie later confirmed that despite meeting, Adele had yet to contact him in regards to the album, and that he didn't want to "push for it" because she is "taking her time" to record it. [54] Later that month, drummer, producer, and sound engineer Matt Chamberlain posted the first picture of Adele recording the new album and confirmed that he had worked with on her album. [55]

It has also been suggested that Phil Collins is involved in the project. Collins confirmed in January of 2014 that he had begun work with Adele. [56] However, he later stated that, "[Adele] got a hold of me and asked if I would write with her. She gave me a piece of music to finish and at first I didn't know if I'd failed the audition as I didn't hear back from her. She said, 'No, no, I'm moving house and the baby's taking up a lot of my time, I'm not actually doing anything at the moment.' And now I've heard there's a [new album] coming out. I'm not on it, I know that." [57] Despite this statement, it was reported in February of 2015 that while in Los Angeles, Adele recruited Collins to finish the material they planned to work on together and would be collaborating after all. [58]

Beyoncé & Adele

Adele is rumored to be working with Beyoncé on 25.

It has been rumored for a long period of time that Adele would be collaborating with Beyoncé Knowles, one of Adele's biggest influences. Beyoncé has expressed interest in working with Adele and has stated Adele was a huge influence for her fourth studio album, 4. The two had been rumored to be going into the recording studio in 2009 while Adele was touring, although this was proven false. [59] In 2011, when Knowles was slated to appear at the Glastonbury Festival, Adele was rumored to appear and perform with her but allegedly was forced to cancel at the last minute due to her ongoing vocal problems. Adele hinted that she is interested in collaborating with Knowles, who appears to have mutual feelings. [60] Recent rumors suggest that Knowles was spotted entering the studio with Adele in the summer of 2013. [61]

It has also been suggested that James Ford and Kid Harpoon will be two of the album's producers and give Adele a more modern and "edgy" sound. [62] In January of 2014, it was reported that Greg Wells, Francis White, and Naughty Boy would all be working on the album. [63] There has also been speculation that Adele has worked with Rick Rubin again on the album[64], however, Rolling Stone revealed in 2015 that Rubin and Adele parted ways after their work on 21. [65] After an image of Adele and Lady Gaga surfaced online, there were reports that they had worked on new material together as well. [66] In June of 2015, Pharrell Williams revealed to Ryan Seacrest that he and Adele had worked together. [67] In August of 2015, Billboard confirmed that Danger Mouse worked with Adele on the album, but that it remained to be seen if their work would make the album's final cut. [68] They later reported that Max Martin and Tobias Jesso Jr. also penned tracks for the album, and that Martin's track was potentially the lead single. [15]

On September 6, 2015, Sia confirmed that she, Adele, and Tobias Jesso Jr. had written a song together for the album, titled "Alive"; however, it was cut at the last minute and was re-recorded by Sia as the lead single for her seventh studio album, This Is Acting, and would be released on September 25. [69][70] It was, however, released one day early, crediting it to the fact that she "couldn't wait any longer." [71] Two additional songs were written with Sia for the album; however, those were cut as well. Sia later revealed in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that both "Alive" and a track titled "Birds Set Free" were recorded by Adele, but were cut at the last minute and would feature on her album instead. [72] Jesse Shatkin, who produced "Alive," revealed in an interview with Billboard that he had also worked with Adele for the album, but that their collaborations would most likely not make the final cut. [73]

Damon Albarn also confirmed that he and Adele collaborated on five tracks, but all five were cut from the album; he further confirmed Danger Mouse's involvement in the album, which he controversially described as "very middle of the road." [74]

Hits Daily Double later not only further verified the claims that Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Max Martin all had material on Adele's new record, but also published new information that revealed Adele recruited "Someone Like You" co-writer Dan Wilson and pop producers Greg Kurstin and Jeff Bhasker for the new record as well. [75]

Themes and inspiration

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Adele's relationship with Simon Konecki will reportedly be inspiration for much of the album.

Sources have stated that Adele's next album will be inspired by her pregnancy and motherhood. [76] Adele has also confirmed there will be a lot more country and bluegrass influences for this album. She promised it would be more laid back and acoustic and that she wanted to produce the album and do everything "her way", although it is now being reported that the album will  have more modern musical influences. It is rumored that she will work with some of the collaborators she worked with for 21, including Paul Epworth, who has worked with her on several hits in the past. James Ford and Kid Harpoon, who worked with The Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine, respectively, have both been reported to be serving as two of the album's producers and assisting with giving her a new, "edgy" sound that "moves with the times". [77]Although people have suspected that Adele will write more songs about heartache, she has stated that she will never write another breakup record again, saying, "I'm done with being a bitter witch." [78] This would further imply that her pregnancy could be a topic for her upcoming album. Adele also implied that it would be a happy record that may also chronicle her relationship with Simon Konecki, her boyfriend, stating, "I'll never be devastated again." [79]

When asked about the current status of the album at the Academy Awards in 2013, Adele stated that it may be awhile and that the album will pay homage to different musical styles; she further added that it will be a lot "rawer" than 21. [80] Another interviewer asked her about the album and when it would be out, and Adele responded, "I’m not sure. We’ve been meeting with writers and talking but nothing is happening now. I’m a mother! I’m very into that. Also, I don’t know what to write about yet. The last album [had a theme].” When the interviewer suggested that she focus on covering other artists' material, she said, "I'm a writer and I'm going to write it." [81]  


Adele originally indicated that she wanted to cover "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS on her third studio album. Adele had confirmed in 2011 that there were at least seven songs that she had already written and lined up for the album, although this may have changed since the May 2012 release date for the album was cancelled.

Adele worked with Paul Epworth on three songs that did not make the cut for 21 that may be released on the new record: "Haunted Skies", "Waiting for You", and "Saviour". An additional unreleased song named "Run Away" also exists and could be considered for the new album. Paul Epworth confirmed to a fan on his official Twitter account that Adele had strongly considered debuting their song "Saviour" at one of her live shows during the Adele Live tour (although she never did) and said they were considering it for a future release. [82][83] It has since been speculated that Adele may be considering "Saviour" for her third studio album.

It was reported in January 2014 that the album's lead single was titled "Devil On My Shoulder", although the song was actually a track considered for 21 before being cut.

Cut songs


In an interview after the Golden Globe Awards, Adele confirmed plans to tour in the US when her next album was out, being that she had to cancel the remainder of her previous tour, the Adele Live tour. [84] In a letter to one of her fans, Adele also confirmed plans to tour in Brazil when her next album is out; many fans interpreted this as a hint towards a world tour. [85]

Hits Daily Double confirmed that Adele had also secured a deal with NBC that would guarantee her own television special, as well as appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and possibly The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. [1] It was later revealed via photographer Matthew Castle's Twitter account that Adele would have a new magazine cover being released in the near future, with "official news" attached to it. [86]

Commercial demand

The album became the most requested music-related item ever on the UK Amazon Store prior to there even being an announcement of new music from Adele. Fans who have contacted Amazon customer support about the third album have received this message: "Over 100,000 requests for Adele's yet-to-be-recorded third album have put this music product way above any other request for any form of music since Amazon started in 1995." [87]


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