Adele back with triumphant new album, ‘30’

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Singer Adele performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ja’Qaylin Harrison, Staff Writer

Singer-songwriter Adele’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, “30,” will be released on Nov 19. The album comes roughly six years after the release of “25” in 2015. 

The 33-year-old singer-songwriter announced the album through a lengthy statement on Twitter detailing the creative process behind the album, which began in 2018.  

“I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago,” the statement begins. “Quite the opposite actually. I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly – willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!”

“I’ve learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I’ve shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones. Discovered genuinely useful and wholesome mentalities to lead with, and I feel like I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go as far as to say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my life,” the tweet states.

The singer-songwriter noted the album’s sentimentality, stating that the album was “the get up and go friend who would pick me up and take me somewhere I said I didn’t want to go but just wanted to get me out the house for some vitamin D.”

Since her rise to fame in 2008, Adele has been known for the transparency expressed through her works, often revolving around personal matters such as family and romantic relationships. This has led fans to wonder how much of the album’s material will be based on her divorce from Simon Konecki, which was finalized earlier this year.

The album’s first single, “Easy On Me,” marks Adele’s first single in five years. 

“Easy On Me,” a heartfelt piano ballad, has broken several records in its five days of release. These include most streamed song in a single day on Spotify with 24 million global streams, and most first-day streams in Adele’s native United Kingdom with 3.4 million streams.

In the United States, the song debuted at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 3.1 million streams, 3.1 million airplay audience impressions and 14,800 sold in its first five hours of release. The song marks Adele’s fourteenth Hot 100 entry.

On Nov 14, the singer-songwriter will sit with media maven Oprah for “Adele: One Night Only,” a two-hour CBS special. The special will be Adele’s “first televised wide-ranging conversation about her new album, the stories behind the songs, life after divorce, weight loss and raising her son.”

In addition to the interview, the special will present “an extraordinary concert performance that includes the earliest opportunity to hear her first new material in six years,” including “some of Adele’s chart-topping hits, in addition to several never-before-heard songs,” according to a press release.