Adele dropped a preview of her new album last night: haunting & amazing?

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A few weeks ago, we heard that Adele’s third album has finally been completed. Like, it’s totally done… four years after 21 became one of the biggest and most significant albums of the decade. The new album comes out in November and Adele has already plotted her takeover, a plot that includes exclusive appearances across NBC, probably any interview she wants to do, likely some major magazine covers and a complete hijacking of whatever passes for pop music today (sorry not sorry Taylor Swift). We also heard that Adele’s first single wouldn’t be dropping until the first week of November. But what if Adele wanted to give us a preview? What if she wanted to remind us that she can still give us chills (good chills)? This is what aired last night during X Factor:



You are killing me, Adele. In a good way! But you are killing me. “Hello/ It’s me/ I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet/ To go over/ Everything/They say that time’s supposed to heal ya/ but I ain’t done much healing.” SHUT UP WITH YOUR GORGEOUS VOICE.

It’s worth noting that this commercial/ad was aired with so little fanfare that Sony (Adele’s label) literally won’t confirm that this is Adele singing (but it’s totally Adele). One Republic’s Ryan Tedder – who is close with Adele and has produced and co-written songs with her for 21 and this new album – also tweeted this shortly after the commercial aired:


Photos courtesy of WENN, Rolling Stone.

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  1. Abbott says:

    I’m ready for her take over.

    • Amelia says:

      Bow down to the almighty Queen Adele.
      I surrender my iPhone and all my music to be replaced by her all powerful album, even though it’s likely to reduce me to a snivelling ball of tears and snuffles in the corner.

    • Alex says:

      I’ve been ready for this album ever since she tweeted that the name would be 25. I’m so ready. Lately the ladies of music have been dropping some killer albums.
      Slay Adele. I’m ready

    • Snazzy says:

      I am bowing down as we speak. I hope Swifty et al are ready to a serious schooling ….

      • Learned ONe says:

        This will be one woman that Swifty and her entourage will not be able to mean-girl. I am so ready for Adele’s takeover.

      • Anne tommy says:

        From the multi millionaire Adele few years ago-
        The singer claims she wanted to ‘buy a gun and randomly open fire’ when she saw her recent tax bill.
        Not classy. I won’t be buying.

  2. Lindy79 says:

    Love her, Love this.

  3. Mimz says:



    That’s all. And these lyrics kind of go with what I’m going through now. CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      I’m so sorry you are going through a sad phase.

      • Mimz says:

        Thank you dear. It means a lot.
        I’m in a happy phase though, but it also means I need to go through some sad/tough stuff with … the past. But All in the name of personal improvement… and getting over crap that doesn’t serve me anymore.
        Thank you so much. Let’s see what the rest of the song tells us 🙂 .

        Awww. Thank you!!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I feel better, then. You are so wise to walk through the fire and throw away the stuff you don’t need to protect you anymore. You will be lighter and happier in the end. Yay brave you!

      • Mimz says:

        Lots of love you you GNAT… For the words of encouragement and everything. I’m feeling the love from afar 🙂 ❤️❤️

  4. Mia V. says:

    Oh, that feeling when someone talented make good things.

  5. MP says:

    I love how this is like her addressing her fans (and not some ex how it probably is in the actual song) “I wonder if after all these years you’d like to meet” Yes please!

  6. Artemis says:

    Nah. I liked 19 more than 21 anyway and this song would fit perfectly on 21. Since 21 I feel like once you’ve heard one Adele song, you’ve heard them all. I guess I’m just not an Adele superfan.

    • islandwalker says:

      Same here. I think she has a deep, luscious voice but her songs all sound the same.

    • littlestar says:

      I loved her 21 album, but yeah, I’m going to be a Debbie Downer here and say that that clip was not exciting at all – sounds like so many of her older songs?!!!

    • A~ says:

      You can tell all that from a tiny clip? Wow, you must have superears.

    • MET says:

      Fair enough. I’m not a superfan either but really like her voice and while that song may sound like some of her others – it’s new and look forward to hearing more than 20 seconds 🙂

  7. N says:

    More like : she’ll do…
    So tired of today’s “artists”. Bleh..

  8. Nori says:


    I can’t wait.

  9. GlimmerBunny says:

    I can’t wait for her new album and on a shallow note: how perfect is her makeup, ALWAYS? I with I could do my eyes like that.

  10. Wentworth says:

    Am I the only one who thinks she’s waaay overrated? Just like JLaw.

    • Hichy says:

      Well, there definitely aren’t many of you 🙂

    • Andrea 1* says:

      Count me in….
      IMHO is she overrated.

    • Nev says:


      Gorgeous voice oh yes but more lost love wah wah music? I was hoping for some happy sounds this time. Oh well.

    • Div says:

      Nah. There isn’t a single young female artist out there who has anywhere NEAR her vocal capabilities. Some of her lyrics are a bit trite, which she herself has said, but her voice…her voice is killer. I do hope she mixes it up a bit more and has some more songs like Rolling in the Deep and not have it be nearly all ballads.

      • Cynthia says:

        Are you serious? There are a lot of young soul singers who have as much talent as her, voice and writing wise: like Lianne La Havas, Laura Mvula or Jessie Ware. I love Adele but I hate when people act as if she’s the first to do good soul-pop.

      • Neah23 says:

        I like Adele, but no you need to check out Alameda Shakes the lead singer Britney voice is just Wow.

      • I Choose Me says:

        I think Adele is the shiz but there are other talented non mainstream singers out there. Cynthia mentioned Laura Mvula and Jessie Ware. Go check ’em out on youtube. They are boss.

      • MindyDopple says:

        I’m replying to Neah23, fun fact, Adele actually gave a shout out and posted a link to Alabama Shakes a few years back. That’s actually how I found out about them, through her website. I’ve loved them ever since and got the pleasure to see them at ACL. She sounds EXACTLY like her albums, it was an amazing show.

      • Scotchy says:

        I am with ya Neah23 I mean Britney from the Alabama Shakes kills it!! That is a voice.
        Adele is blue eyed soul and as far as blue eye’d soul is concerned she is the ruler of that, but yeah, I find her overrated, but hey there is a lot worse out there.

      • Neah23 says:

        @MindyDopple and Scotchy

        Glad to see fellow Alabama Shakes fans 🌟🌟🌟 Yes Britney sounds the same live as she does recorded, hell I think she might sound even better live. Lol Right now I’m all about her song “Over by Head” 😍😍😍😍😍😍 I still think they were robbed at the Grammys.

        I think it would be great if she and Adele did a song together.

      • Jib says:

        @neah23, I love the voice of that singer, Britney! Never heard her before so thank you. She reminds me of Amy Winehouse who, IMHO, was a much better singer than Adele. I love Adele and think she has a decent voice, especially when compared to people like Bey and Rihanna, but she’s no Amy Winehouse. And I always thought Adele had throat problems because she wasn’t singing with good technique. She belts a lot, and I don’t know that she does it right.

      • Kate says:

        She’s not that great of a singer. By pop standards, sure, but otherwise no. Her technique is awful and is going to destroy her voice eventually if she doesn’t get some proper training. She can’t recreate her falsetto/head voice outside of a studio environment, and she’s regularly pitchy. None of her songs are particularly difficult to sing either, she’s never out of her comfort zone.

        She has good control and she’s a fantastic emotional singer, which is what most people are responding too. But her voice itself is just ok.

    • Colette says:

      Yes I think she and Sam Smith are overrated.I do appreciate that she took some time away from the spotlight for a couple of years.Hopefully her new album every will be more upbeat,enough with the heartbreak songs.

  11. Marrrrria says:

    I’m absolutely ecstatic! Finally some beautiful haunting pop songs with actual DEPTH! 🙂
    That’s what I love about artists like Adele. They appreciate their success, bask in it for a little while and when they feel they’re overexposed, they take a break and focus on life and creating quality, not quantity. Young pop stars should take note!

  12. Jayna says:

    Yay, Adele.

  13. Jewbitch says:

    I freaking LOVE HER. And have since the beginning. She’s awesome. Can’t wait!!!

  14. manda says:

    Gosh I love her. Both her previous albums are still in heavy rotation on my ipod

  15. acakeofcheese says:

    It aired on ITV during the X Factor. Not the BBC.

  16. canadiangirlgirl says:

    I can’t wait!! Talent. Talent. Talent!

  17. Belle Epoch says:

    Adele is not a manufactured pop star, or a lunatic going off the rails for attention. She does not need auto-tune to make an album, or eight simultaneous tracks of her own voice. She does not use recordings for her performances – or pyrotechnics, a dozen backup dancers, and skimpy costumes. We need more musicians like her – but they are very rare.

    • Miss V says:

      All of this! She is a true talent. All she needs is that voice. Her music is soulful and will always be relevant. That’s one thing most pop stars lack… Their music will not stand the test of time.

    • Cricket says:

      YES to all of your comment!

      One of my all time fav Adele songs is her cover of Cheryl Cole’s Promise This. She kills it and owns the song! I heard Adele’s version first and then listened to Cheryl Cole’s original version. I’m sure Cheryl was a bit humbled, if not mortified on how true singing talent wins.

    • Artemis says:

      No they’re not rare. They’re just not mainstream or well-known.

      If you would talk about musicians that have a similar genre as Adele, you would know she is most definitely not unique. No reason to wait 3+ years when there are musicians everywhere that make Adele-type music. One of my favourite young artists is Birdy, also a lot of piano and a soft soothing voice with meaningful lyrics. Or Lucia. There’s also Sara Bareilles. Yaël Naïm…

      I don’t get why you list the typical shenanigans of what it entails to be a popstar/performer (autotune, high production value, dancing etc etc) when you know she is not a popstar. Comparing apples with chairs.

      Not to get personal because many people express this type of sentiment but the only reason people seem to know Adele is because she was able to break into mainstream (which was unusual), not because people are such fine connoisseurs of non-mainstream music. Like, if you’re listening to the top 40, don’t clap yourself on the back for recognizing Adele’s amazing voice…

      And there’s nothing wrong with popmusic. I don’t always want to stare out of the window and contemplate my life with Adele in the background. Sometimes, you want to get loose and forget your troubles which pop is perfect for. How dreary the world would be if only a few genres would exist =/

      • Cynthia says:

        That’s what I said before, you expressed it perfectly. There are so many soul-pop singers who are gifted as much as her but they don’t get the chance to break in the mainstream.

  18. K says:


    • Sarah01 says:

      Exactly she is enormously talented and love her songs. She is also so beautiful.
      This is what you call classy, no need to show your boobs, ass or any other bits to detract from the fact you have no talent. These Miley Cyrus’s always need to be relevant and in our face so we don’t forget, Adele left took time off and comes back and people are waiting with great anticipation for her.
      World please give us more Adele’s!

      • smcollins says:

        The fact that it’s been 4 years since her last album and that she disappeared to start a family, and yet there is this mounting anticipation of her upcoming album speaks volumes about her and her talent. No crazy antics or high profile relationships to keep herself relevant and in the spotlight. Just raw talent that is obviously admired and celebrated (and rightly so). I, myself, can’t wait to hear the new album!

  19. Luca76 says:

    Gave me chills, I can’t wait!!!!

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Taylor Swift is crying over ask the awards she just lost.

  21. Daria Morgendorffer says:

    19 and 21 are still in heavy rotation for me, so this can’t happen soon enough! Love Adele and her incredible talent! It’s nice to know that some music that gets media attention is still actual real music, not just manufactured complete crap with no integrity behind it. Adele’s voice is so expressive and emotional. I’m a huge fan.

  22. Lucy says:


  23. Samtha says:

    Goosebumps! I can’t wait for the full single.

  24. Mean Hannah says:

    I love her…and love that that little snippet was all it took. I’m ready – take my money.

    On an objective note – I was once a singer and gave up my training (opera) because I knew I could never be good enough. I was a technically proficient (some of my teachers said great, even) singer with no voice of her own, style, and soul. I was essentially a great mimic. I say all this because when I talk about my love of Adele, most people who know my musical past and current work are surprised. She is not the greatest singer. Her songs are Beyoncé/Taylor Swift-esque and sometimes trite and cringe-worthy. But inspite of all that, I just love her sound and listen to her CDs all the time. I once listened to her CD with my studio headphones – don’t do it! – and saw her live performance of that Bond song – meh – but I love her still.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Just curious. What was the problem with with the studio headphones?

      Oh and yes, technical skill is no substitute for soul. There has to be some quality to the voice that evokes emotion. Which I agree Adele has in spades. Sia is another one whose voice always catches at me.

      • Mean Hannah says:

        @I Choose Me – with my studio quality headphones, you can hear details you miss when just listening to the CD in the car or MP3 on iPhone. Also, her diction killed me and as a technician, it takes away from my enjoyment of her so I don’t recommend it :). Funny thing is, I also love 90s, indie, low-fi music and the headphone-listening to say, Pavement, doesn’t bother me. I guess it’s the expectation. Oh, and I love Sia, too!

  25. Ste says:

    She looks gorgeous on that cover.

  26. Vizia says:

    Since Tedder worked on the album–I’m hoping for a duet. Adele’s voice is gorgeous, and so is Ryan’s.

  27. Patty says:

    19 was a great Album. 21 was pretty much the same thing. Count me as one of those who thinks she is overrated. I agree about the diction and enunciation; it drives me batty as well. There are lots of artists that are equally or even more talented than Adele when it comes to her type of music. Unfortunately, the stars haven’t quite aligned for them and they are not known to most people.

  28. Crazybusymum says:

    I would rather listen to a 30 second snippet of Adele on loop than an entire album from any one of today’s ‘pop’ stars.

  29. Saywhatwhen says:

    Oh, thank G. Because I am tired of the satellite radio at my gym having the music of broomstick, pillow tits and balloon bottom, et al. on replay. Some fresh sound is needed.

  30. Bassza says:

    Tottenham is so proud of her 🙂 London always wins, somehow, someway.

  31. Dawn says:

    I can’t wait for this to come out. I love that woman’s voice.

  32. belle de jour says:

    I love the genuine soul in her voice, think she has a great ear, and appreciate the old-school church in her music. But I admit I was hoping this time around that her lyrics would be a bit more abstract, and perhaps resonate with a few more stages and events in life as well (fingers crossed). She’s also quite funny, and it would be lovely to hear some of that in there, too.

  33. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    Can this please drop Nov 1? November is a long, vague amount of time.

  34. funcakes says:

    Have yet to.hear the single, but I’m sure you could never go wrong with Adele.

    Nice to hear an artist that can actually sing rather than listen to others who rely on a voice harmonizer and pasties.

  35. Camille says:

    I adore her and her amazing voice and I can’t wait for her album <3.

  36. DA says:

    Aww, this makes me think that tAdele is still sad. Much as I love her sad music, I was hoping she was in a happy place.

  37. TopCat says:

    Adele kind of passed me like a ship in the night. The only song I like of hers is ‘Skyfall’ and I sort of like ‘Rumour has it.’ I just find her songs too sad and depressing. That said I like her as an artist because she has that old school quality of simply relying on her voice and talent and not gimmicks, sex, nudity etc so in that sense she is refreshing and has a certain sense of class and elegance.

    I think the reason why Adele gets so much attention is because she is basically the only singer of that type currently in the mainstream (and at the time of her debut pretty much the only female singer of her type.)