Adele finally shares update on new album '25': 'I'm sorry it took so long'

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Adele Hints at New Album and More

Aside from that Oscar-winning James Bond song, it's been a long time since we've heard from Adele. 2015 has been filled with consistent murmurs that her long-awaited follow-up to the blockbuster 2011 album 21 is on the way, and this morning (Oct. 21), Adele herself finally addressed the impending album in a contemplative letter to fans.

First things first: She doesn't confirm a release date, but she does seem to confirm the title of the album will be 25, as hinted previously. And while no hard drop date is given, it seems a 2015 release is likely given the words her post ends on: "I'm sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened."

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"Sorry it took so long" isn't the kind of thing you say if you're making fans wait another three months (or industry execs wait another quarter) for a record. Plus, given that an Adele album is a perfect cross-generational holiday gift item, expect 25 before 2015 is over.

She also shares how 25 will differ from 21: "My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I'm making up with myself. I'm making up for lost time."

You can read Adele's full letter below. It's a reflective read where Adele, like many artists before, realizes that the phase of struggling to succeed/working to grow up is actually a lot more fun than success itself/being a grown-up. "Even following and breaking rules... is better than making the rules," Adele writes, providing us with a truth bomb we'd be shocked to hear literally any other pop star in 2015 say.



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British singer Adele Adkins holds her MBE for services to music presented to her by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)
Adele poses with her award for best original song for "Skyfall" at the Governor's Ball following the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
Adele poses backstage with the award for best pop solo performance for "Set Fire to the Rain" at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Adele poses with the award for best original song in a motion picture for "Skyfall" backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Adele performs during the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, performer Adele arrives for the Brit Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London. The 24-year-old British songstress' album "21" has sold more than 10 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album reached the milestone the week of Nov. 19, 2012, less than two years after its release. Adele rolled so deep in 2012 that sheâs been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
FILE - This is a Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 file photo of Adele as she poses backstage with her six awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. Adele won awards for best pop solo performance for "Someone Like You," song of the year, record of the year, and best short form music video for "Rolling in the Deep," and album of the year and best pop vocal album for "21." Adele is getting a new medal to go alongside her Grammys and Academy Award _ an honor from Queen Elizabeth II. The "Rumor Has It" and "Skyfall" singer was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE on Friday June 14, 2013 in the queen's annual Birthday Honors list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Adele performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Recording artist Adele poses for a portrait Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Adele holds the best female pop vocal performance and best new artist awards backstage at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
British singer-songwriter Adele poses for a portrait in West Hollywood, Calif., Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singer Adele arrives at the Keep a Child Alive annual Black Ball benefit event, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Andy Kropa)
Singer Adele photographed in New York on June 14, 2008 (AP Photo/ Jim Cooper)
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