Adele has a new song out off her soon-to-be released album 25. The song is called “We Are Young.”
Adele named her 2008 debut album 19, to reflect the age she was when she was writing it. Her 2011 album, 21, followed suit, title-wise. It was a monster hit: It topped the Billboard charts for two years in a row; has sold 31 million copies; and won six Grammys.
I suppose by now you’ve figured out that the new album is named after the age at which she started working on it (Adele turned 27 this year). She says 25 is going to be her last age-related album. But I can see her changing her mind in 20 years or so — when she’s my age — especially after I read this interview (emphasis mine):
“I’m sure I’m wrong with this, but I feel like there’s been a massive change in me in the last couple of years. Having become a parent, and me and all my friends suddenly living grown-up lives and having responsibilities we haven’t had before. […] I feel like how I feel about myself is how I’m going to feel about myself forever,” Adele said. “I feel like the idea of naming albums after my age is always to show a photograph of what’s going on in my life [at that time]. I feel like not that much is going to change profoundly in me from now on, in terms of how important years of my life are to myself.”
Well, that is just adorable, even though I initially had a “You know nothing, John Snow,” reaction.
The one thing Adele got right was, “I’m sure I’m wrong with this.” I’m quite confident that she’s not going to feel like she does now forever, and that she WILL change profoundly. A lot of women — including me — feel they change more in their 40s than they have since adolescence. Have you ever read those interviews with female celebrities who say they’re more confident in their own skin after a certain age? Well, 25 or 27 is not that age. There’s so much to come. For instance, Adele’s son Angelo is three now. In 20 years, he’ll be grown and (hopefully) living independently. That’s a life-altering experience right there. Anyway, she’ll find out in her own time. For now, I have to thank her for the laugh I got out of her remarks.
The album 25 is due out on Friday, though there are rumors of it already leaking online. If I were an artist, I would want to hunt down and cut the bitch who leaked my album. That’s valuable intellectual property people are messing with! Back in 2013, I was surprised that people were surprised that Beyonce put out a surprise album on iTunes. For a big enough star with a built-in audience, that always seemed to me like the obvious thing to do to thwart the leaking. Put it on iTunes and Vevo and anywhere else where you can protect it till the last minute, and put out a CD later. Who needs to have a random Target employee getting hold of a hard copy and sharing it with the world? Annoying!