Monday, June 17, 2024

Adele Sends Up Trial Balloon for New Album, Possibly Set for November, Following Harry Styles PR Shot


Adele is back.

The pop singer with the big voice is on the cover of People magazine today, with a non-story and no actual quotes. The story says Adele is getting her new album ready but gives no details.

Well, this means that Adele’s album is done, and Sony is readying it for release. The optimum dates would be November 8th or 15th. Adele’s last album, “25,” was released four years ago at roughly the same time, November 20th. This year, the 15th would be the equivalent date since the following Friday is the day after Thanksgiving.

“25” went on to dominate the charts for weeks, selling over 7 million copies. So “31,” or whatever number it’s assigned, should follow suit.

Remember: Adele did a pre-release show at Radio City Music Hall that set the bar for her amazing success. Will she and her handlers repeat this plan? Or maybe this time, they’ll choose Carnegie Hall. An Adele release is an event.

Sony Music may also be readying new music from Harry Styles, who sent up his own trial balloon this month appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone. If the label has both artists coming, they’ll have space them out a little, with at least a week between them. But those are problems every record company would like to have, right? Between those two releases and Lil Nas X, Sony has come back full force in 2019 after a drought the year before. Nice work! And we’re still waiting for the Dominic Fike to have bis big breakthrough!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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