Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Will Adele’s 5 Year Absence from Music Hurt Her Sales, Popularity? Her Peers Released Dozens of Albums, Singles, Made Movies


Adele released last her album on November 20, 2015. Barack Obama was still president. Life was no normal. There was no pandemic.

More importantly, in the time since “25” was a sales blockbuster, all of Adele’s peers kept working and releasing music. While Adele slept, everyone else buzzed away.

If Adele is coming with new music before the end of the year, it’s instructive to see what her “graduating class” has been up to. The answer is a lot. She certainly could have put out music over the last five years. Will her absence hurt her sales or her popularity? I doubt anything will equal the frenzy over “25.” Five years is a generation in high school demographic terms. Fans move on from teen years to early 20s.

But meantime, think of this. In the last five years:

Taylor Swift released three whole albums, “Reputation,” “Lover,” and “Folklore.”

Katy Perry released two: “Witness” and “Smile.” And she had a baby and hosted “American Idol.”

Ariana Grande had a similarly large output: four albums including “Dangerous Woman,” “Sweetener,” “Thank You, Next,” New October 2020 release

Lady Gaga? Well, she made three albums including “Chromatica,” “Joanne,” and “A Star is Born.” Plus she starred in “A Star is Born” and was nominated for an Oscar.

Selena Gomez, despite illness that would have slowed anyone down, just kept working: 1 album, 13 singles on which she was featured, plus several acting jobs including Woody Allen’s “Rainy Day in New York.”

Beyonce, who had twins at some point, produced four albums including: “Lemonade,” “Homecoming Live Album,” plus “The Lion King: The Gift” and the current video project “Black is King,” 13 or 14 singles that she participated in.

Rihanna was the stingiest, but only because she become a cosmetics tycoon: One album, 13 singles.

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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