Monday, April 22, 2024

Adele is Four Months Away from Her Sixth Year of No New Music, Has Sold Just 27K Albums This Year


I’ve no doubt Adele is rich as Croesus, the famed ancient Greek king. She’s got a bunch of houses in Beverly Hills, and everything she could dream of.

But come November 15th– four months from now– she will also cross a professional divide. It will be six years since her last record. The album, “25,” sold a gazillion copies and made her an international superstar.

After “25,” came one single, the movie theme from “Skyfall,” the James Bond film. The song won an Oscar. And that was that. In 2017, “25” won a bunch of Grammys, but it was more than a year old.

There have been rumors in the last couple of years that Adele would be doing something. But nothing followed. There was a fake story about her registering a song co-written with Taylor Swift.

Over this weekend she was photographed at the NBA Finals with super agent Rich Paul. Is she dating him? I don’t care. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is 33 years old. She’s wasting her years by not recording. You do not get this time, or this voice, back.

In the time since “25” came out, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and her other contemporaries have put out dozens of records. Adele is almost not their contemporary anymore. She’s missed a big chunk of time dare I say it, demographically, when people who would have grown up to her music have now moved on, aged out of that generation.

Maybe she doesn’t care about singing, or music. Who knows? Maybe what she did was enough. Not for most artists, but maybe for her.

So we wait. For a surprise? I hope so.


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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