After conquering the world four years ago with her record-breaking album ‘21‘ Adele is here to do it again. Early last week Adele teased a new song during the promotional run of on the season of ‘X Factor‘. Today, the aforementioned track titled ‘Hello‘ has sent to pop and adult contemporary radio. The track features Adele’s famous power-house vocals, however the vibe of the track is very different than any of her past work, she more self-reflective, and there’s a new eerie vibe all-together. Not only did the star send the track to radio, it’s also been released digitally and has a brand new video — check it out below!
Yesterday the star announced the release date for Hello‘s parent album. 25, is the name of the new record, and it’s headed for a worldwide release on November 20th.
Adele’s Reps shared the tracklist with Billboard, which you can find below.
2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
3. I Miss You
4. When We Were Young
6. Water Under The Bridge
7. River Lea
8. Love In The Dark
9. Million Years Ago
10. All I Ask
11. Sweetest Devotion
When asked how ‘25‘ would differ from her previous album ‘21‘ she responded in an online letter saying, “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.” The lead single ‘Hello’ both lyrically and sonic-ally lives up to this statement.
In honor of ‘25‘, lets look back at the accolades the star racked up with her last albums ‘21‘
‘21‘ debuted at No. 1 with 352,000 copies sold. The album went on to spend 24 non-consective weeks atop the Billboard Top 200 — which is more weeks than any female artist has occupied the top spot with one album.
The album went on to sell 11.2M units in the U.S., and was the best-selling album of both 2011 and 2012 — becoming the only album outside of Michael Jackson‘s Thriller to be the best-selling album for two calendar years.
‘21‘s success wasn’t only in the U.S., the record went on to sell 30M units worldwide — becoming one of the best selling albums in both the US and Worldwide.
Not only did ‘21‘ as an album do well, it spawned quite a few hit singles as well. ‘21‘ generated three consecutive No. 1 hits. Of all its singles ‘Rolling in the Deep‘ had the longest run at No.1, it occupied the top spot on The Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. The second single ‘Someone Like You‘ spent five weeks at No. 1, and the album’s last No.1 single ‘Set Fire to the Rain‘ spent two weeks in the top spot.
While many counted her out and thought she had been replaced as Queen of Rap – the star has come back fighting. Minaj, has managed to swoop in and rule late summer.
Minaj, has garnered three Top 40 hits in the past three months.
Not even three months ago, Minaj released the ever so pleasant ‘Pills N Potions‘. And, in this short time span the single managed to sell 500,000 digital copies – reaching a Gold certification. Eventually, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Soon after, she released a joint single with Jessie J and Ariana Grande called ‘Bang Bang‘. That track managed to sell 230,000 copies in its first week – reaching a peak of number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. And in just two weeks, the track has managed to sell over 371,000 copies.
‘Bang Bang‘ marked Minaj‘s 10th Billboard top 10 hit. Becoming the only female rapper in history to have over 9 songs make it into the top 10.
Last week, Minaj broke two other records. With the release of her new single ‘Anaconda‘ Minaj managed to become the only female rapper to top the iTunes chart as a SOLO act (without a featured artist). Not only that, Minaj became the first female rapper to occupy both the #1 and #2 position on iTunes with ‘Bang Bang‘ being the latter.
‘Anaconda‘ made it’s impact on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, debuting at number 19. The single was the 3rd best selling single this week, with sales of 141,000. Almost doubling the debut of her lead single “Pills N Potions” which sold 85,000 copies in its first week. ‘Anaconda‘ also became Minaj’s 20th top 20 hit.
Overall, the song has become Minaj‘s 51st Hot 100 entry, extending her mark for the most among female rappers (Missy Elliott is next with 31) and tying her with Eminem for the seventh-best total among all rappers; Lil Wayne leads the category with 122. Among all artists, Minaj breaks out of a tie with Michael Jackson and also equals Rod Stewart‘s 51 career Hot 100 entries.