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25 is the third studio album by British singer and songwriter Adele. It was released on 20 November 2015, through XL Recordings. Following the release and international success of her second studio album 21, Adele considered quitting the music industry and going out on a positive note. However, she decided to take a hiatus instead and raise her son. During her sabbatical, she suffered from writer’s block and rescheduled studio sessions for a new album, fearing she had lost her ability to write songs. In 2013, Adele had a breakthrough and the material that eventually became 25 manifested, with writing and recording continuing through 2015.
Adele 25 Tracklist
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
A deluxe version of 25, available exclusively at Target, will include three bonus tracks: “Can’t Let Go,” “Lay Me Down” and “Why Do You Love Me.”
We first got wind of 25 in late 2014 when Adele tweeted, “Bye bye 25…see you again later in the year,” just before turning 26. That tweet got a lot of people excited that Adele’s follow-up to 19 and 21 would drop before the end of that calendar year or before the end of her 26th year.
Neither happened, and on Oct. 21, 2015, Adele revealed why. “I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened,” she wrote in a Twitter letter.
Hard to argue with that. Adele and her longtime boyfriend welcomed son Angelo into the world in 2012, and she delivered the Oscar winning James Bond song “Skyfall” that same year — so it’s not like she’s been lazy.
Adele’s ’21’ Surpasses 11 Million U.S. Sales
Adele also explained how 25 would differ from her Grammy-winning 21 in the online letter. “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.”
Speaking of her breakup record, 21 spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart — the most weeks atop the list for any album by a woman. The album has been on the chart every week of its release: 243 weeks and counting (through the Oct. 31-dated chart).
21 has sold 11.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, which makes it the tenth-largest selling album since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
The album generated five hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including three consecutive No. 1s: “Rolling In the Deep” (No. 1 for seven weeks), “Someone Like You” (No. 1 for five weeks) and “Set Fire to the Rain” (No. 1 for two weeks).