Adele’s new album will feature a sombre ballad about a best friend

It’s been a pretty big year for Adele. First came the Grammys, where she swept all before her by not only taking home six awards, but also being the only artist to win the…

Adele's new album will feature a sombre ballad about a best friend

It’s been a pretty big year for Adele. First came the Grammys, where she swept all before her by not only taking home six awards, but also being the only artist to win the night’s top two prizes – Album of the Year and Record of the Year – on the first go. Then came the 12-week stretch she dominated US radio on the back of her comeback single, “Hello.” It was hailed as the biggest pop song of the year.

Now Adele – unsurprisingly – is returning to shape with a new record, with the first official taste of her hotly anticipated sixth album coming out in late June. On 30th June, she’s set to release the first single, a sombre ballad called “When We Were Young.”

She teased it on Monday with a very-Adele-like status update on Instagram: “Could only wake up to these memories/as we went down/see you travelling/with hopes and aspirations/and you stayed in my head/like we were young.”

The song itself is an ode to her old best friend that she dated when she was just 19. “Well we were young, she said, “we thought we were the only ones that felt that way,” sings Adele on the very slow, melody-less track.

The single itself is an ode to her old best friend that she dated when she was just 19. “Well we were young, she said, “we thought we were the only ones that felt that way,” sings Adele on the very slow, melody-less track.

And if that wasn’t enough for Adele’s fans to get through on Tuesday, she dropped a new Instagram story with another cut from 30 in an upcoming video she promised. This one is a little more upbeat, and features a cameo from Ariana Grande.

Adele has kept most of the details about her new album under wraps, but she did share an Instagram story from April in which she wrote, “Best friend. I’m a mess.” And though she’s got a lot of feelings, there don’t seem to be any bad ones here: “I know I’m going to be grateful to her for the rest of my life,” she told the Sun in February.

She’s brought some of her big band of musicians into the fold for the sessions (guitarist Greg Kurstin, pianist John Hanes and band leader Al Schmitt), and has had a reported team of team of 80 working on the record around her and Kurstin, who is executive producer. One other project on the horizon for the pop superstar is the tour to accompany the album. But Adele has insisted that a US tour is off the table: “Oh no. I don’t want to see the clock tick away into 2020.”

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