Adele has confirmed her new album will be called "25."
Following the successes of "19" and "21," released in 2008 and 2011, respectively, the 27-year-old Grammy-winning singer opened up about her new music via a Facebook post Wednesday. The title of "25" follows the "Rumor Has It" singer's pattern of naming each album after her age.
"When I was 7, I wanted to be 8. When I was 8, I wanted to be 12. When I turned 12 I just wanted to be 18. Then after that I stopped wanting to be older. Now I'm ticking 16-24 boxes just to see if I can blag it! I feel like I've spent my whole life so far wishing it away. Always wishing I was older, wishing I was somewhere else, wishing I could remember and wishing I could forget too. Wishing I hadn't ruined so many good things because I was scared or bored. Wishing I wasn't so matter of fact all the time," Adele wrote in her note. "Wishing I'd gotten to know my great grandmother more, and wishing I didn't know myself so well, because it means I always know what's going to happen. Wishing I hadn't cut my hair off, wishing I was 5-foot-7. Wishing I'd waited and wishing I'd hurried up as well."
Since the release of "21," Adele has given birth to a son and gotten engaged to partner Simon Konecki. "My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record," she said. "I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven't got time to hold onto the crumbs of my past like I used to. What's done is done," the musician wrote. "Turning 25 was a turning point for me, slap bang in the middle of my twenties. Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully-fledged adult, I made the decision to go into becoming who I'm going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk."
"I miss everything about my past, the good and the bad, but only because it won't come back. When I was in it I wanted out! So typical. I'm on about being a teenager, sitting around and chatting s---, not caring about the future because it didn't matter then like it does now."
"The ability to be flippant about everything and there be no consequences. Even following and breaking rules...is better than making the rules," she wrote. "'25' is about getting to know who I've become without realizing. And I'm so sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened. Love Adele."
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Rumored collaborators include Max Martin, Diane Warren and One Republic's Ryan Tedder. A preview of Adele's new album appeared without warning on Sunday night during a commercial break on "The X Factor" in The U.K. The 30-second clip featured lyrics on a black screen. "Hello / It's me / I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet / To go over everything / They say that time's supposed to heal ya / But I ain't done much healing..." she sang. At the time, Adele's reps refused to confirm whether the new material was legitimate.
Adele's "21" has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and is to date the biggest selling album of the 21st century.
No release date for the new album has been revealed, but several media reports have pointed towards 20 November as the likely day.