Adele will soon release her third record, the follow up to 2011’s monumentally successful 21. The British singer/songwriter confirmed the release of her latest record, 25, as well as sharing that the new record will be a “make-up” record, alluding to her own personal struggles.
There isn’t a confirmed release date for the album yet, but it’s expected to come before before the end of the year. Collaborators on the record include super star producer Max Martin, Danger Mouse and Mark Ronson (known for his 2015 hit Uptown Funk).
Adele explained in the letter that turning 25 had her reflecting on her past: wishing she hadn’t “ruined so many things” because she was bored, wishing she hadn’t cut her hair, wishing she got to know her great grandmother better. “25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realizing,” she said.
Now 27, Adele has been largely quiet since releasing the highest-selling record of the 2000s. We last heard from her in 2012 — the same year that she gave birth to a son — when she penned and sung the award-winning theme song for the James Bond film Skyfall.
With this announcement, though, it appears we’ll all be seeing a lot more of Adele soon. Her open letter hit the web just days after the star debuted 30 seconds of a new track on an episode of the U.K. version of The X Factor.
“Hello, it’s me,” she sang. “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.”
If you’re pining for more Adele soon, you may not have to wait for very long: BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw hinted that the singer may debut a new single from the record on Friday.