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Let the Speculation Surrounding Adele’s Next Project Begin

Music

Let the Speculation Surrounding Adele’s Next Project Begin

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After her Grammy blowout, it made sense when Adele announced she would “fucking off for five years” to savor her new relationship and mega-watt fame. But like any artist of the highest order, the need to express oneself always wins out in the end. Thus the news that we can expect a new Adele recording by the end of this year. Not a full album mind you, but a lone single, unattached to any album, except, potentially, the soundtrack to the new James Bond film. We tend to think of singles as something that goes out into the world with the pressure of having to be a hit in order to best advertise the album that inevitably follows. No one’s done this better than Adele, whose monster smashes “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” helped make 21 an overwhelming sensation. The idea that Adele’s mysterious 2012 single will have something to do with the latest Daniel Craig Bond film, Skyfall, makes sense. Rumors of Adele recording the next Bond single have been floating around since October, and there’s something savvy about attaching her name to the current, more adult incarnation of the British superspy franchise. With Sam Mendes directing, and Javier Bardem playing the villain, it’s a classy affair with explosions and car chases. Adele’s career is a similar contradiction: extreme popularity fused with a kind of sophistication that continues to earn her respect in a notoriously shallow industry. This could be a match made in British heaven.