Adele to release 25

Adele.
Adele.

LONDON • Singer Adele announced on Twitter on Wednesday that her new album, her first in four years, would be called 25.

She won six Grammys for her 2011 album 21, which included her hit separation ballad Someone Like You, and an Oscar for the theme song for the 2012 James Bond movie Skyfall.

"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 in the statement posted on Twitter. "I'm making up with myself. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did," she wrote.

The English singer, who gave birth to her first son Angelo in October 2012, has followed a pattern of naming her albums for her age at the time she created them, having called her debut album 19.

"25 is about getting to know who I've become without realising," Adele, now 27, said in the post. "And I'm sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened."

She did not reveal a release date, amid speculation she will put it out in time for holiday shoppers at the end of the year. Expectations of an imminent release rose on Sunday when a short advertisement on the British talent show The X Factor featured a blank screen with her recognisable voice, singing a snippet to piano chords.

Her album 21 surpassed the 11-million sales mark in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan, and was only the 12th album to reach that level since Soundscan began tracking the market in 1991.

In Britain, it is the best-selling album so far in the 21st century.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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