Sad Girl Fall is officially in motion as certified by queen of heartbreak songs, Adele.
Just two days before she releases new single “Easy On Me,” the British singer-songwriter announced her fourth studio album, 30, will release on Nov. 19 (Perhaps that’s why Taylor Swift bumped up the release of Red (Taylor’s Version) by a week?).
“I’m ready to finally put this album out,” Adele said in a note on Instagram.
“I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago,” she wrote. “I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And Yet there I was knowingly - willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!”
Expectations are high for 30. It will be up against the mega-success of 25, which spawned hits like Hello, Send My Love (To Your New Lover) and Water Under the Bridge and featured fan favorites like Remedy and River Lea. Also released in November, 25 racked up multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year in 2016, for which she was up against Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
Earlier this month, Adele made a splash for becoming the first person on the cover of U.S. and British Vogue. In the former, she explained that while she doesn’t consider 30 a “divorce album,” she sees the album as a way of explaining her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki to their son, Angelo.
“I realized that I was the problem,” Adele told Vogue. “He’s not one of my exes. He’s the dad of my child… It was more me divorcing myself.”
In her Instagram post, Adele elaborated on finding herself and the vulnerable process of shedding one’s barriers.
“I feel like I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go so far as to say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my life,” she said.
More importantly, 30 became her “ride or die” throughout what she describes as “the most turbulent period” of her life. Whether she needed comfort or cheering on, creating 30 provided solace.
“When I was writing it,it was my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and a takeaway to cheer me up,” Adele explained. “I’ve painstakingly rebuilt my house and my heart since then and this album narrates it.”