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‘Hello’ is Adele’s first single in 3 years, and it’s amazing

Wait, Adele still uses a flip phone?


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Oct 23, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 6:31 pm CDT

It’s been three years since we’ve gotten a new single from Adele, but she’s back with a new album and an intimate music video.

“Hello,” directed by Xavier Dolan and the first music video to be shot with IMAX cameras, is an apology to an old lover Adele left behind. It starts off soft, keeping the view to a small space, but soon enough the vocals we’ve come to know and love come through, bringing an epic feel to it all.

Before a snippet of “Hello” premiered on the U.K. X Factor earlier this week, Adele had kept fairly quiet about new music. But now she’s ready let us all in, giving us both an album name—25—and a release date of Nov. 20, calling it a “make-up record” because she’s making up with herself.

“25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising,” Adele wrote in a note posted to Twitter Wednesday. “And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

We’re right here ready for you.

Screengrab via AdeleVEVO/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 23, 2015, 9:37 am CDT