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Rumour Has It: Is Adele Really Finished with Her New Album?

Image courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS (via ABC News Radio)

A British tabloid is reporting that Adele is completely finished with the follow-up to her world-beating album 21, and plans a Beyonce -style  "surprise" release for the disc this year.  But could it actually be true?  Well, one person involved with the album has his doubts.

A source told the British paper The Daily Star that Adele's album is "written, recorded and finished," adding, "Theoretically it could be released tomorrow if she wanted."  However, the source claims, "The plan is to release [it] internationally on iTunes as a complete surprise without any previous promotion or build-up publicity campaign...the feeling is Adele's new album is so widely anticipated it doesn't need a long promotional build-up."

Adding credence to this report is the fact that last month, Adele marked her 26th birthday by tweeting, "Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year x," sending fans into a tizzy with speculation that the new disc would be called 25 and that it would indeed arrive in 2014.

However, OneRepublic 's Ryan Tedder , who's been working with Adele on the new project, told ABC News Radio last month, "If she does, in fact, [release the album at the end of this year], that would be news to me."

"I only can speak on the songs that I've done with her, and I only know what I've done," he added. "But, I do know the people working with her is a very small, tight group of people. There's only a handful of us, so maybe she's gotten a lot more songs written.  Who knows?  But I know I'm looking forward to going back in with her very soon." 

Considering the fact that OneRepublic kicked off a major tour less than two weeks after he made those comments, it's unlikely that Ryan, who won a Grammy for his work on Adele's album 21, managed to find time to get back in the studio with her and finish up the project. An email to Adele's record label seeing comment on the Daily Star's story went unanswered by press time. Looks like we'll just have to wait and see.

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