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Adele’s New CD Release “25” Just a Few Days Away! Fabulous Sneak Previews

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Adele Returns with “Make Up” Album ’25’

By Staff

Adele returns this week with a new album titled 25.

Her third studio effort arrives five years after her massive sophomore set 21 which has sold over 30 million records world-wide.

On October 21st Adele took to Twitter to address her fans, and announce her return to music. “I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened,” she wrote.

“My last record was a break up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make up record. I’m making up with myself. making up for lost time. making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

The first single from 25 is “Hello” which debuted in the form of a cinematic video directed by Canadian actor/director Xavier Dolan.


The six minute mini-movie was shot in the countryside surrounding Montreal and co-stars Mack Wilds, known for his roles as on HBO’s The Wire and the CW’s 90210.

“It was a privilege to direct the music video for Adele’s beautiful, heartbreaking song” said Dolan in a prepared statement. “When I first heard it, all the images were already running by so clearly in my head – and her trust and generosity allowed me to create freely.”

Adele then shared a second single, “When We Were Young.” The video of her performance was recorded at The Church Studios in London, where some of 25 was recorded.

Fans are certainly excited for Adele’s return, according to Billboard “Hello” is the first song ever to sell at least 1 million downloads in one week. But when Adele spoke to with Carson Daly on AMP 97.1 in Los Angeles she confessed that she considered retiring from music all together. It was her son Angelo who inspired her to return.

“For awhile I was like, maybe I shouldn’t come back,” she admitted. “Maybe I should go out on a high. Maybe everyone likes what they’ve heard of me. And then I realized I want my kid to know what I do. He’s really inspired me.”

Kimberly Nichole Soars Onstage Singing Etta James Classic “Something’s Gotta Hold on Me”

Kimberly Nichole’s versatile music ability to smoke an R&B classic, bring an audience to the their feet with a pop song, or simmer a sultry ballad has wowed audiences and fans of The Voice this year in it’s eighth season. Tonight she made Etta James’ proud with her incredible spot on rendition of Etta’s 60s era timeless classic ‘Something’s Gotta Hold on Me’. It’s raw visceral talent like Nicole’s that makes us all appreciate what The Voice can do to being exceptional musicians into public view, when they are so deserving of being discovered and celebrated by America. Tonight I am celebrating the exceptional vocal ability and electric stage presence of Kimberly Nicole:

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Top Music Hits from 2014: What We Loved the Most

Don’t just sit there. Get busy shaking it. 2014 is almost over, and you’ve still got time to bust some famous but private dance moves, right there in your living room. I’ll turn off the spy cam and never say a word.

Top Pop Songs from 2014: The Big List

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