Adele is Billboard’s artist of the year, which isn’t surprising at all for someone whose entire 2011 career can be compared to laying down chalk marks for people to set down fancy trophies: Grammy sweeps! Radio dominance! Becoming a cultural touchstone for a certain kind of music, to the point where you can say “it’s kind of like Adele” and describe an entire genre.
As part of the Billboard festivities, there’s a great interview with Adele. Some of the things contained within: Adele’s remarkably self-aware of how much luck–as well as skill, don’t get us wrong–came into her breaking out instead of the “flurry of British women who came out with records after [Amy Winehouse's] Back to Black” (her words). Adele’s a Robyn fan, which we know made a few of you geek out reading that. (Specifically, she’s a fan of “Call Your Girlfriend.”) It’s an Adele interview, so naturally she says things like “it’s a piece of piss.” And the other thing we learn? That acoustic-and-INXS follow-up album probably won’t arrive for a while. Said Adele:
I imagine I’ll be 25 or 26 by the time my next record comes out, as I haven’t even thought about my third record yet. I’m just gonna lay some concrete, set up home and just “be” for a bit. I’ll disappear and come back with a record when it’s good enough. There will be no new music until it’s good enough and until I’m ready.
Considering that we’ve posted at least once and linked to Adele’s thoughts on her third record, that first part might be exaggerating a bit, but nevertheless, there’s no reason to freak out about this. The most obvious reason, of course, is that Adele’s still recovering from surgery; even though she said she’ll be “singing properly” by February (and thus possibly in time for the Grammys), recovering from surgery doesn’t put you in top form for writing, recording, mastering and producing an album–all of which Adele said previously she wanted to do herself. And even if Adele were in perfect vocal health, it’s still refreshing to see someone resisting the musical speedup that results in rushed albums too often a year. Really–if anyone’s earned a rest, Adele has.