Watch: Box of Lies with Adele on Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy and Adele take turns trying to stump each other about what items are hidden inside their mystery boxes.
On 27 August 2015, Billboard reported that Adele’s label, XL Recordings, had intentions of releasing her third studio album sometime in November 2015. Danger Mouse has contributed a song, whileTobias Jesso Jr. has written a track, and Ryan Tedder is “back in the mix after producing and co-writing “Rumour Has It” on 21.” At the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in early September 2015, Siaannounced that her new single “Alive” was co-written by Adele, and had originally been intended for Adele’s third album. On 18 October, a 30-second clip of new material from Adele was shown on UK television during a commercial break on The X Factor. The commercial teases a snippet from a new song from her third album, with viewers hearing a voice singing accompanied by lyrics on a black screen.
In a statement released three days later she confirmed that the album is titled 25, with Adele stating, “My last record was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. 25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.” On 22 October, Adele confirmed that 25 would be released on 20 November, while the lead single from the album, “Hello” would be released on 23 October. The song was first played on Nick Grimshaw‘s Radio 1 Breakfast Show on the BBC on the morning of 23 October with Adele interviewed live. The video of “Hello”, released on 22 October, was viewed over 27.7 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours, breaking the Vevo record for the most views in a day, surpassing the 20.1 million views for “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift. On 28 October, news outlets, including BBC News, reported that “Hello” was being viewed on YouTube an average one million times an hour. The song debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 October, with first week sales of 330,000 copies, making it the biggest-selling number one single in three years. On 2 November, the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first song ever in the US to sell at least one million downloads in a week, setting the record at 1.11 million.
On 27 October, BBC One announced plans for Adele at the BBC, a one-hour special presented by Graham Norton, in which Adele talks about her new album and performs new songs. This will be her first television appearance since performing at the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony, and the show was recorded before a live audience on 2 November for broadcast on 20 November, coinciding with the release of 25. On 27 October it was also announced that the singer will make an appearance on the US entertainment series Saturday Night Live on 21 November. On 30 October, Adele confirmed that she will be performing a one-night-only concert titled “Adele Live in New York City” at the Radio City Music Hall on 17 November. Subsequently, NBC confirmed they will air the concert special on 14 December