Adele‘s been a busy lady this past year. Between giving birth to a son and exchanging cooking tips with Barbra Streisand, there’s not really been any time for music… until now! According to The Mirror, Adele started recording the follow-up to her massively successful sophomore album 21 on Monday and it’s due for release in the middle of 2014. Ohhhh, snap!
“Adele is currently in a recording studio in London and it’s in lockdown mode for the next few weeks.
“Four tracks are finished in terms of writing and she’s now laying down preliminary vocals with backing music and singers.
“The rest of the record will be done in LA. The feel is very much Adele going back to her roots, with some modern jazz and a couple of classic old songs.”
Hmm, I just hope it doesn’t suck like so many people’s albums do once they have kids. I’m not sure what’s up with that phenomenon but it happens SO often with female singers, I find.
Whatever, Adele’s a classic, so for now we’ll just assume it’s going to be amazing.
Adele and Barbra Streisand apparently struck up a friendship earlier this year (of course they did) when Adele went ’round Barbra’s house in Los Angeles for dinner. Since Barbra has an insane personal chef (of course she does) who makes healthy meals that taste as good as restaurant quality, apparently, she and Adele have kept in touch and have been exchanging cooking tips. Sure, why not?
From The Sun:
The pair hit it off immediately and have since stayed in contact, swapping recipe ideas and tips by phone and email on a weekly basis.
Barbra has told pals she reckons the friendship could lead to the pair duetting, and that she already has some song ideas.
That would guarantee a fortune from a worldwide hit.
A source said: “Adele has got heavily into her cooking during her break from music to have her son and Barbra has always been fanatical about what goes into her food.
“They have been swapping notes about meals ever since they met.
“Adele finds her company very reassuring because she has been through the whole global fame thing and knows exactly what it’s like.”
I guess it makes sense that Adele and Barbra Streisand are friends. They’re both singers, they’re both filthy rich
… and I guess that’s where the similarities end. Oh, they both like cooking, apparently.
On a side note, I always wish I had a personal chef to make me really good Indian food (and everything else) whenever I desire it.
Adele has made an assload of money in the past few years, and good on her – she earned it! Still, the downside of being filthy rich is that as soon as you’ve got money, people crawl out of the woodwork like termites with their hands out, expecting something for free. Not so for Adele’s family, though, who – after she offered to buy them all nice apartments in London – said thanks but no thanks to a handout, preferring instead to provide for themselves.
From The Daily Star:
Our source revealed: “Adele wanted to spread her happiness and success through the family, but they politely declined the extremely generous offer.”
She offered to buy her seven first cousins smart flats in London close to where they all grew up. Adele’s mum has two sisters, who have three and four children each, all of whom spent every day of their childhood with Adele.
Our source added: “Adele loves her family, and is close to her aunties, uncles and cousins. They’re proud of her success, but work very hard and are self-sufficient.”
Adele’s auntie Anita Atkins, her mum’s older sister, told us: “We all lead our own lives, we’re self-sufficient and don’t need her to help out.
“We all still live within spitting distance of each other and phone each other most days.”
Well, good on them. I’m sure she still buys them all little shit and treats them to stuff here and there, which is great – and it wouldn’t even be an issue if some of them did accept her help – it’s just awesome that it’s not simply expected. Anyway, Adele needs her money if she’s going to expand that game room of hers, so all’s well that ends well.
Adele is a millionaire and all, so she can spend her money on whatever she wants, by all means. Still, I’m a cheapskate at heart – I cringe at shelling out more than $15 for a shirt, for example – so it makes me feel somewhat faint to read that Adele apparently spent $23,000 on classic video game machines for her house.
From The Sun:
The ‘Skyfall’ singer, 24, has bought Eighties’ favourites Pac-Man and Space Invaders as well as two pinball machines and a “shoot ’em up” with two guns.
She is preparing for life back on the Sussex coast with son Angelo and partner Simon Konecki after her stint in the US.
A source revealed: “She is kitting out her place with the latest mod cons. But she’s still finding room for quirky gizmos such as the arcade machines.
“They’ll have pride of place in her new games room.”
She bought the £2million mansion last year and has spent months doing it up
I can’t even fathom this. Imagine how many $15 shirts I could buy with $23k! In all seriousness, I guess that’s cool and all. Pac-Man is fun, “quirky gizmos” are fun, so I don’t see a problem. I’m more of a pinball fan, myself, so I’d probably get one of those machines and an original NES with Mario 1, 2 and 3 and this weird casino game I used to play as a kid called Vegas Dreams. Then I’d be set.
Adele has been enjoying her time out of the spotlight after the massive success of her sophomore album, 21, having babies and hanging out with Jennifer Lawrence and all that jazz. One thing she hasn’t done? Gotten her driver’s license. Wow, okay, loser! God, like, who doesn’t drive? (Me, that’s who! Nearly 29 and only ever got my permit 10 years ago!)
From The Sun:
She’s won countless awards, had the best-selling British album of the 21st Century and popped out sprog ANGELO.
But the singer has another challenge in her sights… her driving test.
Adele is keen to ditch the L-plates so she can ferry her son and get around whenever she fancies.
A source said: “She’s never taken a test because of her busy schedule over the past few years.
“Now she’s back in the country she wants to use her downtime to finally pass her test.
“She may have various awards to her name but all she wants is her driving test certificate.
“There will be no sports cars though – she is eyeing up a more family-friendly car so she can carry the whole clan.”
I’ve lived in New York City since I graduated high school, so I never really needed a car. Now that I’m spending half my time in the UK, though, I’ll have to think about getting my license, though, which both excites and ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIES me. Have you ever actually thought about the fact that you’re in control of a giant hunk of metal that could KILL PEOPLE (even yourself) if something goes wrong? I’m not prepared to wield such power. I should probably get a grip.
In what is a strange – but not really all that strange, for some odd reason – new story, it seems Adele and Jennifer Lawrence struck up a friendship at the Oscars in February and now they spend all their spare time gabbing on the phone about boys and nail polish. I’m kidding about the boys and nail polish part, but Adele is said to be helping JLaw find a place to live while she’s over in London in a few months to film the next X-Men movie.
From The Sun:
A source said: “Adele’s been hanging around with JENNIFER LAWRENCE since the Oscars.
“Jennifer’s set to come to London later this year to film an X Men movie and Adele’s recommending she move to Notting Hill, where she has a house.”
Well, okay. I think this is one case where the press is making something out of nothing. How often do you think Jennifer Lawrence and Adele have actually “hung around” together since the Oscars? My bet is less than one. Chances are, they probably ran into each other in the bathroom during a commercial break and Jennifer said, “Hey Adele, I love your kewl London accent!” and Adele was like, “OMG I’m a big fan of The Hunger Games, you should come to London!” and then Jennifer replied, “I totally am, actually – I’m filming the new X-Men movie there!” and then Adele suggested that she get a place in Notting Hill because it’s super posh. That’s exactly how it went down, I’m sure of it.
Adele only popped out her first kid, baby Angelo, in October 2012, but apparently she’s already ready to think about getting another bun in the oven since motherhood has changed her so much and nothing compares to it, blah blah.
From The Daily Star:
The singing sensation, who will sing Skyfall for her big comeback performance, has told friends she and boyfriend Simon Konecki already want another baby.
My source here in LA said: “Adele has been telling her friends that she is ready to try for another baby.
“She loves being a mum and wants two kids to grow two years apart.
“Her priorities have changed since meeting Simon and becoming a parent. She still loves her singing career but has told friends nothing compares with being a mum.
“She still loves writing and singing but her career aspirations have changed.”
Adele’s people last night would not comment but I’m told another tot is on the cards.
I guess you’d be more keen to hurry up and get knocked up again when you’re rich as hell and can afford nannies and carers around the clock and not have to be up 24 hours a day changing diapers, trying to get it to stop crying, etc. Then again, maybe I’m just being pessimistic (it’s been known to happen). I just have high expectations of my entertainers and don’t like to think of her retiring before 30 and only busting into song as she’s filling bottles at night or something. Sing for me, Adele! Dance, monkey, dance!