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Here's What's Happened While We've Been Waiting for a New Adele Album

September 09, 2015 by Alyssa

Adele Album Watch 2015

In August, American producer Danger Mouse announced that he’s been in the studio working with Adele on a new album. The forthcoming record--a long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s “21”--doesn’t have a release date or an official title yet, but we’re excited about the prospect of new music anyway.

It has been four long years since the British singer-songwriter released her GRAMMY-winning sophomore album. A lot has happened in the meantime, including Adele starting her own family with longtime partner Simon Konecki. But how else has the world changed since the release of “21?”

Read on for a handful of other major cultural events that have happened since Adele last graced us with a new album:



  • U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron both won re-elections.
  • Pope Benedict resigned, becoming the first pope to do so in nearly 600 years.
  • His successor, Pope Francis, became the first South American pope.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, and had two children.
  • NASA’s Curiosity rover was dispatched from Cape Canaveral, landed on Mars, and spent a full Martian year exploring the planet.
  • Two Olympic Games took place: London in summer 2012 and Sochi in winter 2014.



  • Jay Z has co-headlined three massive tours with Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, and Beyoncé.
  • NSYNC, Spice Girls, OutKast, Sleater-Kinney, Neutral Milk Hotel, No Doubt, and Fall Out Boy all reunited.
  • 20 Taylor Swift singles have achieved top 40 status on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • 35 acts have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



  • TV shows  that have ended: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Entourage, Desperate Housewives, Gossip Girl, The Office, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, How I Met Your Mother, The Colbert Report, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Boardwalk Empire.
  • TV debuts: Scandal, Homeland, New Girl, Girls, Veep, Orange Is the New Black, and Game of Thrones, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
  • 95 episodes of Saturday Night Live have aired.
  • Five new American Idols have been crowned.
  • Eight seasons of The Voice have run on NBC.
  • These film series ended: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hangover, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and The Hobbit.
  • The Book of Mormon debuted on Broadway just over two months following the release of “21” and has remained a hit ever since.
  • 1,024 regular season NFL games were played.



  • Amongst the celebrity babies born since 2011 are: Blue Ivy Carter (Beyoncé and Jay Z), North West (Kanye and Kim Kardashian), Moroccan and Monroe Cannon (Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon), and Angelo Konecki (Adele and Simon Konecki).
  • Celebrities that have passed away: Liz Taylor, Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, Steve Jobs, Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, Robin Williams, Dick Clark, Adam Yauch, Etta James, Donna Summer, Lou Reed, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, and Joan Rivers.

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