Adele Announces European Tour For 2016; ’25’ Breaks Sales Records [Video]

Yes, it’s true – Adele announced on Instagram that she will be going on tour. This will be the first time Adele has toured since 2011, when she prematurely ended her tour because of an injury to her vocal cords and had to have surgery. BBC reported that the tour will start in Belfast in February, and Adele will visit Dublin, Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Birmingham. After Birmingham, the tour will move on to mainland Europe. Tickets will go on sale to Adele’s website member on December 1 and then will go on sale to the general public December 4. Rolling Stone posted a comprehensive list of Adele’s tour dates, and calls her tour “massive.”

Adele's 25 Sets Record
Adele's 3rd album 25 was released on November 20, 2015. (Photo Courtesy of XL Recordings)

Just before Adele announces her news in the Instagram video, she says “Hello, it’s me Adele,” and then bursts into laughter, saying “God, I can’t even say that anymore.” Then Adele says that she has been “bluffing” about not going on tour. In interviews, Adele has said that she might not tour, blaming stage fright, vocal health, motherhood, and even telling BBC that she felt “lonely” while touring.

“There is something quite lonely about going on stage in front of loads of people and then everyone going home…It sounds really silly. I’m sure they would hang out with me, if I invited them back to my hotel, but I feel quite on my own a lot on tour.”

But Adele announces in the video that she is indeed going on tour and that she can’t wait to see her fans.

“See you all very very soon!”

Adele’s FaceBook page has a hilarious out-take video of the Instagram announcement.

Adele seems to love teasing her fans. Last week, she impersonated herself while in disguise in front of other Adele impersonators. She hung out with the impersonators before singing, and when it was her turn, the other performers almost immediately realized she was the real deal. Her distinct voice was hard to disguise, and it didn’t take some of the members long at all to recognize her by her voice.

Adele Announces European Tour
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Adele had also announced recently that her album 25 would not be released to streaming venues such as Spotify. Adele along with her record company decided not to stream the album because they felt it was potentially going to be a record-breaking album. It looks like they were right, as album sales have soared not only in the UK but in the US as well. However, on the Today Show, Adele said she might stream the album “eventually.” Meanwhile Pandora, which is a radio service, started streaming 25, and legally they can.

Adele talks with Matt Lauer on the Today Show.

Adele’s latest album, 25, has broken the record for the most UK albums sold in a week. Some 737,000 copies were sold in the UK in just six days according to BBC, and 25 has also sold almost three million in the US since being released last Friday. The previous UK single-week sales record was Oasis’ Be Here Now in 1997, with 696,000 albums sold. Oasis’s album was released on a Thursday, so there were only three days in their opening week sales. The total sales of their album for seven days hit 813,000. The US record was set by N’Sync for No Strings Attached in 2000, with 2.416 million records sold. Lance Bass congratulated Adele on Twitter and said “Bye Bye Bye” to their record as Adele said “Hello.”


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