As the world waits patiently for the follow-up to her worldwide smash 21, Adele says to expect a new song sometime this year – but not an entire album.

“There will be a new song, probably coming out at the end of the year,” she told French radio station NRJ. “But then it depends how quickly I write some other new songs.”

Despite plans to release a new single by the end of 2012, the singer says not to expect a new album for at least two years. When pressed about taking too long to do it, she responded “Yeah, but I have to write it! It takes a while.”

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The fact that Adele’s new song isn’t part of a new album by her raises questions of exactly what the single will be. It could be part of a movie soundtrack, a cover, a holiday single, or some combination of those things. With just one song, she has plenty of options.

She added in the interview that she doesn’t worry about measuring up to the massive success of 21 because its achievements rarely happen for any artist with even one of their albums, let alone more.

“I don’t think I’ll ever feel the pressure for my next record to be as big as the last one, because I know that’s just not really possible,” she said.

Though fans have to wait until at least 2014 for a new album from Adele, that doesn’t mean they’re sick of 21 already. The album sits at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, topped only by the Hunger Games soundtrack, and has spent a whopping 57 total weeks on the chart.


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