Adele releases soaring ‘Easy on Me’ single after 6 long years

The hardest part of being an Adele fan is how long she makes you wait for new music.

But, finally, the pop superstar is making it easy on us.

Six excruciatingly long years after we last had new tunes from the 15-time Grammy winner, Adele is having mercy on her legions of fans by releasing her new single “Easy on Me.”

In fact, as a welcome surprise, the song dropped on Thursday night, a few hours ahead of its originally scheduled release at midnight on Friday.

The piano ballad — did you really expect her to come back with a headbanging rocker? — and its accompanying black-and-white music video finds Adele, 33, asking for a little post-divorce compassion.

Adele’s new single “Easy Me,” which dropped Thursday night, previews her upcoming album “30.”
Simon Emmett
The cover of Adele's comeback single "Easy on Me"
After six years, Adele is finally back with new music: her comeback single “Easy on Me.”

In an interview for the November issue of British Vogue that was released last week, Adele said, “It’s not like anyone’s having a go at me, but it’s like, I left the marriage. Be kind to me as well.”

“Easy on Me” addresses Adele’s divorce from Simon Konecki, the father of her 8-year-old son Angelo, which was finalized earlier this year after the couple split in 2019. And there is surely more where that came from on “30,” Adele’s upcoming album — which, after 2008’s “19,” 2011’s “21” and 2015’s “25,” continues her streak of age-themed titles.

The singer announced earlier this week that her much-anticipated fourth studio album — for which “Easy on Me” was the first song she wrote — would be released on Nov. 19.

But her new music isn’t as much about the breakup as you might expect: “I assumed it would be about my divorce but it’s kind of not,” she told British Vogue.

Indeed, those expecting a fair amount of ex-bashing from Adele may be surprised.

“I have to really address myself now. Instead of being like, ‘You effing…’ ” Adele told the publication. “I feel like this album is self-destruction, then self-reflection and then sort of self-redemption.

“But I feel ready. I really want people to hear my side of the story this time,” she added.

The cover image for Adele's upcoming album "30" was also released on Thursday.
The cover image for Adele’s upcoming album “30” was also released on Thursday.
Simon Emmett
Adele has said that her new single, “Easy on Me,” is the first song she wrote for her upcoming fourth studio album, “30.”