Update, 4:40PM ET, April 17: A company-wide email on Sony Entertainment's year, sent Nov. 4, points out that Adele's album was expected that year, but no details on why the plans were scuttled appear. The album's push into 2015 was originally reported by Billboard on Oct. 9.
We haven't heard much from Adele really since she blew down the doors of the Oscars in 2013 -- and, if Wikileaks' publishing of Sony's internal emails and documents are to be believed, we won't be any time soon.
Searching the archive for mentions of her label and its head (XL Records, Richard Russell), frequent collaborator Paul Epworth, or rumored collaborator Mark Ronson, any of the titles floated for her upcoming third full-length come up nil. An email from Sony Music Entertainment CFO Kevin Kelleher seemed to include details of her contract update in late 2013, but the attachments were not included in Wikileaks' public database.
Sony refused to comment on the leaks.
We do know that Adele had an interest in screening the Scarlet Johansson action film Lucy -- in which the hero slowly gains more and more control over the latent parts of her brain -- having her assistant reach out to Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton about setting up a private screener, "send her love and thanks for looking into for her." In true Adele fashion, Keano explained to Lynton that it didn't "have to be a fancy screening."
Lynton also thought that someone other than Adele had sung Adele better than Adele, writing about Aretha Franklin's cover: "She definitely still has it. How about that Rolling in the Deep. Dare I say it? Better then Adele."
To be fair, he's got a point:
The last piece of Adele-related information had to do with a marketing campaign the company was mulling over titled "Where Do the Children Play?":
"Have an A-list artist (Adele, Sade, Bruno Mars) do a cover version of Cat Stevens’ classic Where Do The Children Play. It’s a beautiful song expressing concern about the over development of the planet and therefore fewer places for "the children to play." Our intention is to attach a world class director to create a concept around the song for a World Cup commercial campaign. For instance, imagine children in Africa playing in a dirt field, in Europe playing in a courtyard, in Asia playing in a park, in California playing on the beach, etc. and perhaps a final shot of children playing on a professional football pitch. A possible tagline could read: Sony is committed to taking care of the planet."
If they were really committed to taking care of the planet they'd release Adele's record already. Please.