Adele goes from ‘19’ to ‘21’

Initially, Adele Adkins wasn’t sure what to call the upcoming follow-up to her Grammy-winning Columbia debut “19,” a diary-honest chronology of her life at that exact age.

Then she threw caution to the wind and went with the obvious, so “21” will be in stateside stores Feb. 22, a month earlier in her native Britain.

The first soul-stirred single “Rolling In The Deep,” plus its Sam Brown-directed video, are already getting the message across: Barely out of her teens, Adele (who performs sans surname) is in this game for keeps.

Many things have changed for Adele since she turned 21.

She moved from her childhood home into her own Notting Hill apartment. She gave up drinking. And — thanks to a tour bus driver who played it constantly on a jaunt through the American South — she discovered country music.

So the Etta-James-loving blues diva has some new loves in her life, namely Wanda Jackson, Alison Krauss, Neko Case, even poppier Nashville acts such as Lady Antebellum.

Stay tuned here for more on Adele, or visit www.adele.tv.com.

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