English singer Adele Laurie Blue Adkins has released three albums: 19, 21 and 25. You might think she’d have a new one out this year, but so far, nothing. (Adele’s 30th birthday is today; Brian Ibbott did a three-set Coverville cover story for her earlier this week.) Then again, she has said: “There will be no new music until it’s good enough and I’m ready.”

Nor is she overly concerned with her appearance: “I’ve always been a size 14 to 16. I don’t care about clothes, I’d rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.” That said, once in a while she’ll dress up a bit:

Cover of Adele's Chasing Pavements single

Adele at the 2012 BRIT Awards

Adele at the 2013 Grammy Awards

And I’ve learned to trust her judgment. “Cold Shoulder,” a track from 19, was co-written by the reliable Sacha Skarbek, who’s assisted on big hits by James Blunt and Miley Cyrus, and was produced by the legendary Mark Ronson with more than a hint of his trademark uptown funk.

Somehow, “Cold Shoulder” is her lowest-charting single to date.

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