Late Sunday night, the Super Bowl LV halftime show headliner alerted fans and weekend news writers alike that something was imminent.
“Fuck it … IT STARTS TONIGHT,” he said on Twitter, followed roughly an hour later by the release of a teaser video titled, fittingly, “The Dawn Is Coming.” As well-studied fans will note, the title of the new teaser clip was—unknowingly at the time—previously teased by Abel himself at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards.
Catch the teaser video up top. As Abel explained in a new interview with Mark Anthony Green for GQ, also out Monday, his upcoming album marks “the album I’ve always wanted to make.”
Elsewhere in the interview, which serves as the launch of the publication’s new global cover approach, the 31-year-old charts dominator reflected on feeling “emotionally tapped out” before the release of his 2013 album Kiss Land, the chance of ever one day releasing music under the Abel name, and the Grammys’ move of shutting out After Hours despite its widespread critical acclaim.
Last month, fans were given a number of updates regarding the progress of Abel’s newest body of work.
“Really proud of this one,” Abel tweeted at one point, later adding that he was busy “massaging” the project and “being sweet to it.”
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