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Adele made her record company a lot of money.  Her record label, XL Recordings, made $57 million off of her album 21 last year.  That is profit and that is only one year.

But, the company's executives are being prudent and realize that albums are rarely this popular.  The next Adele album will likely struggle to become as popular as the last one.  Also, the company does not expect a new record for quite some time.  They tell the New York Times:

“The next Adele album may not come for some years, and it’s impossible to predict its likely sales.”

That is bad news for Adele fans, even though the British superstar recently released a song for the new James Bond film.  Skyfall could be the last newAdele song for a couple of years if her record company is accurate.