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Ryan Adams Returns with New Album 'Wednesdays'

Out of nowhere, Ryan Adams has emerged with his new album “Wednesdays”, marking his first release since facing multiple abuse allegations. Ryan Adams his first full-length album since facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations last year. The controversial singer/songwriter dropped Wednesdays through his own Pax Americana label and Empire digitally earlier today, with no advance warning. He also made a CD and extended LP, which will be coupled with a 7” containing two bonus tracks, available for pre-pre-order.

“Wednesdays, it’s a map to days now gone,” Adams said in a statement. “I release it to anyone who needs it, with love and humility in hopes everyone is finding some shelter in these stormy times.”

Adams was originally slated to release three records, including the previously announced Big Colors and Wednesday, in 2019. However, those albums as well as his touring plans were put on hold after The New York Times ran an extensive article on the troubled musician’s pattern of allegedly inappropriate behaviour toward women. His ex-wife Mandy Moore and Phoebe Bridgers were among the high-profile performers who spoke out on record against Adams, demonstrating a history psychological abuse and manipulative behaviour toward woman. Adams was also dropped by his label, Blue Note.

Though Adams denied the claims at the time, earlier this year he seemed to apologize, “All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life. I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt. I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.”

The sincerity of Adams’ comments were met with skepticism by many, including Moore. The singer and actress called his apology “curious” and added, ” “I am speaking for myself, but I have not heard from him, and I’m not looking for an apology necessarily, but I do find it curious that someone would do an interview about it without actually making amends privately.”

The new version of Wednesdays features a slightly rejiggered track listing, including new tunes “I’m Sorry and I Love You” and “Dreaming You Backwards” Eight songs originally slated for the project are also no longer included. Adams’ only known live performance since cancelling his 2019 live dates was a surprise sit-in with long time collaborator Jesse Malin earlier this year. The album is officially out tonight at midnight, but it’s already on streaming services in other parts of the world, so you can preview Wednesdays below ahead of the record’s proper digital release in North America.

 The new album from the singer arrived on Spotify and streaming services at midnight, and marks the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Prisoner’“‘Wednesdays’, it’s a map to days now gone,” he wrote on Instagram. “I release it to anyone who needs it, with love and humility in hopes everyone is finding some shelter in these stormy times.” According to retail listings, Wednesdays will also be getting a physical release on vinyl on PAXAM on March 19th 2021.

Adams’ last album was 2017’s “Prisoner”. He was then scheduled to release his record “Big Colors” in 2019, but that album was ultimately shelved soon after the singer was hit with serious allegations of emotional abuse and inappropriate conduct with a minor. At the time, the singer-songwriter denied claims from several women – including one who was underage at the time – of emotional and psychological abuse, harassment, inappropriate and manipulative behaviour.

At the time, Adams had promised Big Colors would be the first of three album releases, which included Wednesdays.

These allegations in which Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers and more offered accounts of their experiences with the artist. Bridgers later issued a statement calling on Adams’ ‘network’ of “friends, bands and people he worked with” to be held to account. “I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt. I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.

“To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bullshit apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. Having truly realized the harm that I’ve caused, it wrecked me, and I’m still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered.” Discussing her experience of speaking out against Adams , Bridgers argued that “there’s a conversation around privilege to be had” so that others can also have their voices heard – while also seeming to confirm that her 2020 single ‘Kyoto Song’ was levelled against him.

You can now stream Wednesdays in full.