It's looking more and more as though Adele will be releasing new music sooner rather than later.  Word now comes that she's working with a top hitmaker who's penned smashes for the likes of Celine Dion, Cher, LeAnn Rimes, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton and Aerosmith.

In an interview with Studio System News, famed songwriter Diane Warren reveals that she "recently worked with Adele."  Warren confirms that the collaboration is for Adele's next album, though of course, there's no guarantee that anything they wrote will make the final cut.

Warren, who's been nominated for an Oscar six times for songs she's written for moives, but has never won, says in the interview that she teased Adele about her triumph last year for "Skyfall."  "I told her, 'Man, you did your first movie and won! I’ve done, like, 200 movies, and I’m a six-time loser! You won your first time!'"

Among the songs that Warren has written: "If I Could Turn Back Time," "How Do I Live," "Because You Loved Me," "Unbreak My Heart," "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," "Love Will Lead You Back," "Can't Fight the Moonlight," "I Turn to You," and additional hits by Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Gloria Estefan, Starship and more.

OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and Madonna collaborator William Orbit have both said in interviews in the last few months that they've been or will be working with Adele on her new album.  Entertainment Weekly