Adele, real name Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, is an English pop singer and songwriter who was one of her generation’s most widely recognised singers. Adele was born in Tottenham, London, England, on May 5, 1988.
A young, single mother raised Adkins in various working-class areas of London. She learned to play the guitar and the clarinet as a young girl and loved singing modern pop music.
But it wasn’t until she was in her early teens that she considered a musical career, inspired by mid-century musicians like rhythm-and-blues vocalist Etta James. Adkins was honing her craft at a secondary government-funded performing arts school when a buddy started posting songs she had written and recorded on the social networking site Myspace. Record companies eventually became interested in her music, and she finally signed a deal with XL Recordings in 2006, a few months after graduating.
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In 2008, Adele (as she is now known) launched her debut album, 19, following the release of a few well-received live performances in Britain that helped to raise anticipation for her music. (The title referred to the age when she wrote most songs.) Critics complimented Adele’s deft phrasing, elegant arrangements, and ability to transform her personal emotional experiences—particularly heartbreak—into pieces with a broad appeal. The recording debuted at number one on the British album chart.
Additionally, Amy Winehouse, another UK emerging star influenced by soul music, was mentioned in comparisons to her. (Adele, however, became the more relatable celebrity for many fans due to her zaftig shape and personable demeanour.) After appearing on Saturday Night Live, Adele became known to American audiences. In early 2009, she won Grammy Awards for best female pop vocal performance and best new artist (for the beautiful bluesy ballad “Chasing Pavements”).
The album became the best-selling one of the year in both the US and the UK despite Adele having to reschedule many of her tour dates in 2011 due to vocal cord problems. Both tracks reached number one in numerous countries. Additionally, it was credited with reviving the ailing recording industry with worldwide sales of more than 20 million copies by the middle of 2012.
After a successful throat procedure, Adele performed at the 2012 Grammy Awards. Six Grammy awards total, including those for album, record, and song of the year (the latter two honouring “Rolling in the Deep”), were also obtained by her. She was given two Brit Awards a few days later.
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The increase in 21’s sales following both occasions provided additional evidence of the singer’s development as a commercial titan. For “Set Fire to the Rain,” from her concert album Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2011), Adele received the Grammy in 2013 for best pop solo performance. She also won an Academy Award for writing the brassy theme song for the blockbuster James Bond film Skyfall (2012). She was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire later that year (MBE).
In 2015, Adele released the album 25. Despite some critics’ complaints that it did not take enough chances, Adele’s voice was not any less potent and her capacity to sell records did not decline. More than 20 million copies of the album were sold globally, and the dreamy single “Hello” became a hit in many nations.
Adele also received five additional Grammys for 25; this time, she won the top three awards (album, song, and record of the year). The singer’s fourth studio album, 30 was released in 2021. The raw, emotional work—many songs about her divorce and its effects—received high praise.
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