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ADELE LAURIE BLUE ADKINS MBE (born 5 May 1988) (/əˈdɛl/ ) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele
Adele
was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC
BBC
Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, _19 _, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified seven times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. The album contains her first song, " Hometown Glory ", written when she was 16, which is based on her home suburb of West Norwood
West Norwood
in London. An appearance she made on _ Saturday Night Live _ in late 2008 boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance .

She released her second studio album, _21 _, in early 2011. The album was critically well received and surpassed the success of her debut, earning the singer numerous awards in 2012, among them a record-tying six Grammy Awards , including Album of the Year ; two Brit Awards , including British Album of the Year , and three American Music Awards . The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK, and is the fourth best-selling album in the UK of all time. In the US, it has held the top position longer than any album since 1985, and is certified diamond . The album has sold over 31 million copies worldwide. The success of _21_ earned Adele
Adele
numerous mentions in the _Guinness Book
Book
of World Records ._ She is the first woman in the history of the _Billboard_ Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, and the first female artist to simultaneously have two albums in the top five of the _Billboard_ 200 and two singles in the top five of the _Billboard_ Hot 100. _21_ is the longest-running number one album by a female solo artist in the history of the UK and US Album Charts.

In 2012, Adele
Adele
released " Skyfall ", which she co-wrote and recorded for the James Bond
James Bond
film of the same name . The song won an Academy Award , a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song , as well as the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. After taking a three-year break, Adele
Adele
released her third studio album, _25 _, in 2015. It became the year's best-selling album and broke first week sales records in the UK and US. _25_ was her second album to be certified diamond in the US and earned her five Grammy Awards , including her second Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Album of the Year, and four Brit Awards . The lead single, "Hello ", became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release. Her third concert tour, Adele Live 2016 , visited Europe, North America and Oceania, and concluded with finale concerts at Wembley Stadium in mid-2017.

In 2011, 2012 and 2016, _Billboard _ named Adele
Adele
Artist of the Year. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1
VH1
's 100 Greatest Women in Music. _Time _ magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016. With sales of more than 100 million records, Adele
Adele
is one of the best-selling recording artists in the world .

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 2006–2010: Beginnings and _19_ * 2.2 2011–2014: _21_, worldwide recognition and hiatus * 2.3 2015–present: _25_ and _ Adele Live 2016_

* 3 Artistry

* 3.1 Influences and favourite musicians * 3.2 Musical style * 3.3 Voice

* 4 Personal life and other ventures * 5 Philanthropy * 6 Awards and achievements * 7 Discography

* 8 Filmography

* 8.1 Television

* 9 Concert tours * 10 See also * 11 References * 12 External links

EARLY LIFE

Adele
Adele
Laurie Blue Adkins was born on 5 May 1988 in Tottenham
Tottenham
, London, to an English mother, Penny Adkins, and a Welsh father, Marc Evans. Evans left when Adele
Adele
was two, leaving her mother to raise her. She began singing at age four and asserts that she became obsessed with voices. Growing up, Adele
Adele
spent most of her time singing rather than reading; the last book she read was Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl
's _Matilda _ when she was six years old. In 1997, at the age of nine, Adele
Adele
and her mother, who by then had found work as a furniture maker and an adult-learning activities organiser, relocated to Brighton
Brighton
on the south coast of England.

In 1999, two years later, she and her mother moved back to London; first to Brixton
Brixton
, and then to neighbouring district West Norwood
West Norwood
, in south London. West Norwood
West Norwood
is the subject of Adele's first record, " Hometown Glory ", which she wrote and composed in 2004, when she was 16. Adele
Adele
graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in May 2006, where she was a classmate of Leona Lewis and Jessie J . Adele
Adele
credits the school with nurturing her talent even though, at the time, she was more interested in going into A"> Teenaged Adele
Adele
performing on an acoustic guitar in Kilburn, London , in 2007

Four months after graduation, she published two songs on the fourth issue of the online arts publication _PlatformsMagazine.com._ She had recorded a three-song demo for a class project and given it to a friend. The friend posted the demo on Myspace, where it became very successful and led to a phone call from Richard Russell, boss of the music label XL Recordings . She doubted if the offer was real because the only record company she knew was Virgin Records , and she took a friend with her to the meeting.

Nick Huggett, at XL, recommended Adele
Adele
to manager Jonathan Dickins at September Management, and in June 2006, Dickins became her official representative. September was managing Jamie T at the time and this proved a major draw for Adele, a big fan of the British singer-songwriter. Huggett then signed Adele
Adele
to XL in September 2006. Adele
Adele
provided vocals for Jack Peñate 's song, "My Yvonne," for his debut album, and it was during this session she first met producer Jim Abbiss , who would go on to produce both the majority of her debut album, _19,_ and tracks on _21._ In June 2007, Adele
Adele
made her television debut, performing "Daydreamer" on the BBC's _Later... with Jools Holland _. Adele's breakthrough song, " Hometown Glory ", was released in October 2007.

By 2008, Adele
Adele
had become the headliner and performed an acoustic set, in which she was supported by Damien Rice
Damien Rice
. She became the first recipient of the Brit Awards _Critics' Choice_ and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC
BBC
poll of music critics, Sound of 2008. The album _19 ,_ named for her age at the time she wrote and composed many of its songs, entered the British charts at number one. _ The Times
The Times
_ _Encyclopedia of Modern Music_ named _19_ an "essential" blue-eyed soul recording. She released her second single, " Chasing Pavements
Chasing Pavements
", on 14 January 2008, two weeks ahead of her debut album, _19_. The song reached number two on the UK Chart, and stayed there for four weeks. Adele
Adele
was nominated for a 2008 Mercury Prize award for _19_. She also won an Urban Music Award for "Best Jazz Act." She also received a Q Awards nomination in the category of Breakthrough Act and a Music of Black Origin nomination in the category of Best UK Female. In March 2008, Adele
Adele
signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings for her foray into the United States. She embarked on a short North American tour in the same month, and _19_ was released in the US in June. _Billboard_ magazine stated of it: " Adele
Adele
truly has potential to become among the most respected and inspiring international artists of her generation." The An Evening with Adele world tour began in May 2008 and ended in June 2009. Adele
Adele
performing live in 2009

She later cancelled the 2008 US tour dates to be with a former boyfriend. She said in _Nylon _ magazine in June 2009, "I'm like, 'I can't believe I did that.' It seems so ungrateful.... I was drinking far too much and that was kind of the basis of my relationship with this boy. I couldn't bear to be without him, so I was like, 'Well, I'll just cancel my stuff then.'" She referred to this period as her "early life crisis". She is also known for her dislike of flying and bouts of homesickness when away from her native London. By the middle of October 2008, Adele's attempt to break in America appeared to have failed. But then she was booked as the musical guest on the 18 October 2008 episode of NBC
NBC
's _ Saturday Night Live ._ The episode, which included an expected appearance by then US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin , earned the program its best ratings in 14 years with 17 million viewers. Adele
Adele
performed "Chasing Pavements" and "Cold Shoulder ," and the following day, _19_ topped the iTunes charts and ranked at number five at Amazon.com while "Chasing Pavements" rose into the top 25. The album reached number 11 on the _Billboard_ 200 as a result, a jump of 35 places over the previous week. In November 2008 Adele
Adele
moved to Notting Hill , London after leaving her mother's house, a move that prompted her to give up drinking. The album was certified gold in February 2009 by the RIAA . By July 2009, the album had sold 2.2 million copies worldwide.

At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2009, Adele
Adele
received the award for Best New Artist , in addition to the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Chasing Pavements", which was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Adele performed "Chasing Pavements" at the ceremony in a duet with Jennifer Nettles . In 2010, Adele
Adele
received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Hometown Glory." In April her song "My Same " entered the German Singles Chart after it had been performed by Lena Meyer-Landrut in the talent show contest _ Unser Star für Oslo ,_ or _Our Star for Oslo,_ in which the German entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was determined. In late September, after being featured on _The X Factor ,_ Adele's version of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
's "Make You Feel My Love " re-entered the UK singles chart at number 4. During the 2010 _CMT Artists of the Year _ special, Adele
Adele
performed a widely publicised duet of Lady Antebellum 's "Need You Now " with Darius Rucker . This performance was later nominated for a CMT Music Award .

2011–2014: _21_, WORLDWIDE RECOGNITION AND HIATUS

Adele
Adele
performing in Seattle
Seattle
, Washington, on 12 August 2011

Adele
Adele
released her second studio album, _21 ,_ on 24 January 2011 in the UK and 22 February in the US. She said that the album was inspired by the break-up with her former partner. The album's sound is described as classic and contemporary country and roots music . The change in sound from her first album was the result of her bus driver playing contemporary music from Nashville when she was touring the American South, and the title reflected the growth she had experienced in the prior two years. Adele
Adele
told _Spin Magazine :_ "It was really exciting for me because I never grew up around ." _21_ hit number 1 in more than 26 countries, including the UK and the US.

An emotional performance of "Someone Like You " at the 2011 Brit Awards on 15 February propelled the song to number one in the UK. Her first album, _19,_ re-entered the UK album chart alongside _21,_ while first and second singles " Rolling in the Deep " and "Someone Like You" were in the top 5 of the UK singles chart, making Adele
Adele
the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top-five hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles
The Beatles
in 1964. Both songs topped the charts in multiple markets and broke numerous sales performance records. Following her performance of "Someone Like You" at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards , it became Adele's second number-one single on the _Billboard_ Hot 100 . By December 2011, _21_ sold over 3.4 million copies in the UK, and became the biggest-selling album of the 21st century, overtaking Amy Winehouse 's _ Back to Black _, with Adele
Adele
becoming the first artist ever to sell three million albums in the UK in one calendar year. " Set Fire to the Rain " became Adele's third number one single on the _Billboard_ Hot 100, as Adele
Adele
became the first artist ever to have an album, _21,_ hold the number-one position on the _Billboard_ 200 concurrently with three number one singles. Moreover, _21_ had the most weeks on the _Billboard_ 200 chart of any album by a woman.

To promote the album, Adele
Adele
embarked upon the " Adele Live " tour, which sold out its North American leg. In October 2011, Adele
Adele
was forced to cancel two tours because of a vocal-cord haemorrhage. She released a statement saying she needed an extended period of rest to avoid permanent damage to her voice. In the first week of November 2011 Steven M. Zeitels , director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
in Boston, performed laser microsurgery on Adele's vocal cords to remove a benign polyp. A recording of her tour, _Live at the Royal Albert Hall ,_ was released in November 2011, debuting at number one in the US with 96,000 copies sold, the highest one-week tally for a music DVD in four years, becoming the best-selling music DVD of 2011. Adele
Adele
is the first artist in Nielsen SoundScan history to have the year's number-one album (_21 _), number-one single (" Rolling in the Deep "), and number-one music video. At the 2011 American Music Awards on 20 November, Adele
Adele
won three awards; Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for _21._ On 9 December, _Billboard_ named Adele
Adele
Artist of the Year, _Billboard_ 200 Album of the Year (_21_), and the _Billboard_ Hot 100 Song of the Year ("Rolling in the Deep"), becoming the first woman ever to top all three categories.

Following the throat microsurgery, she made her live comeback at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February. She won in all six categories for which she was nominated, making her the second female artist in Grammy history, after Beyoncé , to win that many categories in a single night. Following that success, _21_ achieved the biggest weekly sales increase following a Grammy win since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Adele
Adele
received the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and British Album of the Year presented to her by George Michael . Following the Brit Awards, _21_ reached number one for the 21st non-consecutive week in the UK. The album has sold over 4.5 million copies in the UK where it is the fourth best-selling album of all time. In October, the album's sales surpassed 4.5 million in the UK, and in November 10 million in the US. As of 2016, the album has sold over 31 million copies worldwide. By the end of 2014, she had sold an estimated 40 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. Adele
Adele
is the only artist or band in the last decade in the US to earn an RIAA diamond certification for a one disc album in less than two years. Adele
Adele
at the 70th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, on 13 January 2013

In October 2012, Adele
Adele
confirmed that she had been writing, composing and recording the theme song for _ Skyfall ,_ the twenty-third James Bond film . The song " Skyfall ," written and composed in collaboration with producer Paul Epworth , was recorded at Abbey Road Studios , and features orchestrations by J. A. C. Redford . Adele stated recording "Skyfall" was "one of the proudest moments of my life." On 14 October, "Skyfall" rose to number 2 on the UK Singles Chart with sales of 92,000 copies bringing its overall sales to 176,000, and "Skyfall" entered the _Billboard_ Hot 100 at number 8, selling 261,000 copies in the US in its first three days. This tied " Skyfall " with Duran Duran 's "A View to a Kill " as the highest-charting James Bond
James Bond
theme song on the UK Singles Chart; a record surpassed in 2015 by Sam Smith 's "Writing\'s on the Wall ".

"Skyfall" has sold more than two million copies worldwide and earned Adele
Adele
the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song . In December 2012, Adele
Adele
was named _Billboard_ Artist of the Year, and _21_ was named Album of the Year, making her the first artist to receive both accolades two years in a row. Adele
Adele
was also named top female artist. The Associated Press named Adele
Adele
Entertainer of the Year for 2012. The 2013 Grammy Awards saw Adele's live version of "Set Fire to the Rain" win the Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance , bringing her total wins to nine.

On 3 April 2012, Adele
Adele
confirmed that her third album would likely be at least two years away, stating, "I have to take time and live a little bit. There were a good two years between my first and second albums, so it'll be the same this time." She stated that she would continue writing and composing her own material. At the 2013 Grammy Awards, she confirmed that she was in the very early stages of her third album. She also stated that she will most likely work with Paul Epworth again.

In September 2013, Wiz Khalifa confirmed that he and Adele
Adele
had collaborated on a song for his upcoming fifth studio album, _Blacc Hollywood ,_ though the collaboration did not make the final track listing. In January 2014, Adele
Adele
received her tenth Grammy Award
Grammy Award
with "Skyfall" winning Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards . On the eve of her 26th birthday in May 2014, Adele
Adele
posted a cryptic message via her Twitter account which prompted media discussion about her next album. The message, "Bye bye 25... See you again later in the year," was interpreted by some in the media, including the _ Daily Mail
Daily Mail
_ and Capital FM , as meaning that her next album would be titled _25_ and released later in the year. In 2014, Adele
Adele
was nominated for nine World Music Awards . In early August, Paul Moss suggested that an album would be released in 2014 or 2015. However, in the October 2014 accounts filed with Companies House
Companies House
by XL Recordings, they ruled out a 2014 release.

2015–PRESENT: _25_ AND _ADELE LIVE 2016_

ADELE

YOUTUBE INFORMATION

CHANNEL AdeleVEVO

YEARS ACTIVE 2009–present

SUBSCRIBERS 14M

TOTAL VIEWS 5B

NETWORK Vevo

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100,000 subscribers Unknown

1,000,000 subscribers 2012

10,000,000 subscribers 2016

Subscriber and view counts updated as of 23 April 2017.

On 27 August 2015, _Billboard _ reported that Adele's label, XL Recordings, had intentions of releasing her third studio album sometime in November 2015. Danger Mouse has contributed a song, while Tobias Jesso Jr. has written a track, and Ryan Tedder is "back in the mix after producing and co-writing "Rumour Has It " on _21_." At the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in early September 2015, Sia announced that her new single "Alive " was co-written by Adele, and had originally been intended for Adele's third album. On 18 October, a 30-second clip of new material from Adele
Adele
was shown on UK television during a commercial break on _The X Factor _. The commercial teases a snippet from a new song from her third album, with viewers hearing a voice singing accompanied by lyrics on a black screen.

In a statement released three days later she confirmed that the album is titled _25 _, with Adele
Adele
stating, "My last record was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. _25_ is about getting to know who I've become without realising. And I'm sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened." Adele
Adele
also believes _25_ will be her last album with her age as its title, believing that _25_ would be the end to a trilogy. On 22 October, Adele
Adele
confirmed that _25_ would be released on 20 November, while the lead single from the album, "Hello " would be released on 23 October. The song was first played on Nick Grimshaw 's _Radio 1 Breakfast Show _ on the BBC
BBC
on the morning of 23 October with Adele
Adele
interviewed live. The video of "Hello", released on 22 October, was viewed over 27.7 million times on YouTube
YouTube
in its first 24 hours, breaking the Vevo record for the most views in a day, surpassing the 20.1 million views for "Bad Blood " by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
. On 28 October, BBC
BBC
News reported that "Hello" was being viewed on YouTube
YouTube
an average one million times an hour. "Hello" went on to become the fastest video to hit one billion views on YouTube
YouTube
, which it achieved after 88 days. The video for "Hello" captured iconic British elements such as a red telephone box and a cup of tea. The song debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 October, with first week sales of 330,000 copies, making it the biggest-selling number one single in three years. "Hello" also debuted at number one in many countries around the world, including Australia, France, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Germany, and on 2 November, the song debuted at number one on the _Billboard_ Hot 100, becoming the first song in the US to sell at least one million downloads in a week, setting the record at 1.11 million. By the end of 2015, it had sold 12.3 million units globally and was the year's 7th best-selling single despite being released in late October.

On 27 October, BBC
BBC
One announced plans for _ Adele
Adele
at the BBC
BBC
_, a one-hour special presented by Graham Norton , in which Adele
Adele
talks about her new album and performs new songs. This was her first television appearance since performing at the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony, and the show was recorded before a live audience on 2 November for broadcast on 20 November, coinciding with the release of _25_. On 27 October it was also announced that the singer would make an appearance on the US entertainment series _ Saturday Night Live _ on 21 November. On 30 October, Adele
Adele
confirmed that she would be performing a one-night-only concert titled _ Adele Live in New York City _ at the Radio City Music Hall on 17 November. Subsequently, NBC aired the concert special on 14 December.

On 27 November, _25_ debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest selling album in UK chart history with over 800,000 copies sold in its first week. The album debuted at number one in the US where it sold a record-breaking 3.38 million copies in its first week, the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began monitoring sales in 1991. _25_ also broke first week sales records in Canada and New Zealand. _25_ became the best-selling album of 2015 in a number of countries, including Australia, the UK and the US, where it spent seven consecutive weeks at number one in each country, before being displaced by David Bowie
David Bowie
's _Blackstar _. It was the year's best-selling album worldwide with 17.4 million copies sold in 2015 alone, and has since sold 20 million copies globally. Adele's seven weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart took her total to 31 weeks at number one in the UK with her three albums, surpassing Madonna 's previous record of most weeks at number one for a female act ever in the UK. Adele
Adele
singing at the Genting Arena , Birmingham
Birmingham
, England in March 2016

In November 2015, Adele's 2016 tour was announced, her first tour since 2011. Beginning in Europe, Adele Live 2016 included four dates at the Manchester Arena
Manchester Arena
in March 2016, eight dates at the O2 Arena , London, with further dates in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands among others. Her North American Tour began in July, with the opening concert in St. Paul, Minnesota on 5 July.

At the 2016 Brit Awards in London on 24 February, Adele
Adele
received the awards for British Female Solo Artist, British Album of the Year for _25_, British Single of the Year for "Hello", and British Global Success, bringing her Brit Award wins to eight. She closed the ceremony by performing "When We Were Young ", the second single from _25_. Two more singles from _25_ were relesead in 2016: "Send My Love (To Your New Lover) " and "Water Under the Bridge ". While on stage at London's O2 Arena on 17 March, Adele
Adele
announced that she would be headlining on the Pyramid Stage at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival , which was later confirmed by the festival's organizers. She appeared for a 90-minute fifteen song set at the festival on 25 June, and described the experience as "by far, the best moment of my life so far". As part of her world tour, in February and March 2017, Adele performed in Australia for the first time, playing outdoor stadiums around the country.

Adele
Adele
completed her world tour with two concerts, dubbed "The Finale", at Wembley Stadium , London on 28 and 29 June. She announced the shows at "the home of football" by singing the England football team's " Three Lions " anthem and also the theme song to the BBC's weekly Premier League football show _ Match of the Day
Match of the Day
_. Adele
Adele
had added another two concerts at Wembley after the first two dates sold out, however she cancelled the 1 and 2 July concerts after damaging her vocal cords. As a show of support for the singer, fans instead gathered outside Wembley Stadium to perform renditions of her songs, in an event titled "Sing for Adele". Adele's 28 June concert at Wembley was attended by 98,000 fans, a stadium record for a UK music event.

At the end of 2016, _Billboard_ named Adele
Adele
Artist of the Year for the third time, with the Top _Billboard_ 200 album. _25_ was the best-selling album for a second consecutive year in the US. With 140 million views, Adele's Carpool Karaoke through the streets of London with James Corden , a sketch which featured on Corden's talk show _The Late Late Show with James Corden _ in January 2016, was the biggest YouTube
YouTube
viral video of 2016.

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2017, Adele
Adele
won all five of her nominations, bringing her to fifteen. She won awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for _25_, and Record of the Year , Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Hello". She also performed a tribute to the late George Michael
George Michael
singing the rendition of his song " Fastlove "; due to technical difficulties which occurred during the performance Adele
Adele
decided to stop and restart, explaining "I can't mess this up for him".

ARTISTRY

INFLUENCES AND FAVOURITE MUSICIANS

Adele
Adele
credits the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
as being a major influence on her love of music.

Adele
Adele
has cited the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating that "they made me what I am today". Adele
Adele
impersonated the Spice Girls
Spice Girls
at dinner parties as a young girl. She stated she was left "heartbroken" when her favourite Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell aka "Ginger Spice", left the group. She has also stated that growing up, she listened to Sinéad O\'Connor , The Cure , Dusty Springfield , Celine Dion , and Annie Lennox . One of Adele's earliest influences was Gabrielle , who Adele
Adele
has admired since the age of five. During Adele's school years, her mother made her an eye patch with sequins which she used to perform as the Hackney born star in a school talent contest. After moving to south London, she became interested in R">_ As a teenager Adele
Adele
would listen to Etta James (pictured)_ while developing and practising her vocal skills

In 2002, aged 14, Adele
Adele
discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as she stumbled on the artists' CDs in the jazz section of her local music store. She was struck by their appearance on the album covers. Adele
Adele
states she then "started listening to Etta James every night for an hour," and in the process was getting "to know my own voice." Adele
Adele
credits Amy Winehouse and her 2003 album _Frank _ for inspiring her to take up the guitar, stating, "If it wasn't for Amy and _Frank_, one hundred per cent I wouldn't have picked up a guitar, I wouldn't have written "Daydreamer" or "Hometown " and I wrote "Someone Like You" on the guitar too." She also states that her mother, who is very close to her, exposed her to the music of Aaliyah , Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
, Mary J. Blige , and Alicia Keys , all of whom inspired her as well. She is also a fan of Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
, Grimes , Chvrches , FKA Twigs , Alabama Shakes , Kanye West , Rihanna
Rihanna
, Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean
, and Stevie Nicks . In 2017, she described Beyoncé as a particular inspiration, calling her album _Lemonade _ "so monumental". She said Beyoncé was "my artist of my life" and added "the other artists who mean that much to me are all dead." Adele
Adele
cited Madonna 's album _ Ray of Light _ as a "chief inspiration " behind her album _25_.

MUSICAL STYLE

Adele's first album, _19_, is of the soul genre, with lyrics describing heartbreak and relationship. Her success occurred simultaneously with several other British female soul singers, with the British press dubbing her a new Amy Winehouse. This was described as a third British Musical Invasion of the US. However, Adele
Adele
called the comparisons between her and other female soul singers lazy, noting "we're a gender, not a genre". AllMusic wrote that " Adele
Adele
is simply too magical to compare her to anyone." Her second album, _21_, shares the folk and soul influences of her debut album, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 North American tour An Evening with Adele
Adele
. Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness. Having referred to _21_ as a "break-up record", Adele
Adele
labelled her third studio album, _25_, a "make-up record", adding it was about "Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did." Her yearning for her old self, her nostalgia, and melancholy about the passage of time, is a feature of _25_, with Adele
Adele
stating, "I've had a lot of regrets since I turned 25. And sadness hits me in different ways than it used to. There's a lot of things I don't think I'll ever get 'round to doing."

VOICE

Adele
Adele
possesses a contralto vocal range. _Rolling Stone_ reported that following throat surgery her voice had become "palpably bigger and purer-toned", and that she had added a further four notes to the top of her range. Initially, critics suggested that her vocals were more developed and intriguing than her songwriting, a sentiment with which Adele
Adele
agreed. She has stated: "I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control." Her voice has received acclaim from critics. In a review of _19_, _The Observer_ said, "The way she stretched the vowels, her wonderful soulful phrasing, the sheer unadulterated pleasure of her voice, stood out all the more; little doubt that she's a rare singer". BBC
BBC
Music wrote, "Her melodies exude warmth, her singing is occasionally stunning and, ...she has tracks that make Lily Allen and Kate Nash
Kate Nash
sound every bit as ordinary as they are." For their reviews of _21_, _The New York Times_' chief music critic Jon Pareles commended the singer's emotive timbre, comparing her to Dusty Springfield , Petula Clark
Petula Clark
, and Annie Lennox : " can seethe, sob, rasp, swoop, lilt and belt, in ways that draw more attention to the song than to the singer". Ryan Reed of _Paste _ magazine regarded her voice as "a raspy, aged-beyond-its-years thing of full-blooded beauty", while MSN Music's Tom Townshend declared her "the finest singer of generation".

PERSONAL LIFE AND OTHER VENTURES

Adele
Adele
had been dating charity entrepreneur and Old Etonian Simon Konecki since the summer of 2011. In June 2012, Adele
Adele
announced that she and Konecki were expecting a baby. Their son was born on 19 October 2012. On the topic of becoming a parent, Adele
Adele
has since observed that she "felt like was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn't". Adele
Adele
and Konecki brought a privacy case against a UK-based photo agency that published intrusive paparazzi images of their son taken during family outings in 2013. Lawyers working on their behalf accepted damages from the company in July 2014.

In early 2017, tabloids started speculating that Adele
Adele
and Konecki had secretly married when they were spotted wearing matching rings on their ring fingers . During her acceptance speech at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards for Album of the Year , Adele
Adele
confirmed their marriage by calling Konecki her husband when thanking him. She subsequently clarified her marital status in March 2017, telling the audience at a concert in Brisbane, Australia, "I'm married now". In March 2017, Adele
Adele
and Konecki purchased a home in East Grinstead
East Grinstead
, West Sussex
West Sussex
.

Born in Tottenham, north London, and raised in West Norwood
West Norwood
, south London, Adele
Adele
has a working-class London accent that _Rolling Stone _ magazine says has only softened slightly over the years. Politically she is a supporter of the Labour Party , stating in 2011 that she was a "Labour girl through and through." In May 2011, she advocated a lower tax rate for high-income earners; a view counter to that of the Labour Party. In 2015, Adele
Adele
stated "I'm a feminist, I believe that everyone should be treated the same, including race and sexuality".

She is an icon for the LGBT
LGBT
community. On 12 June 2016 an emotional Adele
Adele
dedicated her show in Antwerp, Belgium to the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, earlier that day, adding "The LGBTQ community, they're like my soul mates since I was really young, so I'm very moved by it."

PHILANTHROPY

Adele
Adele
has performed in numerous charity concerts throughout her career. In 2007 and 2008 she performed at the Little Noise Sessions held at London's Union Chapel , with proceeds from the concerts donated to Mencap which works with people with learning disabilities. In July and November 2008, Adele
Adele
performed at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball in London and New York City respectively. On 17 September 2009 she performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Academy of Music
, for the VH1
VH1
_Divas_ event, a concert to raise money for the Save The Music Foundation charity. On 6 December, Adele
Adele
opened with a 40-minute set at John Mayer
John Mayer
's 2nd Annual Holiday Charity Revue held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2011, Adele
Adele
gave a free concert for Pride London , a registered charity which arranges LGBT
LGBT
events in London. The same year, Adele
Adele
took part in the UK charity telethon Comic Relief for Red Nose Day 2011 , performing "Someone like You".

Adele
Adele
has been a major contributor to MusiCares , a charity organisation founded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for musicians in need. In February 2009, Adele
Adele
performed at the 2009 MusiCares charity concert in Los Angeles. In 2011 and 2012, Adele
Adele
donated autographed items for auctions to support MusiCares. When on tour, Adele
Adele
requires all backstage visitors to donate a minimum charitable contribution of $US20 for the UK charity SANDS , an organisation dedicated to "supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies' lives". During the UK and European leg of her Adele Live tour, she collected $US13,000 for the charity.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Adele

At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele
Adele
won awards in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance . She was also nominated in the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year . The success of her debut album _19_ saw Adele nominated for three Brit Awards in the categories of Best British Female, Best British Single and Best British Breakthrough Act. Then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown
sent a thank-you letter to Adele that stated "with the troubles that the country's in financially, you're a light at the end of the tunnel."

Adele's second album, _21_, earned her a record-tying six Grammy Awards , including Album of the Year ; two Brit Awards , including British Album of the Year . The success of the album saw her receive numerous mentions in the _Guinness Book
Book
of World Records ._ With 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US, Adele
Adele
broke the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in _Billboard_ history, beating the record formerly held by Whitney Houston 's soundtrack _The Bodyguard _. _21_ spent its 23rd week at number one in March 2012, making it the longest-running album at number one since 1985, and it became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the US. The best selling album in the UK of the 21st century, and the best selling album by a female in UK chart history, _21_ is also the fourth best-selling album in the UK of all time. _21_ was her first album certified diamond in the US. On 6 March, _21_ reached 30 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Australian ARIA Chart , making it the longest-running number one album in Australia in the 21st century, and the second longest-running number one ever.

In February 2012, Adele
Adele
was listed at number five on VH1
VH1
′s 100 Greatest Women in Music. In April 2012, _Time _ magazine named Adele one of the 100 most influential people in the world. _People _ named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age. On 30 April 2012, a tribute to Adele
Adele
was held at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge called _Broadway Sings Adele_, starring various Broadway actors such as Matt Doyle . In July 2012, Adele
Adele
was listed at number six in _ Forbes
Forbes
_ list of the world's highest-paid celebrities under the age of 30, having earned £23 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

On the week ending 3 March 2012, Adele
Adele
became the first solo female artist to have three singles in the top 10 of the _Billboard_ Hot 100 at the same time, and the first female artist to have two albums in the top 5 of the _Billboard_ 200 and two singles in the top 5 of the _Billboard_ Hot 100 simultaneously. Adele
Adele
topped the 2012 _Sunday Times Rich List _ of musicians in the UK under 30 and made the Top 10 of _Billboard_ magazine's "Top 40 Money Makers". _Billboard_ also announced the same day that Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" is the biggest crossover hit of the past 25 years, topping pop, adult pop and adult contemporary charts and that Adele
Adele
is one of four female artists to have an album chart at number one for more than 13 weeks (the other three artists being Judy Garland
Judy Garland
, Carole King , and Whitney Houston).

At the 2012 Ivor Novello Awards in May, Adele
Adele
was named Songwriter of the Year, and " Rolling in the Deep " won the award for Most Performed Work of 2011. At the 2012 BMI Awards held in London in October, Adele won Song of the Year (for "Rolling in the Deep") in recognition of the song being the most played on US television and radio in 2011. In 2013, Adele
Adele
won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for the James Bond theme " Skyfall ". This is the first James Bond
James Bond
song to win and the fifth to be nominated (after "For Your Eyes Only " (1981), "Nobody Does It Better " (1977), "Live and Let Die " (1973), and "The Look of Love " (1967)). "Skyfall" won the Brit Award for Best British Single at the 2013 Brit Awards .

Released in 2015, Adele's third album, _25_, became the year's best-selling album and broke first week sales records in a number of markets, including the UK and the US. _25_ was her second album to be certified diamond in the US and earned her five Grammy Awards , including her second Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Album of the Year, and four Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist, British Album of the Year, British Single of the Year for "Hello ", and British Global Success. Adele's seven weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart took her total to 31 weeks at number one in the UK with her three albums, surpassing Madonna 's previous record of most weeks at number one for a female act in the UK. The lead single, "Hello", became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release.

In June 2013, Adele
Adele
was appointed a MBE in the Queen\'s Birthday Honours list for services to music, and she received the award from Prince Charles
Prince Charles
at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
on 19 December 2013. In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by _Woman\'s Hour _ on BBC
BBC
Radio 4 . In April 2016, Adele
Adele
appeared for the second time on the _Time _ 100 list of most influential people .

In 2014, Adele
Adele
was already being regarded as a British cultural icon , with young adults from abroad naming her among a group of people that they most associated with UK culture , which included William Shakespeare , Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
, David Beckham , J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
, The Beatles , Charlie Chaplin and Elton John .

DISCOGRAPHY

Main articles: Adele discography and List of songs recorded by Adele

* _19 _ (2008) * _21 _ (2011) * _25 _ (2015)

FILMOGRAPHY

TELEVISION

YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES

2009 _ Ugly Betty _ Herself Season 3, Episode 22 " In the Stars "

2015 _ Adele
Adele
at the BBC
BBC
_ Herself Television special

2015 _ Adele Live in New York City _ Herself Television special

CONCERT TOURS

* An Evening with Adele (2008–2009) * Adele Live (2011) * Adele Live 2016 (2016–2017)

SEE ALSO

* Culture of England * List of one-word stage names * Honorific nicknames in popular music * List of Billboard Social 50 number-one artists * Billboard Music Award * List of artists who reached number one in the United States

* United Kingdom portal * London portal * England portal * Pop music portal * Music portal

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