|Musical Artist Adele Biography|
|Birth name||Adele Laurie Blue Adkins|
|Born||5 May 1988
Tottenham, North London, England
|Origin||West Norwood, South London, England|
|Genres||R&B, soul, country soul, blues, jazz|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, celeste, percussion, keyboard|
Celebrity Adele Musical Career2006–08: Career beginnings
Adele performing in Kilburn, London in 2007
Adele’s breakthrough song, “Hometown Glory”, was released in October 2007. Adele provided vocals for Jack Peñate’s song, “My Yvonne”, from his debut album. Adele 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 poll of music critics, Sound of 2008. She released her second single “Chasing Pavements” on 14 January 2008, two weeks ahead of her debut album, 19. The song, “Chasing Pavements” reached number two on the UK Chart, and stayed there for four weeks, finally remaining in the Top 40 14 weeks after its release. The album itself entered the British charts at number one. The Times Encyclopedia of Modern Music would name 19 an “essential” Blue Eyed Soul recording.
2010–present: 21 and breaking recordsAdele released her second studio album, 21, on 24 January 2011 in the UK and released it on 22 February in the U.S. The album’s sound is described as classic and contemporary roots and country music. The change in sound from her first album was the result of her bus driver playing contemporary Nashville music when she was touring the American South. Adele told Spin Magazine “[h]e listened to all this amazing country music and we’d rock out late at night, chain smoking and listening to Rascal Flatts” “It was really exciting for me because I never grew up around that music. In explaining the title choice, she states that it reflects the growth she has experienced in the last two years. The first single is a revenge tune “Rolling in the Deep”, Adele described it as a “dark bluesy gospel disco tune.” The single was a major success and was well received by critics. It has reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. hit number 1 in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, Austria and in March 2011 it debuted at number 1 in the United States. By June 2011, “Rolling in the Deep” had reached the top of the Billboard 100 as the album which had sold 2.2 million U.S. copies had occupied the top of the Billboard 200 for 10 (not all consecutive) weeks.In the United Kingdom, where the album also hit the top spot, it sold 208,000 copies in its first week making it the biggest-selling January release in five years. In mid-February 2011, after a performance at the Brit Awards, the album track “Someone Like You” went straight to number 1 on the UK singles chart, while the album 21 also remained at number 1. According to the Official Charts Company, Adele is 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 in 1964. It is the first time that one act has held the top two places in the UK albums chart since The Corrs in 1999. The album spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one, before being knocked off the top spot by Wasting Light by the Foo Fighters. However, the album has managed to return to the top of the charts to spend a twelfth week, thirteenth week and now a fourteenth week. At the same time, her debut album, 19 climbed back up to number two in the charts to spend a fifth week. To promote the album, Adele will perform in Europe and North America on her Adele Live tour. The tour has become a profound success with the entire North American leg sold out. Her audience at a May 2011 concert at the Beacon Theater in New York was described as a “varied blend as they shuffle to the exits—some are tearstained, some are whistling” with “snatches of regretful conversation between women, missing one man, still resenting another”. On 2nd July 2011, Adele performed at G-A-Y Heaven in London following Pride London, she performed songs like “Someone Like You”, “Rolling in the Deep”, “Set Fire to the Rain” amongst others.By the end of June 2011, Adele had sold 2.5 million copies and 992,000 digital copies of 21 in the United States, making it the best selling album in both categories in the first half of 2011. By then, Rolling in the Deep sold 4.1 million digital US copies, the sales of which were the leading factor in the first increase in overall record sales since 2004. In the early summer of 2011, Adele was overcome with a case of Laryngitis and had to take a break for about a month, but recently performed at the iTunes Festival on July 7, 2011, at which she stated she would be getting back to her concert, Adele Live, soon.
Adele Musical Awards
|Awards and achievements|
|Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
|Sound of… (BBC poll)