Adele smiling
Adele in 2021
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

(1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 35)
London, England
Alma materBRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active2006–present
Simon Konecki
(m. 2018; div. 2021)
AwardsFull list
Musical career

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (/əˈdɛl/;[3] born 5 May 1988), known mononymously as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter. She is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and songwriting. She has received several accolades including sixteen Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

After graduating in arts from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a record deal with XL Recordings. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 and included the UK top-five singles "Chasing Pavements" and "Make You Feel My Love". 19 has sold over 2.5 million copies in the UK and was named in the top 20 best-selling debut albums of all time in the UK.[4][5] Adele was honoured with the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Adele released her second studio album, 21, in 2011. It became the world's best-selling album of the 21st century, with sales of over 31 million. 21 holds the record for the top-performing album in US chart history, topping the Billboard 200 for 24 weeks, with the singles "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone like You", and "Set Fire to the Rain" heading charts worldwide, becoming her signature songs. The album received a record-tying six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. In 2012, Adele released "Skyfall", a soundtrack single for the James Bond film Skyfall, which won her the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Adele's third studio album, 25, was released in 2015, breaking first-week sales records in the UK and US. In the US, it remains the only album to sell over three million copies in a week. 25 earned her five Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year. The lead single, "Hello", achieved huge success worldwide. Her fourth studio album, 30, released in 2021, contains the chart-topping and Grammy-winning single "Easy on Me". 25 and 30 became the best-selling albums worldwide, including the US and the UK, in 2015 and 2021, respectively. As of 2023, all of her studio albums, except 19, have topped the yearly best-selling albums chart worldwide in the 21st century.

Adele is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with sales of over 120 million records worldwide. She was named the best-selling artist of the 2010s decade in the US and worldwide,[6] as well as the best-selling female artist of the 21st century in the UK.[7] Her studio albums, 21 and 25 are certified Diamond in the US, the most of any artist who debuted in the 21st century.

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  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Adele: AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  3. ^ Kennedy, John R. (2 November 2022). "Adele Praises Fan For Saying Her Name 'Perfectly'". Retrieved 21 November 2022.
  4. ^ "After 37 weeks, Ed Sheeran's = moves ahead of Adele's 30 to top 2020s sales rankings". Music Week. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  5. ^ Moore, Sam (14 October 2022). "The top-selling debut albums in UK chart history have been revealed". NME. Retrieved 23 January 2023.
  6. ^ Rolli, Bryan. "Eminem Was The Bestselling Male Artist Of The 2010s". Forbes. Retrieved 7 January 2023.
  7. ^ Brandle, Lars (9 March 2021). "Adele Is the U.K.'s Best-Selling Female Artist of the 21st Century". Billboard. Retrieved 3 January 2023.

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