Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in an English songwriter and singer. She was born on May 6, 1988 in Tottenham, London, England. Adele’s mother, Penny Adkins, was English while her father, Mark Evans, was Welsh. Her father left them very early in the marriage. At the time Adele was only two years old, while her mother was 20. Adele has always been dedicated to singing. She was doing it since she was four. She asserts that she became obsessed with voices at that young age. While growing up, she was more concentrated towards singing than reading book. The last book that she read was at an age of six. Adele wrote and composed her first record “Hometown Glory” in the year 2004, when she was 16. She wrote the record with reference to her neighborhood, West Norwood.
She is a 2006 graduate of the esteemed BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Soon after graduation, she was able to win a recording contract with XL Recordings. It was actually the result of Adele’s friend posting a demo of her singing on Myspace earlier that year. Upon the recommendation from Nick Huggett, Jonathan Dickens became the official manager for Adele. Adele also provided her voice for the song “My Yvonne” by Jack Penate for his debut album. During the production of this song, she met the producer Jim Abbiss who later produced many of her songs from her debut album “19” and also another of her album, “21”.
Adele appeared on the television for the first time in the year 2007, on BBC’s “Later… With Jools Holland” and performed “Daydreamer”. In October 2007, her breakthrough song, “Hometown Glory” was released. It was in 2008 when she won the Brit Awards for Critic’s Choice and was also named as number one predicted breakthrough at the annual BBC poll of music critics of the year 2008. Her album, nineteen, named after her age at the time of creation of the album, became number one at the British charts. She released her second single in January, 2008 by the name, “Chasing Pavements”. The songs got a place at number 2 on UK Chart and remained there for four weeks.
She received Urban Music Award for “Best Jazz Act” in the year 2008. She was also nominated for many other awards for her album “19” such as the Mercury Prize Award, Q Award, Music of Black Origin, and many others. Adele signed a deal in March, 2008 with Columbia Records and XL Recordings marking her foray into the United States. She went on a short American Tour on the same month and released her Album “19” in the US during the month of June.
Her song, “Chasing Pavement” from her debut album gained many awards, including the 51st Annual Grammy award for the Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In addition to these, the song itself was nominated under the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Adele released her second studio album on January 24, 2011 by the name “21” in the UK. The album was later released on February 22, 2011 in the US. Upon asking, Adele stated that the album was inspired from her break-up with her ex-boyfriend.
She performed at the 2011 Brit Awards the song “Someone Like You”, which soon rose to the number one position in the UK. The growing popularity of Adele made her album “19” re-appear on the UK top album charts along with “21”. The first and second records, “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” climbed to the top 5 positions on the UK Single charts. Adele became the first artist, since The Beatles in 1963, to achieve the feat of top hits in both the Official Single Charts.
At the MTV Video Music Awards of the year 2011, Adele performed her song “Someone Like You”, which made the song the second number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Set Fire To The Rain” also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Adele the first artist with an album on the number one position of the Billboard 200, while simultaneously also having three number one singles in the top.
She had to go through a throat microsurgery in the year 2011, but she made a comeback with her performance at the 2012 Germany Awards. She was nominated for six categories of the award and she won all six of them. She is the only woman apart from Beyonce to win that many awards in a single night. Her album “21” gained an immense success after the award function. She became the only artist in the last decade to earn an RIAA Diamond Certification for a single album in not more than two years.
In the year 2012, she wrote and composed the theme song for the James Bond movie, “Skyfall”. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 and sat at the eighth position. It sold 261,000 copies in the first three days in the US alone. The song also earned Adele an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Song category.
Adele was named Artist of the year and “21” was named the Album of the year in 2012. She became the only artist to ever gain two accolades in a row. On 20th November, 2015, Adele released her third album “25”, while the lead song “hello” was released on 23rd October. The song debuted at number one in the UK single charts and also became the biggest selling single in three years. When the video of the song was released, it set a record breaking impact with 27.7 million views in the first 24 hours and became the first song ever to set at least one million downloads per week.
Adele’s 2016 tour has been announced in November 2015. It is said to be the first tour by Adele since 2011. The tour will begin in Europe, which will continue to North America in July and will come to an end in Mexico City by November of 2016.