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Adele (born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins 05.05.1988) is a British singer-songwriter who rose to fame after being selected in the BBC's annual end of year 'Sound Of' poll in 2008.
Net Worth: As of 2015 Adele's net worth is $75 million according to various sources.
Childhood & Early Career: Adele was born in Enfield, North London and started singing at the age of four, impersonating the Spice Girls at dinner parties. Her mother even made her a sequin eye patch because she wanted to look more like Gabrielle.
As she was growing up, Adele became interested in a wide variety of music, singing Destiny's Child songs at her school, then going through a heavy metal phase, wearing Slipknot t-shirts and studded dog collars. She later became interested in the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James.
Adele attended the highly publicised BRIT School in Croydon, which was also attended by Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, and Kate Nash. Adele graduated from the school in 2006 and soon published a couple of her songs on the online publication PlatformsMagazine.com.
Adele went on to tour with a number of people, including her friend Jack Penate, Jamie T and Devendra Banhart. Her first headline tour came in 2007.
Debut Album Onwards: Adele's first track, 'Hometown Glory' was written when she was just 16 years old. She later signed to XL Recordings, home to The Prodigy, MIA and Radiohead. Adele came to the attention of XL Recordings after posting a track on a MySpace page. When she received her first call from a record company, she assumed that it was a hoax.
'Hometown Glory' was released as Adele's debut single and in December 2007, Adele won the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards. In January 2008, it was followed by 'Chasing Pavements'. 'Chasing Pavements' was co-written by Ivor Novello-winning Eg White, who orchestrated the piece.
Adele's debut album was named 19. In February 2008, the album entered the UK album chart at the top spot. Later that year, Adele's record deal was expanded into a joint contract with Columbia Records and XL Recordings. In February 2009, the album was certified Gold in the USA, as well as being nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize Award. Paul Rees, the editor of Q magazine, also heaped praise on Adele, noting that after a slew of male bands like The Libertines, Adele's music was a welcome change. On top of this, Beyonce Knowles and Kanye West have also been vocal in their praise of her talents.
Adele's US TV debut came when she appeared on The Today Show. She also made a number of other notable appearances, including the Late Show With David Letterman The Ellen Degeneres Show and Late Night With Conan O'Brien.
Adele also made a TV appearance on the hugely popular US show Ugly Betty, appearing as herself, playing at a wedding. The song 'Hometown Glory' has been widely used in a number of television shows, such as So You Think You Can Dance, Skins and Grey's Anatomy.
Early in 2009, a number of live dates were posted on Adele's website, including a June date at the Hollywood Bowl with Etta James, one of her idols.
In April 2009, appeared in Vogue Magazine, in a photo shoot by Annie Liebovitz.
A deluxe edition of 19 was released which featured a collaboration with Jack White on a cover of The Raconteurs' 'Many Shades Of Black'. At the BBC Electric Proms in 2008, Adele performed with Burt Bacharach, singing 'Baby It's You'. She also sings on Daniel Merriweather's debut album, on a track entitled 'Water and a Flame'.
After the success of her first album Adele released her second studio album 21 on 24 January 2011 she claimed that the inspiration behind this album came from the breakup of her second partner. The album made it to number 1 in 26 different countries across the world.
Her appearance on the Brit Awards in 2011 with the single 'Someone Like You' saw her gain the number one hot spot in the UK. Her first album re-entered the album chart alongside 21 and so did her first single 'Rolling The Deep'. This meant that she became the first living artist to have released both in the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart at the same time since The Beatles in 1964.
In December 2011, 21 became the fastest selling album of the 21st century selling over 3.4 million copies in the UK. To promote the album she went on the Adele Live tour but this had to be cancelled due to a vocal- cord hemorrhage, this meant she had to have laser surgery and extended period of rest in order to recover.
In 2012 she made her live comeback at the 2012 Grammy Awards where she won in all of the six categories that she was nominated for, this made her the second female artist to win in all her categories on a single night. She also received to further awards in the same year from the Brits for Best British Female and British Album of the year.
As of 2014 Adele's album 21 has sold 40 million copies and 50 million singles worldwide.
In 2012 she confirmed that she had been composing the song Skyfall for the twenty-third James Bond film. This song sold 176,000 copies in the UK and 261,000 in the US it also earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the academy award for Best original song.
In 2013 she received her ninth Grammy for Best Pop solo Performance for her live performance of 'set fire to the rain'. She also spoke of taking a few years off in order to live her life and then her third album would be released.
Her fourth studio album titled 25 was released on 23rd October 2015 where she stated that this album was a 'make up record' that is making up for lost time and getting to know who she has become without even realising. She has said that this will be the last album titled her age and is an end to the trilogy.
On the 30th October 2015 the single Hello was released ahead of the album and in it became number one in the UK singles chart and sold 330,000 copies on its release.
The album made its debut on the UK Albums Chart selling 800,000 copies and became the fastest selling album in the charts history. She has sold 19 million copies globally and spent seven weeks at the top of the UK Albums chart.
In November 2015 Adele announced her first tour since 2011, the tour sees her visiting Europe, the UK and the USA.
At the 2016 Brit Awards she won four Brits including British Album of the year and closed the ceremony performing 'When We Were Young' with an emotional performance showing how grateful she was for the support that she has received after taking a few years out.
Adele headlined Glastonbury on the Pyramid Stage in 2016.
Personal Life: In January 2012 it was reported that Adele had been dating Simon Konecki a charity entrepreneur since 2011, it was announced in June 2012 that the couple were expecting their first baby. Their son was born on 19th October 2012 and is called Angelo. Since the birth of her son she states that since becoming a parent she now feels as if she has a purpose to her life.
Adele has been criticised in the media for being overweight but states that she would much rather go out for a meal with friends than to the gym.
Adele also likes to be involved in various charity events as she has performed at numerous charity concerts throughout her career and has raised thousands for Sands the UK stillbirth and neo-natal death charity.
The cast recording for 'The Greatest Showman' has spent more non-consecutive weeks at Number One in the UK than any other album this century.
The soundtrack for The Greatest Showman has overhauled a long-standing chart record held by Adele, by spending more weeks at Number One than any other album this century.
In the latest set of charts released this weekend, the final ones for 2018, show that the cast recording soundtrack album for Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman is yet again at the top of the UK Albums Chart, spending a 24th non-consecutive week at the summit.
This means that it has now surpassed the record of 23 weeks spent at the top that had previously been held by Adele’s blockbusting album 21, released back in 2011 and which spent its time at the top between February that year and April the following year.
Continue reading: 'The Greatest Showman' Soundtrack Beats Adele's Chart Record
The singer reigns supreme at the top despite taking a break from the limelight since her tour ended last year
Superstar singer Adele has topped the richest British celebrity aged 30 or under for the third year in a row - despite barely working since she finished her world tour last summer. The Hello hitmaker knocked the One Direction boys off the top spot in 2016 and has been riding high ever since.
Adele is the highest earning 30 or under - for the third year running
However, having now reached the age of 30, this will be her last year reigning supreme.
Continue reading: Adele Is A 30 Year Old With A Lot Of Money - Again
Adele's various companies earned her nearly £9 million in the last 12 months, despite the fact she didn't perform live or release any music.
She’s one of the highest-earning young musicians in the world for a reason – Adele earned over £23,000 every day in the last year, despite not releasing an album or even performing live.
The latest published accounts from her company indicate that the 30 year old singer made £8.6 million in the last 12 months after tax – levelling out at a whopping £23,719 every single day – according to The Sun.
Adele’s two companies which look after album sales and royalties, Melted Stone Ltd and Melted Stone Publishing Ltd, were also doing extremely well, with the former making a net profit of £483,546 and the latter £8,173,994.
Continue reading: Adele Made £23,000 Every Single Day In The Last Year
Adele shared the story of her best friend Laura Dockrill, to whose six-month-old son she is godmother.
Adele has been praised by health experts and campaigners for highlighting the issue of post-partum depression and psychosis in new mothers, after sharing the story of her best friend and godson.
Laura Dockrill, a poet, author, illustrator and short story writer and Adele’s best friend since childhood, was diagnosed with post-partum psychosis some months after giving birth to a baby boy, who is Adele’s godson.
The severe condition, which afflicts one in every 1,000 women (0.1%) who have a baby (according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists) includes symptoms of hallucinations, delusions, mania, low moods, loss of appetite, insomnia, feeling suspicious or paranoid, being confused and generally behaving in a way that is out of character.
Continue reading: Adele Praised For Sharing Friend's Story Of Post-Partum Psychosis
The Brits visited the singer at her London show.
Some things in this world are so pure they deserve to be spoken about. Like fandoms colliding in the most awesome way when Taylor Swift snapped a selfie with British singer Adele and 'Harry Potter' author Jk Rowling. This turned out to be the best UK tour the singer has ever had.
Taylor Swift at Wembley Stadium
The 28-year-old 'Look What You Made Me Do' hitmaker has been documenting her Reputation Stadium Tour on Instagram, this month kicking off the UK and Ireland leg. On June 8th she performed her first ever UK stadium show at Manchester's Etihad Stadium with a second set the following night, as well as two shows at Dublin's Croke Park on June 15th and 16th and at Wembley Stadium onJune 22nd and 23rd.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Meeting Adele And JK Rowling Is So Pure
The singer is reportedly back in the UK studio and penning songs for Christmas 2019
After blasting back onto the music scene in 2015 following a four-year hiatus, singing sensation Adele has wowed fans with new material, a new album and a record-breaking international tour. Now it seems the hitmaker is going back to where she belongs: in the studio.
Adele could be releasing a new album for Christmas next year
The Hello songwriter is working on new records and is likely to release new material in 2019.
Continue reading: Adele Could Be Releasing Her Fourth Album Next Year
The singer presided over the comedian's marriage to his partner of 10 years.
The headline 'Adele marries Alan Carr' might sound confusing but, don't worry, it's not what you think. She's been ordained as a minister so that she can officiate the marriage of her best pal to his long-term partner - and she did it with true style.
Adele performing at Glastonbury
Earlier this week 41-year-old Alan Carr revealed that he wed his partner of ten years Paul Drayton back in January, in a gorgeous ceremony which Adele was a key part of. She even got herself a set of regal looking priest robes to get herself into the mindset of minister of marriage.
Continue reading: Why Did Adele Marry Alan Carr?
She loves her country idol and the feeling's mutual.
Adele showed her love for Dolly Parton by transforming into her this week, and while she was perfectly channeling some serious Dolly vibes, she admitted that she could never match up to the country queen. Though it certainly left fans questioning who loved who more.
Dolly Parton at the Variety and Women in Film celebration
The 'Hello' hitmaker gave her Instagram followers a glimpse into her influences by donning a blonde wig and a pink suit as the one and only queen of country music, Dolly Parton. Her look was completed with a lot of cleavage, shiny stilettos, rhinestones, pink cheeks and an acoustic guitar in tow.
Continue reading: Adele Channels Dolly Parton In Admiring Social Media Post
Nolan spoke to Playboy and admitted he "deeply loves" the Bond character but only sees himself directing it if the character "needs reinvention".
Film director Christopher Nolan has admitted that he’s been in talks with the producers of the James Bond series in previous years, and suggested that he could possibly be in line to direct the next movie in the franchise.
The 46 year old director, who is gearing up for his latest released Dunkirk and has previously helmed the likes of Interstellar, Inception and the three Batman movies that featured Christian Bale, revealed in an interview that he “deeply loves” the Bond films and the character, and has spoken to the people behind the Bond franchise.
“I've spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years,” he told Playboy. “I deeply love the character, and I'm always excited to see what they do with it.”
Canadian superfan Lori Shortall has flown more than 18,000 miles to see three Adele gigs that have ALL been cancelled at the last minute.
Tens of thousands of fans were left heartbroken last weekend when Adele cancelled her last two Wembley gigs, but spare a thought for Canadian superfan Lori Shortall.
The teacher from Newfoundland has, to date, spent a total of £6,000 on tickets to three gigs to see Adele, and flown more than 18,000 miles in the process – but has yet to actually see her play live, as the singer has cancelled on each occasion.
Originally, Lori was meant to attend Adele’s gig in Houston, Texas in 2011 but lost £600 in earnings from her job as well as paying for flights and tickets. Five years later, she attempted to go to another Adele gig in Phoenix, Arizona, booking a 10-day family holiday to coincide with the gig.
Continue reading: Adele Superfan Spends £6,000 On Three Gigs That Were All Cancelled
James Laxton , Adele Romanski - 89th Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2017 held in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. at Beverly Hilton Hotel Beverly Hills, Oscars, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 6th February 2017
Adele headlined the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night of the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. She impressed the crowds performing songs from her most recent album '25' as well as tracks from '21' and '19'. Worthy Farm Pilton, Glastonbury Somerset, United Kingdom - Saturday 25th June 2016
Date of birth
5th May, 1988
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