Adele

Adele

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Adele - '30' Album Review


After six years, one failed marriage, one lingering pandemic, one well documented divorce and a lot of soul searching, Adele's fourth full length studio album - 30 was finally released on 19th November. Following the sequence she began back in 2008 with her breakthrough album - 19, Adele stuck to a tired and tested formula for both the inspiration to her new album's title as well as much of it's musical content. If nothing else, Adele, like Ronseal, "does exactly what it [she] says on the tin". In doing so she also, in the main, appeals to her broad and extensive demographic. Adele, a little like Coldplay, has somehow managed to retain Radio 1 airplay in an age where her music has next to no contemporary attributes. Adele is the Barbara Cartland of pop, selling - or "shifting" if you use Janet Street-Porter's phrasing, millions of units to an adoring public who could care less whether critics like it or not. 

Adele - '30' Album Review

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30 is not a game changer, it does not break new ground, push the envelope, introduce us to something fresh or bring any inspirational ideas to the table. 30 is an Adele album, of that there is no doubt. Adele's musical bubble has not been burst by the coming and going of Donald Trump, the rise of Trap and Grime, the global popularity of K-Pop or the arrival of Billie Eilish et al. Adele does what she does and that works for her and a set of fans that seem far less fickle than most. It matters not a jot that Adele is about one musical step away from Michael Bublé or worse still, Michael Ball. Maybe that's why she can appeal to Greg James, Greg Dyke, your Nan, your Aunt, your niece, nephew, Ant and Dec, your Uber driver and your Yoga teacher? 

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Upcoming Releases: Our Favourite Five New Albums Due Out In November 2021


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As the days get progressively colder and shorter, and world leaders try to attempt to agree on a way to arrest the rise in global temperatures, November ushers in celebrations of light, gunpowder and treason. As well as Diwali and Guy Fawkes night, November also sees people observing The Day Of The Dead, All Saints Day, Remembrance Sunday and Thanksgiving. Whilst some may be excited that November is also the month to mark World Television Day, or even Dr Who Day, some of you may be eagerly awaiting Taylor's Version of Red or even Gary Barlow's first festive album - The Dream Of Christmas. Other 'notable' releases this month include Hanson's new album - Against The World, Westlife's Wild Dreams and Sting's The Bridge. As good as they be, they weren't hot enough to make the cut! Let's see who fired up our imagination and lit the blue touch paper. 

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Go Easy On Us! The Five Most Tear-jerking Adele Songs


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It’s been six years since her last material but it has felt like an age. Adele has finally returned with a new single entitled Easy On Me; a sad number about her divorce and about motherhood. But there’s not necessarily regret there like on previous singles - this feels more like a catharsis.

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Still, grown-ups will find themselves reaching for the tissues as usual as this is likely one of the weepiest tracks Adele has ever written. 

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Before Billie Eilish: Every James Bond Theme Ranked From Worst To Best


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With the recent premiere of the landmark 25th James Bond movie No Time To Die (and the last featuring the inimitable Daniel Craig) and the accompanying title theme by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, we thought we’d explore where exactly our youngest ever Bond theme performer ranks on the complete list of main title themes from the spy thrillers.

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25. Lulu - The Man With The Golden Gun
Film: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

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A Look Back At Some Of The Greatest Best Original Song Oscar Winners


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The 93rd Academy Awards night saw some well-deserved movies winning gongs including Nomadland for Best Picture and Best Director, and The Father for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Fight for You from Judas and the Black Messiah winning Best Original Song.

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Performed by H.E.R., Fight for You is a poweful song reflecting the importance of the themes within the Fred Hampton biopic; those of systemic racism, and an injustice at the hands of cops that survives more than 50 years on from when the movie is set.

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'The Greatest Showman' Soundtrack Beats Adele's Chart Record


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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.

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Adele Is A 30 Year Old With A Lot Of Money - Again


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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.

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However, having now reached the age of 30, this will be her last year reigning supreme.

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Adele Made £23,000 Every Single Day In The Last Year


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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.

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Adele Praised For Sharing Friend's Story Of Post-Partum Psychosis


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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.

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Taylor Swift Meeting Adele And JK Rowling Is So Pure


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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Adele Adkins - Adele performs live in Birmingham at the Genting Arena on her UK tour at Genting Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th March 2016

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Adele Adkins - Adele opens her world tour at The SSE Arena in Belfast - London, United Kingdom - Monday 29th February 2016

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Adele Adkins - The Brit Awards 2016 (Brits) held at the O2 - Arrivals at The Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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