Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988 in Tottenham, North London), known professionally as Adele, is an English singer songwriter.
Since her debut, 19, Adele has received much recognition--both commercially and critically. The album debuted at number one, and has been certified platinum in the UK. It has sold 2.2 million worldwide.
In 2009, Adele won two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Chasing Pavements". The week after the Grammy Awards aired, the album finally peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize. The album peak at number ten on the US Billboard 200, bolstered by an appearance on Saturday Night Live and her Grammy wins. Meanwhile, her single "Chasing Pavements" reached number twenty one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Adele wrote her first record, "Hometown Glory" when she was 16 years old.
She then signed to independent music label XL Recordings, which in January 2008 released her second single Chasing Pavements.The song was co written with songwriter Eg White who provided the orchestration. White won the 2009 Ivor Novello Award for "Songwriter of the Year" in part for his work on Chasing Pavements.
In 2006 Adele was the opening act for Jack Peñate. By the end of 2007 she toured as the headlining act. Following that tour she appeared on Later with Jools Holland alongside Paul McCartney and Björk. She became the first recipient of the BRIT Awards Critics' Choice, which was given to artists who, at the time, had yet to release an album. Adele was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2008.
With XL, Adele released the single "Hometown Glory" in 2007.
She released the single "Chasing Pavements" on 14 January 2008. The album itself entered the British charts at number one. On February 4, 2008, "Hometown Glory" was re-released, and entered the UK charts at number 32.
Adele launched a 15-city North American tour that started 9 March.
On 10 June, Adele relaunched the MTV Unplugged series with a six song acoustic set.
On 28 June, Adele headlined a three-act bill at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, where in addition to her current songbook, Adele tried out a new song from her forthcoming sophomore recording. Several times during her performance she flubbed her lyrics then chastised herself for doing so. Etta James, originally slated to perform but suddenly taken ill, was replaced by Chaka Kahn.
As of July 2009, the album had sold 2.2 million copies.
Adele wrote her first record, "Hometown Glory" when she was 16 years old. Adele is voicing the "Skyfall" theme song - she is a Bond Girl!
I have to say with all honesty,that this is one of those albums that I will listen to over and over again. I think its perfect in every way.
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