Adele (UK soul/jazz singer)
See also Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.
Legal name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (born 5 May 1988) is a British singer and songwriter. Adele was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the U.S. Her career in the U.S. was boosted by a Saturday Night Live appearance in late 2008. At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Adele released her second studio album, 21, in early 2011. The album was well received critically and surpassed the success of her début, earning the singer numerous awards in 2012 including a record-equalling six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, two Brit Awards and three American Music Awards. The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK; in the U.S. the album has held the top position longer than any other album since 1985, and is certified Diamond. The album has sold 30 million copies worldwide.
The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness World Records. Adele is the first female in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three singles in the top 10 at the same time as a lead artist, and the first female artist to have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. 21 is the longest running number one album by a female solo artist on the UK and U.S. Albums Chart. In 2011 and 2012, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year. In 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music, and the American magazine Time named Adele one of the most influential people in the world. In 2013, she received an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for her song "Skyfall", written for the James Bond film of the same name.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license