Adele (UK soul/jazz singer)

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Legal name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins


Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (born 5 May 1988) is a British singer-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 US. Her career in the US 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 six Grammy Awards in 2012 including Album of the Year, equalling the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. The album has also led to her receiving numerous other awards, including two Brit Awards and three American Music Awards. The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK; in the US 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. She is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the UK. With her two albums and the first two singles from 21, "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You", she became the first living artist to achieve the feat of having two top-five hits in both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964. With her third release from the album, "Set Fire to the Rain", which became her third number one single in the US, Adele became the first solo artist in history to lead the Billboard 200 concurrently with three Billboard Hot 100 number-ones.

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 US 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.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 19 Adele 4 14
2011 21 Adele 4.3 15

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Adele Live at the Royal Albert Hall Live Adele 4 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Hometown Glory Adele 6
2008 Chasing Pavements Adele 3
2008 Cold Shoulder Adele 5
2008 Make You Feel My Love Adele 2
2009 Water and a Flame Daniel Merriweather feat. Adele 1
2010 Rolling in the Deep Adele 5
2011 Someone Like You Adele 4.5 1
2011 Set Fire to the Rain Adele 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2012 Skyfall Soundtrack Adele 6

EP + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 iTunes Live From SoHo Live Adele 1
2011 iTunes Festival: London 2011 Live Adele 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 1988 Mick Boogie vs Adele 1

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