21

~ Release group by Adele

Wikipedia

21 is the second studio album by the English singer-songwriter Adele. It was released on 24 January 2011 in Europe by XL Recordings and on 22 February 2011 in North America by Columbia Records. The album was named after the age of the singer during its production. 21 shares the Motown/soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but also draws influence from the American country and Southern blues music that Adele started listening to during the North American leg of her tour An Evening with Adele. Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her then partner, the album explores themes of heartbreak, healing, introspection, and forgiveness.

Adele began writing 21 in April 2009, while still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record. Looking to deviate from the brooding sound of her first album, she had intended to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up. However, studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration. She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channelling her heartbreak and depression into her songs. Adele collaborated with various songwriters and producers, including Columbia Records co-president at the time Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.

A sleeper hit, 21 defied the modest commercial expectations of Adele's independent record label, XL. It topped record charts in more than 30 countries and became the world's best-selling album of the year for both 2011 and 2012, helping to revitalise the lagging sales of the global music industry. In the United Kingdom, it is the best-selling album of the 21st century, the fourth best-selling album in the UK, and one of the best-selling albums of all time, while its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist. In the United States, it is the best-performing Billboard 200 album of all time, holding the top position for 24 weeks, longer than any other album since 1985 and the longest by a female solo artist in Billboard 200 history. It was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of over 10 million copies in the US. In addition, three of the five singles released in its promotion – "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone like You", and "Set Fire to the Rain" – became international number-one songs, while "Rumour Has It" charted in the top 20 in countries across Europe and North America. With sales of over 31 million copies worldwide, 21 is the best-selling album of the 21st century, and one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Praised for its understated production, vintage aesthetic, and Adele's vocal performance, 21 was shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize, and won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year. It has since been ranked amongst Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
21AdeleCD15
  • JP2011-01-19
Hostess Entertainment Unlimited, XL RecordingsBGJ-101074582214506968
21AdeleDigital Media15
  • JP2011-01-19
XL Recordings614024868166
21AdeleCD11
  • ZA2011-01-19
XL Recordings, Just Music (South Africa)CDJUST 434, CDJUST4346009143460638
21AdeleCD11
  • AU2011-01-20
XL RecordingsXLCD 520634904052027
21 (limited edition)AdeleCD13
  • GB2011-01-20
  • DE2011-01-21
  • NL2011-01-21
XL RecordingsXLCD 520 E634904152024
21Adele12" Vinyl11
  • XE2011-01-21
XL RecordingsXLLP 520634904052010
21 (iTunes interview version)AdeleDigital Media13
  • GB2011-01-21
XL Recordings634904252069
21AdeleCD11
  • XE2011-01-24
XL RecordingsXLCD 520634904052027
21 (iTunes digital booklet version)AdeleDigital Media12
  • US2011-01-24
Columbia (Sony Music, worldwide except JP; formerly owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX), XL Recordings884977834734
21 (Amazon digital booklet version)AdeleDigital Media11
  • US2011-01-24
XL RecordingsXLDL520
21AdeleDigital Media11
  • -2011-01-24
XL Recordings634904052065
21AdeleDigital Media12
  • -2011-01-24
XL Recordings634904152062
21AdeleDigital Media11
Columbia (Sony Music, worldwide except JP; formerly owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX), XL Recordings884977875836
21AdeleCD11
  • US2011-02-22
XL Recordings, Columbia (Sony Music, worldwide except JP; formerly owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX)88697 44699 2886974469926
21 (deluxe edition)Adele2×CD11 + 4
  • US2011-02-22
Columbia (Sony Music, worldwide except JP; formerly owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX), XL Recordings88697827342886978273420
21AdeleCD13
  • TW2011-08-30
High Note Records (Taiwan)HN826CD4712765166926
21AdeleCD11
Columbia (Sony Music, worldwide except JP; formerly owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX), XL Recordings88697446992886974469926
21AdeleCD11
XL RecordingsXLCD 520634904052027
21AdeleCD14
XL RecordingsXLCD 520634904052027
21AdeleCD13
XL RecordingsCDJUST4396009143461239
21AdeleVinyl11
XL Recordings, Columbia (Sony Music, worldwide except JP; formerly owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX)88697446991, C 74476990886974469919
21AdeleCD14
  • -2011
Hostess Entertainment Unlimited, Warner Music Hong Kong, XL Recordings5052498609123
21AdeleCD11
  • CN2013-03-07
贝阁唱片BCXLCD5209787798993646
21AdeleDigital Media11
XL Recordings191404113851
21AdeleDigital Media12
XL Recordings191404113868

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associated singles/EPs:Rolling in the Deep
Rumour Has It
Set Fire to the Rain
Someone Like You
Turning Tables
part of:Rolling Stone: The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s (number: 8) (order: 8)
Billboard: The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s (number: 10) (order: 10)
Sue: Vuoden levyt 2011, ulkomaiset (number: 10) (order: 10)
Music Canada Certified Double Diamond Albums (number: 2018-09-20) (order: 12)
Consequence of Sound: Top 100 Albums of the 2010s (number: 19) (order: 19)
Music Canada Certified Nine Times Platinum Albums (order: 23)
Music Canada Certified Eight Times Platinum Albums (order: 25)
Music Canada Certified Seven Times Platinum Albums (order: 28)
Music Canada Certified Six Times Platinum Albums (order: 33)
Music Canada Certified Quintuple Platinum Albums (order: 40)
Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 51) (order: 51)
Music Canada Certified Quadruple Platinum Albums (order: 52)
Music Canada Certified Diamond Albums (order: 54)
Brit Award for British Album of the Year (winners) (number: 2012 winner) (order: 60)
Music Canada Certified Triple Platinum Albums (order: 76)
Grammy Award: Best Pop Vocal Album nominees (number: 2012 winner) (order: 94)
Music Canada Certified Double Platinum Albums (order: 132)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 137) (order: 137)
Music Canada Certified Platinum Albums (order: 210)
Mercury Prize Shortlist Nominees (number: 2011) (order: 225)
Grammy Award: Album of the Year nominees (number: 2012 winner) (order: 249)
Music Canada Certified Gold Albums (order: 416)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/303567 [info]
reviews:http://www.nme.com/reviews/adele/11814 [info]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/cdreviews/8269649/Adele-21-CD-of-the-week-review.html [info]
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/jan/20/adele-21-review [info]
https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/adele-21/ [info]
https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fnj9 [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/404669 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/adele_f1/21/ [info]
https://www.offiziellecharts.de/album-details-148573 [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002080092 [info]
Wikidata:Q155169 [info]