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

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.

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Fans Disappointed After James Blake's Final Australia Gig Cancelled

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The British musician, 27, had been due to play the city's HBF Stadium on 30 July (16), the final date of the Australian leg of his tour.

However the gig was cancelled by bosses at the venue and gig promoters Secret Sounds.

A statement posted on the venue's website read, “Secret Sounds and Venueswest have advised that James Blake at HBF Stadium on 30 July 2016 won’t be going ahead due to unforeseen circumstances.”

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Neil Young: 'Adele Is A Great Like Susan Boyle'

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The rock veteran, 70, is sceptical about modern music and tends to avoid listening to contemporary acts.

However in an interview with Britain's Q magazine he reveals that he enjoys the music of Adele for a surprising reason, that she reminds him of Susan Boyle, the singer who emerged as a star in 2009 on the TV show Britain's Got Talent.

"Some of Adele's records are great," Neil says. "I think she's genuine, she's real. You can't really get her to fit into the box. She's a little like Susan Boyle. Susan Boyle was great. She still is."

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Adele Overcomes Nerves For Glastonbury Festival Headlining Show

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The Rolling in the Deep singer revealed she was nervous to an estimated crowd of 150,000 festivalgoers in Somerset, England and was so stunned by the turnout at the start of her set that the usually chatty star didn't know what to say so she moved swiftly from opener Hello to single Rumour Has It.

She explained she had been coming to the festival for years but had been putting off making her debut because she was so nervous about it, saying, "I've been too scared. I've wanted to do it all my life," and within less than half hour, she declared it was the "best f**king moment of my whole life".

After a few hits, Adele compensated for her earlier speechlessness by chatting non-stop in between tracks, with the singer even asking audience members at the very front if they had spoiled themselves standing there all day, and bringing others on stage for selfies.

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Glastonbury Festival 2016 - Performances - Day 2

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


Adele Wows Glastonbury With Stunning Headlining Set

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On Saturday night (June 25) Adele finally took to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to headline the festival for the first time in her career. Opening with ‘Hello’, Adele treated the crowd to a set which was both emotional and uplifting and resulted in one of the festival’s biggest ever sing-a-longs.

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Changing ‘Hello’s’ lyrics to fit the festival Adele sang "I've been Glastonbury dreaming”, to huge cheers from the crowd. Once the ballad ended she told the sea of revellers, "I'll just have to go straight into another one my darlings, cos I don't know what to say to you yet,” before going into ‘Rumour Has It’.

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Glastonbury Festival 2016 - Performances - Day 2

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


Adele Prepares For Glastonbury, As BBC Braces Itself For Swearing

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Adele is preparing to headline Glastonbury Festival for the first time ever today, taking to the Pyramid Stage just after 10pm. For fans who aren't lucky enough to be there live, the performance will be broadcast on BBC Two, who will be warning viewers that some bad language is to be expected.

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According to the Mirror, the BBC will broadcast a warning ahead of Adele’s headlining set, telling viewers to expect “strong language”. Fans of Adele know that the singer is no stranger to using four letter worlds during her often emotional sets.

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Adele's 25 Heading To Streaming Services


The British star's third studio effort hit stores back in November (15), but starting on Friday (24Jun16), fans will be able to listen to 25 on popular platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.

Until now, only Adele's singles, Hello, Send My Love (To Your New Lover), and When We Were Young have been able to stream online.

Her two previous albums, 2008's 19 and 2011's 21, are currently available on streaming platforms, although the latter was also withheld upon its initial release.

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Man Dies At Glastonbury Festival Site

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The unnamed man, in his 20s, was airlifted from the Worthy Farm grounds in Somerset, England on Monday (20Jun16) after catching on fire and he later passed away from his injuries at a hospital in Birmingham, England.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said, “We were called by the fire service after reports of a man on fire at the Glastonbury Festival site at about 5.20pm last night... The man suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead hospital in Bristol. He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died.”

According to reports, the fire is thought to have involved a petrol spillage, and emergency services had difficulty reaching the man due to levels of mud and flooding on the site caused by heavy rain in recent days.

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Has Zayn Malik Asked Adele For Help With Overcoming His Anxiety?

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Zayn Malik has reportedly turned to Adele for advice, in overcoming his crippling anxiety issues. According to The Mirror, Zayn’s team has reached out to Adele’s manager Jonathan Dickins for advice on how to deal with his crippling problem.

Zayn MalikZayn Malik is said to have reached out to Adele for help in overcoming his anxiety.

Adele has previously spoken about her anxiety issues, which had prevented her from playing large festivals. But she eventually overcame her issues and next weekend she’ll headline Glastonbury festival for the first time.

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Zayn Malik Seeking Anxiety Advice From Adele - Report

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Both musicians have publicly confessed in the past to suffering from debilitating nervous breakdowns ahead of shows that left them unable to perform.

Just last weekend (11-12Jun16), Zayn pulled out of his gig at London's Wembley Stadium at the last minute due to an anxiety episode and it's claimed he has now sought advice from Adele on how she managed to overcome the problem.

“Zayn’s management are doing everything they can to help him because its having a major impact on his career," a source tells U.K. newspaper the Sunday Mirror. “I believe (he's) been in touch with Adele’s manager Johnathan DICkins about it because Adele got a lot of help with panic attacks and stage fright - and look at her now.

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Lionel Richie: 'There's Room For Both Adele And I To Say Hello'

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Despite British singer Adele running away with the title of one of his most famous songs, the original Hello singer, whose ballad topped the charts in 1984, has no issues with her success.

The 66-year-old singing legend, a veteran of band The Commodores who went on to have a hugely successful solo career, is quite content that generations of people are still aware of his classic tune.

In an interview with British newspaper Metro, he laughed: "Yeah she ran off down the road with it. It's hilarious, the entire world called me going: 'Are you gonna let her get away with that? She stole your song!' I don't own the word hello, I own a song called Hello.

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Adele Wins An Award Whilst On Stage In Birmingham As She Wraps UK Tour

Adele Adkins - Adele wins an award whilst on stage in Birmingham as she wraps her UK tour. Adele was presented the iHeartRadio music awards gong for best song and gave an acceptance speech mid concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham as she wraps her UK Tour this week. at Genting Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th March 2016

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Adele Live In Birmingham On Her UK Tour

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 Performs For The First Time At The O2 Arena

Adele Adkins - Adele performs for the first time at The O2 arena - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 15th March 2016

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5th May, 1988








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