Adele

Adele

Biography

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 PlatformsMagazine.com.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Biffy Clyro Outselling The Rest Of The Top Five Combined In Mid-Week UK Albums Chart


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Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are on track to score the second number one album of their career with new record Ellipsis. Ellipsis is the band’s seventh studio album and was released on Friday (July 8) and it's so far taken a strong lead in this week's chart.

Biffy ClyroBiffy Clyro are on track for a number one album with Ellipsis.

According to the Official Chart Company’s midweek chart update Ellipsis is currently outselling the rest of this week’s top five albums combined. The band’s closest competition is last week’s number two, Adele’s 25, which is currently a non-mover in the midweeks.

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Adele Says Hello Again To Number One Spot After Glastonbury


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Thanks to her show-stopping headlining performance at Glastonbury last weekend, Adele’s third album 25 has returned to the number one spot in the UK albums chart. The album enjoyed a huge surge in sales (up 231% from last week) thanks to her Glastonbury appearance, which was streamed live on the BBC and watched by over 3.5 million viewers.

AdeleAdele’s 25 is back at number one following her Glastonbury set.

25, which was released on November 20th 2015, has now spent 13 weeks at number one in the UK. Its rise up the charts this week was also helped by it finally being made available on streaming services last Friday (24 June).

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One Direction Shock Adele And Ed Sheeran To Win At Silver Clef Awards


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One Direction scored a surprise by beating the likes of Ed Sheeran and Adele to win the Best Live Act prize at the O2 Silver Clef Awards for the second time in their career – despite currently being on hiatus.

The British boyband won more than 60% of votes in the public poll – the only award of the evening to be decided by a public vote – to beat out the massively popular Adele, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix who have all held huge tours in 2016. Adele has been sweeping the board at pretty much every music awards ceremony since she released 25 last November, while Ed Sheeran’s huge stadium concerts last summer ranked as some of the most well-received in recent memory.

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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

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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

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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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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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Adele Pays Back £2.5 Million To The UK Taxman After Dividend Blunder


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Adele has reportedly paid back roughly £2.5 million to the UK taxman after a blunder meant that she was overpaid in the form of a dividend by one of her companies.

The 27 year old singer, currently the biggest pop star in the world and worth a reported £88 million, received £7 million from one of two companies of which she is the sole director. She was paid in the form of a dividend from Melted Stone Ltd, but money owed to creditors meant that the singer should have received slightly less than £4.5 million.

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Adele Breaks Down As She Pays Tribute To Orlando Victims


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International superstar Adele broke down during her latest concert in Antwerp on Sunday (12 June) as she paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting carried out in a gay nightclub over the weekend.

AdeleAdele explained the LGBTQI community was really close to her heart

The Make You Feel My Love singer played her gig in Belgium less than 24 hours after America’s worst mass shooting on record and struggled to retain her composure as she addressed the tragedy.

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Bowie Producer Tony Visconti Questions Whether Adele's Voice Is Digitally "Manipulated"


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David Bowie’s long-term producer Tony Visconti has questioned whether Adele’s singing voice on her hit records is actually hers, or simply a “manipulated” version of it.

The Grammy-winning producer, who most famously worked with Bowie on several of his hit albums and also with other hit artists such as T.Rex and Thin Lizzy, made the comments in relation to a discussion about what he perceives to be a “boring” pop music scene because of the extent of digital enhancement in music-making.

AdeleAdele's voice could be digitally "manipulated", according to Tony Visconti

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Mel B Was Left Speechless By Adele's Spice Girls Homage


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Adele has never made a secret of her love for the the Spice Girls and at a recent concert in Amsterdam the singer showed her admiration by free-styling part of the group’s 1997 hit ‘Spice Up Your Life’. Adele’s homage to the band even caught the attention of the girls themselves and left Scary Spice Mel B uncharacteristically speechless.

Mel BMel B was left speechless by Adele’s homage to the Spice Girls.

Speaking on Monday (June 6), during a a conference call promoting ‘America's Got Talent’ Mel B said: "I'm very kind of flattered. I think all of us are. It's great. It leaves me speechless a little bit. I love Adele."

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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

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Adele

Date of birth

5th May, 1988

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.75




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