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.
If reports are true, the deal will be the biggest ever handed to a British artist.
Adele’s already massive fortune is reportedly set to grow, if she signs a £90 million record deal with label Sony Music. The Sun reports that Adele is set to sign the massive contract in the coming weeks, which will be the biggest ever deal handed to a British artist.
Adele could be set to sign the biggest record deal ever given to a British artist.
A source at Sony told The Sun: “We’ve secured Adele, who’s without doubt the biggest music star in a generation. This is massive. Adele's deal with her original label XL expired and we had an existing relationship with her in America.”
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This was probably one of the most special Billboard award shows ever.
The 2016 Billboard Music Awards took place yesterday (May 22nd 2016) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Canadian singer The Weeknd taking home no less than eight gongs for his work over the past year. Adele also won big, though her five accolades were meagre compared to her R&B counterpart.
The Weeknd takes home eight awards
The Weeknd - real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye - landed almost more awards than he could carry. The prizes for Top Hot 100 Artist, Song Sales Artist, Radio Songs Artist, Streaming Songs Artist and Top R&B Artist were all presented to him, as was the Top R&B Song and Streaming Song for his number one platinum single 'The Hills' and the Top R&B Album for his second album 'Beauty Behind the Madness' released last year.
Adele is reportedly set to sign a $131 million (£90 million) record deal with Sony Music.
The Rolling in the Deep singer is reportedly about to close a deal to move from her current label XL Recordings to Sony Music, and the staggering $131 million contract will bring her fortune to $254 million (£175 million), according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
“We have secured the biggest music star in a generation. This is massive," a source told the publication. “Adele’s deal with her original label XL expired and we’d an existing relationship with her in America...
“The deal is being worked on by our Columbia label in the US, but is worth £90million and gives Sony the rights to release her future music exclusively around the world.”
Continue reading: Adele To Sign A $130 Million Record Deal - Report
The Weeknd and Adele were among the big winners at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.
The Weeknd, who received 19 nominations, started the celebrations early by claiming the first trophy of the night, for Top Hot 100 Artist, which he dedicated to his late idol, Prince.
He then added seven more honours to his name, including Top R&B Song to his haul for The Hills, Top Radio Songs Artist, and Top Song Sales Artist, but lost out on Top Male Artist to Justin Bieber.
Adele was a quintuple winner during the Las Vegas ceremony, earning accolades for Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Selling Song (Hello), Top Billboard 200 Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album for 25.
Continue reading: The Weeknd And Adele Win Big At Billboard Music Awards
Damon Albarn is reportedly still upset after the material he wrote for Adele's latest album 25 was ditched by the singer.
The Blur frontman revealed last year (15) he was asked to work on the 28-year-old's record-breaking album, which was released last November.
British newspaper The Sun reports that Adele's manager Jonathan DICkins approached Damon at the Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday (19May16), but the indie rocker refused his attempts to reconcile with Adele.
"I got treated appallingly. You know, I know it, she knows it. I want her to call me, not you say it for her," Damon was allegedly overheard saying at the bash, where he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Continue reading: Damon Albarn 'Still Angry At Adele Album Snub'
The winners were announced in London yesterday.
The 61st Ivor Novello Awards took place yesterday (May 19th 2016) in London and honoured several classic and contemporary artists from Adele to Simple Minds. It's a ceremony to celebrate songwriting and composing, as opposed to performance, and is sponsored by the copyright company PRS for Music Limited. Once again, it is presented by the British Academy Of Songwriters Composers & Authors (BASCA).
Simple Minds won Outstanding Song Collection
Unsurprisingly, Adele landed Songwriter of the Year after the success of '25' and her hit single 'Hello'. James Bay was another predictable success, the PRS Most Performed Work awarded for his UK number two single 'Hold Back The River'. Ed Sheeran's protege Jamie Lawson won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for 'Wasn't Expecting That', beating Sheeran himself whose track 'Bloodstream' with Rudimental was also up for nomination.
Continue reading: Adele, Simple Minds And Portishead Awarded At Ivor Novello Awards
Drake leads the nominations for this year's BET Awards with nine nods.
The 29-year-old singer's career is going from strength to strength, with the acknowledgment of his success in the list of BET nominations, released on Thursday (19May16), the latest indication. Among the categories Drake is nominated in are Best Male Hip Hop Artist, Video of the Year for Hotline Bling and Work, his duet with Rihanna, which is also up for Best Collaboration.
He faces some tough competition in all of the categories he features in, particularly for Best Male Hip Hop Artist, in which he will have to beat Fetty Wap, Future, J. Cole, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to take home the prize.
Beyonce and Rihanna received five nominations each for the awards, which take place on 26 June (16) in Los Angeles. Both are up for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist gong, alongside Adele, Andra Day and K. Michelle, while they will also compete for Video of the Year with their respective Formation and Work videos, the Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award and Best Collaboration.
Continue reading: Drake Leads Bet Nominations With Nine Nods
The star, currently on the 'Adele Live 2016' tour in Europe, accepted the prize via video message.
The 27 year old British star was not present at the ceremony in London on Thursday (May 19th), having performed in Zurich, Switzerland the previous evening on her current European tour. However, she sent a video message in which she said she was “very grateful” for the honour.
Adele won the Songwriter of the Year Award at the 2016 Ivor Novellos
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Adele was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 Ivor Novello awards in London.
Although the star was not nominated by her peers in any category at the British songwriting awards event, the Hello musician received a special songwriting prize decided upon by a panel of judges.
James Bay won the first prize given out at the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House hotel on Thursday(19May16), taking home the Performing Rights Society for Music Most Performed Work award due to his song Hold Back The River being played the most on broadcast media, online and live in 2015.
"I definitely didn't expect this," James said when accepting his prize, adding. "I don't pay attention to the numbers."
Continue reading: Adele Named Songwriter Of The Year At The Ivor Novello Awards
Michael Buble has been forced to cancel a number of upcoming appearances to undergo vocal surgery.
The 40-year-old singer took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (18May16) to share the news with fans in a post titled, 'A Message from Michael'.
"I wanted to let you know that I am bowing out of some upcoming events due to pending vocal surgery which will require a period of time for me to rest and recover," he wrote. "No talking or singing for a while but my doctors expect a complete recovery."
Michael went on to explain he was "especially sorry" to miss the Canadian Governor General Performance Award Gala on 11 June (16), as he was due to be honoured at the event.
Continue reading: Michael Buble To Undergo Vocal Surgery
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
Date of birth
5th May, 1988