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One and only one: Adele

One and only one: Adele

Adele is one of UK’s best singer/songwriter who is now working on her third album. Both her previous two albums were hits, selling millions across the globe. But, where did it all start?

Let us start from the beginning. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (yes, that is her full name) was born in North London on May 1988. She was born to a single mother, Penny Adkins, and Welsh father, Mark Evans, who left the family when Adele was 4 years old. He did remain in contact with Adele till her teens, after which problems with alcohol and increased estrangement with her.

According to Adele, her family condition was impersonated from The Spice Girls and Barielle. As her mother had an ‘arty’ background, Adele used to perform mock concerts for her mother and friends. But when a record producer friend of her father asked her to sing a cover of Heart of Glass in her own style, it was then she realized her true calling in music. 

She was studying in a secondary school where she came across RnB music artists like Mary J Blige, who served as an influence for Adele’s future. She always wanted to perform with the school choir, but could not because she had to learn the clarinet for that. 

This, in turn, resulted in her moving to BRIT School for Performing Arts where she graduated in 2006 to join its famous alumni such as Amy Winehouse and Kate Nash. 

If I hear someone's from stage school I'd think they were bad, and I know it might make me sound like that. But it had free rehearsal rooms and free equipment and I was listening to music all day, every day for years. The music course was really wicked. There was no dancing or anything like that. No jazz hands.

While at school, Adele cut a three-track demo for a class project that was eventually posted on her MySpace page. When executives at XL Recordings heard the tracks, they contacted the singer and, in November 2006, just four months after Adele had graduated school, signed her to a record deal. The rest is history. 

Her breakthrough song was Hometown Glory that was released in October 2007. Adele went on to support Will Young at the 2007 MENCAP Little Noise Sessions, which was a charity concert. By 2008, she was the headliner and had been named the number-one breakthrough act of the year in an annual BBC poll. She also won the Brit Awards' Critic Choice prize that year.

Her first album, 19, was named for her age at the time and was released in February 2008. It went straight to number one after the success of her second single Chasing Pavements, which had been released two weeks previously on 18 January. This song debuted at number two and stayed in the UK charts for four months.

Her much-anticipated album, 21, again named after her age that time, did not disappoint either. The monster hit that explored more of Adele’s appreciation for classic American R&B and jazz, sold 352,000 copies within its first week. It reached number one in 26 countries, including UK and US.

With hits like ‘Rolling in the deep’ and ‘Someone like you’, Adele found herself with two Top 5 Singles and a pair of Top 5 albums in the same week, becoming the only artist after The Beatles and 50 cent to achieve this feat. By December 2011, the album broke Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album as the best-selling album of the 21st century.

Adele announced on October 2015 that she is working on her third album, 25. She said:

My last record was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. 25 is about getting to know who I've become without realizing. And I'm sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.

With fame comes in a lot of controversies. Karl Lagerfeld, an outspoken designer commented on Adele about her weight and it made headlines around the globe. But Adele came out fighting stating that, 

I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.

Karl later on apologized for the same.

Let us check out Rolling in the Deep below: