- Early Years
- Wonder Years
- The Beginning of Her Career
- Rise to Fame
- 16. Finally, discovery in 2007
- 17. Adele is first represented by XL Recording
- 18. Her early work as a singer
- 19. Her international breakthrough
- 20. Musical guest on the famous “Saturday Night Live”
- 21. An Evening with Adele
- 22. Canceling a major tour still has a sour taste for Adele
- 23. Performing in the U.S. for nothing less than the top charts
- 24. Do you know who Adele’s inspiration for “19” is?
- Awards and Recognition
- 25. Her subsequent projects win her global awards
- 26. For Adele, success is just beginning…
- 27. The 19-year-old star climbs to the top of the UK charts
- 28. Adele is recognized by the Times Encyclopedia
- 29. Winning the acclaimed Urban Music Awards
- 30. One of her first appreciations is at the 51st Grammy Awards
- Second Album
- Record-Breaking Success
- 33. Adele and the Beatles’ records
- 34. “21” breaks high records for its singer
- 35. Adele – the Grammy Queen
- 36. Adele breaks records set by music legends
- 37. A Diamond Certification is all that is lacking for Adele!
- 38. A truly international artist
- 39. What “Rolling in the Deep” does for its singer…
- 40. In Adele’s case, two’s a charm!
- 41. Hitting international charts in less than 2 years
- 42. “21” makes up for more than half the growth in album sales
- 43. “21” also breaks records for digital sales
- Minor Setback
- Charity Work
- Praise from Her Colleagues
- Personal Life
- 54. Settling down with Simon Konecki
- 55. Adele’s drunk diary
- 56. Dreaming of more than just musical hits!
- 57. Never married – following in her mother’s footsteps?
- 58. An avid tea drinker?
- 59. Even stars like Adele have stage fright
- 60. Adele’s family is as un-musical as it can get!
- 61. Adele is a family person
- 62. A definite animal lover
- Political Views
- Present Day
- 64. Adele’s other conquest – “Skyfall”
- 65. “Skyfall” wins a number of awards, increasing Adele’s brand value considerably
- 66. The seventh Grammy for this 24-year-old singer!
- 67. The Amy Winehouse sequel
- 68. Adele and the British legends
- 69. Receiving a royal note of thank you
- 70. Adele’s music is definitely influential
- 71. Being No. 1 on UK charts sure comes with its perks
- 72. Paying tribute to Adele
- 73. Adele’s music has the power to engage all age groups
- 74. Breaking records everywhere… even in the history of XL Recordings!
- 75. Adele also holds a Guinness World Record for her music
- 76. Adele is the perfect combination of beauty and brains
- 77. Unwavering confidence despite all odds
- 78. For Adele, life has a meaning, which is way more than just looks
- 79. Adele has been on the road to improvement
- 80. Adele hits a personal chord with just about anyone
- 81. Warming up to her mother’s music choices?
- 82. “I could die and go to heaven right now,” Adele says
- 83. “21” is the longest-running No. 1 album
- 84. Adele’s focus is another one of her stand-out qualities
- 85. Can you guess how much time it took to record “Skyfall”?
- 86. A peek into Adele’s life
- 87. Adele is a role model when it comes to priorities
- 88. After riches, fame and success, Adele stands her ground in the industry
- 89. Improvement is the key to success for Adele
- 90. Poetry is a form of relaxation for Adele
- 91. Humility and humbleness make a perfect match for Adele’s thunderous voice
- 92. Nipping the past in its bud is Adele’s style!
- 93. Adele’s sweet “don’t-mess-with-me” style
- 94. Adele’s vocal strength and how she achieved it
- Other Key Events
1. Birth of a great talent
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is born on May 5, 1988, in Tottenham, England.
Coming from a humble background, Adele starts singing at the age of four, when she can light up a dinner party with her electrifying voice.
Moving from city to city, Adele has a life that would be considered less than ideal by celebrity standards but her unwavering ambition is what outshines her past.
2. Family crisis at a tender age
When Adele turns two, her Welsh father, Mark Evans, abandons her and her 20-year-old-mother.
From then on, Adele’s only passion is music and her only support is her caring mother, who raises her single-handedly.
3. Her parents never marry
Adele’s mother and father never marry.
This makes her family life quite rocky.
Even though her father tries to stay in touch with his daughter until her teenage years, news has it that Adele never forgives him for walking out on her.
4. Discovering her singing voice
Because her interest lies in singing, Adele is very observant of people’s voices in general from the very beginning.
She sees Pink perform at the Brixton Academy and Pink’s voice influences her the most in those years, she says, shaping the way Adele looks at music and its charm on people.
Her daily ritual of listening to Etta James every night leads her to discover her own voice.
5. Early inspirations for Adele
Some of the earliest inspirations in the music industry for Adele are the ones that spark her interest and turn it into a passion.
The Spice Girls, according to her, play a great role in making Adele confident that singing is something her life can revolve around.
She says, “They made me who I am.”
6. Records from the ’40s cement her choice of music
Known for her soulful pop music, Adele finds inspiration comes in many forms.
Some other names that inspire this young talent are Aaliyah, Ella Fitzgerald, Destiny’s Child and Mary J. Blige. Adele writes her first song, “Hometown Glory,” at the age of 16.
7. For Adele, discovering music is like coming across a treasure chest
Even though she listens to music quite often, it is not until she comes across old records in a nearby store that she really understands the effect good music can have on an artist’s understanding of music.
In an interview with the Telegraph, she says, “Chart music was all I ever knew.
So when I listened to the Ettas and the Ellas, it sounds so cheesy, but it was like an awakening.
I was like, oh, right, some people have proper longevity and are legends.
I was so inspired that as a 15-year-old I was listening to music that had been made in the ’40s.”
8. Her mother’s advice comes in handy!
Adele says that during her youth, her mother always tells her “to explore, and not to stick with one thing.”
Because she is growing up really close to her mom, she takes this advice to heart!
Adele’s early gravitation towards singers and artists in various genres and tones is a culmination of the character that her dear mother instills in her, which is soon to make this music fanatic a rising star.
The Beginning of Her Career
9. Adele’s first performance ever
Being closely affiliated with music from an early age, Adele gives her first performance in her school days.
While she is giving a presentation in primary school, Adele sings “Rise” by Gabrielle as part of the speech, receiving roars of applause for her beautiful voice.
10. Adele manages to impress a dance producer at an early age
Recalling the early years when she used to sing for her mother, Adele says she remembers singing once in front of her father’s friend who is a dance producer.
The man is so impressed by the child’s voice that he says that he “liked the color of it.”
11. A prestigious performing arts degree
Adele’s childhood dreams and passions make her eligible for the prestigious BRIT School For Performing Arts & Technology where many famous artists sign up for vocational training.
Her classmates include popular figures such as Leona Lewis and Jessie J.
12. Adele owes her song writing to Shingai Shoniwa
Shingai Shoniwa, vocalist of the Noisettes, happens to be Adele’s neighbor while she is enrolled at the BRIT Academy.
According to Adele, many times she would visit Shingai and sing with her.
The future vocalist impresses Adele so much that she decides to be a songstress instead of just singing others’ lyrics.
13. Adele’s interest in A&R
In 2006, when she graduates from this school, Adele is planning to work as a talent hunter and overseer for a record label.
She feels her passion for music lies in recognizing the same light in others.
However, little does she know that her successful career as a fresh singer lies just around the corner!
14. Adele is first noticed on Myspace
During and after her vocational training, Adele becomes a stable online/home singer through her Myspace account, where she uploads her raw pieces to get feedback from a small fan base.
15. Early gigs with school fellows
After the small encouragements on Myspace, Adele posts some of her songs on PlatformsMagazines.com.
The reviews there earn her some countrywide gigs with classmates including Amos Lee and Jack Penate.
Rise to Fame
16. Finally, discovery in 2007
Myspace is responsible for bringing this young songstress to the limelight.
When Adele’s friend uploads her song on Myspace, it changes the singer’s life.
A few months after graduation, Adele starts receiving major offline contracts for recording her songs.
17. Adele is first represented by XL Recording
Soon she is answering and meeting representatives of various labels who are ready to make her a star.
Nick Hugget from XL signs her to the label and introduces her to the company September Management.
Adele is surprised at getting a record deal with such a great company.
At first she thinks it is merely a joke so she makes her friend accompany her to the interview!
18. Her early work as a singer
Within just two years of being signed with XL, Adele makes it to the headlines.
She provides the vocals for Jack Penate’s debut album and supports the 2007 MENCAP Charity Concert, both of which give her and the label a good idea of the thunderous response from Adele’s growing fan base.
Soon, in October 2007, her first song “Hometown Glory” is released to the mainstream media.
19. Her international breakthrough
It isn’t long before Adele’s international presence soars.
Her debut album is released in the United States, followed by her tour of the country, both of which take her rankings even higher.
The later Golden Globe and Grammy awards that Adele will win are proof of her music’s appeal in a major market such as the U.S.
20. Musical guest on the famous “Saturday Night Live”
Her presence on “Saturday Night Live” with U.S. political candidate Sarah Palin is the biggest break in Adele’s career.
With Adele’s appearance as a star, SNL receives its highest rating in 14 years with 17 million viewers nationwide and her album reaches the top place on U.S. charts after entering at No. 35!
21. An Evening with Adele
In 2008 after her debut album is launched in the United States, Adele begins a countrywide tour of the UK called “An Evening with Adele.”
After the success of this tour, her next visit is scheduled for the U.S. where her records are selling like hotcakes.
These tours are a delicacy for a young artist who has barely just set foot in the industry!
22. Canceling a major tour still has a sour taste for Adele
In June 2008, the singer cancels her U.S. tour so she can spend time with her boyfriend.
For Adele the decision to do so is still a big regret in life.
According to her, “I was drinking far too much and that was kind of the basis of my relationship with this boy.
I couldn’t bear to be without him, so I was like, ‘Well, OK, I’ll just cancel my stuff then’… I can’t believe I did that… It seems so ungrateful.”
23. Performing in the U.S. for nothing less than the top charts
Adele’s performance of “Cold Shoulder” and “Chasing Pavements” in the United States earns the album a top place on iTunes and the fifth spot on Amazon.com.
Her musical appeal and success in the country are summed up by Billboard Magazine’s review: “Adele truly has potential to become among the most respected and inspiring international artists of her generation.”
And by 2009, the album sells 2.2 million copies worldwide.
24. Do you know who Adele’s inspiration for “19” is?
At times inspiration strikes in weird ways; ways we all wish we could avoid! For Adele, the phrase “building an empire over a broken heart” fits just right because her unsuccessful relationship provides the feelings and energy that she channelizes towards her hit album.
While speaking at the Grammy Awards, she says, “This record is inspired by something that is really normal and everyone’s been through it—just a rubbish relationship.”
Awards and Recognition
25. Her subsequent projects win her global awards
Even though “Hometown Glory” is a single that Adele writes at age 16, it resonates well with her fans.
She becomes the first singer to receive the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice.
Not only this, but in the annual BBC music polls, Adele is named the best breakthrough hit of the year 2008.
26. For Adele, success is just beginning…
Being an artist to receive such awards and recognition even before she comes up with debut albums is no less than a golden feather in her cap.
Adele’s first album “19” is released in 2008.
27. The 19-year-old star climbs to the top of the UK charts
A number of hits from her debut album, together with her second single “Chasing Pavements,” stay at the top of the UK charts for weeks, making her an instant sensation.
Adele receives a number of nominations that include the Mercury Prize Award in 2008, a Q Award for Best Breakthrough Act and the Music of Black Origin for Best Female UK.
28. Adele is recognized by the Times Encyclopedia
When Adele releases her first album “19,” it enters and stays at the top of the UK charts for weeks.
For this feat, the Times Encyclopedia of Modern Music gives immense recognition to her album and names it an “essential, blue-eyed soul recording.”
29. Winning the acclaimed Urban Music Awards
Apart from the awards Adele wins for Best Performance and Best Artist, her recognition at the Urban Music Awards makes her choice of music a distinct characteristic of her personality.
Winning the award for Best Jazz Act, Adele cements her foothold in the category of soul music.
30. One of her first appreciations is at the 51st Grammy Awards
In 2009, Adele’s career as a young and upcoming artist is fueled by the Best Female Pop Performance Award and the Best New Artist Award at the 51st Grammy Awards.
In the same ceremony, she also is nominated in the categories of Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
31. Launch of Adele’s second album “21”
In 2011, Adele launches her much-awaited second album by the name of “21,” which again ties to her age.
It becomes a No.1 hit in 26 countries worldwide, making Adele a living legend.
Even though the theme of this album also revolves around love, the music is described as “country and roots.”
32. The Nashville inspiration for “21”
According to the singer, the songs of this album are inspired by the Nashville music that the bus driver played during Adele’s American tour! Count on Adele to find inspirations in all things! In an interview with Spin Magazine, she is reported to say, “It was really exciting for me because I never grew up around [that music].”
33. Adele and the Beatles’ records
When her album and her singles both earn a place in the Top 5 in the UK, Adele becomes the first living artist since the Beatles with two singles and an album in the Top 5 list.
This hasn’t been achieved by anyone since 1964!
34. “21” breaks high records for its singer
By December 2011, “21” sells 3.4 million copies in the UK, making Adele the first artist in the history of the UK music industry to sell over 3 million copies in one year.
Simultaneously, this album takes the No. 1 position in the Billboard 200, and three songs from it take top ranks in the Billboard 100, making their singer the only one to have achieved this target.
More recently, in the United States the album’s sales surpass 10 million.
35. Adele – the Grammy Queen
Apart from winning smaller awards for her earlier singles, in 2012 at the Grammy Awards after her live performance, Adele is a nominee in six categories, including Best Video, Best Album, Best Song of the Year and Artist of the Year.
And guess what? She wins them all!
36. Adele breaks records set by music legends
Who knew a small-town girl could take the world by surprise? Not only does Adele write and sing well as a child, she makes history as an adult singer.
After Béyoncé, she is the only artist to take home six Grammy Awards in one night and that too for all the major categories.
No doubt, she is one inspiring woman.
37. A Diamond Certification is all that is lacking for Adele!
In 2012, Adele earns an RIAA Diamond Certification for her music, making her the only artist in the last decade to have won this award.
According to the Chairman and CEO of RIAA, Cary Sherman, “We are thrilled to honor Adele with an RIAA Diamond award marking her enormous ‘21’ sales success.
Selling more than 10 million albums in the United States, in less than two years, is an achievement unparalleled by any other artist in the past decade, let alone just a few in all of history.
Adele’s unique talent is a gift to music fans, and her success is certainly a cause for a celebration of Diamond magnitude.”
38. A truly international artist
Winning in the home country seems a big deal for this artist but winning at the American Music Awards is pure success.
Because of the skyrocketing sales of her second album “21,” Adele is a nominee and winner of three awards at this ceremony, each as prestigious as the other.
She wins the Favorite Pop Female Artist Award, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist Award and the Favorite Rock Album Award.
39. What “Rolling in the Deep” does for its singer…
After ending up in the Top 5 of the UK charts, “Rolling in the Deep” also wins its singer other prestigious awards.
Adele is the only singer in the long history of the research company Nielsen SoundScan to have the Year’s Best Album (“21”), the Year’s Best Song (“Rolling in the Deep”) and the Year’s Best Song Video for the same in 2011.
Not only this, after its Grammy nomination, the album has a record number of increasing sales; more than Nielsen SoundScan has recorded ever since 1991! The same rankings are awarded to Adele by Billboard as well.
40. In Adele’s case, two’s a charm!
In December 2012, “21” is again rated as the Best Album of the Year with the singer being named Best Artist of the Year by Billboard, making her the first artist to enjoy these ranks for two consecutive years.
Inspired by the manner in which Adele’s music and lyrics affect people all over the world, the Associated Press names her the Entertainer of the Year 2012.
41. Hitting international charts in less than 2 years
Adele’s album “21” is not only appreciated in the UK and U.S., it also takes the music industry by storm in Australia where it becomes the second-longest No. 1 running album ever and the first No. 1 running album in the 21st century.
42. “21” makes up for more than half the growth in album sales
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Adele’s sophomore album “21” is such a hit that the company’s headline states “…Album Sales Up For The First Time Since 2004.”
Every percentage point of growth in this regard is owing to the sales of this album because before it the industry was recording diminishing returns.
43. “21” also breaks records for digital sales
Adele’s “21” is also a popular hit in the digital media.
According to a survey, one out of every three people who buy a record of “21” also purchase a digital album.
This makes the artist the only one to secure over 1 million digital sales of her second album.
44. Going through vocal cord surgery
In 2011, news spreads that Adele has sustained considerable damage to her vocal cords that requires immediate surgery.
Her next two tours are canceled while she recovers in a hospital in Boston.
Injuring one’s own self while following a dream is a way an artist becomes a sensation.
If aspiring artists are to learn anything from Adele, it is the attribute of perseverance.
45. Comeback at the Grammys
After months of rest, Adele has her luck come into play again as the singer is chosen for a live performance at the 54th Grammy Awards, as a comeback after her vocal cord surgery.
For Adele, the experience is “very exciting and of course nerve-racking, but what a way to get back into it all.”
46. Adele has a very close-knit fan community
Right before she is diagnosed with laryngitis, Adele writes on her website to communicate the news of cancellation of shows and her tour.
Rumor has it, she prefers to impart such major news herself.
She writes, “I’ve been told to cancel tonight’s show in Minneapolis because my voice has gone.
I hate to cancel especially at such short notice.
I am truly devastated… Please forgive me! We have rescheduled for June 22nd and all tickets will be honored.
I hope to see you all then!”
47. Adele has a sense of humor!
Celebrities and friends, who know Adele inside out, are fond of her humor.
She is a very casual person to talk to and enjoys having a conversation full of gossip.
When she loses her voice back in 2011, the confident star describes it as the worst time ever because, “I had to sit in silence for nine days, chalkboard around my neck.
Like an old-school mime.
Like a kid in the naughty corner.
Like a Victorian mute!”
48. Adele is fond of charitable work
Coming from a single-parent home, Adele is one of those celebrities who recognize the value of life.
She devotes a large part of her music and career to charitable causes and performs a number of charity concerts.
In 2008, she performs in London and New York for Keep a Child Alive, which is an organization working towards saving people from HIV/AIDS.
In 2009, again, she sings at the VH1 concert for the Save The Music Foundation charity.
49. John Mayer’s charity event
In 2011, apart from giving a free concert for Pride London to collect donations from people, Adele is one of the most prominent personalities at John Mayer’s 2nd Annual Holiday Charity Revue in California.
Adele opens the event with a 40-minute set that mesmerizes the crowds.
50. Adele starts a backstage charity fund
During tours, Adele makes it a point to ask all her backstage guests to donate a minimum of $20 for the UK charity Sands.
This group researches the causes of loss of life of babies and helps families who have gone through this predicament.
It is reported that during her tour “Adele Live” she collects $13,000 with this program.
51. Being a helping hand to society is important for Adele
Where celebrity autographs often are sold for millions of dollars, Adele donates her autographed items to the MusiCares Foundation that works to help musicians in need.
To help the Keep A Child Alive charity collect money, the singer also buys a £8000 painting by Stella Vine to help people in Africa overcome the effects of HIV.
Praise from Her Colleagues
52. Professional and senior artists sing praises for Adele
Not only is Adele a sweetheart for her fans, singers such as Béyoncé, Celine Dion (“I love Adele so much. She’s amazing”) and Madonna (“I think she’s brilliant, I love her”) express blatant wishes for collaborating with Adele.
Words of praise from these artists are monumental in the young artist’s career.
53. Guns N’ Roses – all for Adele!
Apart from famous singers, Adele’s music also hits a note with musicians.
For the Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, “Adele is a shot in the arm for this industry.
She writes her own music that’s not at all contrived.
And she’s managed to sell loads of records which make her a great example to the younger artists.”
54. Settling down with Simon Konecki
After the heartfelt relationship that is the inspiration behind “19” and “21,” sweet Adele finds a compatible partner in entrepreneur Simon Konecki. In 2012, Adele reveals that she and Konecki are starting a family.
From living in a Notting Hill apartment, the family shifts to Konecki’s West Sussex £7 million mansion and in October 2012, a son is born to the couple.
55. Adele’s drunk diary
During her teenage years, Adele is caught in a drinking habit, something she isn’t proud to recall.
Her “drunk diary,” as she calls it, holds the verses and lyrics the songwriter conjures when she is going through tough times.
However, soon Adele learns to take control of matters in the right way.
56. Dreaming of more than just musical hits!
The young artist is very sentimental about her personal passion.
As she continues to be a legend in the world, talking to People Magazine, Adele says, “I really want to be a mum.
I better start getting on with it!” She adds that she wants to have three sons by the time she’s 30.
57. Never married – following in her mother’s footsteps?
Adele is an emotional person by nature and relationships mean a lot to her.
Even though she has been in a few serious relationships before, she remains unmarried even as she has her first son, just as her mother did when Adele was born.
58. An avid tea drinker?
Adele is not conscious of her looks, unlike most showbiz personnel.
She proudly tells British Vogue, “My life is full of drama and I won’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.
I don’t like going to the gym. I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine.”
59. Even stars like Adele have stage fright
Adele has confessed multiple times that soothing her nerves before a stage performance really gets out of hand! Panic attacks and vomiting, she says, are a routine every time she is to face a big audience.
Luckily for her, these attacks end as soon as she steps on stage for her performance.
60. Adele’s family is as un-musical as it can get!
Reminiscing over the past, Adele says that her voice and the knack for song writing were all nurtured because of her early childhood interest in music.
She comes from a family that has no musical links, ties or even genes! She recalls the innocent mini-concerts that her mother would arrange in her small room.
Truly, riding on her passion alone has Adele making her way to the top.
61. Adele is a family person
Instead of appearing on magazine covers and tabloids, Adele prefers to spend time with her family, especially her mother, who has been her biggest support and well-wisher.
In her words, “Mum loves me being famous! She is so excited and proud as she had me so young and couldn’t support me, so I am living her dream, it’s sweeter for both of us.
It’s her 40th birthday soon and I’m going to buy her 40 presents.”
62. A definite animal lover
Adele is not only an animal lover; she is downright touchy about her dachshund, whom she calls Louis Armstrong.
Her website has an extensive blog about dachshunds, showing how much she adores her pet.
63. Adele is a liberal
Politically, Adele is a liberal.
Her opinion on taxes isn’t very friendly (however, it does get you to roll with laughter!).
She says, “I’m mortified I have to pay 50%! [While] I use the NHS; I can’t use public transport any more.
Trains are always late, most state schools are shit and I’ve got to give you, like, four million quid – are you having a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from [the album] ‘19,’ I was ready to go and buy a gun and randomly open fire.”
64. Adele’s other conquest – “Skyfall”
Being signed for writing and singing ‘Skyfall’ for the twenty-third James Bond movie is “one of the proudest moments of my life,” says Adele.
No doubt – not only does the single sell 2 million copies worldwide, it rises to No. 2 on the UK charts and enters the Billboard Hot 100 list at No.8.
65. “Skyfall” wins a number of awards, increasing Adele’s brand value considerably
In 2013, Adele sings and performs “Skyfall” at the 85th Academy Awards.
The song wins her an Academy Award that night for Best Original Song.
She wins the same award at the Golden Globe Awards, making “Skyfall” the only James Bond movie song ever to be so nominated and awarded.
The fame and popularity of the song make it the highest-selling record for any James Bond movie.
66. The seventh Grammy for this 24-year-old singer!
Adele’s seventh Grammy comes for her live performance for “Set Fire to the Rain” at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
She wins the award for Best Solo Pop Performance.
67. The Amy Winehouse sequel
For many music fanatics, Adele is a newer version of Amy Winehouse, who won five straight Grammys and whom the English adored before Adele stepped up.
Adele comes close to the former with her sixth Grammy but definitely outshines her with the seventh award that was undoubtedly much deserved.
68. Adele and the British legends
Adele’s recent Grammy Award leads to much speculation about the young artist.
Music experts are now comparing her to British legends who made a name not only in the UK but also in the U.S. Elton John, for example, has 6, while the Bee Gees have 5 awards.
69. Receiving a royal note of thank you
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, sends the singer a personal note of thank you! Compared to all accolades, this small note is surely the one to be remembered.
According to sources the note says: “…with the troubles that the country is in financially, you’re a light at the end of the tunnel.”
70. Adele’s music is definitely influential
Adele’s music genre is no doubt classy.
In 2012, she is listed as one of the most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine.
In the same breath, Adele makes it to a high No. 5 rank on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music List.
A segment, Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, names Adele as one of the Most Powerful Women in all of UK.
71. Being No. 1 on UK charts sure comes with its perks
As of 2012, the young artist makes it to the Forbes list of the World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities under the age of 30 at No. 6 after earning a whopping £23 million pounds in just one year (May 2011-2012)! She also makes it to the Top 10 of Billboard Magazine’s Top 40 Money Makers and tops the Sunday Times Rich List of the Musicians in UK less than 30 years of age.
72. Paying tribute to Adele
Rising to success at the tender age of 19 and then making herself the most talked-of artist in all of UK, Adele surely deserves a heartfelt tribute.
On April 30, 2012, a tribute is arranged for her under the name “Broadway Sings Adele.”
This event is attended by the most prestigious of stars and Broadway performers.
73. Adele’s music has the power to engage all age groups
The influence of her thought-provoking words is noted by many critics.
“Rolling in the Deep,” being the most famous song out of her second album “21,” is listed as the biggest crossover song in the previous quarter of a decade.
It not only tops the pop charts but also makes it to No. 1 on charts such as adult pop and adult contemporary.
74. Breaking records everywhere… even in the history of XL Recordings!
Adele’s signing by XL Recordings is a big surprise to her.
Her recording of a song she wrote herself gets her a big contract, one that breaks records for the record label as well.
Adele is the first overweight artist in the history of the prestigious XL to be signed on.
75. Adele also holds a Guinness World Record for her music
Adele’s success in hitting the world’s top music charts, for her albums and singles alike, earns her 3 Guinness World Records.
This achievement makes her one of those few artists who are able to secure a tremendous success with their talents.
76. Adele is the perfect combination of beauty and brains
Adele catches the media eye in more than one way.
In 2012, People Magazine includes her in 2012’s Most Beautiful at Every Age list.
On the other hand, her songwriting skills and the power of her words win her the Song Writer of the Year Award at the Ivor Novello Awards and “Rolling in the Deep” is awarded for the Most Performed Work in 2012.
77. Unwavering confidence despite all odds
Despite the critical remarks about her appearance, Adele seems to be very comfortable the way she is.
In one of her interviews, she says, “I don’t make music for the eyes. I make music for ears.”
And rightly so, popularly known as the “soul singer,” Adele has powerful lyrics that make up for anything the audience thinks is amiss.
78. For Adele, life has a meaning, which is way more than just looks
Once she is a prominent figure in international media, one would assume Adele could become a plastic doll.
However, this down-to-earth and humble celebrity has no such ambitions.
Even though her profile is of a sweet, hometown girl, the magic of Adele’s voice has cemented her presence and her career for years to come.
In an interview with the magazine Vogue, she says, “I’ve seen people where it rules their lives, you know who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down.
And I just don’t want that in my life.”
79. Adele has been on the road to improvement
Even celebrities have insecurities that they wish they didn’t have.
After spending a lot of teenage years in failing relationships and alcoholism, Adele turns a new leaf when she shifts to Notting Hill.
She says, “I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn’t mean to but I just did.
I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way.
I’m done with being a bitter witch.”
80. Adele hits a personal chord with just about anyone
Perhaps the biggest achievement for this young songstress and songwriter is that her songs carry a personal note, such that anyone listening to them may exclaim, “Wow, that totally applies to me!” She says, “I don’t do it on purpose.
The way I write my songs is that I have to believe what I’m writing about, and that’s why they always end up being so personal.”
81. Warming up to her mother’s music choices?
According to Adele, her childhood taste in music matures owing to her mother.
She says, “You’re not supposed to like what your parents like, so I was a little dismissive of it.”
However, soon she discovers that her inspirations have shifted from the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys to Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Janis Joplin, all of whom are her mother’s favorites.
82. “I could die and go to heaven right now,” Adele says
Taking out a third album and making it a hit are definitely part of Adele’s plan but the humble singer is not greedy for success.
She believes in writing and singing because she likes it and at the moment is pretty satisfied with her life.
83. “21” is the longest-running No. 1 album
In 2012, “21” completes its 23rd consecutive week as the No. 1 album on the U.S. charts.
This achievement makes Adele the first woman in the history of Billboard to have such a long-running record.
Not only this, no artist has been able to break this record since 1985.
84. Adele’s focus is another one of her stand-out qualities
As critics from the U.S. and UK gawk at this young singer’s instant success, observers and fans alike admire her intense focus.
According to them, Adele is truly a soulful singer because she hasn’t tried to capture mainstream media attention by launching perfumes, clothing lines or other labels.
For her, the love of music is her fame instead of physical attractiveness.
85. Can you guess how much time it took to record “Skyfall”?
Once news of Adele singing the new Bond song is made public, the artist reveals that it took her a mere 10 minutes to record the first draft and just “two studio sessions” to complete the recording! Such a recording speaks volumes of the singer’s passion and ability.
86. A peek into Adele’s life
No doubt avid fans and the media alike itch for a peek into the young singer’s life, which she tries to keep as private as possible.
After winning her latest Grammy, Adele shows interest in making an HBO documentary that will revolve around her personal life, backstage.
87. Adele is a role model when it comes to priorities
For Adele, her priorities matter the most.
While she is the voice behind the success of “Skyfall,” Adele is more than happy to miss the grand British premiere of the movie so she can spend time with her newborn.
This is definitely a valued quality for a famous artist.
88. After riches, fame and success, Adele stands her ground in the industry
Adele’s personality remains untainted by her jazzy profession.
Appreciation for this is heard by none other than the famous Britney Spears, who is in awe of Adele’s music.
She says, “You can tell she hasn’t gotten caught up in that pop music machine thing – which is easy to get caught in – and she hasn’t just listened to what executives were telling her to do.”
89. Improvement is the key to success for Adele
According to Adele, “I’m more patient, more honest, more forgiving and more aware of my own flaws, habits and principles.
Something that comes with age I think. So fittingly, this record is called ‘21.’
The whole reason I called my first album ‘19’ was about cataloging what happened to me then and who I was then, like a photo album you see the progression and changes in a person throughout the years.”
90. Poetry is a form of relaxation for Adele
On her website, Adele says about her lyrics, “I’ve got no problem explaining what my lyrics are about.
I really like poetry; I’m not very good at reading it but I love writing it.
Singers like Jill Scott and Karen Dalton are amazing; proper poets.”
91. Humility and humbleness make a perfect match for Adele’s thunderous voice
The humility that Adele’s personality possesses is unmatched in any artists with her fame.
Though always confident of her singing skills, she recalls her doubt over leveraging everything for the passion of music: “I didn’t know what was going to happen if my music career went wrong, I didn’t even have a proper job yet.”
92. Nipping the past in its bud is Adele’s style!
After the rocketing success of her record and her revelation that the album is a result of her “rubbish” relationship, Adele’s not-so-famous boyfriend comes back to her to claim royalties! He claims that since he is the idea behind the record, he deserves compensation for it.
However, Adele knows better.
93. Adele’s sweet “don’t-mess-with-me” style
After having her heart broken in her previous relationship, Adele is committed to her career and will not let anything faze her.
Talking to the Sun, she says, “For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it.
Finally, I said, ‘Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.
He really thought he’d had some input into the creative process by being a p—ck. I’ll give him this credit — he made me an adult and put me on the road that I’m traveling.”
94. Adele’s vocal strength and how she achieved it
Adele’s childhood discovery of her voice leads her to become a recognized singer in the shortest possible time.
Music critics and observers voice that her vocals are much more powerful than her lyrics, something the singer is proud of.
Agreeing with this observation, she says, “I taught myself how to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald for acrobatics and scales, Etta James for passion and Roberta Flack for control.”
Other Key Events
95. Can you picture Adele singing through a First Lady’s birthday bash?
Not only does Adele have a big list of American fans, the First Lady herself is an Adele lover! Adele has already accepted Michelle Obama’s invitation to sing at her birthday bash next year with co-singer Béyoncé.
No doubt, Adele’s heartfelt performance can light up any birthday party.
96. Adele’s very own TV performance
What’s next for the soulful Adele? Impressed by her performance year after year since 2007, NBC producers are now coming up with a show that will showcase Adele’s performances and have insightful interviews into the songwriter’s life.
97. Appearing on some of the most popular shows
Adele previously appears on some very popular American shows, which shows the extent of demand for her music across the Atlantic.
Her appearances are on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the CBS Early Show and “Chelsea Lately.”
98. Breaking records on iTunes
Adele remains the first singer to date who has topped iTunes records.
She scores for having the Top Selling Single, the Top Selling Album and is also awarded iTunes Artist of the Year.
Such a record has never been set by any artist throughout the world.
99. Adele delights XL for having her!
Adele’s signing on to XL works just fine for the record label.
Not only does her music put her up as one of the highest-paid celebrities, her records also lead XL to make close to $67 million in profits from just one artist!
100. Adele’s voice makes it to the screen
One of Adele’s most popular singles, “Hometown Glory” is included as a background song in many famous American TV series, some of which include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Tree Hill” and “Skins.”