Full name Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Adele was born on 5 May 2022 in Tottenham, London, the daughter of an English mother, Penny Adkins (born c. 1970) and a Welsh father, Mark Evans. Evans left when Adele was two, leaving her 20-year-old mother to raise her single-handedly. She began singing at age four and asserts that she became obsessed with voices. Growing up Adele spent most of her time singing rather than reading, stating the last book she read was Roald Dahl’s Matilda when she was six years old. Adele has cited the Spice Girls as a major influence in regard to her love and passion for music, stating that “they made me what I am today”
Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified four times platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the U.S. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008 boosted her career in the U.S. At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Adele released her second studio album, 21, in early 2011. The album was well received critically and surpassed the success of her debut, earning the singer numerous awards in 2012, including a record-tying six Grammy Awards,
The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK, and is the fourth best-selling album in the UK of all time. In the U.S. it has held the top position longer than any album since 1985, and is certified Diamond. The album has sold 30 million copies worldwide.
The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records. She is the first woman in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, and the first female artist to simultaneously have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100.
On 27 August 2015, Billboard reported that Adele’s label, XL Recordings, is planning her third studio album to be released in November 2015. Danger Mouse has contributed a single while Tobias Jesso Jr. has written a track and Ryan Tedder is “back in the mix after producing and co-writing “Rumour Has It” on 21.” At the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in early September 2015, Sia announced that her new single “Alive” was co-written by Adele and had originally been intended for Adele’s third album.