Adele (singer)

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Adele

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Personal
Born: May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05) (age 28)[1]
Tottenham, London, England
Years active: 2006-present
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: British
Body
Measurements: 38-34-38
Bra/cup size: 34D
Boobs: Natural[2]
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Body type: Chubby
Eye color: Green
Hair: Brown
Long, Straight
Underarm hair: Shaved
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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins known mononymously as Adele, is a British singer and songwriter. 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. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008. 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, including Album of the Year; two Brit Awards, including British Album of the Year, and three American Music 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. 21 is the longest running number one album by a female solo artist in the history of the UK and U.S. Album Charts. In 2011 and 2012, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year.

In 2012, Adele was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music, and Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world. In 2013, she received an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for her song "Skyfall", which she wrote and composed for the James Bond film of the same name.

Early Life

Adele was born on 5 May 1988 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".

Adele impersonated the Spice Girls at dinner parties as a young girl. She stated she was left "heartbroken" when her favourite Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell aka "Ginger Spice," left the group. To make her look like English R&B and urban contemporary singer Gabrielle, her mother made her an eye patch with sequins, which Adele later said was embarrassing. In 1997, at the age of nine, Adele and her mother, who by then had found work as a furniture maker and an adult-learning activities organiser, relocated to Brighton.

In 1999, two years later, she and her mother moved back to London; first to Brixton, and then to neighbouring district West Norwood, in south London. West Norwood is the subject for Adele's first record, "Hometown Glory", which she wrote and composed in 2004, when she was 16. After moving to south London, she became interested in R&B artists such as Aaliyah, Destiny's Child, and Mary J. Blige.

Adele says that one of the most defining moments in her life was when she watched Pink perform at Brixton Academy. She states: "It was the Missundaztood record, so I was about 13 or 14. I had never heard, being in the room, someone sing like that live...I remember sort of feeling like I was in a wind tunnel, her voice just hitting me. It was incredible."

In 2002, aged 14, Adele discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald as she stumbled on the artists's CDs in the jazz section of her local music store. She was struck by their appearance on the album covers. Adele states she then "started listening to Etta James every night for an hour," and in the process was getting "to know my own voice." Adele graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon in May 2006, where she was a classmate of Leona Lewis and Jessie J. Adele credits the school with nurturing her talent even though, at the time, she was more interested in going into A&R and hoped to launch other people's careers.


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