With ‘25’ becoming the bestselling music album of 2016 and the fastest selling album of all-time, it wouldn’t be wrong to call Adele the reigning queen of the music industry. The 28-year old singer has sold around 10 million copies of her latest record in less than a year’s time. The album’s increasing popularity can be gauged by the fact that although released in 2015, it is ruling the charts even towards the end of 2016. You can check Adele concert dates to see where she is coming next with her Adele Live 2016 tour. She is touring in support of ‘25’ and will be making stops across the Western Europe and North America.
Born in London in 1988, was the only child of her parents, Penny Adkins and Mark Evans. Her father left the family when Adele was only four years of age. Although he remained in touch with Adele until her teenage years but the distance and his alcohol problem did not allow the relationship with his daughter to develop. Adele hence grew more close to her mother who encouraged her to explore her different talents and skills.
Very early in her life, Adele discovered her love for music. She enjoyed listening to songs by Mary J.Blige, Destiny’s Child and Lauryn Hill. However what truly inspired her was the record collection of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James which she came across at the age of fifteen. As a teenage girl she found herself hooked to the music produced five decades ago.
She was also a huge fan of the famous all-girl band of the 90s, Spice Girls. She loved impersonating them. She liked to cover songs by the British singer, Gabrielle. One day when a dance producer friend of Adele’s father heard her singing, he saw great potential and landed Adele her first gig. When she first stepped behind a mic, she knew she was destined to be singer. She said in an interview, “As soon as I got the microphone in my hand, when I was about 14, I realized I wanted to do this.”
Although Adele had a natural inclination towards music but the conventional classroom settings seemed to put her off. Hence she got herself enrolled into the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology. A number of graduates from this school have gone on to become very successful musicians. These include big names like Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and Kate Wash.
It was at the BRIT School that Adele met Shingai Shoniwa who later became the vocalist of the music band The Noisettes. Since she lived next door, Adele got the opportunity to jam with her. In an interview later, Adele said it was Shoniwa who inspired her to be a songwriter.
Like many aspiring musicians, Adele opened a MySpace account where she could post her songs and get feedback from her listeners. By the year 2004, she already had a strong online fan following. Following her graduation, she toured alongside musicians Jack Penate, Davendra Banhart and Jamie T.
Adele released a record by the name of ‘Hometown Glory’ through Jamie T’s indie label, Pacemakers Records. This was only available on 7-inch vinyl format. By this time she had recording offers pouring in from a number of renowned record labels. Eventually it was the executives at XL Recordings with whom she signed for her debut album.
Adele started recording her debut album at the age of 19, and hence called it ‘19’. Initially Adele faced some difficulties while writing songs for this record but her breakup with her boyfriend became her inspiration and led her to compose some very touching and emotional numbers. This included the major hit ‘Chasing Pavements.’ The song also won the English singer a Grammy Award in the category of ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.’ Another track that instantly gained popularity upon release was ‘Hometown Flory.’ The album shot the singer to fame and earned her a lot of admiration.
‘19’ debuted at the number one on the music charts in the UK and went on to be certified 7x platinum. Few months later the record was released in the US under Columbia Records. It received a favorable response from the critics and fans alike. The singer further cemented her place in the country when she appeared on the famous TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the October of 2008. During the time of the taping of the show, the album ranked 40 on the iTunes chart and the very next day it reached number one position. ‘19’ has been certified double platinum in the US. It enjoys platinum level sales in eight more countries.
The album won Adele a Grammy Award for the ‘Best New Artist’ and a Critics’ Choice BRIT Award. The English singer was named by the BBC as the ‘Sound of 2008.’
In 2011, Adele released her follow-up album to ‘19’ and named it ‘21’, which again was her age at the time of its recording. The much anticipated record exceeded the expectations of the fans and critics and sold a whopping 352,000 copies within the first week of release. With mega hits like ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rolling in the Deep’, Adele’s album occupied the top position on the music charts for consecutive eleven weeks. By doing so she broke the record that was previously held by Madonna’s ‘Immaculate Collection’.
In 2012, Adele took home six Grammys including one for ‘Album of the Year’. The following year she won another Grammy in the category of ‘Best Solo Pop Performance’ for her song ‘Set Fire to the Rain’. She also bagged a Golden Globe as well as an Academy Award for ‘Skyfall,’ the title song of the James Bond movie released in 2013.
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, ‘21’ is the bestselling music record of the last decade on a global level. It topped the music charts in over thirty countries.
Adele announced the release of her third studio effort on Instagram in October of 2015. She said that her first album was a break-up record and if she had to label her upcoming project, she would call it a make-up record. This music album for Adele is like a making up for the things she has or has not done in her life. It is about getting to know the person she has become after all that she has been through.
The day following her Instagram post, the ballad ‘Hello’ from ‘25’ was released with a video clip that featured Tristan Wilds. According to reports this was the first music video to be shot with IMAX cameras.
‘Hello’ debuted at the number one position on the Billboard pop charts and became the singer’s fourth chart-topper. The song set the record for receiving the maximum downloads (over a million) in one week. It held the top spot in the UK for numerous weeks.
‘25’ hit the shelves on November 20th, 2015 to a tremendous response. It has a traditional pop sound and consists of songs that delve into the intricacies of a relationship. It went on to reach the number one spot on iTunes in more than hundred countries. ‘25’ became the fastest selling album in the UK; it sold a million copies in the country in only ten days. In the US the album sold 3.38 million copies in a week’s time and by doing so, it broke the record previously held by ‘N Sync with 2.42 million album sales.
In the album ‘25’ Adele has made a conscious effort to move away from the break-up theme that dominated her previous records. This record is a representation or a reflection of the frame of mind she was in before and how she looks at her life at the moment. She addresses everything from her childhood mistakes to her teenage blunders, from her regrets to her fears to her role as a mother which she is very passionate about.
The album opens with the track ‘Hello’ in which she tries to reach out to an ex-lover. The single preceded the release of the album and received an amazing 27 million views within 24 hours. The way the sad low piano chords build into high soaring ones towards the end of the song is a treat for the ears. Besides the singer’s powerful intense vocals create a sense of drama that keeps the listener gripped throughout the song. With ‘Hello’ coming after three years of the release of the singer’s last smash hit single ‘Skyfall,’ the expectations of the fans were quite high and Adele made sure that they were not disappointed.
‘Send My Love’ is another song on the album which has become very popular. It was co-written by Adele along with her co-producers Shellback and Max Martin. The song is a realization of her mistakes and depicts her struggle in coming to terms with her past and move on with her life. The sentiment that the song carries is one that will strike a chord with numerous broken hearts around the world, as she sings ‘I forgive it all - you set me free.’ Her vocals on this number are crisp and upbeat. According to some critics they are reminiscent of those by the New Zealand music star Lorde in her song ‘Royals.’
Adele’s singing is effortless and full of emotions. Her words flow neatly with the rhythm even though she stretches vowels and adds syllables at various points. For example ‘It’s so co-oo-oo- old out here-ee-eer in your weel-de-er-ne-ess’ looks pretty awkward in print but sounds beautiful when Adele sings it with all her heart.
Adele Live 2017
Ever since she emerged as a pop star on the music scene, the 28-year old pop singer has taken the world by storm, both with her recordings and her live performances. In a career spanning around ten years, she has broken several sales records and sold out numerous arenas. She has the magic and intensity in her voice which taps into the deepest emotions of the fans that show up in huge numbers every time she hits the road.
After two mega successful concert tours ‘An Evening With Adele’ in 2008-09 and ‘Adele Live’ in 2011, she is back on tour, this time to promote her increasingly popular record ’25.’ Titled ‘Adele Live 2016’, the diva is currently taking her tour to numerous cities around the world and treating the audience to a wonderful night out each time.
If you want to catch the English singer live on stage in her element then check out the Adele concert schedule and book Adele tickets before they sell out.