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  • Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known mononymously as Adele, is an

  • English singer-songwriter. Adele was offered a recording contract from XL Recordings after

  • a friend posted her demos on Myspace in 2006. The next year she received the Brit Awards

  • "Critics' Choice" and won the BBC Sound of 2008. Her debut album, 19 was released in

  • 2008 to much commercial and critical success in the UK. 19 was certified four times platinum

  • in the UK. Her career in the US was boosted by a Saturday Night Live appearance in late

  • 2008. At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female

  • Pop Vocal Performance.

  • Adele released her second album, 21 in early 2011. The album was well received critically

  • and surpassed the success of her debut commercially.21 has been certified 14 times platinum in the

  • UK; in the US the album held the top position longer than any other album since 1993. The

  • success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book Of World Records. She

  • is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the UK. With

  • her two albums and the first two singles from 21, "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like

  • You", Adele became the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in

  • both the UK Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since

  • the Beatles in 1964. With her third release from the album, "Set Fire to the Rain", becoming

  • her third number one single in the US, Adele became the first artist in history to lead

  • the

  • US album chart concurrently with three Billboard Hot 100 number ones. 21 is the longest running

  • number one album by a female solo artist on the UK albums chart and is tied for the longest cumulative stay at

  • number one by a female solo artist as well. In 2011, Billboard named Adele artist of the

  • year.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known mononymously as Adele, is an

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