While hair metal bands and power ballads were going strong in the 1980s, a young girl by the name of Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in Tottenham, London. She learned to play the clarinet and guitar, graduated at the Brit School of Performing Arts and Technology, becoming the popular singer-songwriter we know today as Adele. Her touching soul and jazz songs have earned her adoring fans around the world, who jump to buy Adele tickets the moment they go on sale.
When first starting out, Adele played alongside the eminent Sir Paul McCartney and Icelandic pop sensation Björk on the music show Later With Jools Holland. She then signed a recording contract with XL recordings.
In 2008, the debut Adele album "19" entered the UK album charts at Number 1. At the same time, Adele released the hit single "Chasing Pavements" from the album. However, it was the 2011 release of "21", and subsequent hit "Rolling in the Deep", which catapulted Adele to musical superstardom. It also spawned the first-ever Adele concert tour, called An Evening with Adele.
To make this powerful second album, Adele called upon legendary record producer Rick Rubin and a host of other songwriters. And they didn't let her down. "21" sold over 20 million copies worldwide. In fact, this second Adele album was the best-selling release of 2011 in both the US and UK.
Adele's work has earned her numerous awards and appearances at events. Highlights include a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Chasing Pavements", and a separate award for Best New Artist. After releasing "21", she scooped six trophies at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Adele also received Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Album of the Year at the 2012 Brits.
The third Adele album, "25", released in 2015, sold effortlessly. The single "Hello" from the album stormed into the UK and US charts at Number 1, and sold more than a million downloads in the first week of release. By the end of 2015, "25" had sold more than 15 million copies around the world.
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Did you know these Adele facts?
- Adele is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
- She set a new world record as the first female to have two songs and two albums in the UK top five at the same time.
- "Ray of Light" is Adele's favorite Madonna record.
Current Adele tour schedule
This year's much anticipated Adele concert tour began in February. Between August and November venues like the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, and New York's Madison Square Garden will all welcome Adele in concert. Boston, Philadelphia, Auburn Hills, Washington DC, Nashville, Miami, Austin and Montreal are just a few of the cities that will also host Adele live. November 14th and 15th are the final upcoming Adele concert schedule dates, and fans in Mexico City who are lucky enough to have Adele concert tickets, will catch her live at the Palacio de los Deportes arena.
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