Adele is an English singer-songwriter. After signing a contract with record label XL Recordings in September , Adele began to work on her debut studio album, 19 , which was ultimately released in Adele released her second studio album 21 in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 7 October Jann Wenner. XL Recordings. Daniel Merriweather.
Issued nearly five years after her previous album, the internationally successful 21 , the album is titled as a reflection of her life and frame of mind at 25 years old and is termed a "make-up record". Its lyrical content features themes of Adele "yearning for her old self, her nostalgia ", and "melancholia about the passage of time" according to an interview with the singer by Rolling Stone , as well as themes of motherhood and regret. The album was widely anticipated and Adele's record labels promoted the album with an extensive marketing campaign. It became a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in 32 countries and breaking first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States. In the US, the album sold over 3. Following 21 , it was certified Diamond by the RIAA , making Adele the only artist of the s to achieve this certification with two albums. Four singles were released to promote the album, with " Hello " becoming an international number one song and the fastest selling digital single in the US, with over a million copies sold within a week of its release, " Send My Love To Your New Lover " charted within the top 10 and " When We Were Young " and " Water Under the Bridge " charted within the top 20 across Europe and North America. Credited for impacting the music industry by encouraging a renewed interest in buying physical releases rather than downloading or streaming and much like 21 , for saving the dwindling sales of the UK and US music industry, 25 won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year. To promote the album, Adele embarked on her third worldwide concert tour, Adele Live It started on 29 February and ended on 30 June
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Fusing elements of pop, blues, disco, and gospel, it is a song that is without a specific genre. It topped the mainstream pop, adult pop, and adult contemporary radio charts while making a significant impact on Latin and rock radio. Prior to his work with Adele, producer Paul Epworth was best-known for his work with Florence and the Machine on their debut album Lungs. Adele had some trepidation about working together because she thought their musical styles were too divergent. She has now referred to it as a "match made in heaven. Watch Video. Buy on Amazon. Adele says that she wrote "Someone Like You" when she was exhausted from writing angry songs about her broken relationship. She wrote it to feel okay with herself about the two years in the relationship. Adele performed "Someone Like You" live at the Brit Awards in February and nearly broke down in tears at the end.
After singing her No. Prognosticators anticipated that 25 might sell a million copies in its first week, an extraordinary figure in an anemic music industry that has seen physical record sales wither. Selling 2 million units would be miraculous. Then sales passed another million the following week. Then another. Americans are obsessed with the royal family. This is a little disingenuous, but only a little. Adele, of course, is more than a set of stratospheric numbers. In a stunted pop economy in which her contemporaries try to sound simultaneously like each other and like what might be trending next, Adele does the opposite: she sounds like the past. Her music is dignified, even stately, cutting across demographics.