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Adele Biography



Date of Birth
5 December 1988, Tottenham, London, England, UK

Birth Name
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins

5' 9" (1.75 m)

  • First winner of the Brit Awards Critics' Choice (2008).
  • Resides with her mother in South London.
  • Is influenced by the music of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Graduated from BRIT School (2006).
  • English soul and jazz singer.
  • Underwent throat surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal cord on November 7, 2011.
  • Named as the "Artist of the Year" for 2011 by Billboard.
  • Made Billboard history by becoming the first female singer to top the artist, album and singles list in the same year (2011).
  • In the 2011 Billboard poll, Adele was voted for the Favourite Hot 100 No. 1 song (Rolling in the Deep) and Favourite Billboard 200 No. 1 for her album "21".
  • Is good friends with EastEnders (1985) actor Sid Owen.
  • Voted #92 on Ask men's Top 99 'most desirable' woman of 2012 list.
  • Won 6 awards at the 2012 Grammy Awards, including: Record of the Year for her album "21", Album of the Year for "21", Song of the Year for "Rolling in the Deep", Best Solo Performance for "Someone Like You", Best Pop Vocal Album for "21", and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling in the Deep".
  • Has a miniature dachshund.
  • Suffers from a fear of flying and sailing.
  • Ranked #20 of the "60 Richest Young People" in the UK's The Sunday Times Rich List (2012) with earnings of £20m/$30.
  • Owns a selection of wigs for which she has pet names such as, "June" (after June Carter Cash), "Jackie" (after Jackie Collins), etc.
  • Prior to hitting the big time as a singer, Adele once lived in a 1BR flat directly above the bookstore run by Hugh Grant in the movie Notting Hill (1999).
  • Even after making a victorious splash at the 51st Grammy Awards (8 Feb. 2009), the singer surprised everybody when she took a job at the London-based "Rough Trade" record store as a personal exercise in learning about the basics of the music industry and getting an insider's view of the up-and-coming talent.
  • Adele's victorious performance at the 54th Grammy Awards (12 February 2012) was the first time she'd sung in public since her throat surgery in Boston (Nov. 2011) where renowned throat surgeon Dr. Steven Zeitels performed the successful operation.
  • She and Beyoncé Knowles are avid mutual fans.
  • First British female artist to reach the 10 million records sales mark in the U.S. with her album "21". The album is also the first to top the list two years in a row (2011 & 2012) since Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in 1983 and 1984. [November 2012]
  • Won her first 2 Grammies at the 2009 ceremony, for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Chasing Pavements" from her freshman album, 19.
  • Gave birth to her 1st child at age 24, a son Angelo James Konecki on October 19, 2012. Child's father is her boyfriend [now husband], Simon Konecki.
  • Has a younger paternal half-brother, Cameron Evans.
  • Her father, Mark Evans, walked out on Adele and her mother when she was 3-years-old. She saw him every weekend until 1999, not seeing him again until 2003. They became estranged again in 2011 after Evans sold a story about his daughter to the press.
  • One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World (2012).
  • She was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Music. She is a singer and songwriter.
  • London, England: singer [June 2013]
  • Good friends with Ayda Field.
  • Adele's album "25" sold over 800K copies in the first week of its release, breaking the UK's chart history record previously held by Oasis's "Be Here Now" (1997), a record the band held for 18 years. [2015]
  • First female in the history of the "Billboard Hot 100" to have three singles in the top 10 at the same time: "Set Fire to the Rain" (#2), "Rolling in the Deep" (#5), "Someone Like You" (#7) - from the album "21" (2011).
  • Her longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki is a campaigner for safe water worldwide a charity co-founded by screen legend Paul Newman to provide safe drinking water to people in the developing world.
  • Adele's mom Penny was a huge Jeff Buckley fan, in particular of his 1994 album "Grace" which she would play after she'd put the young Adele to bed at night.
  • Credits the scene where a lovesick Mark Wahlberg is floating in the water in The Perfect Storm (2000), as a major inspiration for the lyrics of her song "Rolling in the Deep".
  • The first concert she recalls attending in 1992 was when her mother escorted her to see The Beautiful South at London's Brixton Academy. She was too young, at age 3, to be admitted so her mother smuggled her in under her coat. Shortly afterwards she was taken (legally) to see The Cure at London's Finsbury Park (1993).
  • On top of being the best selling artist of the 21st century, she is the only artist with not one but two Diamond certified albums.
  • Rates Bruno Mars as one of the greatest male pop singers of his generation.
  • Despite her meteoric rise to wealth and fame, Adele still remains loyal to her cosmetics and continues to wear her favorite perfume "Hypnotic Poison" by Christian Dior, a fragrance she's worn since she was 15-years-old.
  • Refers to her circle of friends as her "squad," a group that includes the likes of Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessie Ware, Rihanna, Beyoncé Knowles, Emma Stone, Jessie J, Lady Gaga, etc.
  • Won five categories in Billboard Music Awards 2016, includes Top Artist of the Year, Top Female Artist of the Year, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Selling Song for her single Hello, and Top Billboard 200 Album for her latest album 25.
  • Music video for her single Hello, became the most-viewed video on Vevo in 24-hours (27,7 million views) and the fastest video to reach 1 billion views (in 87 days) on Youtube.
  • In 2011 Adele began a relationship with Simon Konecki. On October 19, 2012 she gave birth to the couple's first child - a son named Angelo James Konecki. Later they got married.
  • Has won every Grammy she was nominated for since 2012. Before that she had won in 2 out of 5 nominations.
  • Got married in early 2017.
  • First female artist to win the Grammy for Song of the Year twice.
  • Attained the status of richest British musician-vocalist in the UK under the age of 30. [2017]
  • Trademarks:
  • Soulful contralto voice
  • The ubiquitous wigs
  • Unfiltered profanities during her performances
  • Titles albums after the age she was when it was written. 19, 21, 25, etc.
  • Her power ballads
  • Quotes
  • I'm learning about tax at the moment with my accountant - pffffff! I use the NHS, I can't use public transport any more, doing what I do, I went to state school, I'm mortified to have to pay 50 per cent! Trains are always late, most state schools are shit and I've gotta give you like four million quid, are you 'avin a laugh? When I got my tax bill in from 19 I was ready to go 'n' buy a gun and randomly open fire.
  • [on singing her songs of heartbreak] Imagine if you weren't in an office job or whatever, and you were performing your feelings as I do. It's kind of like not getting over something isn't it, because every night you have to talk about it.
  • I love food and hate exercise. I don't have time to work out. I don't want to be on the cover of Playboy or Vogue. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone or Q. I'm not a trend-setter. I'm a singer. I'd rather weigh a ton and make an amazing album than look like Nicole Richie and do a shit album. My aim in life is never to be skinny.
  • When it comes to staying myself - my career isn't my life, it doesn't come home with me. So it's a piece of piss staying grounded and not being changed by it. The same things I've always liked still satisfy me. My team's the same and my group of friends are the same. Of course I'm bowled over by people's response to "21," and when I meet artists I love, it blows my mind. But it baffles me as well. I go home and my best friend laughs at me, rather than going to a celebrity-studded party to rub shoulders with people who know me but who I don't know. I'm Z-list when it comes to that shit.
  • I've never been more normal than I am now.
  • I don't make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
  • Even if I did have, you know, a 'Sports Illustrated' body, I'd still wear elegant clothes.
  • Crying is really bad for your vocal cords.
  • Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.
  • I don't like the word 'brand'. It makes me sound like a fabric softener or a packet of crisps. I'm not that. But there's personality in an artist and if you're expecting people to let you in, you have to be a whole package.
  • [on Phil Collins] I met up with him and he was so nice. He's such a genius. But I met up with him in London super-early, like well before I was starting the record. And I had this song in mind and I can't remember if I gave him a copy of the song or if I gave him a chorus or something, and then I just chickened out of everything. I went, 'Oh, I'm not ready.' And he called me a slippery fish! I think he interpreted it that I decided I didn't want to work with him, but actually I decided I didn't want to write a record, period, at that point. But yeah, there's no bad blood there, or certainly not on my half.
  • The bigger your career gets, the smaller your life gets.
  • You're only as good as your next record.
  • [on David Bowie's greatest producer, Tony Visconti] Some dickhead tried to say that my voice was not me on record. Suck my dick.
  • [2008; on Estelle's comments that the new female soul singers, and Adele and Duffy in particular, are 'not soul'] I really don't care. If Lauryn Hill had said that about me, I'd be very bovvered.

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