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Adele is a singer and songwriter who won the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Her debut album "19" was followed up by her sophomore effort "21" in 2011.

Born in London on May 5, 1988, Adele (nee Adele Adkins) has been the toast of the UK music press and record buying public since the October 2007 release of her first single, "Hometown Glory," an autobiographic heart-rendering ode to London.

In December 2007, Adele became the first recipient of the Brit Awards' newly inaugurated Critics Choice prize, presented to the year's most significant artist who, at that time, had yet to release an album. She was also honored as the winner of BBC Music's Sound of 2008 poll—a consortium of UK music critics, editors and broadcasters—as the most promising new musical artist likely to emerge in the upcoming year.

XL Recordings (the influential independent label whose UK roster includes The White Stripes, M.I.A., Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart and more) released the UK edition of her debut album, "19," on January 28, 2008, the week following the introduction of the album's lead-in single, "Chasing Pavements" (which became the UK's #1 Airplay Single). "19" entered the UK Album Chart at #1 while "Chasing Pavements" held onto its #2 spot on the UK singles chart and "Hometown Glory" entered the UK singles chart at #32, meaning that new artist Adele had the UK's #1 album and two Top 40 singles all in the same week.

"19" has been certified Platinum in the UK and has charted Top 10 or better on the Irish Album Chart (#3), the Dutch Album Chart (#4), Billboard's European Top Albums Chart (#6) and the United World Chart (#8).

Praise of Adele and her music has been reverberating throughout the UK mainstream and underground music press:

• The Observer's Music Monthly (October 2007) noted that " ... her sultry soul voice and songs capture the essence of teenage love ... ." while the paper's "New Faces 2008" (December 30, 2007) correctly predicted that Adele " ... will begin 2008 as one of the year's most hotly tipped singers." In January 2008, The Observer Music Monthly section gave 19 a five star review simply stating that "Of all 2008's female vocalists, none is as great as this one ... "

• Q called her a "Teenage Londoner with the voice of a Motown diva ... " while The Sun pointed out that "It's clear to see and hear why Adele Adkins is going to be 2008's breakthrough star ... .She is the owner of a remarkably bluesy, soulful voice ... "

• The London Evening Standard summed it up saying: " ... Adele's the real thing ... "

• Elle UK proclaimed Adele as "a face to watch" in their December 2007 Hotlist.

Adele signed in the states with Columbia Records in a joint venture with XL Recordings, her worldwide label.


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Age: 28 years old
Birthday: May 5, 1988
Height: 5' 9"
Full Name / Real Name: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England, UK

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