Rolling in the Success

Posted on December 4, 2011


         A British singer making it in the States?  Sounds weird, right?  Adele, with her soulful voice and classy look, has made a name for herself by singing songs that other girls can relate to, and becoming one of the year’s hottest artists. 

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         Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in London, England on May 5th, 1988. Adele began singing at the age of four; the group she loved around that time was the Spice Girls. Gabrielle was her favorite so her mother made her an eye patch. At the age of eleven when she moved to Brixton, she made her first album, “Hometown Glory,” while attending West Norwood in October 2007. When Adele moved she also became interested in R&B artists:  Aaliyah, Destiny’s Child, and Mary J. Blige. In May 2006, she graduated from The BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon, where she was the classmate of Leona Lewis and Jessie J.

          19, named for the age when she started recording it, scored on the British charts, peaking number one. The Times named 19 an “essential” Blue Eyed Soul recording. Adele was nominated for the 2008 deal with Columbia records and XL Recordings for her foray in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards Adele was nominated and won awards for Best New Artist, and Best Female Vocal Performance. Adele was also nominated for Recording of the Year, Song of the Year, Best British Female, Best British Single, and Best British Breakthrough Act. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent Adele a thank-you letter stating, “With the troubles that the country’s in financially, you’re a light at the end of the tunnel.”

In 2010, Adele received a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Hometown Glory.” Adele released her second studio album 21 on January 24, 2011. In the first week 21 sold 2.5 million copies and 992,000 digital copies, making it one of the best selling albums of the first half of 2011. “Rolling in the Deep” hit number one in eight countries, including the U.S. It also hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and sold 5.567 copies. 

           In October 2011, Adele went through a heart-breaking tragedy. She had a vocal cord hemorrhage, which resulted in a surgery. On October 28th, she told the public that she had to undergo surgery to “alleviate current issues with her throat.”  Despite this problem, by  November 21 Adele was the first artist to sell more than one million copies on a European iTunes store with her hit album 21. By November 24, 2011 she had sold the most digital copies of a single in a year in the U.S.

            On November 30, Adele received six Grammy Award nominations for 54th Grammy Awards, which takes place February 2012.  She received nominations for: Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal for 21, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Short Form Music Video for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

             Janessa Henry discussed her favorite songs by the British pop star: “My favorites are ‘Someone like You’ and ‘Turning Tables,’ because she can relate to both of them. Henry also said that she would die to see Adele in concert.

             On the other hand many people dislike Adele, and some of them have even made a Facebook page named I HATE ADELE. On the site, which is very disturbing, people pick on her about her weight; one comment read, “Adele is still at the top, because she is to heavy to be moved to the bottom.” Many Adele fans are not happy about the comments, but they continue to support Adele, because she continues to do her thing.

            Adele is now busy making another album,  so she can continue to stay on top.

Reported by: Alex Brimmer