Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, known professionally as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter. She was the first recipient of the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, Sound of 2008. In 2009, Adele won two Grammy Awards, Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, at the 51st Grammy Awards.Adele attracted the attention of XL Recordings with a three-song demo posted on MySpace and subsequently signed with the label. Since her debut, 19, Adele has received much recognition both commercially and critically. The album debuted at number one, and has been certified 2x platinum in the UK. Her career in the US was boosted by a viewer record breaking Saturday Night Live episode in late 2008. Adele released her second album 21 on 24 January 2011 in the UK, and 22 February in the US. The album was a critical and commercial success, and with a projected 300,000 copies being sold in its opening week in the US, the album is set to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.The album received generally positive reviews from critics and became a commercial phenomenon, particularly in the United Kingdom selling 208,000 copies in its first week and debuting at number one on the UK Album Chart, and also charted in the same position in nine other countries. After an acclaimed performance at the 2011 BRIT Awards, the album track “Someone Like You” went straight to number one in the UK, while the album also remained at number one.The Official Charts Company announced that Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964.
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