10 Things You Didn’t Know About Adele

Things You Didn't Know About Adele

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Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born May 5, 1988), known professionally as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter. In 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year, and she graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.

Her debut album, “19,” was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified four times platinum in the U.K. and double platinum in the U.S., spawning the hit singles “Chasing Pavements” and “Make You Feel My Love.” Following her graduation from university in 2011, she became a mother and released her second studio album, “21.” The record received universal acclaim from critics and earned her five Grammy Awards, tying the then-record for most wins by a female artist in one night, including Album of the Year; with “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone like You,” she became the first woman to win Song of the Year twice.

Following an international tour, Adele released her third studio album, “25,” which became her second number-one album in the U.K. and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The lead single, “Hello,” became the first song in digital history to sell over one million downloads in its first week of release. Her fourth record, titled “Lemonade,” was preceded by several singles, including “…Ready For It?” and “Formation,” all entering in the top fifteen in several countries worldwide. “Lemonade” saw Adele become the only artist of the 2010s to sell 1 million copies of an album within a week in the U.S., and its exclusive premiere on streaming platform Tidal also helped it become the biggest streaming week for any album ever on Apple Music.

While Adele is regarded as one of the most successful artists worldwide, her impact and work have reverberated throughout popular music for nearly two decades; having been credited by various publications as inspiring generations of singers. In December 2019, she was name singer of 2010s by Largest Israel Tv and radio stations. Come 2021; she was named the U.K.’s best-selling female artist of the 21st century. This was based on official charts company data. There is a lot to know more about Adele keep reading these 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Adele:

# 1 – She wrote her first record at 16

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, the award-winning English singer-songwriter and musician, began her career at a very young age. She was able to find success with her music because of it. At only 16 years old, she penned “Hometown Glory,” which later appeared on her debut album 19 (2008).

# 2 – She has multiple Guinness World Records

Adele is one of the most impressive singers in popular culture today. She’s proven so many times you can’t pigeonhole her into just R&B or dance-pop. The 27-year-old has broken major records, including most consecutive weeks at number one for an album by a female artist since 1990 with 25 (2015), most downloaded track on the U.K. singles chart with “Someone Like You” (2011). First, female artists to have two singles in the top five of Billboard Hot 100 at the same time with “Hello” and “When We Were Young” (2016).

# 3 –  She’s Married To A Businessman Named Simon

Adele, whose full name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, is married to an English businessman named Simon Konecki. They had their first child, son Angelo James Konecki on October 19, 2012. During her acceptance speech at the 2016 Grammy Awards, she mentioned him, stating he was the songwriter who composed “Hello.” She also mentions how her role as a mother comes first and the most important role she has ever had.

# 4 – Adele’s “Hello” made music video history

The British pop star’s new vibrant music video for “Hello” shattered Vevo’s record for the most views in 24 hours on YouTube. The video, which was shot primarily by French director Xavier Dolan, got more than 27 million views within the first day of its release as of October 21, 2015.

# 5 – She Got Her First Record Deal Because Of A School Project

It all started with a school project titled My Dream Job that Adele crafted at age 14 when she studied at the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in south London. She entered a competition called the BBC’s Pick Me. The music contest was a three-month-long competition that saw young singers auditioning to become a part of a new girl group. Despite not winning, she gained a manager and an agent from the venture who helped launch her career as a solo artist.

# 6 – She Never Liked To Date Celebrities

It is no secret that Adele has always said that if she were ever to date anyone, it would have been someone that wasn’t in the spotlight or went by the name “somebody.” In fact, during her interview with Vanity Fair, she confessed to being shy about dating, saying, “I was just so awkward around men for a long time.” When asked about what changed, Adele admits how meeting Simon Konecki changed how she viewed relationships.

# 7 – She Didn’t Intend On Being A Star

Adele, who confessed to being a shy girl during her Vanity Fair interview, now is one of the biggest global pop stars on this planet. Looking back at it all now, she doesn’t recognize herself. She needs to have the courage “to be brave enough” to go out in public without makeup on and people telling her how great of a job she’s doing as an artist. It wasn’t until Simon who made that transition easy for her to do so. During her Rolling Stone interview, she admitted, “He makes me feel like I’m still sexy.”

# 8 – One of her biggest inspirations is the Spice Girls

Adele says they are the reason why she sings. She idolized them at a young age and how they helped other girls realize their dreams too. The pop group was very influential in the ’90s and is known for influencing many artists, including Beyonce, who has called them inspiration to her as well.

# 9 – She has a hidden tattoo

Adele isn’t one to show off tattoos, but she does have one with the initials’ J.B.’ Most of her fans assume this is for her son, but it probably means more than that. Allegedly, the tattoo was given by boyfriend Simon Konecki. It’s believed that Adele’s tattoo is the initial of his surname.

# 10 – Prince Charles Presented Her With An Award

Adele became the first-ever recipient of Prince Charles’ Music Industry Trust Award while taking part in Prince’s Trust’s 30th Anniversary Concert held on June 15, 2011, at London’s Royal Albert Hall. At that time, she had already released two albums and won almost every music award out there during her career thus far at 27 years old. It only fits that such an iconic pop figure would be the first person to receive that award.


Today, Adele is one of the biggest pop stars on this planet who has won five Grammy Awards and holds multiple Guinness World Records, including being the first artist in history to have two top-selling albums in both one calendar year (2011) and two consecutive years (2012 & 2013). She also became the first female artist in Billboard Hot 100 history to achieve three number ones with “Rolling In The Deep,” “Someone Like You,” and “Set Fire To The Rain” from her 2011 album 21.

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