English singer-songwriter Adele has released four studio albums, one video album, two extended plays, 16 singles and nine music videos. Adele signed a record deal with XL in 2006, and released her debut album 19 in 2008. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, and her single, “Chasing Pavements”, reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Another single, “Make You Feel My Love”, reached number one in the Netherlands.
21, Adele’s second studio album, was released on January 24, 2011. The album was immediately certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry while debuting at number one. 21 spent 24 weeks atop the Billboard 200 since its US release. The album’s first single, “Rolling in the Deep”, also reached number two in the UK and became her first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The second single, “Someone Like You”, was released in February 2011 and peaked at number one in the UK and Ireland, her first in her home country. It also became her second number one in the US. “Set Fire to the Rain” was released as the third single off the album in the rest of Europe and became her third number one in the US. In 2012, it was confirmed Adele would record and release the new James Bond theme. In October that same year, she released “Skyfall”, which peaked at number two in the UK and number eight in the US, as well as reaching the top position in Germany, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. She also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Skyfall”.
25, Adele’s third studio album, was released on November 20, 2015. It became the best-selling album of 2015 with 17.4 million copies sold within the year. “Hello” was released as the lead single from the album on 23 October 2015 and peaked atop the charts in United Kingdom, where it became her second UK number-one single. In the United States the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Adele’s fourth number-one single in the US and breaking several records, including becoming the first song with over a million digital sales in a week. As of March 2016, Adele had sold over 10 million albums in the UK; meanwhile, in the US, the singer has sold 31 million albums as of January 2022.
30, Adele’s fourth studio album, was released on November 19, 2021. It was an international success, topping the official charts in over 36 countries. It became the best-selling album worldwide for 2021 with 5 million copies sold within the year. It also became the best-selling album of the 2020s decade in the UK, and the best-selling album of 2021 in the US. “Easy on Me” was released as the lead single on October 15, 2021 to international success, peaking atop charts in over 25 countries, including the Official Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. It became Adele’s longest running number one single in the UK, topping the chart for 8 weeks. In addition, after 30’s release, Adele’s total weeks at number one rose to 42 weeks at number one on the Official Albums Chart, more than any other female singer. After 30 spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, Adele became the British soloist with the most weeks at number one in Billboard 200 history with 40 weeks.