Tag: Adele

Thursday 5/5/22 9am ET: Feature Artist: Adele

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.

Friday 11/19/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Adele – 30 (2021)

30 is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Adele, released on November 19, 2021 by Melted Stone and Columbia Records. Inspired by her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki, Adele tackles the separation on the album, whilst discussing her motherhood and the scrutiny of fame. She wrote the album between 2018 and 2021 with various producers, including Greg Kurstin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Max Martin and Shellback, all of whom she worked with on her previous record, 25 (2015); new collaborators on 30 include Ludwig Göransson, and Inflo of the English band Sault.

The lead single, “Easy on Me”, was released on October 15, 2021 to international success. 30 has been advertised using an extensive promotional campaign, which includes a CBS concert special titled Adele One Night Only featuring an interview segment by American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, on November 14, 2021, followed by an ITV concert special titled An Audience with Adele on November 21, 2021, and two British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts scheduled for 1–2 July 2022 as well. 30 received acclaim from music critics, who commended its cinematic instrumentation and strong vocal performances. It was described as a pop, jazz and soul album focusing on romantic but melancholic themes of heartache, acceptance, and hope.

  1. “Strangers by Nature” 3:02
  2. “Easy on Me” 3:44
  3. “My Little Love” 6:29
  4. “Cry Your Heart Out” 4:15
  5. “Oh My God” 3:45
  6. “Can I Get It” 3:30
  7. “I Drink Wine” 6:16
  8. “All Night Parking” (with Erroll Garner) 2:41
  9. “Woman like Me” 5:00
  10. “Hold On” 6:06
  11. “To Be Loved” 6:43
  12. “Love Is a Game” 6:43

Monday Labor Day Special 6 LPs (5): Adele – 25 (2015)

25 is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Adele, released on November 20, 2015 by XL Recordings and Columbia Records. Issued nearly five years after her previous album, the internationally successful 21 (2011), the album is titled as a reflection of her life and frame of mind at 25 years old and is termed a “make-up record”. Its lyrical content features themes of Adele “yearning for her old self, her nostalgia”, and “melancholia about the passage of time” according to an interview with the singer by Rolling Stone, as well as themes of motherhood and regret. In contrast to Adele’s previous works, the production of 25 incorporated the use of electronic elements and creative rhythmic patterns, with elements of 1980s R&B and organs. Like when recording 21, Adele worked with producer and songwriter Paul Epworth and Ryan Tedder, along with new collaborations with Max Martin and Shellback, Greg Kurstin, Danger Mouse, the Smeezingtons, Samuel Dixon, and Tobias Jesso Jr.

25 received generally positive reviews from music critics, who commended its production and Adele’s vocal performance. It was a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in 32 countries and breaking first-week sales records in multiple countries, including the United Kingdom and United States. In the US, the album sold over 3.38 million copies in its first week of sales, marking the largest single-week sales for an album since Nielsen Sound Scan began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. 25 eventually became the world’s best-selling album of the year for 2015, with 17.4 million copies sold within the year, and has gone on to sell over 23 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time, and the fourth-best selling album of the 21st century. Following 21, it was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making Adele the only artist of the 2010s to achieve this certification with two albums.

Four singles were released to promote the album, with “Hello” becoming an international number one song and the fastest selling digital single in the US, with over a million copies sold within a week of its release, “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” charted within the top 10 and “When We Were Young” and “Water Under the Bridge” charted within the top 20 across Europe and North America. Credited for impacting the music industry by encouraging a renewed interest in buying physical releases rather than downloading or streaming and much like 21, for saving the dwindling sales of the UK and US music industry, 25 won the 2017 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the 2016 Brit Award for British Album of the Year. To promote the album, Adele embarked on her third worldwide concert tour, Adele Live 2016. It started on 29 February 2016 and ended on June 30, 2017.

1. “Hello” 4:55
2. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” 3:43
3. “I Miss You” 5:48
4. “When We Were Young” 4:51
5. “Remedy” 4:05
6. “Water Under the Bridge” 4:00
7. “River Lea” 3:45
8. “Love in the Dark” 4:46
9. “Million Years Ago” 3:46
10. “All I Ask” 4:32
11. “Sweetest Devotion” 4:12
12. “Can’t Let Go” 3:18
13. “Lay Me Down” 4:30
14. “Why Do You Love Me” 4:00

Monday 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (born May 5, 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School in 2006, Adele signed a recording contract with XL Recordings. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified eight times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. The album contains her first song, “Hometown Glory”, written when she was 16, which is based on her home suburb of West Norwood in London. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008 boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Adele released her second studio album, 21, in 2011. The album was critically well received and surpassed the success of her debut, earning numerous awards in 2012, among them a record-tying six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year; two Brit Awards, including British Album of the Year; and three American Music Awards, including Favorite Pop/Rock Album. The album has been certified 17 times platinum in the UK, and is overall the fourth best-selling album in the nation. In the US, it has held the top position longer than any album since 1985, and is certified diamond. The best-selling album worldwide of 2011 and 2012, 21 has sold over 31 million copies. The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records. She was the first female artist to simultaneously have two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 and two singles in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the first woman in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist, with “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”, all of which also topped the chart. 21 is the longest-running number one album by a female solo artist in the history of the UK and US Album Charts.

In 2011, 2012, and 2016, Adele was named Artist of the Year by Billboard. At the 2012 and 2016 Ivor Novello Awards, Adele was named Songwriter of the Year by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2016. Her 2016–2017 tour, saw her break attendance records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia, and the US. With sales of more than 120 million records, Adele is one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Tuesday 10pm ET: Feature LP: Adele – 21 (2011)

21Adele21 is the second studio album by English recording artist Adele. Released on 24 January 2011 in most of Europe, and on 22 February 2011 in North America, it was named after the age of the singer during its production. The album shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–2009 North American tour An Evening with Adele. Composed in the aftermath of the singer’s separation from her partner, the album explores themes of anger, revenge, heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.

Adele began writing 21 in April 2009, while still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record. Dissatisfied with once again portraying herself as the musical tragedian of her debut, she had intended to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up. However, studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration. She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channeling her heartbreak and depression into her songs. Adele collaborated with various songwriters and producers, including Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.

Praised by critics for its understated production, vintage authenticity, and Adele’s vocal performance, 21 defied the modest commercial expectations of her indie record label XL Recordings and became a sleeper hit in 2011. The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries and appeared in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records. The United Kingdom’s best-selling album of the 21st century, its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist. In the United States the album held the top position for 24 weeks, longer than any other album since 1985, and was certified Diamond. Singles “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” became worldwide number-one hits, while “Rumour Has It” and “Turning Tables” charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America.

Globally, 21 was the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012, and helped revitalise lagging sales of the United States and UK music industry. Critics hailed the album as a shift from the overtly sexual and sonically bombastic status quo, and attributed its success to its deeply autobiographical yet universal songs. As of December 2012, the album has sold over 26.5 million copies worldwide according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 21 was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize and the following year won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the BRIT Award for British Album of the Year. – Wikipedia