Adele has undertaken a huge tour across the globe throughout the past year performing a total of 107 shows across a period of 10 months, something which ended in March 2017. With the singer having announced four more dates at Wembley come June/July, many who get the tickets to see the singer will be lucky in the fact that it may be the last time that she performs on the big stage to the general public for a while.
Adele’s huge global tour through 2016/2017 saw her receive both quite the praise and the criticism. Whilst fans all over the globe got to see one of the world acclaimed stars of the modern generation, many who have missed the chance may not have the opportunity again, as Adele recently announced she will likely not tour again for at least ten years. Whilst the news has saddened many, the reasoning behind this is understandable. Adele has revealed that she is both uncomfortable on stage and that her confidence has not improved over time, and she has also stated that she wants to concentrate her time on her son – something that I think we can all appreciate.
As a result, Adele’s Finale shows should be something that us fans should all celebrate together, and what better way to do so to have a brief look back at her career, and admire her life’s work; something pretty fantastic considering the singer is only 28 years old.
Adele: age 15 to debut album, 19
As cliché as it might sound, Adele really did spark her interest in music and singing from a young age and throughout her childhood. Born as a Londoner through and through on 5th May 1988 and raised by her single mum, Adele followed in her Mum’s footsteps through on a path on the more artsy side of life, as she was enrolled in the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
From the age of 15 she was listening to music from the 40s, having been inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James. It was plain to see that the young singer had talent, as during her time at the school she wrote and composed the likes of Hometown glory, something which later caught the attention of XL recordings who found and recognised tracks on her MySpace page.
The result was her signing just four months after graduating from the arts school in 2006 and the ensuing months of work going into her debut album named ‘19’, the age that she began recording on the album. Released two years later in 2008, two tracks in particular in her original song Hometown Glory and Chasing Pavements became instant hits, and the album ended up reaching number 1 in the ITunes chart. Apart from commercial success, the album was widely acclaimed in 2009 with the number of awards it received. The BBC named the album the Sound of 2008, whilst Adele also won best new artist at the Grammys and the critics’ choice prize at the BRITS.
Following the success of her first album, Adele took two years out before she started working on the next one, which would be called, 21. The album was heavily influenced by a hard break-up, apparent in songs such as Someone Like You, yet another song which went on to become a huge success.
In terms of its musical influence, Adele put a more personal touch on her second album which notably had influences of jazz and R&B throughout in songs such as Rolling in the Deep, something which again was acclaimed.
Both Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You ended up being simultaneously top 5 UK chart hits, making Adele the first artist to achieve this since the Beatles. By the end of 2011, the year that the album was released, Adele had sold 3.4 million copies in the UK alone. This was the first time that any album had sold over 3 million copies in a single year, becoming the best-selling album of the 21st century at the time.
However, Adele had not only taken the UK by storm but also the US, winning three separate categories at the American Music Awards in November 2011.
Unfortunately, the next chapter for Adele had not run as smoothly as the rest that had gone before it, as received a scare in the fact that she required throat microsurgery. However, with the success of this, she bravely made her comeback to singing swiftly in 2012, performing live at the 2012 Grammys. As well as performing, Adele won the entire 6 categories that she was nominated for, with only Beyonce having outdone her in the history of the ceremony. In the same year, Adele revealed that she had been chosen to do the track for the newest James Bond film Skyfall in collaboration with Paul Epworth. Later released, the song sold 2 million copies worldwide, winning the golden globe for best original song, also winning her 10th Grammy for the single.
Adele then took a couple of years out to focus on her own personal aspirations, before returning with her album ‘25’ in November 2015. The singer announced that the album would be the last of the numbered albums, believing that it would mark the end to her trilogy of work.
Hello was released as a stand-alone single one month before the release of the entire album, and within 24 hours of its first release, the song was viewed 27.7 million times in 24 hours, breaking the record for this, taking it from Taylor Swift’s bad blood which had 20.1 million views in the same time frame.
Upon release, ‘25’ in the first week sold 800,000 copies in the UK and 3.38 million copies in the US, both breaking records. Since then, we are back to the present, where Adele has been on her 10-month tour, a fitting end to the trilogy which has seem her fame and popularity be bound by no limits. This era in Adele’s career will certainly one that will be looked back on in years to come, and so if you are lucky enough to be going to her concerts this month, it is something that should be cherished.