From 19 to 30 years old: look back at Adèle’s career so far
This is the moment Adele fans have been waiting for. After a six-year hiatus, the British singer-songwriter released his highly anticipated fourth studio album, 30, Friday.
Best known for songs like Hello and Hit rock bottom, Adele won 15 Grammy Awards and her 2015 album, 25, is estimated to have sold over 22 million copies worldwide. Critics say its business success will continue with 30, with Rolling Stone calls her “his hardest and most powerful album to date.”
CBC News looks back on Adele’s career until the release of her new album.
2008-9: Adele releases her first album
In 2008, Adele released her first album 19, which features songs like Chasing sidewalks and Cold reception. The album won him the very first BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice that same year.
In a 2008 interview with British soul writer Pete Lewis, the singer-songwriter said the album represented her life when she wrote it at the age of 19. “I just remember becoming a bit of a woman around that time,” Adele said. “And I think that’s definitely documented in the songs.”
These types of themed albums allow artists like Adele to make personal connections with their audiences, says Brian Fauteux, associate professor of popular music and media studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
“There’s something about the way his writing and singing come together to tap into these universal feelings, emotions and experiences,” Fauteux said.
“It allows fans to follow her career. She is getting older as she gets older. [her] fan base. “
19 also won Adele Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2009. She completed her first world tour, An Evening with Adele, later that year.
2011-12: Adele releases her 2nd album and now meets her ex-husband
Adèle’s second album, 21, was released in 2011 and reportedly sold nearly 31 million copies worldwide, becoming the UK’s 21st century best-selling album.
That same year, Adele went on her second tour and met her ex-husband, British charity entrepreneur Simon Konecki.
The singer collected more Grammy material in 2012, winning all six categories in which she was nominated, making her the second female artist to win so many awards in one night. (After Beyoncé.) After her Grammy success, she revealed her intention to take a break from music. Her son, Angelo, was born later that year.
Much of Adele’s appeal, according to Canadian broadcaster and music writer Alan Cross, is that she comes across as “very, very human.”
“She wasn’t that perfect physical specimen who seemed to have it all,” Cross said. “And the things she sings about really resonated with individual people. She was almost an ordinary woman.”
2015-17: the 3rd album continues to be a success
Adele reappeared on the music scene with her hit single Hello in October 2015. She released her third album, 25, in November of the same year, which became the world’s best-selling album in 2015.
Her third concert tour, Adele Live 2016, ended the following year after canceling her last two performances due to vocal injuries. The singer first suffered from a bleeding vocal cords in 2011.
Despite medical setbacks, Adele earned her five 2017 Grammy nominations. During her album of the year acceptance speech, she thanked her “husband” for his support, teasing her upcoming marriage to Konecki.
2018-20: Take another break
Adele announced in 2016 that she would take another break from music to care for her then three-year-old son. Two years later, she married Konecki. But the singer then filed for divorce in 2019.
Their separation would become the focal point of Adele’s next album.
To celebrate her 31st birthday in 2019, the singer posted several black and white photographs of herself on Instagram and reflected on the year before. She signed to the Instagram post teasing new music, writing “30 will be a drum’n bass record to upset you”.
The artist hosted Saturday Night Live in October 2020 and told fans on Instagram that she was returning to her “cave,” but would be back next year.
2021: New album and new beginnings
On October 15, 2021, Adele released her first single in nearly six years, Easy on me who is considering her decision to end her marriage to Konecki. The song is on his last album, 30, coming out Friday.
The album has already received accolades from music critics. Rolling Stone magazine said 30 is Adele’s “hardest and most powerful album”, while Vulture called the record Adele’s best work, writing, “It’s music she should have made all along. “
“This is the recording where she explains her divorce and how it affects her relationship with her son,” Mikael Wood, pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times, said.
“This is the key to why fans feel so warm for her, because I think she’s a songwriter and singer who makes listeners feel like she’s expressing their own complicated emotional experiences. “
Wood says 30 contains heavier subject matter than some of Adele’s previous albums, but her powerful voice and emotional lyricism will give fans the same listening experience they’ve come to love from Adele.
“There is no doubt that this record will be a success,” said Wood. “If you like Adele, you’ll love this record.”
Cross says Adele has always had an innate ability to write and produce great music, but the success of her album will depend on her ability to grow with her audience.
“Its fan base has become much more diverse, depending on where their life has taken them,” Cross said.
“Can she continue to have a relationship with an audience that has aged?”