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Adele

  • English musician
  • Born May 5, 1988

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (; born 5 May 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. 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 seven times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US.


Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.




Mum loves me being famous! She is so excited and proud, as she had me so young and couldn't support me, so I am living her dream, it's sweeter for both of us. It's her 40th birthday soon and I'm going to buy her 40 presents.




I don't rely on my figure to sell records.




My voice went recently, never happened before, off like a tap. I had to sit in silence for nine days, chalkboard around my neck. Like an old-school mime. Like a kid in the naughty corner. Like a Victorian mute.




If I were a writer and not a singer in 10 years, I don't know how I'd feel about writing really personal songs and getting someone else to sing them.




I love love songs. But I love pop music as well: Girls Aloud, Kylie, the Spice Girls, East 17, Mika.




Sometimes with pop music, you have to see it to love it. With soul music, it's sparse. There's nothing that's pretentious or planned. It's just so gutsy.




I have insecurities of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me.




It has gotten worse as I'm becoming more successful. My nerves. Just because there's a bit more pressure, and people are expecting a lot more from me.




I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.




I just want to make music, I don't want people to talk about me. All I've ever wanted to do was sing. I don't want to be a celebrity. I don't want to be in people's faces, you know, constantly on covers of magazine that I haven't even known I'm on.




I don't write songs about a specific, elusive thing. I write about love, and everyone knows what it is like to have your heart broken.




I don't like going to the gym.




It's never been an issue for me - I don't want to go on a diet, I don't want to eat a Caesar salad with no dressing, why would I do that? I ain't got time for this, just be happy and don't be stupid. If I've got a boyfriend and he loves my body then I'm not worried.




I'm scared of audiences.




I love a bit of drama. That's a bad thing. I can flip really quickly.

I love a bit of drama. That's a bad thing. I can flip really quickly.




I'm really happy to be me, and I'd like to think people like me more because I'm happy with myself and not because I refuse to conform to anything.




I was about to meet Beyonce, and I had a full-blown anxiety attack. Then she popped in looking gorgeous, and said, 'You're amazing! When I listen to you I feel like I'm listening to God.'




I don't date celebrities.




I don't write songs about a specific, elusive thing.




I am quite loud and bolshie.




I think it's shameful when you sell out. It depends what kind of artist you wanna be, but I don't want my name anywhere near another brand.




I want to go and see things as a fan again. I am a fan, but I can't remember what it feels like to be a fan anymore. Because I've become an artist. I've become the artist.




Even if I did have, you know, a 'Sports Illustrated' body, I'd still wear elegant clothes.




I don't want to be in everyone's face. I'm a big music fan, and I get really pissed off when it gets like that... and I don't want people to get like that with me.




Crying is really bad for your vocal cords.




I've never been more normal than I am now.




I have never been insecure, ever, about how I look, about what I want to do with myself. My mum told me to only ever do things for myself, not for others.




I doubt I'll be singing forever, because at some point people aren't going to want to hear my music, and I hope that I'll still get the opportunity to write songs.




I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I'm done with being a bitter witch.




I can't write another breakup record. That would be a real cliche.




My life is full of drama, and I don't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.




I've got some news... I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon.




I'm a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud.




People are starting to go on about my weight but I'm not going to change my size because they don't like the way I look.




It's warts and all in my songs, and I think that's why people can relate to them.



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