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Adele

  • English musician
  • Born May 5, 1988

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (; born 5 May 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.


People think that I popped out of my mother's womb singing 'Chasing Pavements'.




I'm nervous whenever I perform.




I'm like Johnny Cash. I only wear black.




I love hearing my audience breathe.




I get so nervous on stage I can't help but talk. I try. I try telling my brain: stop sending words to the mouth. But I get nervous and turn into my grandma. Behind the eyes it's pure fear. I find it difficult to believe I'm going to be able to deliver.




I will not do festivals. The thought of an audience that big frightens the life out of me.




I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. I don't find thin girls attractive; be happy and healthy. I've never had a problem with the way I look. I'd rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.




I no longer buy papers or tabloids or magazines or read blogs. I used to.




I've always written down how I feel.




My body doesn't have any rhythm, you know. I've got quite good rhythm when I'm singing but my feet are very much two left feet.




I like having my hair and face done, but I'm not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy.




I can't believe I did a peace sign on TV - like Ringo Starr!




I don't really need to stand out, there's room for everyone. Although I haven't built a niche yet, I'm just writing love songs.




I love a card. You know, cards? At birthdays? I collect them.




The focus on my appearance has really surprised me. I've always been a size 14 to 16, I don't care about clothes, I'd rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.




I don't make music for eyes. I make music for ears.




I don't want people confusing what it is that I'm about. I just stand there and sing. And I don't do stunts or anything. if I wanted to do all that, I don't think I'd get away with it.




I was adopting an Ethiopian child, that's not true. My house was haunted, that wasn't true. God, there's been so many rumours.




In five years' time I'd like to be a mum. I want to settle down and have a family, definitely sooner rather than later. I'd like to have finished my second album too, maybe even my third. I'd like a sound that sticks around that other people are inspired by and that people know is me.




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




In the songs I can still be really really direct but in interviews when I'm explaining my songs I shouldn't be so direct about who they're about.




There is nothing that would upset me more than my dad being bribed by the press. It's like, 'Just let them run it, then. Don't you give them ammunition.'




The thought of someone spending $20 to come and see me and saying, 'Oh, I prefer the record and she's completely shattered the illusion' really upsets me. It's such a big deal that people come give me their time.




I can't dance to save my life.




I wanted to be a singer forever. But it's not really my cup of tea. Having the whole world know who you are.




I no longer buy papers or tabloids or magazines or read blogs. I used to. But it was just filling up my day with hatred.




My worst fear is my music won't connect with the public.




I'm scared of audiences. One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.




I'm very confident. Even when I read people saying horrible stuff about my weight.




I find it quite difficult to think that there's, you know, about 20 million people listening to my album that I wrote very selfishly to get over a breakup. I didn't write it being that it's going to be a hit.




You have to prioritize what you stress about when you have a child.




You can't complain about your dressing room or you'll look like Celine Dion.




Americans are always mortified when I tell them this, but in England, it's a tradition to put your plaques and photographs and awards and gold records and stuff in your bathroom. I don't know why.




If I am constantly working, my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don't know what I'll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.




I'd love to be an artist always, but if no one wants me, I'd love to write songs for other people, be a manager, nurture new talent.




I've been singing properly every day since I was about fifteen or sixteen, and I have never had any problems with my voice, ever. I've had a sore throat here and there, had a cold and sung through it, but that day it just went while I was onstage in Paris during a radio show. It was literally like someone had pulled a curtain over it.



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