-->''"Hello. It's me."''

Influenced by:
+ Music/TheSpiceGirls, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Music/{{Beyonce}}, Roberta Flack, Music/{{Pink}}, Music/TheCure, Music/CelineDion, Dusty Springfield, Music/AnnieLennox, Music/{{Aaliyah}}, Music/LaurynHill, Music/AliciaKeys, Music/MaryJBlige, Gabrielle, Music/{{Sade}}

'''Adele Laurie Blue Adkins''' (born 5 May 1988), usually known by only her first name '''Adele''', is a British R&B singer who has gained fame for her soulful vocal performances. She won Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Performance for "Chasing Pavements" from her album ''19'' at the 2009 UsefulNotes/{{Grammy Award}}s.

The second album, ''21'' (2011) [[EvenBetterSequel fared even better]], and she is flying high with the commercial and critical success. In the UK, Adele is the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top five hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since Music/TheBeatles in 1964. ''21'' has also spent eleven consecutive weeks at No. 1, the longest ever by a female solo artist on the UK Albums Chart, surpassing {{Music/Madonna}}'s nine weeks at number one back in 1990. On top of that the album has spent 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, more than any other female artist. At the 2012 Grammys, ''21'' won '''six''' awards, including Album, Record and Song of the Year. So not only did Adele tie Music/{{Beyonce}} for the most Grammys won by a female artist in a single night, she became just the sixth person to win the "big three" in a single night and only the second artist to win all four General Field categories (Best New Artist + Big Three), a feat that hadn't been matched for thirty-one years.

Her success in North America came somewhat by a twist of fate. She was scheduled to perform on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' in October 2008, the same night that featured UsefulNotes/SarahPalin as a guest star. The stunt with Palin gave ''SNL'' its highest ratings in years, and just so happened to expose Adele to a whole new audience. Her worldwide fame has only been growing since then.

She also sang the theme song for the Film/JamesBond movie ''{{Film/Skyfall}}''; said theme won the award for Best Original Song at the 70th Golden Globes (2013), the 56th Grammy Awards (2014) and the 85th UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, becoming the first Bond theme singer to win an Oscar.

On October 23rd, 2015 Adele released her first single in years, "Hello," creating a massive buzz worldwide and paving the way for the release of ''25'' on November 20th.

[[MemeticMutation Not to be confused with]] [[Creator/IdinaMenzel Adele Dazeem]].

* ''19'' (2008)
* ''Music/TwentyOne'' (2011)
* ''25'' (2015)

!! Adele's works provide examples of:
* AmicableExes: "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" is about becoming one of these after a rough breakup and moving on with their lives.
* ArcNumber: Actually, 21. See [[Awesome/{{Adele}} here]] for more.
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** "Rolling In the Deep" and "Someone Like You" as seen in her ''Live at the Royal Albert Hall'' concert video.
** {{Music/Sia}} said that this was a singing tip Adele gave her; when you're having trouble hitting the right notes, hold the mic out to the audience!
%%* BeehiveHairdo: To go with her classic diva aesthetic, of course.
* BreakupSong: Pretty much the entirety of ''21''. Almost all of the songs are sung to a (recent) ex.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: What "Someone Like You" is all about.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: Each album thus far has simply been how old she was at the time the album was written/recorded: ''19'' was released when she was 19, ''21'' when she was 21, and ''25'' when she was 25. Each one also manages to be quite evocative of life at that age.
* CoverVersion:
** "[[Music/BobDylan Make You Feel My Love]]" and "[[Music/TheCure Lovesong]]" on her albums
** "Many Shades Of Black" by The Raconteurs, "Hiding My Heart" by Brandi Carlile, "If It Hadn't Been For Love" by The Steeldrivers, and "[[Music/LadyAntebellum Need You Now]]" as [[NoExportForYou region-specific bonus tracks]]
** "Fool That I Am" by Etta James as a BSide and on ''iTunes Live From Soho''
** "That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On" by Sam Cooke and "[[Music/BonnieRaitt I Can't Make You Love Me]]", both live.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Her albums are all named for her age around the time of recording (''19'', ''21'', ''25'')
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: "''I wish nothing but the best for you two...''" A theme in "Someone Like You".
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: "Hello" Her first song in three years. Opening lyrics? "Hello, It's me. I was wondering if after all these years..."
* LiteralMetaphor: In the music video for "Hello", whenever the line "Hello from the outside" comes up, Adele will be outdoors in the forest setting.
* LoudnessWar: [[http://dr.loudness-war.info/album/list?artist=adele Most of her recordings don't have much dynamic range]]. Granted, this is part the course most pop music artists today, but her style of music makes it all the more apparent and unfortunate.
* LoveNostalgiaSong: The very bittersweet "Someone Like You". From ''25'', "When We Were Young". In fact, this is the theme of the latter album, with many of its songs dealing with longing for the past.
* LoveWillLeadYouBack: An unusually upbeat version of this in "I'll Be Waiting".
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Manic Pixie Dream Guy]]: The guy in "Daydreamer" seems to be this.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Adele has been able to appeal to listeners of all ages and backgrounds - and more specifically to the top 40, adult contemporary, R&B, and alternative/indie audiences, as well as music critics.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''21'', arguably. "Rolling In the Deep" and "Rumour Has It", the leading two tracks, have a strong R&B/soul element similar to her first record... which is pretty much completely different in sound and style from the rest of the album.
** She's trying to do it again with her next album (which will [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming be titled ''25'']])
* PowerBallad: Adele expected producers to arrange "Someone Like You" as such, [[AvertedTrope only for them to keep the demo as a final version.]] However, "Chasing Pavements" is a straight example.
* PrecisionFStrike: When playing "Box of Lies" with Creator/JimmyFallon [[note]]A game in which one player selects a box which contains a ridiculous item (hidden to the other) and can choose to either describe it to the other player or make up their own item. If the player guesses a lie or a truth correctly, they get a point.[[/note]] and he correctly guesses that she was telling the truth about her toy giraffe with doughnuts around it neck. Adele's response is to simply say "Bitch!"
* SelfDeprecation: One of her songs compares her heart to a valley, as both are "shallow and man-made".
* ShoutOut: Her song, "I Found a Boy" uses the lyrics and the melody to the line "Stand By Me" and even used that title when it was in a work-in-progress. (Though lyrically, the songs are very different)
** The theme from ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'' features a line, "You may have my number, you can take my name/But you will never have my heart", which may be a reference to a line from the Johnny Rivers song "Secret Agent Man" ("They've given you a number and taken away your name.")
* SingingVoiceDissonance: When she speaks, she retains her very strong North London accent, but you couldn't tell it from her singing voice. After she swept the 2012 Grammy Awards, "Fank you" trended worldwide on Twitter.
* TheSomethingSong: She has covered "Lovesong" by Music/TheCure.
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** To Music/AmyWinehouse. Also recognized as spiritual successor to Dame Music/ShirleyBassey at the 2013 Oscars due to her success with the theme from ''Skyfall''. She herself openly loathes this notion, however, claiming that she only shares with other British singers like Amy the "gender, not the genre".
** For her own songs, "Hello" to "Someone Like You" and "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" to "Rumor Has It".
* SuperGroup: As part of "Truth+Soul" with Amy Winehouse and Aloe Blacc for the ''VideoGame/LANoire'' soundtrack.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Rumor Has It".
* WhatDoesHeSeeInHer: The other woman in "Rumor Has It".
* WomanScorned: "Rolling In the Deep". The song may acknowledge that she can't be in a relationship anymore but her rage is still there.