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When the U.K. press began dubbing Adele "the next Amy Winehouse" in late 2007, the hype didn't touch upon the singer/songwriter influence found in the Londoner's music. Influenced by Roberta Flack and Suzanne Vega as much as Jill Scott, Adele soon became a phenomenon in her own right; her second album, 21, eventually sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide, making her one of the few sales successes in an age of digital streaming. Adele first made an impression in 2006 when her demo landed her a deal with XL Recordings. She toured as an opening act for Jack Penate, and graduated to headlining status by the end of 2007, thanks to BBC Radio 1 playing her single "Daydreamer"; another song, "Hometown Glory," was also released as a single on Jamie T.'s label, Pacemaker. An appearance alongside Paul McCartney and Björk on the BBC 2 television show Later with Jools Holland came next, and a recording contract with XL Recordings was finalized soon after. Early 2008 brought similar luck as Adele found herself atop the BBC's new music talent list, which was compiled from the votes of 150 music critics. That same January, XL issued a new single, "Chasing Pavements," along with her debut album, 19. The title reflected Adele's age at the time of the album's release, and its popularity resulted in the release of several bonus editions throughout the year. Also in 2009, Adele won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her sophomore album, 21, featuring the gospel and disco-infused single "Rolling in the Deep," was released in February of 2011. The album proved to be both a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the longest-running number one albums in history and spending over 18 weeks at the top spot. The glow of 21's success was dimmed somewhat when Adele was forced to cancel her tour after suffering a hemorrhage on her vocal chords. She underwent surgery for the hemorrhage in November of 2011. That same month, she released the concert CD/DVD Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Both Adele and 21 received many end-of-year honors, and in February 2012, as album sales began to creep closer to ten million copies, she won six major Grammy awards, one of the few artists in history to accomplish the feat in one night. In October 2012, Adele announced that she had recorded the theme to the 23rd Bond film Skyfall. Produced by Paul Epworth and recorded at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios, the single entered the Top Ten of both the U.K. singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100 on release. By early 2013, 21 had registered sales of over 25 million copies. Although she promised she was in the early stages of creating her third album, 2013 and 2014 came and went without fresh material. In the summer of 2015, reports of an imminent third album started to surface and in October, the rumors were confirmed by Adele and her label. Preceded by the single "Hello" -- a song that debuted at number one in both the U.K. and U.S., becoming the first song to sell over a million downloads in its first week of release -- 25 debuted worldwide in late November 2015. It broke the single-week U.S. sales record previously held by *NSYNC's No Strings Attached. ~ David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring

    Female Rock

    Female Rock
    5 songs

    Grammys A-Z

    Grammys A-Z
    1 song

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    2 songs

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    5 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    6 songs

    Lite Hits

    6 songs

    LGBT Pride

    2 songs

    Female Focus

    5 songs

    Shuffle Hits

    4 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    3 songs

    New Smooth Jazz

    3 songs

    Gay Anthems

    4 songs

    Workout Songs

    2 songs

    Teen Pop

    1 song

    Adult Alternative

    1 song

    Adult Rock

    1 song

    Top Jams [Clean]

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Rolling In the Deep
  3.   Someone Like You
  4.   Set Fire To The Rain
  5.   Rumour Has It
  6.   Hello
  7.   Right As Rain
  8.   Chasing Pavements
  9.   Lovesong
  10.   When We Were Young
  11.   Make You Feel My Love
  12.   Hometown Glory
  13.   Turning Tables
  14.   I'll Be Waiting
  15.   Skyfall
  16.   Don't You Remember
  17.   Daydreamer
  18.   Cold Shoulder
  19.   Crazy for You
  20.   Tired
  21.   Melt My Heart to Stone
  22.   He Won't Go
  23.   Best for Last
  24.   First Love
  25.   My Same
  26.   One and Only
  27.   Take It All
  28.   Fool That I Am
  29.   That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On
  30.   Reason Not to Stay
  31.   Je Ne Veux Plus D'accordéon
  32.   C'est Bon
  33.   In the Night
  34.   Painting Pictures
  35.   Now and Then
  36.   Chasing Payments
  37.   J'ai Peur Parfois
  38.   Many Shades of Black
  39.   Chasing Pavements by Eg White
  40.   Chasing Pavements [Live at World Cafe, Philidelphia] [North American To
  41.   Crazy for You [Live at Highline Ballroom, New York] [North American Tou
  42.   Melt My Heart to Stone by Eg White
  43.   My Same [Live at Bimbos, San Francisco] [North American Tour Film] [Liv
  44.   Right as Rain [Live at Roxy, Los Angeles] [North American Tour Film] [L
  45.   Tired by Eg White
  46.   10 Minute North American Us Tour Video
  47.   Melt My Heart
  48.   That's It, Quit I'm Moving
  49.   If It Hadn't Been For Love
  50.   Hiding My Heart
  51.   Remember
  52.   [Untitled]
  53.   [Untitled]
  54.   [Untitled]
  55.   [Untitled]
  56.   [Untitled]
  57.   [Untitled]
  58.   [Untitled]
  59.   [Untitled]
  60.   Damaging Voice
  61.   Have a Nice Brits
  62.   Songs Off Record
  63.   Around L.a.
  64.   My First Two Grammys
  65.   Happy 21st
  66.   Conquest of America
  67.   All You Need is (Not) Love
  68.   Glamour Awards
  69.   Most Complimented
  70.   Passion For Voices
  71.   I Can't Make You Love Me
  72.   Post Hometown Glory Chat
  73.   Post I'll Be Waiting Chat
  74.   Pre Turning Tables Chat
  75.   Pre If It Hadn't Been for Love Chat
  76.   Best Friend Long Chat
  77.   Pre Take It All Chat
  78.   Pre Rumour Has It Chat
  79.   Pre One and Only Chat
  80.   Pre Lovesong Chat
  81.   Pre Someone Like You Chat
  82.   You, Me and Albert
  83.   Rolling in Deep
  84.   Tire
  85.   I Found a Boy
  86.   Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  87.   I Miss You
  88.   Remedy
  89.   Water Under the Bridge
  90.   River Lea
  91.   Love in the Dark
  92.   Million Years Ago
  93.   All I Ask
  94.   Sweetest Devotion