Weaving classic soul, confessional songwriting, and pop polish, English singer Adele became a global phenomenon in the 2010s, breaking records and collecting accolades along the way with her powerhouse vocals and all-too-relatable songs. Beginning with her 2011 sophomore set 21, no singer could compare in terms of sheer sales or stardom and Adele existed in a different stratosphere than her British or American peers, selling tens of millions of albums at a time when many musicians struggled just to get to a million. The key to Adele's appeal lay in her sly, subtle execution, first heard on her 2008 debut 19 (named, like her subsequent albums, for her age upon the time of its creation) and its U.K. Top Ten single "Chasing Pavements." However, it was 21 and its hit singles "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You," and "Set Fire to the ...
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