While we’re all having some feelings over Adele’s new album, it’s worth remembering how Adele Laurie Blue Adkins became the first-name-only icon we know today.
Back in 2015, when the singer dropped her album “25,” CNN’s Lisa Respers France explained how the English singer rose to fame while breaking all of our hearts.
To start, we can thank MySpace.
“Chart music was all I ever knew,” she told The Telegraph in 2008. “So when I listened to the Ettas and the Ellas, it sounds so cheesy, but it was like an awakening. I was like, oh, right, some people have proper longevity and are legends. I was so inspired that as a 15-year-old I was listening to music that had been made in the Forties. The idea that people might look back to my music in 50 years’ time was a real spur to doing this.”
She left school at 14 but continued making music and in 2006 landed a record deal after executives found her music on MySpace. The rest is, as they say, history.
“It’s a great way of getting stuff out there,” she said of the social media site at the time. “I’d much rather 5 million people heard my music than I earned £5 million. I write bulletins and blogs, and I listen to what people say, maybe too much sometimes.”
But it wasn’t until she landed a spot on “Saturday Night Live” that she became a hit in the US.
Her debut album, “19,” was a hit in the UK, and in 2008, she won the prestigious Critics’ Choice at the Brit Awards.
But it was her luck to land on “SNL” the night 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made an appearance. Her performance sent her single “Chasing Pavements” racing up the charts, and US fans were smitten.