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Adele: the girl from north London who made the world sit up and listen

As the singer-songwriter prepares to release her new album ‘30’, Roisin O'Connor looks at what makes Adele tick and charts her road to global stardom following hits such as ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and ‘Someone like You’

Sunday 17 October 2021 21:30
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<p>Few artists, especially British ones, have been quite so capable of capturing global attention</p>

Few artists, especially British ones, have been quite so capable of capturing global attention

“Absolute mess and inner turmoil.”

Could we want anything more from an Adele album? After months, years even, of pleading fans and media speculation, the UK star finally confirmed the title, release date and theme of her forthcoming album, 30.

Few artists, especially British ones, have been quite so capable of capturing global attention. Adele is the only person to have been given an unprecedented two simultaneous covers on Vogue US and British Vogue. Even fewer have done it without relentless campaigning, new “eras”, or overhauls of their public persona. As glamorous as she looks on those magazine covers, you only have to read the interviews to realise that Adele – no matter what size she is, what clothes she wears, or whether the winged eyeliner has been applied that day – will always be Adele.

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