She became the first living artist to achieve two top five hits simultaneously in both the singles and albums charts since The Beatles.
Her album, 21, has beaten Madonna’s Immaculate Collection for the longest time at number one by a female solo artist. And now Adele well be arriving in Southampton on Wednesday during her sold out tour of the UK and Ireland.
So far, 2011 has been a great year for the singer-songwriter and, with an appearance at the iTunes Festival in the summer, amidst her sold out shows, it looks set to get even better.
Already with 11 consecutive weeks at the top of the albums chart under her belt, she is continuing to prove herself worthy of the Brits Critics’ Choice Award that was bestowed upon her in 2008.
Her latest album, 21, was written eight months after breaking up with her partner and while it was a difficult experience for Adele to overcome, it gave her music a new confidence and a boldness that emerged in the first new track, Rolling in the Deep.
Yet the return to her wistful, soul-tinged vocals on Someone Like You placed her firmly at the top of the singles chart.
It was this song that grabbed everyone’s attention during her performance at the Brit Awards, not long after 21 enjoyed a phenomenal increase in sales.
Although the album tackles the same subjects as its predecessor, it approached them in a new way.
It doesn’t just document the growth of Adele’s career and talent but also her as a person.
And there lies the reason for her appeal.
Between her two albums she went through a transition and it is one that is noticeable throughout her tracks.
She went from vulnerable to strong.
Expect this to be translated over into her live performances.
If you didn’t get tickets to the sold out Southampton show, there is a chance to catch her at the iTunes Festival on July 7.
· Adele’s Southampton show on Wednesday is sold out, but you can apply for free tickets to see her at the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse on July 7. Visit itunesfestival.com to enter to win tickets.