We all know Adele has the voice of an angel. The British singer and songwriter has been on our radar since she was 19 years old and released her first album featuring the hit “Chasing Pavements.” Since then, we’re all guilty on blasting her tunes and singing along in the car, wishing for just an ounce of her talent.
After so many years in the spotlight, how many dollars signs has Adele’s voice earned her?
Adele’s Net Worth as of 2016: $75 million
Adele isn’t just rolling in the deep…she’s rolling in the dough.
So how did Adele amass so much money? A lot of work, for one thing. We break it down for you below.
2006 – 2010
After her high school graduation, Adele turned her attention to music. A friend of hers posted a demo she did as a school project on Myspace, which led to a phone call from Richard Russell, boss of the music label XL Recordings. Nick Huggett, at XL, signed Adele to the label XL in September 2006. Adele’s breakthrough song, “Hometown Glory,” was released in October 2007.
The album 19, named for her age at the time she wrote and composed many of its songs, entered the British charts at number one. She released her second single, “Chasing Pavements,” in January 2008, which reached number two on the UK Chart and stayed there for four weeks.
In March 2008, Adele signed a deal with Columbia Records and XL Recordings to try to break into the music scene in the United States. She embarked on a short North American tour in the same month, and 19 was released in the US in June, where it was met with positive reviews.
At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in February 2009, Adele received the award for Best New Artist, in addition to the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Chasing Pavements,” which was also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
2011 – 2014
Adele released her second studio album, 21, in early 2011 in both the UK and US. She said that the album was inspired by the breakup with her former partner. First and second singles “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” were in the top 5 of the UK singles chart and topped the charts in multiple markets and broke numerous sales performance records. By December 2011, 21 sold over 3.4 million copies in the UK, and became the biggest-selling album of the 21st century, overtaking Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black.
To promote the album, Adele embarked upon the “Adele Live” tour, which sold out its North American leg. The singer was forced to cancel two tours because of a vocal-cord haemorrhage and needed an extended period of rest in order to avoid permanent damage to her voice.
At the 2011 American Music Awards on 20 November, Adele won three awards; Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for 21. In December, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year, Billboard 200 Album of the Year (21), and the Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year (“Rolling in the Deep”), becoming the first woman ever to top all three categories.
Following throat surgery, she made her live comeback at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February. There, she won in all six categories for which she was nominated, making her the second female artist in Grammy history, after Beyoncé, to win that many categories in a single night.
In October 2012, Adele confirmed that she had been writing, composing, and recording the theme song for Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film. “Skyfall” has sold more than two million copies worldwide and earned Adele the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
On 3 April 2012, Adele confirmed that her third album would likely be at least two years away, stating, “I have to take time and live a little bit.”
Adele gave birth to son Angelo James Konecki in 2012.
In August 2015, Billboard reported that Adele’s label, XL Recordings, would release her highly anticipated third studio album in November 2015. She confirmed that the album is titled 25, stating, “My last record was a break-up record, and if I had to label this one, I would call it a make-up record. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did. 25 is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long but, you know, life happened.”
The video for her lead single “Hello” was released on October 22 and was viewed over 27.7 million times on YouTube in its first 24 hours, breaking the Vevo record for the most views in a day, surpassing the 20.1 million views for “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift. The song debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 October, with first week sales of 330,000 copies, making it the biggest-selling number one single in three years. On November 2, the song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first song ever in the US to sell at least one million downloads in a week, setting the record at 1.11 million.
25 also shattered the record for most albums sold in a week, which was previously held by *NSYNC for their 2000 album No Strings Attached. The singer’s new album sold more than 4.2 million copies in the U.S. in the first week.
We know Adele will continue to shatter records and add to her large bank account!