Having broken up with with her loser boyfriend, Adele leaves London and heads into Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, CA to record songs about him. Later, she returns to London to record with Paul Epworth.
October 2010: Adele “comes out of hiding” to finish post-production on the new album.
January 2011: The “Rolling in the Deep” single is released in the UK and debuts at #2. By this point, anticipation for the new record is so high that 19 re-enters the UK top ten, then the top five. (It’s still there.)
February 2011: 21 debuts at #1 on January 30 in the UK. The album and its lead single go on to break chart records held by the Beatles (Artist with Two Top Five Singles and Top Five Albums in the Same Week) and Madonna (Most Consecutive Weeks at No. 1 Ever By A Female Artist On The U.K. Chart).
March-April 2011: Adele appears on VH1 Unplugged. 21 debuts at #1 in the United States, a position it has continued to retain or retake since. She kicks off a twenty-date European tour and appears on the cover of Rolling Stone‘s April 28 issue. Both her records continue to sell like gangbusters.
So, it’s been a good year! If she ever makes an album called 22, we bet it will sound really happy.
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