After graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year.In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll.
The album has sold over 31 million copies worldwide.
Her first album, 19, re-entered the UK album chart alongside 21, while first and second singles "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" were in the top 5 of the UK singles chart, making Adele the first living artist to achieve the feat of two top-five hits in both the Official Singles Chart and the Official Albums Chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964.
Both songs topped the charts in multiple markets and broke numerous sales performance records.
In 2011, 20, Billboard named Adele Artist of the Year.
In 2012, she was listed at number five on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music.