On May 5, powerhouse singer Adele turns 30 years old. The British singer has much to celebrate this year thanks to the rolling success of her three albums. Although Adele hasn’t released a studio album since 2015, she has already cemented her legacy in the music business and continues to amass millions.
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Adele’s Net Worth: $185 Million
While most artists spend their first few albums finding their voice, Adele went from unknown singer to international hit following the 2008 release of “Chasing Pavements,” the popular release from her debut album “19.” Since then, Adele has released two other hugely successful albums, “21” and “25.”
The monumental success of her albums catapulted Adele’s net worth to $185 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
After taking a three-year hiatus, Adele re-emerged in November 2015 with her latest album, “25.” The album had a momentous debut, selling 3.38 million copies in its first week in the U.S., breaking the record previously set by *NSYNC in 2000. The album reached music’s most elite Diamond status in September 2016, selling 10 million units in the U.S. alone. The album is officially one of the top best-selling albums of all time in the U.K. and has sold more copies than any other album in the U.S.
Following the worldwide success of “25,” Adele earned $80.5 million in 2016.
The British singer’s sophomore album was equally successful. “21” sold 26.4 million in 2013, which earned her $27.8 million, according to TheRichest, which reports on celebrity earnings. The album also sold 30 million copies worldwide. Her debut studio album “19,” released in 2008, was also certified triple platinum.
Adele’s Top Songs
Generating 50 million views during its first 48 hours, Adele’s “Hello” music video enjoyed the biggest YouTube debut of 2015. The song spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 26 weeks.
Aside from “Hello,” Adele’s biggest songs to date include “Someone Like You,” “Rolling In the Deep” and “Set Fire to the Rain” — all from her “21” album.
- ‘Someone Like You’
The soulful ballad “Someone Like You” climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart on Sept. 17, 2011, and stayed on the chart for 39 weeks.
- ‘Rolling In the Deep’
The singer’s first No.1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100, “Rolling In the Deep” shot its way to No. 1 on May 21, 2011, and remained on the charts for 65 weeks. In 2012, the song became the biggest-selling digital song of all time in the U.S. by a woman.
- ‘Set Fire to the Rain’
Another song about a painful breakup, “Set Fire to the Rain” made its No. 1 debut on the Billboard chart on Feb. 4, 2012, and held court on the charts for 43 weeks.
The world-renowned songstress has received loads of recognition for her commandeering voice and powerful lyrics, including a whopping 15 Grammy wins from 2008 to 2016. Adele won her first two Grammys for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Artist following the success of her debut album. At the 2011 Grammys, Adele earned six awards, tying with Beyoncé for most wins ever by a female artist in one evening.
She also received the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 2013 Academy Awards for “Skyfall,” the theme song of the James Bond film “Skyfall,” which earned star Daniel Craig a crazy sum of money.
Adele took home the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Award for Song of the Year and the Juno Award for International Album of the Year in 2016, among other accolades.
Adele’s Personal Life
Despite her penchant for breakup songs, Adele is in a happy relationship with husband Simon Konecki, the father of her 5-year-old son Angelo James Konecki. Although the couple’s marriage is no secret now, the singer and the 44-year-old former investment banker kept quiet about the status of their relationship until the announcement of Adele’s pregnancy.
In a 2014 incident, Adele was awarded a five-figure settlement in damages after suing paparazzi for capturing private family photos. She put the money in a trust for her son and the photography agency agreed to stop using the images.
In March 2016, Konecki’s email account was hacked, leaking personal photos of the notoriously private singer and their son. Adele was reportedly furious at the breach of privacy.
In 2017 during her world tour, Adele vowed to take another break from the spotlight and hinted in a handwritten note to her fans that her hiatus from touring might be indefinite.
Taylor Bell contributed to the reporting for this article.