Adele - 21

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21 is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter Adele, originally released in 2011 via XL Recordings in the UK and Columbia Records in the US.

The album was named after the age of the singer during its production.

21 shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 North American tour An Evening with Adele.

Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.

Adele began writing 21 in April 2009, intending to compose a mroe upbeat and contemporary follow-up to 19, when still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record.  The results of those early sessions were unispired and incomplete and she resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channelling her heartbreak and depression into her songs.

Adele collaborated with various songwriters and producers, including Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.

Praised by critics for its understated production, vintage aesthetic, and Adele's vocal performance, 21 defied the modest commercial expectations of her indie record label XL Recordings.

The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries and became the world's best-selling album of the year for 2011 and 2012.

In the United Kingdom, it is the best-selling album of the 21st century and fourth best-selling album of all time, while its 23-week tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo artist.

In the United States, the album held the top position for 24 weeks, longer than any other album since 1985 and the longest by a female solo artist in Billboard 200 history.  It was certified Diamond by the RIAA and was ranked as the "Greatest Billboard 200 Album of All Time".

Five singles were released to promote the album, with "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain" becoming worldwide number-one hits, while "Rumour Has It" charting in the top 20 across Europe and North America.

Globally, 21 was the biggest selling musical release for both 2011 and 2012, and helped revitalise lagging sales of the UK and US music industry. By July 2014, the album had sold 30 million copies worldwide. 

Critics hailed the album as a shift from the overtly sexual and musically bombastic status quo, and attributed its success to its deeply autobiographical yet universal songs.

Shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize, 21 won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year.

This album is a 2020 repressing on black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, pressed in Europe via XL Recordings.

(12117)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1           

Rolling In The Deep

3:51

A2

Rumour Has It

3:45

A3

Turning Tables

4:12

A4

Don't You Remember                 

4:05      

A5

Set Fire To The Rain

4:04

A6

He Won't Go

4:40

B1

Take It All

3:50

B2

I'll Be Waiting

4:04

B3

One And Only

5:50

B4

Lovesong

5:18

B5

Someone Like You

4:49

SKU 12117
Record Label XL Recordings
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number XLLP520
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 04 December 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 19 January 2011
Barcode # 634904052010
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Repressing
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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