Breaking the mold of what is expected from a contemporary pop star, Adele crafts a style of music that she called "heartbroken soul," a fitting title for a musician who writes songs that are melancholy yet uplifting at the same time. The British artist released her first album, 19, in 2008 to massive commercial acclaim in the UK, leading national audiences to laud her as one of the preeminent singing talents to emerge from the United Kingdom in recent memory. With full-bodied, husky vocals that drip with melancholy, Adele topped her debut with the 2011 follow-up record 21, which exposed her affinity for heart-wrenching ballads to the international stage. Led by the timeless hit song "Someone Like You," the record captured the unspoken and universal longing and fear that comes along with losing the love of your life. Following the whirlwind of fame that came with her sophomore album, Adele took a much needed three-year hiatus from music. The break served her well, as she came back in 2015 with her much anticipated third studio album, titled 25. The record, ushered in with the lead single "Hello," produced historic records sales in several countries including the US and the UK, proving that the young songstress is only getting better with age.
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