Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born May 5 1988) is one of the most successful artists of the 21st century. Since emerging in 2008 with her debut album 19, Adele has built a reputation as being her generation's best chronicler of heartbreak. Her second album, 21, is the fourth-bestselling album of all time in the UK and was named the best-selling album of all time in the UK by a female artist in 2021. Also in 2021, Adele returned from a six year musical hiatus with her fourth album, 30. More jazz-focused and experimental, it was preceded by the UK Number 1 single Easy On Me and broke records debuting at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. Adele has reached Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with all of her studio albums, a record for a female act.