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Adele "Stunned And Shocked" By Success

By Gary Graff
Of The Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, March 20, 2009

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Adele says she hasn’t yet decided if music is “it” for her. But recent events may hasten that decision.

The British pop singer (born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins) has scooped up an armload of impressive awards for her 2008 debut album, “19” — a pair of Grammys, including Best New Artist, and the first-ever Critics Choice trophy at the BRIT Awards. She’s also gotten a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination. The album has sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide, and the single “Chasing Pavements” has been a global hit.

All this has left her “stunned and shocked,” but hardly complaining.

“I’ve always sung and I’ve always loved singing and stuff like that,” Adele, 20, explains, “but I never, ever thought I’d even have the slightest chance to get away with doing it as a career and not have to do anything else. I always thought maybe I’d go and work in an office or something and two or three days a week go play gigs to drunk men in a pub or bar.

“The Grammys — that’s like a world I never thought I’d be included in, you know? And as far as everybody kind of hooking on to the record and stuff, it’s quite surreal, really.”

Among the other surprises of success, Adele says, is “how warm people can be to you.”

“I still find it really staggering that people go out of their way to support you and invest their time and their money in you,” she says. “It’s just the kindest thing ever. And also how quickly things spread and how certain things catapult you.”

That includes her Oct. 18 performance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” a highly rated episode featuring a guest appearance by vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. It propelled “19” up 24 spots on the Billboard 200 the following week.

“I did meet (Palin),” recalls Adele, who’s started work on her sophomore album. “I met her after, when everyone was saying their goodbyes. She was really nice; I don’t agree with anything she says when she’s a politician, but she was really nice. Her daughters bought her the record when it came out, which is really nice, too.”

Adele and The Script perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (March 20) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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