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Commentary (music and lyrics not included). Pages: 26. Chapters: 21
(Adele album), 33 (Luis Miguel album), De Viaje, Empezar Desde
Cero, Luis Miguel (album), Mana MTV Unplugged, Mexico - Madrid: En
Directo Y Sin Escalas, Mis Romances, MTV Unplugged/Musica de Fondo,
Papito (album), Paulina (album), Vencedor. Excerpt: 21 is the
second studio album by English recording artist Adele. Released on
24 January 2011 in most of Europe, and on 22 February 2011 in North
America, it was named after the age of the singer during its
production. The album 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 2008-2009 North American tour An Evening with Adele.
Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her
partner, the album explores themes of anger, revenge, heartbreak,
self-examination, and forgiveness. Adele began writing 21 in April
2009, while still involved in the relationship that subsequently
inspired the record. Dissatisfied with once again portraying
herself as the musical tragedienne of her debut, she had intended
to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up. However,
studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration. She
resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her
relationship, channeling 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 authenticity, and Adele's vocal
performance, 21 defied the modest commercial expectations of her
indie record label XL Recordings and became a sleeper hit in 2011.
The album topped the charts in more than 30 countries and appeared
in the 2012 edition of the Guinness World Records. The United
Kingdom's best-selling album of the 21st century, its 23-week
tenure atop the UK Albums Chart is the longest by a female solo
artist. Singles "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone like You" and "Set
Fire to the Rain" became worldwide number-one hits, while "Rumour
Has It" and "Turning Tables" charted in the top 20 across Europe
and North America. 21 was the best-selling mu
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