|Adele - 21
By Adele. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Softcover. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.307247)
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21 is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter, Adele. Coincidentially, it was released on 21 January 2011 in the UK and most of Europe, and on 22 February 2011 in North America. Like its predecessor, the album was named after the age of the singer at the time of its production. While it shares the folk and Motown influences of her debut album 19, 21 was further shaped by the American country and southern blues music Adele encountered during her 2008–09 North American tour. Her second album on the subject of a break-up, 21, like its predecessor, was composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from an unnamed partner, and explores various themes of anger and revenge, heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.
The majority of the album's production was handled by Grammy Award-winning American producer Rick Rubin, while additional producers included Jim Abbiss, Paul Epworth, Fraser T. Smith, Ryan Tedder, and Dan Wilson. Attracting critical praise for its vintage authenticity, the lyrical depth of the songs, as well as Adele's vocal performance, the album was seen as an artistic improvement over her debut. Preceded by lead single "Rolling in the Deep", which became a worldwide number-one hit, 21 debuted atop the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 208,000 copies, and peaked at number one in over fifteen countries, including Canada, Australia, Germany and Ireland. In the U.S., the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 352,000 copies in its first week.