The album has been certified 16 times platinum in the UK, and is the fourth best-selling album in the UK of all time.
She doubted if the offer was real because the only record company she knew was Virgin Records, and she took a friend with her to the meeting.
Adele provided vocals for Jack Peñate's song, "My Yvonne," for his debut album, and it was during this session she first met producer Jim Abbiss, who would go on to produce both the majority of her debut album, 19, and tracks on 21.
The album 19, named for her age at the time she wrote and composed many of its songs, entered the British charts at number one.
The Times Encyclopedia of Modern Music named 19 an "essential" blue-eyed soul recording.
She said in Nylon magazine in June 2009, "I'm like, 'I can't believe I did that.' It seems so ungrateful....
I was drinking far too much and that was kind of the basis of my relationship with this boy.I couldn't bear to be without him, so I was like, 'Well, I'll just cancel my stuff then.'" But then she was booked as the musical guest on 18 October 2008 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live.The episode, which included an expected appearance by then US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, earned the program its best ratings in 14 years with 17 million viewers. Graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year.In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll.Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success.