Husky-voiced, salty-tongued Adele Laurie Blue Adkins -- or just plain old Adele, if you prefer -- has seen her fame multiply twentyfold in the seven years since her first and only North Texas concert.
When the London singer last came to Dallas in March 2009, she'd just picked up the coveted Best New Artist Grammy. But she was still a rising star, playing smallish venues like the 1,000-capacity Granada Theater, where tickets were priced at a modest $17 to $20.
Fast forward to her long-awaited return to Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2. This time, she's playing sold-out shows at the 20,000-seat American Airlines Center with scalpers asking for up to $800 for the best seats.
Here's what Adele, now 28, has been up to in the seven years since she last came to town.
Writes and records all the songs for her soulful second album, 21, including angry kiss-offs like "Rumour Has It" and "Rolling in the Deep."
"I think, in some ways, my attitude towards my ex-boyfriend when I was writing 21 was a little immature," she told NPR last year. "But I was a kid. I was 21."
Struggles with voice and health problems on her 21 tour. She calls off a June show at Dallas' House of Blues due to acute laryngitis and cancels her October show at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie because of hemorrhaging in her vocal cords.
She undergoes vocal cord surgery and writes on her website that if she doesn't rest "before I have properly conquered these problems and nipped them in the bud, I will be totally and utterly [expletive]."
Returns from surgery to perform at the Grammy Awards, where she wins six trophies, including best album for 21and best song and record for "Rolling in the Deep." She halts her teary acceptance speech to wipe her nose and proudly announce "I've got a bit of snot!"
Composes a concept album about motherhood following the October 2012 birth of her son Angelo, but then abandons the project. "I did write an album about being a mum but that's pretty boring," she told the BBC.
Keeps a low profile as she records new songs and watches 21 continue to break sales records. Lodged on Billboard's Top 200 for four straight years, 21 goes on to sell more than 20 million copies worldwide.
Finally releases a new single, the dramatic piano ballad "Hello," which inspires a slew of parody videos about food, Mormons and painful dental procedures. In November, she releases her third album, 25.
"My last record was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I'd call it a make-up record. I'm making up with myself," she writes in an open letter to fans.
Launches a nine-month world tour, mixing new songs with all of her hits from 21 and its predecessor, 19. "It's like when I go and see certain bands -- not to name any -- and they don't play their [expletive] biggest hit? [Expletive]! That really annoys me," she told Rolling Stone.
One reviewer reports the singer cussed 33 times during a 90-minute show -- more than Lil Wayne, Green Day and Ozzy Osbourne combined.
DETAILS: Adele performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas. Sold out. Details here.