Adele

  1. Adele really loves greetings cards with her own face on

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    Video caption: She bought the entire stock of Adele cards from a London store.
  2. Legendary music venue launches crowdfund to survive

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The West London music venue where Bob Dylan played his first ever UK concert is fighting for survival, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise cash.

    Established in 1954, The Troubadour in Old Brompton Road has hosted Jimi Hendrix, as well as Adele and Ed Sheeran in recent years.

    Even the legendary American author Jack Kerouac has recited his works on its basement stage.

    Despite having reopened for takeaway drinks and food, the Troubadour now finds itself in good company with hundreds of other independent venues that are struggling to stay afloat during the lockdown.

    Last month, it launched a Crowdfunder page where fans could donate money to help it continue paying rent and other overheads.

    The venue has been run since 2015 by co-directors Patricia Borzych and Giles McNamee, who both live in the US.

    From her home in Boston, Ms Borzych, 39, said: “Giles and myself have been stressed about what to do for our 40 employees. We have staff who have been there since 2002.

    “They are our family and it’s sad to not be able to help them help their families.”

    Ms Borzych continued: “Our goal from the crowdfunding is to raise £15,000 to offset about 25 per cent of our operating costs, and we’re talking to our landlord to see what they can give us.”

    Nearly £3,300 has been raised so far, from 76 supporters, including one who pledged £500.

  3. Adele songwriter sells music catalogue

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    Image caption: Fraser T. Smith co-wrote and produced Adele's hit Set Fire to the Rain

    The man who co-wrote and produced Adele's hit Set Fire to the Rain has sold his entire music catalogue.

    Fraser T. Smith has offloaded his 298 songs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund and its investment adviser, The Family (Music) Limited.

    Mr Smith has worked with a number of Britain's most successful artists including Stormzy, Taio Cruz, James Morrison and Tinchy Stryder.

    Merck Mercuriadis, founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund says: "Every time I hear one of Fraser's songs they always feel special. He writes and produces enormously successful songs that make popular music not only special but culturally important."

    Mr Smith says: "Merck's pedigree as a music industry executive, manager and visionary is almost unprecedented - and above all, he truly realises the value of the song in popular culture."