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Birthday Honours 2013: Adele and PJ Harvey lead music recipients


Story by Jack Foley

SINGER Adele has been made an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The announcement continues a memorable year for the Tottenham-born star who picked up the Academy Award for Best Original Song for her Bond theme Skyfall at this year’s Oscars.

The 25-year-old also saw her most recent album 21 rack up huge sales figures in the UK and the US, helping it to become the fourth biggest-selling album in the UK of all time.

In the US, it has been the most-purchased album for two years running.

21 was only her second album release (following 19) but she has sold nearly seven million albums in the UK alone.

She is reportedly working on the follow-up to 21 now.

Adele was joined by double Mercury winner PJ Harvey in being made an MBE.

Harvey’s most recent studio effort Let England Shake received widespread critical acclaim and took the coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2011.

She released her debut album Dry in 1992 and has since gone on to release Rid Of Me (1993), To Bring You My Love (1995), Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea (2000) and White Chalk (2007).

Her Mercury Music Prize win for Let England Shake made her the first person to win the highly coveted award twice. She first won in 2001 for her album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea.

Other career highlights include becoming the first person to play a rock concert at Tate Modern, writing for a dance company and composing the soundtrack for a stage production of Hedda Gabler.

A further honour was bestowed upon Aled Jones, who was made an OBE for services to music and broadcasting.

The 42-year-old first found fame as a choir boy performing The Snowman theme tune Walking In The Air and has since established a successful career as a singer and TV presenter. He currently hosts ITV’s Daybreak.

The father of two said: “I’m delighted and deeply honoured to be recognised. I’ve been really lucky to have worked with amazing people during my time in the music and TV industry, and now have the privilege to wake the nation up on Daybreak every morning.”

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