- (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)
The neo-Queen of Soul, Adele, has been forced to cancel her 10-city U.S. tour due to a vocal hemorrhage suffered during her recent U.K. tour.
According to her record label, Columbia, Adele is unable to complete the remainder of the tour due to the condition of her throat. The canceled dates will start with Friday’s Atlantic City show in New Jersey and continue through the last three U.S. tour dates in Texas.
"I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever," the Grammy Award-winning Adele said on her website. "I have great confidence in believing you know how much this upsets me, how seriously I take it and how truly devastated and annoyed I am by this."
This is not the first time Adele has struggled with her vocal chords, as she had already canceled a few U.S. shows in June after getting laryngitis.
"My voice is weak and I need to build it back up. I'm gonna be starting up vocal rehab as soon as [I can], and start building my overall stamina in my voice, body and mind," said the 23-year-old. "I will be back and I'm gonna smash the ball out the park once I'm touring again. I apologize from the bottom of my heart, sincerely I do."
Vocal problems among big-name singers are nothing new. John Mayer recently canceled some concert dates in mid-September. Also, in 2002, Kelly Clarkson, hot off of her American Idol win, had to cancel a portion of her tour due to inflamed nodes in the back of her throat.
Adele is known for her powerful vocals and talent, and is praised for not trying to go the route of many other music artists, who present themselves as sexualized divas. Many attribute these key elements to her success.
"The whole message with [Adele] is that it's just music, it's just really good music," said Richard Russell of XL Recordings to the Guardian.
He continued, “There is nothing else. There are no gimmicks, no selling of sexuality. I think in the American market, particularly, they have come to the conclusion that is what you have to do.”
Adele's sophomore album, “21,” debuted at No. 1 in more than 10 countries with breakout hit "Rolling in the Deep" leading the charge.
The power of the lead single still hasn't slowed, despite being released almost a year ago, on Nov. 29, 2010.
The song has been remixed and covered by various artists and used in just about everything imaginable, such as TV shows, commercials and video games.
Billboard named it the biggest crossover hit of the past 25 years.