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Adele tops global chart

Adele is officially the most popular music artist in the world Credit: Ian West/PA

Adele has topped a chart of the most popular acts in the world according to an international music trade body; the IFPI.

The London born singer has been named as the most popular recording artist in the world for 2015 for sales, downloads and streams. That's despite her album 25 only being released in November but still managing to sell more than 15 million copies.

The lead single from the album, Hello, was number one in more than thirty countries globally, including the UK, US, Germany and Australia.

The top ten artists are:

1 - Adele 2 - Ed Sheeran 3 - Taylor Swift 4 - Justin Bieber 5 - One Direction 6 - Coldplay 7 - Maroon 5 8 - Sam Smith 9 - Drake 10 - The Weeknd

Adele quietly receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

Singer Adele, who won a record six Grammy Awards in the US last year and an Oscar for Skyfall has largely kept out of the limelight since becoming a mother, but received an MBE award today at Buckingham Palace.

The performer, who wore a dark turquoise patterned dress, did not stop to speak to the waiting press inside the royal residence.

Adele Adkins holding her MBE for services to music presented to her by the Prince of Wales Credit: PA

Adele awarded MBE by Prince Charles at Palace

Singer Adele has capped a memorable year by being awarded an MBE by the Prince of Wales.The performer has become a worldwide phenomenon with her debut album 19 and the follow-up 21 selling millions of copies both at home and abroad.

Adele's achievements were recognised with an MBE presented by Charles during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

Adele Adkins is made an MBE for services to music by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London. Credit: PA
Adele handshakes Prince Charles as she receives an MBE. Credit: PA

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Waxing lyrical over Adele

Sculptor Louis Wiltshire works on Adele's clay head Credit: Madame Tussauds

Adele is the latest celebrity to be created in wax by specialists at Madame Tussauds.

Here sculptor Louis Wiltshire works on the clay head that will be used to create the wax mould for the star's new wax figure at Madame Tussauds in London.

Work is now well underway on the Oscar Winner's figure which will be portrayed in a dramatic performance pose at the London and Amsterdam attractions in July.

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