Adele cancels U.S. tour due to vocal hemorrhage

Adele became a quadruple threat in the eyes of the Guinness World Record committee. She's the first female singer to have two singles and two albums in U.K. top five simultaneously -- a feat previously achieved by The Beatles in 1963. Adele also holds solo female records for the most consecutive weeks at the UK No.1, with 11 weeks at the top, and most cumulative weeks at the UK No. 1, with 16 weeks, for "21." Also, she won a fourth honor for "21," which was named the UK's biggest-selling digital album of all-time, because she sold 320,339 copies in the first 51 days after its release on Jan. 24, 2011. The singer performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Singer Adele performs onstage during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Aug. 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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(CBS) Chart-topping, award-winning singing sensation Adele has cancelled her entire U.S. tour due to vocal problems. The singer posted an emotional message on her website, apologizing for the cancellation and explaining why it was necessary.

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"Singing is literally my life, its (sic) my hobbie (sic), my love, my freedom and now my job," Adele explained. "I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or I risk damaging my voice forever. 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."

The singer had previously cancelled her North American tour in June due to laryngitis. The new dates, which were set to begin in Atlantic City, N.J. on Oct. 7, were rescheduled from earlier this year. According to her website, refunds can be obtained where patrons purchased their tickets.

Adele explained that doctors advised her to take an extended rest period from singing because she had a second vocal hemorrhage, which she described as a black eye on one's vocal chords. It is often caused by physical stresses on the vocal chords when they have been used more than normal, especially when they are swollen due to laryngitis. Adele first had a vocal hemorrhage back in May. She described the experience as "literally as if someone pulled a curtain over my throat."

Although she was able to rest up for her memorable 2011 MTV VMA performance of "Someone Like You," she developed an independent respiratory and chest infection that forced her to cancel a Mercury Awards performance and several shows. Then, she wrote she felt her voice go out again.

"Wanting to do something so bad and not being able to is the most frustrating thing as Im (sic) sure you know! My voice is weak, and I need to build it back up," she wrote on the blog, adding numerous apologies to her fans.