Adele's debut album, 19, was released in 2008 and is now certified seven times platinum. Her second album, 21, was released in 2011 and it became a worldwide hit – winning her six Grammy Awards, two BRIT Awards and three American Music Awards.
American singer and actress Ariana Grande rose to fame appearing in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious. Ariana also featured on the soundtrack album to the TV series. A recording contract soon followed and her debut album, Yours Truly, reached No.1 in the US chart in 2013.
Californian pop-punk band Blink 182 formed in 1992 and found mainstream success with the release of their third studio album, Enema of the State, which spawned the hits All the Small Things and What's My Age Again?. The band split in 2005 but reformed again in late 2008 with plans for a new album and tour.
BROS burst on to the pop scene in 1987 with the single When Will I Be Famous?, which reached No.2 in the UK chart. The answer to the question posed by their hit single came immediately. In the 2-year period that followed, the band had eight Top 10 hits, a platinum-selling album and achieved worldwide fame.
Hawaiian singer-songwriter Bruno Mars released his debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, in 2010. The album propelled him to worldwide fame with the smash hits Just the Way You Are, Grenade and The Lazy Song.
Coldplay have sold over 80 million records worldwide and have received numerous awards – including eight BRIT Awards, seven Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards.
The hugely talented Ed Sheeran began writing and recording when he was only 14. He had already released several EPs independently before he was signed to Atlantic Records at the beginning of 2011.
Elton John has been putting on spectacular shows for decades, performing songs from his huge repertoire. Elton John teamed up with Bernie Taupin in 1967, which turned out to be an unstoppable combination. Taupin's lyrics set to John's catchy music has produced countless hits and won many awards.
Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden was originally formed in London in 1975. The band is synonymous with the British Heavy Metal sound and have achieved multiple platinum-selling albums over the past few decades. Iron Maiden took the BRIT Award for Best British Live Act in 2009.
John Legend is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, who is known for his heartfelt songwriting and soulful singing. As well as being a successful recording artist in his own right, John has collaborated with many other well known artists on chart-topping tracks.
Justin Bieber propelled himself to stardom by recording covers of well known songs and uploading them to YouTube. By the end of 2010, Bieber had received more than 10 million hits on the site and was well on his way to becoming a worldwide superstar.
Tennessee-based rockers Kings of Leon broke into the mainstream with the release of their third album, Because Of The Times, which was the band's first UK No.1. By the time their fourth album, Only By The Night, was released in 2008 they were well on their way to becoming one of the most successful rock acts of recent times.
American pop icon Lady Gaga has toured the UK on three previous occasions: Monster Ball Tour (2010), Born This Way Ball Tour (2012) and artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour (2014). The tours were all sell-outs and the shows were said to be 'exhilarating'.
Linkin Park exploded onto the music scene when their debut album, Hybrid Theory, went multi-platinum around the world following its release in 2000. The album's success, and the hit singles that it spawned, won the band a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Little Mix became the first group to win The X Factor when they triumphed on the ITV show in 2011. The group was formed after the girls – Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall – had initially auditioned as soloists.
Neil Diamond is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, whose many hits include Sweet Caroline, Cracklin' Rosie and Love On The Rocks. In his 50+ years in the music business, Neil Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most successful artists ever.
Alternative rock band Radiohead have produced some of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past 20 years – including OK Computer (1997), Kid A (2000) and In Rainbows (2007). The band has won three Grammy Awards and an army of loyal fans along the way.
Originally finding fame with Take That in the early 90s, Robbie Williams is now one of the most recognisable and popular British musicans ever. After leaving Take That in 1995, Robbie enjoyed huge success with his solo work. Some of Robbie's best known tracks include Angels, Rock DJ and Millennium.
Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes topped the US Billboard 200 chart with his debut album Handwritten in 2015. The success of his debut album marked him out as one of the most promising young pop acts.
Steps burst onto the music scene in the late 90s with their unique brand of cheesy pop and camp dance routines. The five-piece group released three studio albums and one compilation album between 1997 and 2001, selling more than 14 million records in the process. However, after completing the Gold: Greatest Hits tour at the end of 2001, the group split up.