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Seal's big break came in 1990, when dance music producer Adamski featured the vocalist on his single, Killer. The single, which coupled Adamski's hard beats with Seal's soulful vocal was a massive hit in the clubs, and also performed well in the charts, reaching No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, and achieving gold certification from the BPI for selling over 100,000 copies. The success of Killer projected Seal into the spotlight, and resulted in his signing for ZTT Records. Debut album, the self-titled Seal, was produced by Trevor Horn and yielded the worldwide hit single Crazy, which hit number two in the UK and reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard Chart.
The first album was a Top 10 success across the world, and certified double platinum in the UK. In addition to the public success, Seal achieved critical acclaim, including a hat trick of BRIT Awards in 1992, becoming the first artist to do so. Seal won the gongs for Best British Male, Best British Album and Best British Video. In contributing to the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992, and the Red Hot Organisation's compilation Red Hot + Dance, Seal was supporting the work of AIDS charities and raising awareness of the disease.
Second album Seal II was released in 1994, and contained the singles Newborn Friend and Prayer for the Dying, which performed reasonably in the UK. Second single from the album Kiss from a Rose reached the Top 20 in the UK before it was picked up as the Love Theme from the 1995 movie Batman Forever. Its use in the motion picture provided Seal with a top five single when it was re-released in the UK, while it also reached the top of the Billboard chart. Stateside recognition followed this chart success, as Kiss from a Rose scooped double success as both Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1996.
Seal continued to record original material throughout the rest of the nineties and early part of the 2000s. 2007's System featured a debut with Seal's wife Heidi Klum, and the whole feel of the album was a return to the dance-oriented sound achieved on 1991's Seal album. In 2008 and 2011, Seal released two albums of soul covers, entitled Soul and Soul 2. In moving away from the standard soul repertoire, Seal looked to engage his fan base with the songs that inspired him when growing up.