Bryan Adams was signed by A&M Records of Canada first as a staff song writer and later as a recording artist in 1979.
Recklesswas the first album by a Canadian to reach #1 on the Billboard album chart since 1974 and the first to spend two weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart.
In 1984, Bryan won Junos for the male artist of the year, producer of the year, composer of the year (with Jim Vallance) and album of the year.
In 1985, Adams was nominated for five Juno Awards and won the three major Junos for male vocalist of the year, Reckless was album of the year, and with Jim Vallance Adams won composer of the year.
Bryan Adams was the opening act for Tina Turner's "Private Dancer" tour in Europe.
At Canada's Performing Rights Organization of Canada (PRO Canada) Awards, Adams was the most nominated in 1985. "Heaven," "Run to You" and "The Best Was Yet to Come" were among the ten most broadcast songs in Canada during 1984.
Reckless was the first album by a Canadian artist to sell one million copies and was the first to win CRIA's Diamond Award. It was the biggest selling album of all time in Canada in 1985. At one point, Reckless was selling more than 30,000 copies each week in retail stores. In the U.S., Reckless was the first foreign album with six singles from it that reached the Billboard Top 100 chart. Internationally, it sold seven million copies.
Reckless had six singles that charted making Adams the first international artist to chart six singles from one album on the Billboard chart. By September of 1985 the album had sold more than six million copies worldwide. It was seven times platinum in Canada; four times platinum in the US; double platinum in New Zealand; gold in Australia and Britain; silver in Norway, Portugal and Japan.
In 1985, Adams co-wrote "Tears Are Not Enough," Canada's song for Ethiopian famine relief. The song sold more than 250,000 copies.
The You Want It, You Got It album was almost titled "Bryan Adams Hasn't Heard of You Either." Bryan's favorite song from the album was "No One Makes It Right."
In 1987, Entertainer of the Year was a new Juno Award. Nearly 300,000 ballots were cast by the public. Adams won the award.
Into the Fire sold three million copies when it was released.
The first cassette single from A&M Records was "In the Heat of the Night" by Bryan Adams released in March 1987.
In 1990, Adams told Billboard, "I want every song to stand up on its own as a good song. I feel better about this record than any other I've made so far." Adams had not released an album in three years. In that time he recorded an album with producer Steve Lillywhite that was not released.
In 1992 Waking Up the Neighbours won a Diamond Award from CRIA making Bryan the only Canadian to win two Diamond Awards. By April 1993, the album sold more than three million copies in the U.S. and 11million worldwide.
The album So Far So Good sold 1.2 million copies in 1993 and 2.7 million copies in the U.S. by the end of 1995.
In 1993, Bryan became the first major international musician to perform in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
Bryan Adams's song "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" was in the movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
The first A&M recording to sell one million copies in Great Britain was Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You."
By April 1993 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" was the fourth biggest selling single of all time. It was No. 1 in 19 countries and set an all-time sales record for a single in Britain. Adams told David Yonke, "I'm just trying to push myself to keep going and make records. If you're working, you're not complacent. It's very enjoyable to make records, and I hope to continue making them for a few more years."
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" was #1 in 30 countries. In the US, it sold over 3 million copies and was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven seeks. Internationally, it sold another five million copies.
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" was used in the movie "Don Juan DeMarco" and the soundtrack was on A &M Records.
"Heaven," "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "All for Love" and "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" all went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. All of them were from movie soundtracks. This accomplishment made Adams the first Canadian artist to have four No. 1 singles in Billboard's history.
Waking Up the Neighbours shipped 1.2 million units ahead of its release on September 24, 1991 and sold four million copies within three months of release. By early 1993 the album had sold ten million copies around the world. It was double platinum in Germany and Britain, four times platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Belgium and the U.S.
In 1993, Bryan Adams became the first international artist for A&M to have toured Southeast Asia and the first Western act to play in Vietnam.
In 1995, Adams won SOCAN Classics Awards for "The Best Was Yet to Come," "Straight from the Heart" and "Heaven."
In 2014, the Australian Recording Industry Association ranked "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" as its #7 single with the longest stay on their chart with 11 weeks. His single "Please Forgive Me" was #1 for seven weeks in 1993.
- Bryan Adams Wins Four Juno Awards. Kirk LaPointe. Billboard, December 15, 1984.
- Bryan Adams Leads the Juno Pack. Kirk LaPointe. Billboard, September 14, 1985.
- 'Reckless' Nears Record. Billboard, September 14, 1985.
- It's Official: Adams Sets Sales Mark. Billboard, October 5, 1985.
- Adams, Hart, Gowan Grab More Juno Nominations. Kirk LaPointe. Billboard, October 12, 1985.
- Bryan Adams Captures Three Junos. Kirk LaPointe. Billboard, November 16, 1985.
- Bryan Adams Reaps More Honors. Kirk LaPointe. Billboard, October 26, 1985.
- '87 Junos: Adams Wins Big Again, But Toronto Doesn't. Kirk LaPointe. Billboard, November 14, 1987.
- Waking Up a Fan Base for Adams' Album. Paul Verna. Billboard, October 12, 1991.
- After the Fire, Bryan Adams Aims to Rekindle Career. Billboard, March 31, 1990.
- Oh, Canada. Hartford (CT) Courant, September 23, 1992.
- He Just Doesn't Fit the Rock Star Mold. David Yonke. Toledo (OH) Blade.
- Adams Taps Asian Market After 19 Months on Tour. Larry LeBlanc. Billboard, February 6, 1993.
- Bryan Adams on Ho Chi Minh Trail. Billboard, January 15, 1994.
- Movies Are Adams' Key to No. 1. Fred Bronson. Billboard, June 3, 1995.
- SOCAN Awards Honor Bryan Adams. Larry LeBlanc. Billboard, December 2, 1995.
- Bryan Adams. Billboard, January 27, 1996.