Adele

A prodigiously successful singing prodigy whose habit of naming her albums after her age at the time of release has not quite yet become insufferable. At a time when album sales are languishing, she’s a stunning exception, recently surpassing Eminem to sell the most albums digitally. Her music hits every conventional note of “authenticity” and “soul” without being in any respect troubling. She will probably need a new shed to house all the Grammys.

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