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Without Amy, No Adele: Critics Remember Winehouse

Critics praise Winehouse for changing pop music—when sober

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse was a great singer—when sober—who changed pop music and still had her best years ahead of her, say music critics as they eulogize the troubled pop star. "Without Amy, there would have been no Adele, no Duffy, and no Lady Gaga," writes Adrian... More »

Coldplay Tops World Chart for '08

Viva la Vida the year's bestselling album

(Newser) - Coldplay’s Viva La Vida was the best-selling album in the world last year, the BBC reports, selling 6.8 million copies. Coldplay was one of four British acts to crack the top 10. Here’s the rest of the list:
  1. AC/DC: Black Ice
  2. The Mama Mia! soundtrack
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Cleared for Landing: Lily Allen's US Return

After visa snags, UK import tackles US for the second time

(Newser) - After being grounded by US immigration officials just as her 2007 album was set to take off, the UK’s Lily Allen is taking a second shot at conquering America with a new album, reports the Wall Street Journal. Despite her visa travails, Allen's debut sold a respectable 500,000... More »

7 Songs That Scream Summer

It's not too late to add these tunes to your playlist

(Newser) - Salon’s critics pick the songs that sizzle in summer 2008—from Estelle and Kanye West's sartorial lust to Tilly and the Wall's bubble gum New Wave:
  1. Estelle with Kanye West, “American Boy”: Elegant English beats blend with in-your-face American lyrics.
  2. Jonas Brothers, “Burning Up”: Saccharine silliness that
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Duffy Latest to Give Motown a UK Twist

Welsh import, following Winehouse et al., makes US TV blitz this week

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Welsh singer is the latest in a wave of pop artists—female, British ones—to channel 1960s Motown, the Wall Street Journal reports. Duffy, who storms the US this week with TV talk-show appearances and a performance at the Apollo tonight, is already a hit across Europe, her... More »

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