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Joss Stone: 'I just think some people are genuinely nasty characters'

An outspoken audience with Joss Stone

Album: Joss Stone, Colour Me Free! (EMI)

Delayed for a year by a label with whom she has fallen into dispute, Colour Me Free! represents a return to the retro-soul style of Joss Stone's debut following the ill-advised attempts to squeeze her into the R&B diva mould.

Album: Joss Stone, Colour Me Free, (Virgin)

Lambasted for that transitory transatlantic accent and locked in a dispute with her record label that has seen this arrive with little fanfare, at 22 years old, Joss Stone is finally earning the soul chops she so desires.

Joss Stone, Oran Mor, Glasgow

Elegant, mature and back on track

Album: Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It (Columbia)

When he joined his brother and cousin in R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné, Charlie Ray Wiggins sensibly decided he could do with a more exotic name, but only acquired it in stages, becoming first Raphael Wiggins before achieving a more persuasive cachet as Raphael Saadiq, the name under which he has become one of R&B's most sought-after producers.

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He came, he rapped and he conquered Glastonbury – but Jay-Z wasn't the only music act to rock our world this year. The Independent's music writers choose their top five live performances, ones they will never forget

Joss Stone: 'England doesn't like me any more'

2007 was not Joss Stone's year. The 20-year-old from Devon made a fool of herself at the Brit Awards, released her least successful album to date, sacked her managers and told her parents to leave her alone. So, Craig McLean asks her, how does it feel to be a proper soul diva?

Age before beauty

Diversity is the loser at Brit awards as black artists are eclipsed by their white imitators

WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute.

All-white Brit winners spark fury over lack of diversity

WITH A roll-call of winners as varied as The Streets, Robbie Williams and Franz Ferdinand, the diversity of this year's Brits, the biggest night in British rock and pop, looked beyond dispute.

Joss Stone, the urban diva from Devon, is crowned queen of the Brit Awards

JOSS STONE, the teenage soul singer from Devon, beat competition from rivals including the strongly tipped Jamelia and last year's most notable debutante Natasha Bedingfield to be the star of the Brit Awards last night.

From Tupperware to tans: why girls' parties these days are more about bodies than bowls

It's party night at Jackie McQuire's, and the wine is flowing and the mellow sounds of Joss Stone are being cranked up on the stereo. A group of women giggle as they disappear, one by one, behind a portable booth next to the leather sofa. As they go, they shed their clothes, only to re-emerge five minutes later with a glowing, sun-baked look.

Joss Stone, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Some critics of Joss Stone are a bit like the doctor in Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides.

Album: Joss Stone

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