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Album: Adele - 19 (XL recordings)

The iTunes/MySpace revolution has speeded up the pop process to such an extent that a new act barely has time to draw breath before being acclaimed in ever-growing hyperbole and seeing their debut album go straight to No 1.

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George Williams

Tymes lead singer with hits such as 'So Much in Love'

Blu Cantrell: I'll bare my soul if I want to

Blu Cantrell has gone from glamour model to global singing star. She discusses her career choices with Charlotte Cripps

Album: James Carr

You Got My Mind Messed Up, Ace

Pop: Just got to keep it real

D'Angelo's first album changed the way we think about soul. How can he live up to that?

Records: Soul

Various Artists: Marvin is 60 (Motown)

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 30: Marvin Gaye, Soul Singer

MARVIN GAYE'S melodramatic death in 1984, at the age of 45, had the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. There was nowhere else for him to go. Truly, nobody knew the trouble he'd seen.

Pop: His soul goes groovin' on

Did he jump? Did he fall? The death of Donny Hathaway is shrouded in mystery. But one thing is certain - he was a genius. And he influenced the best

Music: The righteous sister

Lauryn Hill is stealing hip hop back from the menace of gangsta. How? By steeping herself in the history of black female divas. It's not just about rap; it's a battle for the soul.

Rock music: Janet Jackson gets lost in her own limelight

ONE DAY, Janet Jackson may rearrange her songs for piano and voice and schedule an intimate tour of the country's jazz and blues clubs, but it's safe to say that that day won't arrive until Madonna, Kiss, Jean- Michel Jarre and the cast of Beauty and the Beast: The Musical have done the same thing. More than anyone else in pop, Janet - she and I aren't quite on first-name terms, but on some posters she has dropped the Jackson - can be relied upon to put on an enormous theatrical extravaganza. If pounds 22.50 seemed steep for a ticket to her performance at the SECC in Glasgow on Wednesday, once you'd seen the mobile video screens, the surreal stage sets, the dancing troupe, the many costumes and the pyrotechnics, you wondered how she managed to break even.

Racing: Dom Samourai has courage for marathon

The former National Hunt jockey Steve Smith Eccles (right) gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Midlands Grand National Chase at Uttoxeter

Letters: Black Angels

Sir: Trevor Phillips ("Black Angels?", 15 November) mentioned Aretha Franklin and her right to a place in heaven. He ought also to have mentioned Roberta Flack. Way back in 1969 her debut album First Take included the song "Angelitos Negros", and she is quoted in the sleeve notes: "Painters, why do you always paint white virgins? Paint beautiful black angels."
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