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Before Adele: A Short History of British Soul Divas

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Sade

The first Brit soul singer to become a real-deal R&B star in the U.S. Unlike her brassy, Motown- and Stax-influenced U.K. peers, Sade has a cool purr that suggests luxury and longing. She re-emerges once a decade, conquers the adult-contemporary world, then glides back to her castle.

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