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Chasing Pavements and Fame

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Monday, May 04, 2009

The soulful British singer Adele won Grammy awards this year for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal. Today: She talks about managing her songwriting success -- at age 20. Plus: live music from the Montreal-based indie-rock composer Patrick Watson.


Adele and Patrick Watson


At 19, British singer Adele received rave reviews for her debut album and the single "Chasing Pavements." At 20, she won two Grammy awards. Today, on the eve of her 21st birthday, Adele joins us to talk about her bright future and the songs she's writing for a new album.


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Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson formed his band to accompany an underwater photography exhibit. Since then, the group has crossed paths with Feist, Philip Glass and the late James Brown. Watson joins us to talk about the new album Wooden Arms and to play live in our studio.

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The "Real" Adele

"Authenticity" has become a big part of the music conversation - usually among musicians and critics more than rank-and-file listeners, but still, the talk about who's raps are more "real" has certainly become more commonplace. The "authenticity" argument stalks through London's music circles too - when Kate Nash began to ...