Joss Stone’s Billboard “#1 Reggae Album” Is Further Evidence of Our “Adele Problem”

Posted on December 23, 2015

This week, I wrote an article that more than a few people were upset about critiquing British singer Adele. In 9 Black Soul Singers That Move Us More Than Adele Ever Could, I made the claim that even though Adele is talented, the showering praise she receives is unwarranted. And despite claims from commenters that everything doesn’t have to “be about race” or that we should celebrate everyone, my position remains unmoved. Then Billboard went and named Joss Stone’s Water For Your Soul the #1 Year-End Reggae Album of 2015. With regard to this news, all I can ask is: y’all really still caping for White singers appropriating historically black music?

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