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12:08 UK time, Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Today's broadsheets have alighted on what they believe is the UK's latest musical phenomenon - the singer Sade, best known for her 1984 hit Smooth Operator.

Paper Monitor is not being arch. The reason journalists are turning their attention to the Cotswolds-based chanteuse is that it transpires she is the second biggest-selling British musical act in the US, beating the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Celine Dion in stateside revenue.

Perplexed? The Daily Telegraph's James Delingpole clearly is too.

Is there some kind of ironic, Eighties revival/nostalgia thing going on across the pond? Or are they so staid that it's as if the Nineties and Noughties never happened?

After pondering the vast gulf between American and British music tastes - and smugly suggesting Brits invent more genres in a decade than the US has managed in its entire musical history - Delingpole wonders whether the UK is also in for a Sade revival.

"That's how music works: yesterday's naff horror is tomorrow's forgotten classic," he concludes.

The Guardian's Sophie Heawood thinks Sade was always more of a US sweetheart than Britain's cup of tea.

Many original fans were unaware, given her mixed race looks and her soulful style, that she was British not American.

Surmising that the star's private persona might be her secret weapon, she thinks that both Sade and her songs are "in it for the long game".

Paper Monitor might just dig out a CD - ah hem, download her album - tonight.

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