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Letter from London, January 2002

Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, January 2002

WHILE, SINCE The Beatles, we British music fans have often affected insouciant confidence in the superiority of our taste over the rest of the world's - and particularly America's - regardless of crude measures such as sales and chart positions, we experienced a Damascene moment in the late '90s. It was when the Billboard 200 album chart revealed that the only British entrant under 50 was Charlotte Church. "Oh, crikey!" we said.

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