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Laryngitis Ends Adele’s Improbable Winning Streak

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Adele has been a feel-good story for a music industry in dire need of feel-good stories: Her sophomore album 21 enjoyed an improbable nine weeks atop the Billboard 200 until Born This Way swooped in and grabbed Number One. In addition to winning the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2009, Adele also became probably the most renowned British female solo artist since Dusty Springfield -- we all saw what happened to Cheryl Cole, and neither Amy Winehouse nor Leona Lewis have lived up to the hype (and no, Susan Boyle doesn't count). Unfortunately, her U.S. winning streak has come to an end: The "Rolling in the Deep" singer has canceled her entire North American tour after getting hit hard by laryngitis.

"I'm really frustrated. I was hoping with a week's rest I'd be better to sing again straight away," Adele said in a statement. "However there is absolutely nothing I can do but take the doctor's advice and rest some more. I'm so sorry. See you soon." Adele initially postponed only the first four dates of her U.S. trek and planned to return to the stage tomorrow night in San Francisco. However, a visit to an Otolaryngology specialist in Los Angeles was followed with doctor's orders for "absolute voice rest" for the next few weeks. As consolation though, "Plans to reschedule these cancelled tour dates are being investigated." Presumably that means Scotland Yard is on the case.

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