Corinne Bailey Rae's album is one of the best selling albums of the year and though her success may seem sudden, she is 27 years old and has been involved in music for many years.
The huge airplay success of Put Your Records On at the beginning of the year set the scene for her breakthrough.
Born Matthew Miller 26 years ago, reggae artist Matisyahu lives with his wife and young son in Brooklyn.
A passionate Bob Marley fan and follower of the neo-hippie jam band Phish, he honed his rap and human beatbox skills in shortlived groups and club performances.
Following his spiritual conversion, the Live At Stubb's album of a concert in Austin, Texas, was an unexpected big success and his first studio album was released this year.