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Even Prince's earliest critics knew he was destined for superstardom
What early critics got really, really wrong about Shakira
Here's what critics thought of Janet Jackson's 'Control' when it came out 30 years ago today
What early critics thought of David Bowie, the 'extremely talented oddity'
The 'white Whitney' whose 'album sucks': What critics wrote about Mariah Carey in 1990
Don't understand the rise of Justin Bieber? Just look at his first reviews.
The mean things critics wrote about Gwen Stefani in 1996
Early predictions about Rihanna's career that turned out to be true
Here's what critics said when Christina Aguilera first started singing
Just another Faith Hill clone: Early critiques of Miranda Lambert
Noted ghostwriter can spit a few rhymes: Early critiques of Kanye West
Beyoncé rhymes with fiancé: '90s reviews of Destiny's Child