Even among folks within the jaded, seen-it-all music industry, last week's stout first-week record sales by critically acclaimed vocalist Adele managed to leave many observers genuinely stunned. The U.K. soul singer, who shot atop the Billboard 200 album chart with her sophomore work, '21,' sold a staggering 352,000 copies. Propelled by the wailing gospel-tinged hit 'Rolling in the Deep,' Adele managed to bump Justin Bieber's 'Never Say Never -- The Remixes' from the top spot. But while the reality of outpacing arguably the most unavoidable pop star on the planet was headline-worthy enough, Adele's strong showing also reignited talk surrounding another British throwback R&B-influenced singer, Amy Winehouse.

Where the heck is Amy Winehouse anyway? It's a question that New York Magazine writer Amos Barshad pondered when talk of Adele's triumphant return to the charts first erupted. "A lot of people were thinking about Winehouse," Barshad tells PopEater of the enigmatic singer-songwriter. "Adele's current success makes you think that Amy could have held on to that spot if she would have just managed to take care of her personal issues."