You might not immediately know the name Dan Wilson, but you won’t have been able to escape his music. Especially if you’re among the one million people who bought a copy of the biggest selling UK single of 2011, the multi-award winning, record-breaking, tear-jerking, heart-shattering, mascara-dripping masterpiece called “Someone Like You”, one of three songs Wilson co-wrote with Adele for her invincible 21 album.

Or possibly you’ll recognise him in a late 90s flashback as lead singer of Semisonic and their UK hits “Closing Time” and “Secret Smile”. Or, more subtly perhaps, as a co-composer credit sitting modestly in the brackets on the inlays of recent albums by a diverse range of artists including Nas, Birdy and Paloma Faith to name only a few.

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