Articles tagged r&b

Joyo Velarde: Love and Understanding

Filipino diva and frequent contributor to Lyrics Born records takes a nostalgic, R&B stab at her own LP.

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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.

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12 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

The 411 on R&B

A new decade promises to bring fresh sounds and renewed vigor to R&B. Let's hope it keeps its promise.

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30 Oct 2009 // 9:00 AM

Three years ago, rhythm and blues singer Sugar Pie DeSanto, best known for the '60s hit "I Want to Know," lost everything.

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The '90s R&B video went to some weird places and Jodeci embody both the weirdness, both on the sensitive and the thug sides.

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Needles in the Haystack

To supplement our list of favorite 25 singles, we offer a quick look at a handful of under-appreciated gems in the Motown catalog.

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29 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

What It Was Like

In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?

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Yesterday’s Dreams: Motown in the 1980s

The music of Motown's third decade does not quite deserve the close attention that the label's first two decades warrant, but even a cursory look at the label in these years reveals that things weren't all bad.

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What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Liberation from the Motown Sound

When Obie Benson of the Four Tops brought him a song he had co-written with Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye found something that had reflected the way he had been feeling ever since Tammi Terrell's death -- anger, sadness, and disillusionment about his friend's death and the chaotic world around him.

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These Are the Breaks: The Motown Sound’s Influence on Hip-Hop Sampling

For any influential group in the hip-hop game, specifically in the early 1990s, Motown's stamp of approval and its variety of subsidiaries were undeniably influential.

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Twirling the Dial: My Motown Memories

For those of us in tune with the sounds of the genre-redefining decade, a transistor radio was the seminal social sidekick. We loved listening to that little mono wonder, its tiny shrill speaker sparking a hundred journeys directly into the center of our mind.

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Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead

If "I've Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying" could work as a slogan for Motown, the song itself works as both a dance song and a tearjerker.

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26 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Manufacturing Motown

Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.

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Dancing in the Street: Our 25 Favorite Motown Singles

From the Four Tops and the Temptations to the Marvelettes and the Velvelettes, we narrow down our favorite singles from the "Sound of Young America" era to 25 indisputable picks.

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Patti LaBelle and her soul sisters are making beautiful music once again

NEW YORK - Before there was Labelle - the ‘70s glam/R&B trio of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, who have

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Stacked with soul: Soulmen were spreading the word about Memphis

In the 1960s, three record labels were most responsible for soul music not only undermining and finally eradicating the racial barriers entrenched at AM radio

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R&B and its offshoots deliver a message that crosses racial boundaries

It fused the heart of the blues, the energy of jazz and the transcendence of gospel music to become one of the most formidable musical

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13 Mar 2008 // 10:01 PM

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah

We're starring in an ongoing blockbuster movie and Erykah Badu releases Part One of the score, with hip-hop and '70s soul. Right on, Mama! So can you dig it?

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Standing Under Stars: An Interview with Rahsaan Patterson

The innovative soul stylist tested the concept of God and what did he find? Patterson talks to PopMatters.

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25 Oct 2007 // 2:44 AM

Singer Richard Street was once asked if the fact that the Temptations’ lineup was about as stable as the San Andreas fault was detrimental to

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