When you look at a list of the most successful Christmas albums, it’s surprising to see that so many of them are by R&B artists. This isn’t really that surprising when you consider how many R&B artists record Christmas albums. Here are some of the best.
SZA, real name Solana Rowe, is an American singer songwriter whose music has been described as “hazy” and “twinkling” and generally considered to be alternative R&B with influences from soul, hip hop and ethereal R&B.
Kem is well known for his classy, smooth style and clean lyrics. Unlike other R&B artists, his songs are about love, not sex. This latest album is called Promise to Love. Allmusic state that it is typical of his style with mostly quiet ballads and “silky” nuanced backing music. The only major move away from his usual formula is the inclusion of Snoop Dogg on the track, ‘Downtown’.
Want to go out and hear your favourite R&B tunes on a night out? Here’s a list of clubs that play R&B around the country.
This British record label was started in 1992 specialising in Soul and R&B. The founder, Peter Robinson, had extensive experience in the music industry working for RCA, Chrysalis and CBS labels before he launched Dome Records as an offshoot of EMI Records. He named the label after the prominent music, theatre and performing arts venue, the Brighton Dome in his home town of Brighton and Hove in Sussex.
Finally Ashanti’s fans get rewarded! For the last two years Ashanti’s forthcoming project, Braveheart, has been delayed. But on March 4th 2014 the long-anticipated fifth studio album has been released.
Called, “the pioneer of contemporary R&B” by the Guardian newspaper, Mary J Blige has come a long way from the Bronx, where she was born.
The surprise release of Beyonce’s fifth album in December 2013 caused a real stir in the music world. It was such a raging success that she made history by becoming the first ever woman to hit Number 1 with her first five albums. Selling 465,000 copies in its first week on iTunes, it shattered all of the iTunes records too.
Kelly fans have recently been excited to discover that he has a whopping 57 chapters of rap opera ‘Trapped in the Closet’. When it was released in 2005, no one could have anticipated how big it would become.