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.
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’.
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.
2013 has been a great year for R&B music. We have had Eminem releasing another great album, and a summer of listening to Blurred Lines and wondering what it really was about. Then there is also the secret album released by Beyoncé this year.
Of all the people to breeze into the Soho gay scene this week, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s arrival was the least expected. But on Tuesday night the homophobic autocrat made a surprise appearance at the G-A-Y nightclub on Old Compton Street, projected on the outside of the club in one of his customary topless poses, in front of a rainbow background, and wearing just a pair of pink hot pants.
Did Drake just assemble one of the greatest line-ups in the history of music (and cooking) at his annual OVO Fest thing in Toronto? Maybe not, but for an event of its size – a meagre 16,000 people crammed into the cosy Molson Amphitheatre – it was nice.
Andre 3000 looks every bit the voodoo child in character as Jimi Hendrix. The rap star plays the rock icon in the upcoming Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side, and there is certainly more than a passing resemblance between the two. But something’s missing.
Alicia Keys is at the centre of a spat concerning her upcoming concert in Israel on July 4th. On one side are the artists and campaigners urging her to join an artistic boycott of Israel and cancel her first visit to the country. But equally vociferous are the pro-Israel campaigners urging her to keep her promise and sing in Jerusalem on US Independence Day.
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is part of the movement calling for all artists, including Alicia Keys, to boycott Israel. Doing so props up the government’s ‘apartheid policies’ and its treatment of Palestinians, which has been widely condemned by human rights campaigners. Previously artists such as Coldplay, Elvis Costello and U2 have cancelled shows in the country under pressure from the Boycott Israel campaign.
But Alicia is standing strong. “Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of the show,” she said. If Alicia doesn’t back down before the concert, she’ll be joining the likes of Madonna, Bob Dylan and Macy Gray to have played there. Continue reading