Best of R&B and Soul Music 2017

Best of R&B and Soul Music 2017



Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated as R&B or RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s.[1] The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular.[2] In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, saxophone, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy.[3] The lyrics in this genre of music focus heavily on the themes of triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, freedom, economics, aspirations, and sex.

The term rhythm and blues has undergone a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s it was frequently applied to blues records.[4] Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. In the 1960s, several British rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Animals were referred to and promoted as being RnB bands; posters for The Who's residency at the Marquee Club in 1964 contained the slogan, "Maximum R&B".[5] This tangent of RnB is now known as "British rhythm and blues". By the 1970s, the term rhythm and blues changed again and was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "Contemporary R&B". It combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip hop and dance. Popular R&B vocalists at the end of the 20th century included Prince, Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder,[6] Whitney Houston,[6][7][8] and Mariah Carey.[7][9][10]

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Artists With Albums Released this Year40

Chart-Topping Artists34

Top Albums by Chart-Topping Artists59

Top Songs by Chart-Topping Artists56

Best Reviewed Albums12

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Award Winning Artists8

Top Albums by Award Winning Artists16

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Up and Coming Artists4

Top Albums by Up and Coming Artists6

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Artists On Tour77

Popular Music Festivals12

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Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles160


Spotify - Featured Tracks66


Upcoming Concerts18

News Articles16

R&B Singer Chris Williams Busted for Stealing Expensive Headphones
  –  October 3, 2017
(TMZ) -- Chris Williams apparently has a forgetful mind ... because that's allegedly why the R&B singer ended up in handcuffs for stealing. Sources tell TMZ the incident went down Saturday at a Kohl's in McDonough, Georgia where Chris walked in with a tote ...
Tom Petty: Hip-Hop and R&B Artists Who’ve Sampled His Music
  –  October 3, 2017
On Monday (Oct. 2), legendary musician Tom Petty was found unconscious “in full cardiac arrest,” Billboard reports. The 66-year-old rock icon was found unresponsive in his California home and rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support ...
20 Questions: Apollonia
  –  October 3, 2017
Dyed: My brother brought me back a tape that he got at a rave party in 1996, I was into hip-hop and soul music at the time. When I heard this music, everything changed. Dan: I went to a rave party for the first time in ‘92 with Terence: Terry:.
J.D. Simo Talks New Album 'Rise and Shine'
  –  October 3, 2017
I listen to a lot of old soul music, too. Isaac Hayes. Funkadelic. Bob Dylan. On Rise & Shine, I was just trying to cull from the vastness that is my normal music diet, and not trying to pander to some target that was easy to hit." Gibson spoke with Simo ...
Transmissions Podcast :: Hiss Golden Messenger
  –  October 3, 2017
It’s a record about chasing freedom and finding hope in unexpected places: among worn guitars, in clouds of smoke, and in the sound of wafting Caledonia soul music. The record continues Hiss’s evolution from solitary, lonesome folk to celebratory and ...
Westobou Festival celebrates 10th
  –  October 3, 2017
Augusta’s longest running all-vinyl celebration of soul music hosted by a loose collective of soul music obsessives and DJs who cull their collections from basements, attics, charity shops and anywhere funky 45s can be found. FUN … Hillary-Marie’s ...
300 Brits book Detroit hotel for Motown 'northern soul' music festival
  –  October 3, 2017
Hundreds of soul music enthusiasts from the United Kingdom plan to make their way to Detroit this month for a series of concerts. Detroit A-Go-Go, a festival organized by DJ Phil Dick, will take place Oct. 19-22 with 26 scheduled acts. "We just love ...
In the music spotlight: Antibalas
  –  October 2, 2017
With acts including Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley, New York’s Daptone Records has made its reputation by ushering a return to vitality for original soul music. Another of the label’s prominent bands flies a different flag.
CrossRhodes' Soulful Set Suited To These Tumultuous Times
  –  October 2, 2017
WF: It’s a process of not just saving our people or trying to come up with solutions, it’s also to show people the history of resistance music and the rich legacy that soul music has. That’s why we call ourselves CrossRhodes. We’re identifying ...
36 things to do in Memphis in October and more
  –  October 2, 2017
Plan ahead: Mostly leaving Halloween itself aside, here are 36 interesting things happening in Memphis this month: Six Decades of Funk: Honoring the Bar-Kays at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Tuesday, Oct. 3): After 50 years, Bar-Kays frontman ...
Music History Spotlight: The Amazers, the hottest local R&B/gospel group of the 1960s
  –  October 1, 2017
Not only were the Amazers so obviously talented that they had landed on the radar of one of the biggest names in soul music, but they had a huge following here in the Twin Cities, both in their own Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul and across the river in ...
5 things to do in Framingham: Soul music; comedy at China Gourmet; open house at the YMCA
  –  September 29, 2017
1. BOSTON SOUL REVUE: 8-10 p.m., Sept. 29, Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. Tickets cost $20; $19 for seniors and students; $17 for members; $10 for children younger than 12. For more information, visit The Boston ...
Charles Bradley, a Late-in-Life Soul Music Star, Dies at 68
  –  September 25, 2017
Charles Bradley, the journeyman soul singer whose beleaguered rasp and passionate live performances turned him from an itinerant worker and small-time James Brown impersonator into a late-in-life headliner, died on Saturday in Brooklyn. He was 68.
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  –  September 23, 2017
Such sad news from the world of soul music. Legendary singer Charles Bradley has died, according to a statement from his spokesperson. He had been battling a second bout of cancer; the legendary musician was 68 years old. The spokesperson informed media ...
Florida Soul Music
  –  September 22, 2017
**Due to a technical issue during the recording of this program, the first 4 minutes have been omitted.** (9-20-2017) The histories of R&B, soul, funk, and disco in Florida, as chronicled by University of Tampa journalism professor, John Capouya, author of ...
Live music: Future Islands' goth synth-pop soul
  –  September 22, 2017
Baltimore trio Future Islands have explored an unlikely common ground in the earnest melodrama shared by '60s soul music and '80s synth-pop. Vocalist Samuel T. Herring is the salesman who bridges the gap between those two. He's able to dial between quasi ...


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