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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] Lyrics 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 Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder,[6] Whitney Houston,[6][7][8] and Mariah Carey.[7][9][10]

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Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (born 16 February 1990), known professionally as The Weeknd (pronounced "the weekend"), is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer.[1]

In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name "The Weeknd". He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011: House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, which were critically acclaimed.[2] In 2012, he released a compilation album Trilogy, thirty tracks consisting of the remastered mixtapes and three additional songs. It was released under Republic Records and his own label XO.

In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land, which was supported by the singles "Kiss Land" and "Live For". His second album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which became his first number one album on the US Billboard 200, included the top-three single "Earned It" and produced the number-one singles "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face". The songs have simultaneously held the top three spots on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, making him the first artist in history to achieve this.[3] The Weeknd has won two Grammy Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award,[4] as well as five Juno Awards.[5] In September 2016, the release of the third album Starboy was announced along with the release of the single "Starboy", which subsequently reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[6]

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R. Kelly Asked a Girl to Wipe Sweat Off His Genitals at Half-Empty Gas Monkey Show
  –  March 6, 2017
Last night when the curtain dropped and the spotlight hit R&B icon R. Kelly, he was wearing sunglasses and a Chicago Bulls hat, and holding a cigar. He was surrounded by a DJ; security guards; members of the opening act, June’s Diary; three life-size ...
Soul's Music Teachment
  –  March 6, 2017
Just listen to "People Get Ready," then you'll got it! Anyway, my purpose here is to say that what we call Soul music is by the way a fruit of a "genial logic" tree that has his roots in Africa. It's not only a land, but also a feeling of a people that had ...
VA - Hard To Handle - Black America Sings Otis Redding (2012)
  –  March 6, 2017
Here, then, are just over two dozen excellent versions of Otis' songs, sung mostly by people whose names will be almost as familiar as his is to students of soul music. Individually they sound terrific; collectively they show just how respected Otis was by ...
Armored Dawn Shares Their Warrior Spirit
  –  March 6, 2017
I love the “Viking Soul” music video, especially its gorgeous views! Where did you shoot the music video and what was the production process like? The video was shot in several locations throughout California, but the takes with the band were filmed at ...
Soul Legend Leon Ware passes at 77 years-old
  –  March 6, 2017
He began writing songs for Detroit’s well known singers and producers, teaming with Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson as one of Motown Record’s go-to producers for classic soul music. Home to legendary and classic R&B soul artists, Ware was no exception ...
Speak the Word only
  –  March 6, 2017
It’s the energy that drives us, the fire animating every atom of our bodies. We sometimes speak of soul music because it moves us profoundly. I remember the first time I heard Beethoven’s fifth Piano Concerto. I was eleven and it transformed my very being.
Houma's Tab Benoit among headliners at Baton Rouge festival
  –  March 5, 2017
Rock, country, soul, blues funk, hip-hop, zydeco and soul music will be offered on three stages at the inaugural, two-day event, which is hosted by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. The iHeart Radio Stage, in Repentance Park between the Old State ...
Gregory Porter’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Is What You Need This Weekend
  –  March 5, 2017
Bob Bolen writes, “Gregory Porter’s healing soul music sends a message of compassion, and he’s got a baritone voice that resonates love. When Porter visited NPR, we’d just learned that our colleague, photojournalist David Gilkey, had been killed ...
‘What’s Going On: The Marvin Gaye Experience’ to perform at Grand Theatre
  –  March 5, 2017
Tickets are $20, $25 and $35. Brian Owens, one of contemporary music’s leading exponents of 1960s soul music, heads this homage to one of the greats of Motown. Gaye was a legendary singer both as a soloist and in duets with Tammi Terrell. He was also a ...
Leesburg festivities wrap-up Black History Month
  –  March 4, 2017
LEESBURG — Floats rolling downtown with Pan-African colors, a smorgasbord of soul food, live soul music and Afro-centric art and attire for sale have ushered in hundreds this weekend for Leesburg’s annual Black History Month festivities. A Black Tie ...
Durand Jones will bring soulful groove to the Bishop
  –  March 4, 2017
“So it’s been really nice to connect with people who are so excited about soul music.” Jones and the rest of the band say they hope to share that love of soul music with their audiences and inspire them to feel a sense of immediacy and enjoy what’s ...
Gladys Knight severs ties with son's chicken and waffles eatery
  –  March 3, 2017
ATLANTA - Soul music legend Gladys Knight has won her bid to sever all ties with her son’s troubled chicken and waffle business, according to a recent settlement filed in Clayton County Court in Georgia. Shanga Hankerson must phase out all uses of Knight ...
Smart Brothers Band going into Kansas Music Hall of Fame
  –  March 3, 2017
WICHITA, Kan. The Smart Brothers Band, a group of soul music pioneers who played a key role in the Wichita music scene throughout the 1950's, 60's and 70's, is being honored this weekend for the group's talents and influence. Saturday, the band takes its ...
Bruno Mars Covers ‘WSJ Magazine,’ Talks Upcoming Tour, Culture Vulture Accusations, The 90s Sound, More
  –  March 3, 2017
The Soul Train Award winner for "Best Soul Site," Singersroom features top R&B Singers, candid R&B Interviews, New R&B Music, Soul Music, R&B News, R&B Videos, and editorials on fashion & lifestyle trends. In addition, we cover soul and R&B artist in the ...
You'll fall in love with latest solo release from soulful CeCe Winans
  –  March 3, 2017
Let Them Fall in Love is her first solo release since 2010. Soul music in a sacred setting is the quick description of the album. It is in the Ear Bliss spotlight this week with a release from a rising talent in the singer and songwriter Austin Hanks.
Soul Jazz Records Presents “Hustle! Reggae Disco (Expanded 2017 Edition)
  –  March 3, 2017
Reggae Disco” in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra tracks. “The effect of American R&B and soul music on Jamaican Reggae is well documented, but the story doesn’t stop there, for disco (and more so now for rap and hip-hop ...
K-Chuck Radio: A dose of Northern Soul
  –  March 3, 2017
The best way to describe “Northern Soul” music is that it sounds like a 1960’s Motown record, it’s danceable, and it’s rare. In most cases, Northern Soul tracks were songs that never made it to the pop or R&B charts, but some astute collectors ...
Terrell Mackey – Pull Over
  –  March 3, 2017
The singer/songwriter is looking to carve out his own lane in this new age of R&B, and Soul music. And after listening to “Pull Over,” he’s well on his way. From the nostalgic production, to his soulful vocals, Mackey delivers. Take a listen below.
Durand Jones & The Indications pays reverence to soul music
  –  March 2, 2017
Durand Jones wanted to be a serious saxophone player. He had to learn to be a front man. “I always felt like the saxophone was a comforting thing; metaphorically, I could use the saxophone as a wall between me and the audience,” Jones said. “You don ...
Afro-Soul music sensation Berita wins Best Female at the Eastern Cape Music Awards
  –  March 1, 2017
Multi-award winning, GOLD selling, Afro-Soul music sensation, Berita, has just added another accolade to her already impressive resume. Berita won the coveted Best Female at the annual Eastern Cape Music Awards (ECMAS) which took place this past Saturday ...
A new spin on soul music: Drumming up new music from the classics
  –  March 1, 2017
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The Manhattans ‘I Kinda Miss You: The Anthology Columbia Records 1973-1987’ 2 CD (Soul Music) 4/5
  –  March 1, 2017
Classic soul formation, The Manhattans, are something of an institution and can be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of The Intruders, The O’Jays and The Temptations as a group that have stood the test of time remarkably well and have a clear ...
Players Guild's 'Sister Act' is filled with laughter, soul music and talent
  –  February 25, 2017
CANTON There's a joyful noise at the Players Guild these days in the form of local actress Joy Ellis, who gives an unforgettable, Broadway-caliber performance in the leading role of "Sister Act." The musical, based on the hit 1992 screen comedy starring ...
In Harrisburg - a quiet, soul music revolution brews: Anwar Curtis
  –  February 25, 2017
Was there ever a time in your life when your drive and ambition dissipated? You constantly remind yourself every day that the storms only temporary and everything happens for a reason. Your world is completely upside down and you find yourself not wanting ...
RIP: Leon Ware, soul music producer and singer
  –  February 24, 2017
One of the underheralded architects of soul music has died: songwriter producer and singer Leon Ware, who penned classics for such artists as Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton, Quincy Jones and many more. He died Thursday at ...


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