R&B

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Mary J Blige: the era-defining R&B original is back on imperial form – and primed for Grammys success
Blige redrew the map in the 90s, combining hip-hop and soul, before her life and chart fortunes took a tumble. But after the Super Bowl and a creative return-to-form, she’s back on top

Alexis Petridis

01, Feb, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Barrett Strong: the Motown hitmaker was modest almost to a fault
Though he was quick to credit others’ contributions, Strong’s songwriting was absolutely critical to the label that remade American pop music

Stevie Chick

31, Jan, 2023 @3:02 PM

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Ziggy Ramo: Sugar Coated Lies review – bold, uncompromising hip-hop that takes a new path
Released independently on 26 January, the artist’s second album has more mainstream appeal than his first – but is as unapologetically political as ever

Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen

27, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Girl group Flo win BBC Sound of 2023
The London trio, who released their debut single Cardboard Box in 2022, beat Fred Again, Nia Archives and Gabriels to the top of the annual poll, which has a good record of predicting breakout success

Shaad D'Souza

05, Jan, 2023 @10:33 AM

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New music for 2023: George Riley, the R&B songwriter and club kid who is switching on the joy
Her acclaimed debut album came out of a dark place – but the experimental London musician has a new lease of life for 2023

Christine Ochefu

02, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Ravyn Lenae: Hypnos review – the boundless possibilities of the night
Lenae’s breathy falsetto wields lightness like a superpower in this glimmering sonic galaxy of a debut album

Tara Joshi

27, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Thom Bell: the musical maverick who shaped Philly soul | Bob Stanley
The producer made scores of hits, paved the way for disco and recorded big cats for Dionne Warwick. He was like no other

Bob Stanley

23, Dec, 2022 @3:02 PM

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Philadelphia soul pioneer Thom Bell dies aged 79
The musician turned producer worked with the Delfonics, the Spinners, the O’Jays and the Stylistics and helped pave the way for disco

Shaad D'Souza

23, Dec, 2022 @11:22 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2022, No 1: Beyoncé – Renaissance
At last, a post-pandemic party album we could all get behind, as the artist rode her glittery horse through house, disco and ballroom culture to reimagine Studio 54 in her image

Jenessa Williams

23, Dec, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Post your questions for Pharrell Williams
Do you want to know more about the huge hat he wears, the secret to that perfect skin or what it’s like working with Snoop Dogg? Get your questions in for the rapper and producer extraordinaire

Shaad D'Souza

22, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2022: No 3 – The Weeknd: Dawn FM
Abel Tesfaye’s luridly spectacular album continued his trangressive and dazzlingly deranged themes with gorgeous, grand music voiced by his depressive alter ego

Shaad D'Souza

21, Dec, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘This film is a corrective’: Whitney Houston biopic aims to change the narrative
The much-anticipted new film about the life and loves of the singer might be approved by the estate but the makers aren’t looking to ‘flatter anybody’

Jim Farber

21, Dec, 2022 @7:12 AM

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