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

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Face Your Fear is an album by musical artist Curtis Harding, released on October 27, 2017.
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Sydney Loren Bennett (born April 23, 1992),[1] known professionally as Syd, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, disc jockey, and audio engineer from Los Angeles, California.[2] Aside from her solo career, Syd was a member of the Los Angeles alternative hip hop collective Odd Future and is the lead vocalist for the soul band The Internet. She is the older sister of Odd Future member Travis "Taco" Bennett. She is currently signed to Columbia Records.

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R&B Singer Jhené Aiko Opens Up About Her Battle with Depression and Turning Grief Into Art After Her Brother's Death
  –  December 21, 2017
Jhené Aiko is transforming her pain into poetry. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter released her first book, 2Fish, which is the final installment of her project MAP (an acronym for “movie, album, and poetry”) that Aiko started in ...
Zeshan B manages to make magic, no matter the language
  –  December 21, 2017
The following are edited highlights from that conversation: On growing up in two different worlds Being exposed to all these different types of music, specifically black people’s music, gospel and blues and jazz and soul music, the stuff that my mom and ...
Three great albums that were overlooked in 2017
  –  December 21, 2017
Syd’s first major-label solo disc drew significantly less shine — but it’s almost as impressive in its understated sensuality and its deep understanding of recent soul-music innovations. After quitting Vampire Weekend in 2016, Rostam Batmanglij kept ...
Arthur Miles to perform at 12th North Lancs Soul Festival
  –  December 21, 2017
The 12 th North Lancs Soul Festival weekend, taking place from 18 th to 20 th May 2018, is a celebration of Soul Music in all its genres brought to you by a feast of over 30 top national Soul DJ’s IN 3 ROOMS OVER 3 DAYS! We feature the most delicious ...
The 25 best things we saw and heard in 2017: A year in the arts
  –  December 21, 2017
“The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound” at the Fitzgerald. The Current’s Andrea Swensson turned her debut book release into a concert spanning 65 years of Twin Cities soul music. The finale was a tribute to Sonny Knight. BRKFST Dance: “Seconds” at ...
Phil Vassar, Kellie Pickler to bring holiday cheer to the Weiinberg stage
  –  December 21, 2017
“I have two sisters — one loved country and one was a big rock ‘n’ roll head,” he said. “There was soul music; my parents loved everything.” The music gene continues with his oldest daughter, Haley, 19, who is at college in New York ...
Dom Thomas brings classics and more back to St. Louis
  –  December 21, 2017
“I’m a big fan of singing about love,” Thomas says. “It’s easy-listening, feel-good music. Most of the songs hint at the past doo-wop style and soul music, music inspired by that old style.”
New Years Eve party featuring Pat Colwell set
  –  December 21, 2017
The band features a powerful mix of Motown/Memphis Soul Music. The band covers Soul Classics from Sam and Dave, the Supremes, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Prince and Bruno Mars. Tickets cost $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets ...
Vic Mensa And Christian Scott Discuss 'Refined Players', Generational Wealth And Shattering Genres
  –  December 21, 2017
What lessons or value do you take away from the deep history of Jazz and Soul music and how does it play a part in shaping what you create today? Vic Mensa: There’s an abundance of generational wealth within black music. I’m not speaking in the ...
Curtis Harding On World Cafe
  –  December 20, 2017
Curtis Harding joins us for a session of soul music. He is from Atlanta, where his career has been developing. Harding released his first album Soul Power in 2014, which helped earn him a fan base in Europe; it was heard by the producer Danger Mouse ...
Weighing in with the Best Albums of 2017 💿
  –  December 20, 2017
Seriously. If you haven’t already checked her album out, and are a fan of Hip-Hop, R&B, or Soul music, go and check it out. It is just perfect for so many reasons and stands to be a breakout hit for the emerging young talent.
Soul music night will raise funds for Haven House children’s hospice in Woodford Green
  –  December 20, 2017
A group of DJs will be playing for free in support of Haven House children’s hospice at the fundraiser in Buckhurst Hill. All the cash raised at ‘Let’s Dance’ will be donated to the charity which helps children with chronic or terminal conditions.
Outpost In the Burbs: An Evening with Bettye LaVette, Dec. 22
  –  December 20, 2017
She is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 1960s and is still creating vital recordings today. These intimate shows allow her voice to be the complete center of attention. They feature Bettye ...
2017's biggest loss was Mari Evans
  –  December 20, 2017
The album, Private Collection, was released through the family of Vanguards’ founder James Davis. I highly recommend all soul music fans track down a copy. In the realm of live music, the 2017 edition of Bloomington’s Lotus Fest was unforgettable.
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  –  December 20, 2017
How the carol O Holy Night touched the lives of people around the world, including The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and singer Katie Melua. Visit us on Facebook Visit us on Pinterest Visit us on Twitter Visit us on Google+ Subscribe to our RSS feed
From 'no money, no shoes and reverse calls' to musical stardom: Dan Sultan's journey
  –  December 20, 2017
Soon there was guitar playing and then composing original songs with a heavy influence from Rock and Soul music. “Rock and roll, electric guitars, it was just all about electric guitars, yeah, I mean Jimi Hendrix, ACDC, the great Australian bands too ...
Why Some People Hate Christmas Music
  –  December 19, 2017
Just How Does That Apply To Holiday Music? “Empathizers prefer mellow styles of music, soft rock, R&B and soul, music that is slower,” Greenberg said. “It can be sad or nostalgic and certainly has an emotional depth to it. That profile that matches ...
Paintings by Claudia Slater on Exhibit at Bernardsville Library
  –  December 19, 2017
During the reception, Rhonda Denét and her keyboard player will celebrate Ms. Slater's art through music, performing jazz and mellow soul—music with a universal message, "celebrating the spirit that dwells in all of us." A Basking Ridge resident ...
What Made 90s R&B So Memorable?
  –  December 19, 2017
Although I could write an entire dissertation about the unique and groundbreaking ways that 90s R&B set itself apart in soul music history, the following discussion will wistfully highlight the most prominent factors. At the same time, the 90s blessed us ...
17 songs that make up the soundtrack of 2017
  –  December 19, 2017
It’s a little Christina Aguilera and a dash of Aretha Franklin, with Lovato planting her stilettos firmly into soul music genre while exhibiting some serious pop diva flair. 15. “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire Despite having some of the most insanely ...
Music’s Best Boxed Sets of 2017, From the Beatles to Bowie, The Smiths to U2, and Weird Al
  –  December 19, 2017
Guess what Hayes cooked up before he was Chef? Much more than even most soul music aficionados knew, actually. Before he was a recording artist in his own right, he wrote, produced, and arranged for other acts in the ‘60s, which is the focus of this four ...
The Christmas Mix You're Not Cool Enough to Get
  –  December 19, 2017
I'm 12 years old in 1964 when the Beatles hit. So it's the British Invasion, but it's American soul music, as well. It's American rock ‘n’ roll as well. The pop stars of the '40s and the '50s, including people like Sinatra and Tony Bennett, are still ...
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  –  November 21, 2017
With access to thousands of events, the word on the best upcoming festivals and even a range of hotels and restaurants to book, we challenge you not to enjoy your weekends once you've joined skiddle.com
Video appears to show police driving up to dispute blaring soul music
  –  October 29, 2017
After calling the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a Springfield resident nervously waited on her friend’s porch as a man appears to berate them over a dispute about pictures being uploaded to Facebook. When the police get there, it’s not a siren ...
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 ...


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