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This is where we talk about all things music. Here you’ll find our Music Genre Guides, which come in a variety of sizes, shown just under the blog summary. The 10-minute plus reads dive into the detail. The microblogs — shown as 1-minute reads — give you a brief heads up. And you can search for any genre or title, too.
Classic R&B Rhythm and blues first began to take shape as a recognisable music form in the 1940s following the Great Migration, as there was an influx of Black Americans in major cities such as New York, Chicago, LA, and Detroit. This increased cultural diversity brought with it Black American tradition, including blues and church music. The term rhythm and blues was coined by Jerry Wexler in 1947 to categorise a new, polished blues sound
1 min read, Blog
Soul Soul is a popular genre that entered the mainstream in the mid-to-late 1950s. It developed from the rhythm and blues tradition but also combines elements of African American gospel music. The genre first started showing signs of fruition in the mid 50s with singers such as James Brown, Etta James and Ray Charles achieving hits; Charles’ I Got a Woman was particularly successful, and the singer is noted for his instrumental role in popularising
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Motown Motown Records is a record label initially founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy Jr. in 1959. The label was so integral to the commercialisation and development of a more polished, popular branch of soul music that the name itself is synonymous with that music style. During the 60s, Motown Records became associated with many iconic musicians, including Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and The
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Contemporary R&B Contemporary R&B is used to describe the new wave of R&B music that emerged in the 80s. The style developed and took elements from progressive soul, disco, and hip hop. Most notably, contemporary R&B was influenced by the rhythmic emphasis and use of electronic synths, effects, and percussion in these styles. This newer sound is typified in the album Control released by Janet Jackson in 1986. Into the 90s R&B solidified itself once
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Rhythm and blues, more commonly known as R&B, is an extremely broad genre that encompasses or is closely tied to various popular styles, including soul and Motown music. Originating as early as the 1940s, R&B has constantly changed its meaning as the genre evolved, so we are going to start right off with classic rhythm and blues. Classic R&B Rhythm and blues first began to take shape as a recognisable music form in the 1940s
10 min plus read, Blog
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