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With the second installment of ‘The 20/20 Experience’ we get an earnest view into why Justin Timberlake returned to music. In March, the New York Times declared '1 of 2' of the project (with a forward headline) ‘New Songs For a Side Career...
Before the Weeknd’s debut album, ‘Kiss Land,’ makes it to iPods, iPhones and Spotify playlists on Sept. 10, there’s already a 30-song catalog to mull over. Not only is the Canadian singer-songwriter’s catalog extensive, but it stems from three bodies of work: ‘House of Balloons, ‘Thursday’ and ‘Echoes of Silence.’ The mixtapes came together in 2012, and were released as ‘Trilogy’ on Republic Records. Take a list of new R&B artists from the past five years and you won’t find any who have a situation like that of The Weeknd.
One can try to place Janelle Monáe into a box, but that would accomplish nothing. This is a woman who thrives by expressing herself through various genres, which is showcased most excellently on her new album, 'The Electric Lady,' out Sept. 10.
In the fall of 2004, John Legend was unveiled to the world, presented to us on some he’s "The Last of the Soul Man" tip. He sang. He played. He wrote his own music. The male Alicia Keys, if you will. John Legend, legally John Stephens, lived up to the expectations. Thanks to Kanye West, will.i.am and Dave Tozer, the producers took his piano-gospel inclinations and turned them into dark, abundant, guitar and bass filled hipness. ‘Get Lifted’ was a hit. John won Grammys. John was "Best New Artist."
On Aug. 31, 1993, the yet-to-be emancipated Mariah Carey would release, ‘Music Box,’ her most successful album at that stage of her career. Earlier that summer, she began the unveiling with the lead single, ‘Dreamlover.’ The video showed her frolicking on a prairie, donning an oversized plaid shirt and proper-length shorts. It’s not the same girl we know today. She was 23 at the time, and just two months into her marriage with Tommy Mottola, the head of her then record label.
Goodie Mob, the group that popularized the term "Dirty South," took some time off in 1999. Right after the completion of their third album ‘World Party,’ Cee Lo Green stepped away from the rap collective and his first two solo projects (‘Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections’ and ‘Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine’) had no signs of Big Gipp, Khujo, and T-Mo on them.
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