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Olivia

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Bizounce

A Bizounce (Kelly G Ol' Chicago House Mix)
B1 Bizounce (Kelly G See U Bounce Dub)
B2 Bizounce (Kelly G Mixshow Edit)

J Records

Cat No: J1PV-21043-1
Released: 2001

£5.00

Sunshine Anderson

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: R & B

Your Woman

A1 A Little Sunshine (Intro) (0:36)
A2 Better Off (4:05)
A3 He Said, She Said (3:35)
A4 Heard It All Before (4:54)
A5 Vulnerability (Skit) (1:02)
B1 Letting Down My Guard (3:49)
B2 Where Have You Been (4:12)
B3 Saved The Day (3:28)
B4 Lunch Or Dinner (4:04)
C1 Last Night (4:11)
C2 Your Woman (Interlude) (1:16)
C3 Your Woman (3:30)
C4 Airport (Skit) (2:21)
C5 Being Away (4:12)
D1 Crazy Love (4:37)
D2 You Do You (4:00)
D3 Spoken Word (Skit) (1:55)
D4 A Little Sunshine (3:37)

Atlantic

Cat No: 7567-93011-1
Released: 2001

£5.00

Dennis Taylor

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Enough Is Enough

A1 Enough Is Enough (Vocal)
A2 Enough Is Enough (Instrumental)
B2 Enough Is Enough (Remix 1)
B2 Enough Is Enough (Remix 2)

Not On Label

Cat No: DMEL 1001
Released: 1999

£5.50

Various

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

BMG Urban Smplr 03

A1 Clipse When The Last Time
A2 Flipmode Squad Just Chill
A3 Raskalz Hit Em Up
B1 Donell Jones Freakin U
B2 Joi Campbell Keep It Movin
B3 Angie Stone & Joe More Than A Woman

BMG UK & Ireland

Cat No: URBAN12 003
Released: 2003

£5.50

En Vogue

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Lies

A1 Lies (Extended Funky Remix)
A2 Lies (Avant Garde Funky Remix)

EastWest

Cat No: SAM A 7893
Released: 1990

£4.50

Various

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Urban Sampler 1

RnB
A1 Tina Novak Been Around The World (4:12)
A2 Latrelle Simmons House Party (3:56)
A3 Cherokee (6) I Swear (4:13)
Hip Hop
B1 Cee-Lo Closet Freak (3:36)
B2 Lady May & Blu Cantrell Round Up (4:16)
B3 Clipse Grindin (4:26)

BMG UK & Ireland

Cat No: URBAN12 001

£5.00

Another Level

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Be Alone No More

A Be Alone No More (Blacksmith Skate & Roll Mix)
B Be Alone No More (Blacksmith Skate & Roll (Instrumental))

Satellite

Cat No: ALX4

£4.50

Remy

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Roll Wit Us

A1 Roll Wit Us (Main Mix) (4:01)
A2 Roll Wit Us (Main Mix Instrumental) (3:48)
B1 Roll Wit Us (Funky Mix) (Live) (4:58)
B2 Roll Wit Us (Funky Instrumental) (4:56)
B3 Roll Wit Us (Acappella) (3:51)

Street Life Records

Cat No: 72392 78066-1
Released: 1996

£5.00

Phillip Leo

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Thinking About Your Love

A1 Thinking About Your Love (Extended 12" Mix)
A2 Thinking About Your Love (Leo's R&B Mix With Top Cat)
B1 Thinking About Your Love (BBG's Vocal Dub Mix)
B2 Thinking About Your Love (BBG's 7" Version)

EMI United Kingdom

Cat No: 12EMDJ 358
Released: 1994

£4.50

Alistair Tennant

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Love Letters

A1 Love Letters (Ignorants Remix)
A2 Love Letters (Ignorants Remix W/O Raps)
B1 Love Letters (Ignorants Remix Edit)
B2 Love Letters (Ignorants Remix Instrumental)

Polydor

Cat No: LOVELET 2
Released: 1998

£5.00

Nash

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

100 Million Ways

A1 100 Million Ways (4:16)
A2 100 Million Ways (First Ever Live) (5:02)
B1 100 Million Ways (Instrumental) (4:16)
B2 Time (5:18)

Go! Beat

Cat No: MILLION 1
Released: 2000

£5.00

D'Influence & D-Vas & Belle Montenegro

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

All I Need

A1 All I Need
B1 All I Need (D-Influence Entertainment Mix)
B2 All I Need (Instrumental Mix)

Dome Records

Cat No: 12 DOME166
Released: 2001

£5.00

Freddie Jackson

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Tasty Love

A Tasty Love (7:08)
B1 Tasty Love (Single Version) (4:10)
B2 I Wanna Say I Love You (4:38)

Capitol Records

Cat No: 12CL 428
Released: 1986

£5.00

D'Bora

Format: Vinyl Double 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Honey

A1 Honey (Album Version) (4:43)
A2 Honey (Instrumental) (4:42)
B1 Honey (Rokwell Remix) (3:34)
B2 Honey (Inner City Remix) (5:22)
C1 Honey (Sticky Remix) (5:14)
C2 Honey (Simpson Remix) (6:06)
D1 Need To Be Loved (Album Version) (5:02)
D2 Need To Be Loved (Nite Line Remix) (7:34)

Music With Attitude

Cat No: MWATP 501
Released: 1999

£5.50

Various

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Big Momma's House Soundtrack - Album Sampler

A1 Kandi What I'm Gon' To Do To You (LP Version) (3:50)
A2 Jagged Edge (2) & Blaque (2) You Can Always Go (3:36)
A3 LaTosha Scott & Chanté Moore Treated Like Her (4:33)
B1 Jermaine Dupri & Nas I've Got To Have It (Album Version) (3:23)
B2 Da Brat & Vita (3) Big Momma's Theme (3:14)
B3 Kurupt & R.O.C. & Phats Bossi Radio (4:26)

Columbia

Cat No: XPR 2566
Released: 2000

£5.00

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Information on the R & B genre

Contemporary R&B (also known as simply R&B) is a music genre that combines elements of hip hop and R&B.

Although the acronym “R&B” originates from traditional rhythm and blues music, today the term R&B is most often used to describe a style of African American music originating after the demise of disco in the 1980s. Some sources refer to the style as urban contemporary (the name of the radio format that plays hip hop and contemporary R&B). R&B has also been used to refer to rhythm & bass

Contemporary R&B has a polished record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, an occasional saxophone-laced beat to give a jazz feel (mostly common in contemporary R&B songs prior to the year 1993), and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Electronic influences are becoming an increasing trend in contemporary R&B, and the use of hip hop-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop may be reduced and smoothed out. Contemporary R&B vocalists are often known for their use of melisma, popularized by vocalists such as Mariah Carey.

History

Contemporary R&B originated in the 1980s, when musicians started adding disco-like beats, high-tech production, and elements of music, soul and funk to rhythm and blues, making it more danceable and modern. The top mainstream R&B artists of 1980 included Michael Jackson, Prince, Jermaine Jackson, The Whispers, The S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Yarbrough and Peoples, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dazz Band, Evelyn King, Marvin Gaye, Mtume, DeBarge, Midnight Star, and Freddie Jackson.

In the mid-1980s, many of the recordings by artists Gaye, Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson, Anita Baker, Teddy Pendergrass, Peabo Brysonand others became known as quiet storm. The term had originated with Smokey Robinson's 1975 album A Quiet Storm. Quiet storm has been described as "R&B's answer to soft rock and adult contemporary—while it was primarily intended for black audiences, quiet storm had the same understated dynamics, relaxed tempos and rhythms, and romantic sentiment."

Tina Turner made a comeback during the second half of the 1980s, while Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson broke into the pop music charts with a series of hits. Richard J. Ripani wrote that Janet Jackson's third studio album Control (1986) was "important to the development of R&B for a number of reasons", as she and her producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, "crafted a new sound that fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, percussion, sound effects, and a rap music sensibility." Ripani wrote that "the success of Control led to the incorporation of stylistic traits of rap over the next few years, and Janet Jackson was to continue to be one of the leaders in that development." That same year, Teddy Riley began producing R&B recordings that included hip hop influences. This combination of R&B style and hip hop rhythms was termed new jack swing, and was applied to artists such as Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Guy, Jodeci, and Bell Biv DeVoe.

In the late 1980s, George Michael became one of Britain's best-known contemporary R&B musicians when his debut album Faith (1987) went to the top of the R&B album charts in the United States, making him the first white artist to achieve this honor. Faith featured a number of chart-topping singles, including the U.S. R&B #1 hit "One More Try". The album won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Michael Jackson remained a prominent figure in the genre, following the release of his album Bad (1987) which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Janet Jackson's 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 continued the development of contemporary R&B into the 1990s, as the album's title track "Rhythm Nation" made "use of elements from across the R&B spectrum, including use of a sample loop, triplet swing, rapped vocal parts and blues notes."
1990s

In the 1990s, Mariah Carey's career originated in quiet storm, with hit singles such as "Vision of Love" (1990), and "Love Takes Time" (1990) Also in the early 1990s, Whitney Houston's quiet storm hit included "All the Man That I Need" (1990) and "I Will Always Love You" (1992). Richard J. Ripani wrote that Carey and Houston, "both of whom rely heavily on the gospel music vocal tradition, display an emphasis on melisma that increased in R&B generally over the 1980s and 1990s." Carey's "Vision of Love" is considered to be an extreme example of the use of melisma. Also during the early 1990s, Boyz II Men re-popularized classic soul-inspired vocal harmonies. Michael Jackson incorporated new jack swing into his 1991 album Dangerous, with sales over 32 million.

In contrast to the works of Boyz II Men, Babyface and similar artists, other R&B artists from this same period began adding even more of a hip hop sound to their work. The synthesizer-heavy rhythm tracks of new jack swing was replaced by grittier East Coast hip hop-inspired backing tracks, resulting in a genre labeled hip hop soul by producer Sean Combs. The style became less popular by the end of the 1990s, but later experienced a resurgence.

During the mid 1990s, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, TLC, SWV and Boyz II Men brought contemporary R&B to the mainstream. Jackson's self-titled fifth studio album janet. (1993), which came after her historic multi-million dollar contract with Virgin Records, sold over ten million copies worldwide. Boyz II Men and Carey recorded several Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits, including "One Sweet Day", a collaboration between both acts, which became the longest-running #1 hit in Hot 100 history. Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC released albums in 1994 and 1995—Daydream, II , and CrazySexyCool respectively — that sold over ten million copies, earning them diamond RIAA certification.

In the late 1990s, neo soul, which added 1970s soul influences to the hip hop soul blend, arose, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Maxwell. Hill and Missy Elliott further blurred the line between R&B and hip hop by recording both styles. Beginning in 1995, the Grammy Awards enacted the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, with II by Boyz II Men becoming the first recipient. The award was later received by TLC for CrazySexyCool in 1996, Tony Rich for Words in 1997, Erykah Badu for Baduizm in 1998 and Lauryn Hill for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999. At the end of 1999, Billboard magazine ranked Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson as the first and second most successful artists of the 1990s.


2000s

Stephen Thomas Erlewine considered the debut of Blu Cantrell, So Blu, to be "a wonderfully fresh recasting of contemporary soul and R&B." Other emerging acts from the early 2000s include Ashanti, Rihanna and Ciara. In Contemporary Black biography (2008), volume 65 of the series notes "Rihanna is the rare rhythm and blues (R&B) diva to emerge from the Caribbean world." Becoming an international sensation, she is known for blending R&B with Caribbean music, such as reggae and dancehall. Beyonce represents the most successful of these artists, winning 6 grammies in one night.