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Jennifer Lopez

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Ain't It Funny

A1 Ain't It Funny (Silk's House Mix Pt 1 & 2) (8:28)
B1 Ain't It Funny (Original Mix) (4:05)
B2 Play (Rui Da Silva Mix) (7:19)

Epic

Cat No: 671759 6
Released: 2001

£5.00

SWV

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Downtown

A1 Downtown (Street Radio Mix)
A2 Downtown (Street Dub)
B1 Always On My Mind (Extended Street Mix)
B2 Right Here (Demolition Mix)

RCA

Cat No: 74321 18901 1
Released: 1994

£6.00
£3.00

Akon & Eminem

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Smack That

A1 Smack That (Dirty) (3:38)
B1 Smack That (Clean) (3:36)
B2 Smack That (Instrumental) (3:34)

Universal Motown

Cat No: 1713118
Released: 2006

£4.50

Sinclair

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Don't Lie / Honey Love (The Groove & A Quarter Mixes)

A1 Don't Lie (Administrators Mix) (4:45)
A2 Honey Love (G & Q Summer Groove Remix) (4:05)
B Honey Love (G & Q Selecta Remix) (4:56)

Dome Records

Cat No: 12DOMER 1010
Released: 1994

£4.50

Cherise

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Ok

A Ok (Full Mix)
B Ok (Instrumental Mix)

Not On Label

Cat No: sam 00055 3

£6.50

Daniele Patucchi & Black Buster

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Red Lamp / Old Man (Blackbeard Re-Edits)

A Daniele Patucchi Red Lamp (Blackbeard Re-Edit)
B Black Buster Old Man (Blackbeard Re-Edit)

Scenario Records

Cat No: SC041
Released: 2005

£6.50

Kreuz

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

U.K. Swing

A1 U.K. Swing (Club Mix) (4:14)
A2 U.K. Swing (Club Dub) (4:14)
B1 U.K. Swing (Hip-Hop Mix) (4:25)
B2 U.K. Swing (Hip-Hop Dub) (4:33)

Motown

Cat No: ARPDJ1
Released: 1993

£4.50

Cherise

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Ok

A Ok (Full Mix)
B Ok (Instrumental Mix)

Not On Label

Cat No: sam 00055 3

£6.50

Krush

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (Jam And Lewis Remixes)

A1 Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (70's Club Mix) (8:50)
A2 Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (Album Version) (5:03)
A3 Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (80's House Dub) (4:15)
B1 Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (90's For Peace Club Mix) (6:39)
B2 Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (B.R.A. 90's For The People Club Mix) (8:19)
B3 Let's Get Together (So Groovy Now) (80's Candy Dub) (4:26)

A&M PM

Cat No: PERDJ 7416
Released: 1992

£4.50

Everis

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

From Me 2 U

A1 From Me 2 U (Mix1)
A2 From Me 2 U (Mix2)
B1 From Me 2 U (Mix3)

Drenalin Records

Cat No: JE1

£4.50

Rick Clarke

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

You Can Depend On Me

A1 You Can Depend On Me (Album Mix)
A2 You Can Depend On Me (Original Mix)
B1 You Can Depend On Me (Alternative Mark Mix)
B2 You Can Depend On Me (Dub Instrumental)

Funki Dreds

Cat No: FDRT003
Released: 1993

£4.50

Raja-Neé

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Turn It Up

A1 Turn It Up Louder (Jam&Lewis Remix)
A2 Turn It Up Smooth (The Arsenal Remix)
B1 Turn It Up (Album Version)
B2 Turn It Up (Dat Ol Fonky A/C Shh Remix)

Perspective Records

Cat No: 587 487-1
Released: 1995

£6.00

Smooth

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Love & Happiness

A Love & Happiness (LP Version) (3:44)
B1 Love & Happiness (Instrumental) (3:46)
B2 Love & Happiness (A Cappella) (3:46)

Perspective Records

Cat No: 31458 7547 1
Released: 1996

£4.50

Tony! Toni! Toné!

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Oakland Stroke

A1 Oakland Stroke (Brixton Bass Mix) (5:37)
A2 Baby Doll (Teddy's 12") (5:39)
B1 It Never Rains (In Southern California) (7" Mix) (3:55)
B2 Whatever You Want (Album Version) (4:48)

Urban

Cat No: WINXR 13
Released: 1991

£4.50

Alysha Warren

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

I Thought I Meant The World To You / I Pray

A1 I Thought I Meant The World To You (7")
Producer - Denis Ingoldsby , Nigel Lowis
A2 I Thought I Meant The World To You (R&B Mix)
Producer - Denis Ingoldsby , Nigel Lowis Remix - S & P Jervier
B1 I Pray (Roger's Gospel Revival Mix)
Producer - Lotti Golden , Tommy Faragher Remix - Roger Sanchez
B2 I Pray (Roger's U.S. Dub)
Producer - Lotti Golden , Tommy Faragher Remix - Roger Sanchez

Wildcard

Cat No: CARDX16

£6.00
£3.00

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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.