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Alexander O'Neal

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Never Knew Love Like This

A Never Knew Love Like This (Extended Version) (5:40)
B1 Never Knew Love Like This (Instrumental) (5:25)
B2 Never Knew Love Like This (Reprise) (3:30)

Tabu Records

Cat No: 651382 6
Released: 1988

£6.00

Guru

Format: CD Album
Genre: R & B

Jazzmatazz Volume II: The New Reality

1 Intro (Light It Up) Jazzalude I: New Reality Style (1:44)
2 Lifesaver (4:13)
3 Living In This World (4:29)
4 Looking Through Darkness (4:48)
5 Skit A (Interview): Watch What You Say (5:00)
6 Jazzalude II: Defining Purpose (1:02)
7 For You (4:10)
8 Insert A (Mental Relaxation): Medicine (4:19)
9 Lost Souls (4:12)
10 Insert B (The Real Deal): Nobody Knows (3:58)
11 Jazzalude III: Hip Hop As A Way Of Life (1:17)
12 Respect The Architect (4:51)
13 Feel The Music (3:57)
14 Young Ladies (4:12)
15 The Traveler (4:01)
16 Jazzalude IV: Maintaining Focus (1:18)
17 Count Your Blessings (4:02)
18 Choice Of Weapons (4:24)
19 Something In The Past (3:19)
20 Skit B (Alot On My Mind): Revelation (4:35)

Chrysalis

Cat No: 7243 8 34820 2 3
Released: 1995

£4.50

Lauryn Hill

Format: CD Album
Genre: R & B

The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

1 Intro (0:47)
2 Lost Ones (5:33)
3 Ex-Factor (5:26)
4 To Zion (6:09)
5 Doo Wop (That Thing) (5:20)
6 Superstar (4:57)
7 Final Hour (4:16)
8 When It Hurts So Bad (5:42)
9 I Used To Love Him (5:39)
10 Forgive Them Father (5:15)
11 Every Ghetto, Every City (5:14)
12 Nothing Even Matters (5:50)
13 Everything Is Everything (4:53)
14 The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (4:17)
15 Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You (3:42)
16 Tell Him (4:41)

Columbia

Cat No: 489843 2
Released: 1998

£5.00

Ashanti

Format: CD Album
Genre: R & B

Ashanti

1 Intro
2 Foolish
3 Happy
4 Leaving (Always On Time Part II)
5 Narrative Call (Skit)
6 Call
7 Scared
8 Rescue
9 Baby
10 VooDoo
11 Movies
12 Fight (Over Skit)
13 Over
14 Unfoolish
15 Shi Shi (Skit)
16 Dreams
17 Thank You

Murder Inc Records

Cat No: 586 830-2
Released: 2002

£4.50

Usher

Format: CD Album
Genre: R & B

Confessions

1 Intro (0:46)
2 Yeah! (4:10)
3 Throwback (4:01)
4 Confessions (Interlude) (1:15)
5 Confessions Part II (3:49)
6 Burn (4:15)
7 Caugh Up (3:44)
8 Superstar (Interlude) (1:04)
9 Superstar (3:28)
10 Truth Hurts (3:51)
11 Simple Things (4:57)
12 Bad Girl (4:21)
13 That's What It's Made For (4:37)
14 Can U Handle It? (5:45)
15 Do It To Me (3:53)
16 Take Your Hand (3:03)
17 Follow Me (3:31)
18 Whatever I Want (3:12)
19 Confessions Part 1 (4:24)

Arista

Cat No: 82876-60990-2
Released: 2004

£5.00

Lisa Moorish

Format: CD Single
Genre: R & B

Mr Friday Night

1 Mr Friday Night (Radio Edit) (3:33)
2 Mr Friday Night (R'N'B Mix) (5:20)
3 Mr Friday Night (Deep Dish State Of The Union) (11:03)
4 Mr Friday Night (Lisa's 4 Bar Party) (5:33)
5 Mr Friday Night (Goodefellos Vocal Mix) (7:02)

Go! Discs

Cat No: GODCD 137
Released: 1996

£4.50

K-Ci & JoJo

Format: CD Single
Genre: R & B

Tell Me It's Real

1 Tell Me It's Real (Radio Edit) (3:40)
2 Tell Me It's Real (Full Crew Remix) (4:52)
3 Tell Me It's Real (Dave 'Jam' Hall Remix) (4:20)
4 Tell Me It's Real (Club Asylum Steppers Mix) (5:57)
5 Tell Me It's Real (Astro Trax Team Master Mix) (7:10)

MCA Records

Cat No: 155 584-2
Released: 1999

£5.00

Janet Jackson

Format: CD Single
Genre: R & B

Because Of Love

1 Because Of Love (LP Version) (4:12)
2 Because Of Love (Frankie & David 7") (3:33)
3 Because Of Love (Frankie & David Classic 12") (7:48)
4 Because Of Love (Frankie & David Treat Mix) (6:40)
5 Because Of Love (D&D Bentley Radio Mix) (3:59)
6 Because Of Love (Muggs 7" W/Bass Intro) (3:32)
7 Because Of Love (D&D Slow Version) (5:08)

Virgin

Cat No: VSCDG 1488
Released: 1994

£4.50

Toni Braxton

Format: CD Single
Genre: R & B

You're Makin' Me High

1 You're Makin' Me High (Radio Edit) (4:12)
2 You're Makin' Me High (T-Empo's Radio Edit) (4:06)
3 You're Makin' Me High (Dancehall Mix) (4:52)
4 You're Makin' Me High (Groove Mix) (4:34)
5 You're Makin' Me High (T-Empo Private Club Mix) (8:50)
6 You're Makin' Me High (Classic Mix) (9:43)

LaFace Records

Cat No: 74321 39540 2
Released: 1996

£4.50

Black Eyed Peas

Format: CD Album
Genre: R & B

The E.N.D

1 Boom Boom Pow (5:08)
2 Rock That Body (4:29)
3 Meet Me Halfway (4:44)
4 Imma Be (4:16)
5 I Gotta Feeling (4:49)
6 Alive (5:03)
7 Missing You (4:35)
8 Ring-A-Ling (4:33)
9 Party All The Time (4:44)
10 Out Of My Head (3:52)
11 Electric City (4:08)
12 Showdown (4:27)
13 Now Generation (4:06)
14 One Tribe (4:41)
15 Rockin To The Beat (3:45)
Bonus Track
16 Mare (2:55)

Interscope Records

Cat No: 0602527081427
Released: 2009

£4.50

Ne-Yo

Format: CD Album
Genre: R & B

Libra Scale

1 Champagne Life (5:23)
2 Makin' A Movie (3:52)
3 Know Your Name (4:07)
4 Telekinesis (4:22)
5 Crazy Love (3:50)
6 One In A Million (4:03)
7 Genuine Only (3:56)
8 Cause I Said So (3:49)
9 Beautiful Monster (4:11)
10 What Have I Done? (3:51)

Def Jam Recordings

Cat No: 00602527474489
Released: 2010

£4.50

Taio Cruz

Format: CD Double Album
Genre: R & B

Departure

1-1 Taio Cruz I'll Never Love Again (3:48)
1-2 Taio Cruz I Just Wanna Know (3:58)
1-3 Taio Cruz I Can Be (3:45)
1-4 Taio Cruz I Don't Wanna Fall In Love (3:22)
1-5 Taio Cruz So Cold (3:27)
1-6 Taio Cruz Fly Away (4:03)
1-7 Taio Cruz Driving Me Crazy (3:16)
1-8 Taio Cruz Moving On (3:51)
1-9 Taio Cruz & Luciana Caporaso Come On Girl (3:33)
1-10 Taio Cruz Never Gonna Get Us (3:52)
1-11 Taio Cruz She's Like A Star (3:38)
1-12 Taio Cruz Can't Say Go (3:24)
Taio Cruz Vs. Delinquent (Bonus Disc) (20:38)
2-1 Taio Cruz & Luciana Caporaso Come On Girl (Delinquent Mix) (4:38)
2-2 Taio Cruz Fly Away (Delinquent Mix) (3:58)
2-3 Taio Cruz I Can Be (Delinquent Mix) (4:20)
2-4 Taio Cruz I Just Wanna Know (Delinquent Mix) (3:12)
2-5 Taio Cruz I'll Never Love Again (Delinquent Mix) (4:35)

4th & Broadway

Cat No: 1765072
Released: 2008

£8.00

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

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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.