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Club Nouveau

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Lean On Me

Jam This
A1 Lean On Me (Remix) (7:42)
A2 Lean On Me (LP Version) (5:56)
Pump That
B1 Pump It Up (Lean On Me) Reprise (Remix) (4:51)
B2 Pump It Up (Lean On Me) Reprise (LP Version) (2:38)

Warner Bros. Records

Cat No: W 8430 (T)
Released: 1986


The Chimes

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

A I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Boom Mix) (5:33)
B1 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Manasseh Mix) (5:27)
B2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Boom Dub Mix) (5:18)


Cat No: CHIM T1
Released: 1990


All Saints

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Bootie Call

A1 Bootie Call
A2 Bootie Call 98 (The Directors Kutt)
Remix - Karl "K-Gee" Gordon
B1 Bootie Call (Club Asylum - Boogie Punk Dub)
Remix - Club Asylum
B2 Bootie Call (Dreem Teem Vocal)
Remix - Dreem Teem

London Records

Cat No: LONX 415
Released: 1998


Faith Evans

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Hot Club Hits From Faithfully

1 Alone In This World (3:51)
2 You Get's No Love (4:01)
3 Burnin' Up (3:29)
4 Back To Love (3:43)
5 Can't Believe (5:00)
6 You Get's No Love (Remix) (4:14)
7 Faithfully (3:55)

Bad Boy Entertainment

Cat No: BBDP-9428
Released: 2001


J.J. Cale

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B


A1 Carry On (2:19)
A2 Deep Dark Dungeon (2:08)
A3 Wish I Had Not Said That (3:23)
A4 Pack My Jack (5:12)
A5 If You Leave Her (2:45)
B1 Mama Don't (3:47)
B2 Runaround (2:42)
B3 What Do You Expect (3:25)
B4 Love Has Been Gone (2:16)
B5 Cloudy Day (5:25)

Shelter Records

Cat No: SHL/18013
Released: 1981



Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B


A1 A Night To Remember (5:08)
A2 Don't Try To Change Me (4:10)
A3 Help Me (5:10)
A4 On Top Of The World (4:06)
A5 I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know (4:02)
B1 Friends (5:00)
B2 Playing To Win (4:24)
B3 I Just Stopped By Because I Had To (4:08)
B4 There It Is (4:27)
B5 I Can Make You Feel Good (4:20)


Cat No: SOL K 52 345 (S28)
Released: 1982


Pieces Of A Dream

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Say La La

A Say La La (Extended Version) (5:21)
B1 Outside In (4:57)
B2 Say La La (New York Street Mix) (7:00)

Manhattan Records

Cat No: 12MT 12
Released: 1986


Robert Cray

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Strong Persuader

A1 Smoking Gun (4:05)
A2 I Guess I Showed Her (3:37)
A3 Right Next Door (Because Of Me) (4:16)
A4 Nothin' But A Woman (3:50)
A5 Still Around (3:44)
B1 More Than I Can Stand (2:57)
B2 Foul Play (4:08)
B3 I Wonder (4:00)
B4 Fantasized (4:06)
B5 New Blood (4:20)


Cat No: 830 568-1
Released: 1986



Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Single Life

A1 Attack Me With Your Love (4:30)
A2 Single Life (6:32)
A3 I've Got Your Image (4:47)
A4 A Goodbye (5:41)
B1 She's Strange (7:21)
B2 I'll Never Look For Love (4:53)
B3 Urban Warrior (4:56)
B4 Little Boys - Dangerous Toys (5:04)


Cat No: JABH 14
Released: 1985


Robbie Mychals

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Robbie Mychals

A1 One Mile From Paradise (5:07)
A2 Call Me (5:26)
A3 Do For You Do For Me (5:53)
A4 Holding On To Love (5:20)
B1 How Many Roads (4:53)
B2 Climbin' Mountains (5:04)
B3 Stay By My Side (5:17)
B4 Can't Get Enuff Of U (5:03)

Alpha International Records

Cat No: D1-70952
Released: 1990


Christopher Williams

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

I'm Dreamin'

A1 I'm Dreamin' (Radio Mix Without Rap) (4:35)
A2 I'm Dreamin' (Radio Mix With Rap) (5:06)
A3 I'm Dreamin' (Instrumental With Background Vocals) (5:06)
B1 I'm Dreamin' (Crazy Hip Hop) (5:06)
B2 I'm Dreamin' (Hip Hop Radio) (5:06)
B3 I'm Dreamin' (A Capella Slap Bass) (5:06)

Giant Records

Cat No: 0-21846
Released: 1991


Tongue N Cheek

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B


A Encore
B Freestyle


Cat No: 12SY 33
Released: 1989


Tara Kemp

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Hold You Tight

A1 Hold You Tight (All Night Radio Mix) (4:33)
A2 Hold You Tight (All Night Extended Mix) (6:45)
A3 Hold You Tight (All Night Instrumental Mix) (4:33)
B1 Hold You Tight (Shaw & Jones Remix) (6:20)
B2 Hold You Tight (Sisters Gonna Work It Out Mix) (5:15)
B3 Hold You Tight (Acapella) (1:20)

Big Beat

Cat No: BV-9102
Released: 1990


Sweet Obsession

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: R & B

Gonna Get Over You

A1 Gonna Get Over You (Long Version) (5:10)
A2 Gonna Get Over You (Short Version) (4:12)
B1 Gonna Get Over You (Obsessive Mix) (6:22)
B2 Gonna Get Over You (Instrumental) (4:33)


Cat No: 49 07868
Released: 1988


Billy Preston

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: R & B

Late At Night

A1 Billy Preston Give It Up, Hot
A2 Billy Preston Late At Night
A3 Billy Preston All I Wanted Was You
A4 Billy Preston You
B1 Billy Preston I Come To Rest In You
B2 Billy Preston & Syreeta It Will Come In Time
B3 Billy Preston Lovely Lady
B4 Billy Preston & Syreeta With You I'm Born Again
B5 Billy Preston Sock-It, Rocket


Cat No: STML 12116
Released: 1979


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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.


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."

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.


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.