Contemporary R&B is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop and electronic music. The genre features a distinctive record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, pitch corrected vocals, a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Electronic influences are becoming an increasing trend and the use of hip hop or dance-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop may be reduced and smoothed out. Contemporary R&B vocalists are known for their use of melisma, popularized by vocalists such as Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Craig David, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Contemporary R&B originated at the end of the disco era, in the late-1970s, when Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones added more electronic elements to the sound of the time to create a smoother dancefloor-friendly sound; the first result was Off the Wall, which—according to Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic—"was a visionary album, that found a way to break disco wide open into a new world where the beat was undeniable, but not the primary focus" and "was part of a colorful tapestry of lush ballads and strings, smooth soul and pop, soft rock, alluring funk".
Richard J. Ripani wrote that Janet Jackson's Control 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, sound effects, 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, Janet Jackson was to continue to be one of the leaders in that development." That same year, Teddy Riley began. This combination of R&B style and hip hop rhythms was termed new jack swing and was applied to artists such as Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Keith Sweat, Al B. Sure!, Guy and Bell Biv DeVoe. In contrast to the works of Boyz II Men and similar artists, other R&B artists and groups from this same period began adding more of a hip-hop sound to their work, like the innovative group Jodeci; the synthesizer-heavy rhythm tracks of new jack swing were replaced by grittier East Coast hip hop-inspired backing tracks, resulting in a genre labeled hip hop soul by Mary J. Blige and producer Sean Combs who had mentored group Jodeci in the beginning and helped them with their unique look.
The style became less popular by the end of the 1990s, but experienced a resurgence. In 1990, Mariah Carey released Vision of Love, it was immensely popular peaking at number 1 in many worldwide charts including the Billboard Hot 100, it propelled Mariah's career. The song is said to have popularized the use of melisma and brought it in to mainstream R&B. During the mid-1990s, Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album sold over 40 million copies worldwide becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time. Janet Jackson's self-titled fifth studio album janet. which came after her historic multimillion-dollar contract with Virgin Records, sold over twenty million copies worldwide. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey recorded several Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, including "One Sweet Day", a collaboration between both acts, which became the longest-running No. 1 hit in Hot 100 history. Carey released a remix of her 1995 single "Fantasy", with Ol' Dirty Bastard as a feature, a collaboration format, unheard of at this point.
Carey, Boyz II Men and TLC released albums in 1994 and 1995 -- II and CrazySexyCool. In the late 1990s, neo soul, which added 1970s soul influences to the hip hop soul blend, led by artists such as D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell. Hill and Missy Elliott further blurred the line between 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 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. In the second half of the 1990s, The Neptunes and Timbaland set influential precedence on contemporary R&B and hip hop music. R&B acts such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton are some of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Following periods of fluctuating success, urban music attained commercial dominance during the early 2000s, which featured massive crossover success on the Billboard charts by R&B and hip hop artists. In 2001, Alicia Keys released "Fallin"', it peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. It won three Grammy Awards in 2002, including Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, it was nominated for Record of the Year. Beyoncé's solo studio debut album Dangerously in Love has sold over 5 million copies in the United States and earned five Grammy Awards. Usher's Confessions sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and over 8 million copies in 2004, since it has been certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and, as of 2016, has sold over 10 million copies in the US and over 20 million copies worldwide. Confessions had four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II" and "My Boo".
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David James Archuleta is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances; when he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on "Star Search 2". In 2008 he finished second on the seventh season of "American Idol". In August 2008, Archuleta released "Crush," the first single from his self-titled debut album; the album, released three months debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. In October 2010, he released a third album, The Other Side of Down, featuring lead single "Something'Bout Love". On March 28, 2012, Archuleta left on a two-year hiatus to be a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile, but stated that he will continue his music career after that; as of February 2012, Archuleta had sold 3,327,000 tracks in the United States. In March 2012, Archuleta released his fourth album, "Forevermore" in the Philippines.
This was his first Original Pilipino Music album, composed of several covers of Filipino songs. The album was certified gold in the Philippines as of June 2012. Archuleta's fifth album, was released on August 7, 2012, in the United States. A compilation album titled No Matter How Far was released on March 26, 2013, his sixth studio album, Postcards in the Sky, was released on October 20, 2017 and his second holiday album, Winter in the Air, was released in 2018. Archuleta was born on December 28, 1990, in Miami, to Guadalupe Mayorga, a salsa singer and dancer, Jeff Archuleta, a jazz musician, his mother is from Honduras and his father is of Spanish descent. He speaks fluent Spanish. Archuleta has four siblings. Archuleta's family moved to the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, when he was six years old, he attended Murray High School, graduated in 2009. When Archuleta, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was 21, he volunteered for two years as a full-time missionary in Santiago, Chile.
Archuleta is Acting School in Salt Lake City. Archuleta resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee, he started singing at the age of six, inspired by a Les Misérables video. "That musical is what started all of this," he said. He started performing publicly at the age of 10 when he participated in the Utah Talent Competition, singing "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton. In 2003, Archuleta sang on several episodes of the television show Star Search, he wound up as the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2, losing the Junior Grand Champion title to Tiffany Evans. On one episode, he competed against then-11-year-old Alexandréa Lushington, who became a "top 20" semi-finalist on "American Idol" alongside Archuleta. Around the second year of being on "Star Search" he started focusing on the lyrics, "I didn't pay attention to the lyrics when I was 12, 13."Archuleta's competing on "Star Search" was preceded by an appearance on "The Jenny Jones Show," meeting the finalists from "American Idol"'s first season, for whom he performed a spontaneous a cappella rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls."
He received praise from Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson, the episode led to appearances on CBS's "The Early Show." The year after "Star Search," he found out he had partial vocal paralysis but declined risky surgery and has said he feels he is fully recovered. He limited his singing to specific occasions, like Stadium of Fire, the Independence Day celebration at Brigham Young University Stadium. Archuleta made initial attempts at songwriting and arranging music after his "Star Search" experience and has written at least three songs, his first singles in 2002 written by his father and Sunny Hilden "Dream Sky High" and a song he had written by Yani Gileadi "Don't Tell Me." Archuleta received his ticket to the Hollywood auditions at the San Diego tryouts – held at Qualcomm Stadium at the end of July 2007 – with a performance of John Mayer's "Waiting on the World to Change" with judge Randy Jackson spontaneously joining in to sing the background "waiting" in the song. He was sixteen during the Hollywood auditions and attended school while a part of American Idol's seventh season.
A parent/guardian was required to be there. Archuleta took advantage of the decision to allow contestants to play musical instruments when he accompanied himself on piano for his performances of "Crazy," "Another Day in Paradise," and "Angels." During the 1970s themed week Archuleta sang the John Lennon song "Imagine," omitting the earlier verses in favor of the last one. "Los Angeles Times" columnist Ann Powers speculated that he wanted to avoid singing "no religion too" because of his faith. "As a Mormon, he's unlikely to espouse the song's agnostic ideal," she wrote. However, he did sing the entire song on "Good Things Utah" when he was 13. Asked by judge Randy Jackson why he didn't sing the first verse, Archuleta said the third verse was his favorite because it has "a great message."After his performance of "We Can Work It Out," which judge Simon Cowell called "a mess," "Entertainment Tonight" reported that Archuleta was feeling pressure from his father, who "reportedly yelled at" his son after a recording session the previous night.
Jeff Archuleta, in an interview with Us Weekly", denied the claim. A May 2008 Associated Press article reported that Jeff Archuleta had his son add a lyric from the Sean Kingston song "Beautiful Girls" into an interpretation of "Stand by Me", increasing the costs for licensing, that this had resulted in Jeff Archuleta being banned from A
RCA/Jive Label Group
RCA/Jive Label Group was a short-lived American record label group, owned by Sony Music Entertainment and representing the merger of the RCA Music Group and Jive Label Group. The umbrella group was formed in 2007 under the name BMG Label Group, was rebranded as RCA/Jive Label Group in 2009. In July 2011 it was dissolved into two separate labels: the RCA Music Group and Epic Records which took Jive subsidiaries until October 2011 when it retired Jive Records along with Arista Records and J Records; the artists on those three labels were moved to RCA Records. RCA/Jive configuration began as the BMG Label Group during the last year of the Sony BMG merger; the group was formed in September 2007 when Bertelsmann Music Group restructured their RCA and Zomba groups into one entity bearing the BMG branding. Bob Anderson and Kevin Twitchell led the sales department for the new group, John Fleckenstein was named senior VP of international. By early 2008, the BMG Label Group was said to consist of RCA Records, Jive Records, J Records, LaFace, Volcano Entertainment, GospoCentric and Fo Yo Soul.
In April 2008, Jive head Barry Weiss was promoted to chairman and CEO of the whole BMG Label Group, a position he still held since the groups rebranding. Weiss replaced longtime music exec Clive Davis. Though some interpreted this move by Sony as a way of shuffling Davis out of the company, he reasserted his position as a hitmaker for Sony working with artists such as Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson. In August 2008, BMG sold their half of the Sony BMG merger back to Sony. Since Bertelsmann retained the use of the "BMG" name, Sony renamed the BMG Label Group to RCA/Jive Label Group in early 2009, while at the same time, the Zomba Label Group began the process of rebranding to Jive Label Group. During 2009, branding for both Zomba Label Group and Jive Label Group linked to the same website while RCA/Jive seemed to eschew the Zomba name, suggesting that the branding was in process during this time. By early 2010, the Zomba site was reworked as the rebranding process was completed. Following the restructuring, Barry Weiss remained head of both RCA/Jive Label Group, its constituent Jive Label Group.
Weiss left the RCA/Jive Label Group in March 2011. In mid-2011, Sony Music split RCA/Jive Label Group. Staff and artists associated with Jive were moved to a restructured Epic Records, aimed to focus on urban music. RCA Music Group remained on its own, took on some of the non-urban artist from Jive, such as notable pop superstar Britney Spears. L. A. Reid became Chairman and CEO of Epic Records and Peter Edge became Chairman and CEO of RCA Music Group. Though the RCA/Jive Label Group was mentioned in press releases, the entity appeared as a copyright and phonograph rights holder on actual releases, it had a less public presence and no known website. Instead, both the RCA Music Group and the Jive Label Group operate as standalone units, but shared back-office functions and reported to CEO Barry Weiss. RCA/Jive consisted of several flagship record labels, which formed part of BMG before being absorbed into Sony's operations. RCA Music Group was created by BMG in March 2004 shortly after the formation of Zomba Label Group.
It became a part of the BMG Label Group along with Zomba, remained unscathed after the rebranding. The group continued its operations following the dissolution of its parent group in 2011. During the existence of the RCA/Jive Label Group, the RCA Music Group consisted of the following labels: Arista Records J Records Phonogenic Records RCA Records The Inc Records Jive Label Group is a music group which formed half of the RCA/Jive Label Group, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Jive Label Group was founded in 2004 as Zomba Label Group by their parent company at the time. In January 2009. BMG sold their half of the Sony BMG merger to Sony and Zomba Label Group was rebranded to the current Jive Label Group. During the existence of the RCA/Jive Label Group, the Jive Label Group consisted of the following labels: Battery Records Jive Records LaFace Records So So Def Recordings Verity Gospel Music Group GospoCentric Records Verity Records Fo Yo Soul Quiet Water Entertainment Volcano Entertainment In late 2002, Zomba completed a US$2.74 billion transaction that required BMG to purchase the remaining shares of the Zomba Group of Companies.
When BMG began their integration of Zomba labels into their operations, they created the Zomba Label Group in early 2004. The group consisted of LaFace, Volcano and Jive, though expanded to include other labels. In 2005, Zomba Label Group created a gospel division called Zomba Gospel to collate their gospel interests at the time; the group consisted of GospoCentric Records and Verity Records, but included some artist-owned imprints. After being shuffled under Sony in late 2008, the Zomba Label Group began rebranding to the Jive Label Group. Additionally, Zomba Gospel was rebranded as the Verity Gospel Music Group. In mid-2011, Jive Label Group was separated from the RCA Music Group and joined Epic Records under the newly formed Epic Label Group; because of the stylistic focus of the new group, some of Jive's non-urban artists, such as Britney Spears, stayed with RCA Records. List of RCA Records artists The record labels under RCA/Jive have been releasing material since before the entity's existence.
For detailed discographies of those labels, please visit their respective pages. For a list of releases which contain RCA/Jive as the copyright holder, see: RCA/Jive Label Group discography. List of reco
Bring It All to Me
"Bring It All to Me" is a song performed by American R&B girl group Blaque. The song samples Shalamar's "I Don't Wanna Be the Last to Know"; the remix and album version of the song features fellow American pop and R&B singer JC Chasez of boy band *NSYNC but is credited to the group as a whole. Billboard named the song #54 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time; the song moves at a tempo of 89 beats per minute in the key of D minor. "Bring It All to Me" – 3:46 "Bring It All to Me" featuring 50 Cent – 4:09 "Bring It All to Me" featuring Free, NY Glaze & Jazz-Ming Mackey – 4:31 "Bring It All to Me" – 4:12 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Basement Jaxx are an English electronic music duo consisting of Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe. The pair got their name from the regular night club they held in their hometown of Brixton, London, UK, they first rose to popularity in the mid 1990s. As the British Hit Singles & Albums book duly noted "they surfaced from the underground house scene, are regular transatlantic club chart-toppers and won the BRIT Award for Best Dance Act in 2002 and 2004". Since 1992, Ratcliffe has released a few white label records which sold well and gained a lot of attention from the likes of LTJ Bukem and Goldie, enabled him to buy a few electronic musical instruments and set up a basic studio in a friend’s mother’s basement. In 1993, the pair first met in a pub in London through a mutual friend, they bonded over an appreciation of New York house music. They released their first extended play called EP1 via the British independent record label Wall of Sound, with the help of its founder Mark Jones; the album went on to sell over a thousand copies, with plays from Tony Humphries in New York City, a thing that caught member Ratcliffe "mind-blow".
"Knowing that people you respect are supporting your music is so important in the early days as encouragement to keep going, it means you are doing something right," he said. They began working with vocalist Corrina Joseph in their first attempts at making "proper songs". One of the collaboration's outputs was "Fly Life". At first, the name of the group they were thinking themselves was "Underground Oasis," however, the idea was scrapped due to a friend of them "who was involved in the music scene" noticing the existence of a similar named rock band that might "get big". Basement Jaxx started in Brixton, South London, in 1994, where they held a regular club night called Basement Jaxx, held in a variety of venues including The George IV, The Crypt and The Junction, they were joined by DJs including DJ Sneak, Daft Punk, singer Corrina Joseph. They mutated the night into an popular club called Rooty, the namesake of their second album. In 1995, "Samba Magic" was picked up for distribution by Virgin Records.
In the same year, they moved their studio out of the basement to a place in Camberwell and started their writing there. Their fourth extended play was named EP3 in an early example of their "trademark eccentricity."In 1997, Basement Jaxx was the opening act for Daft Punk's Daftendirektour when Daft Punk first came to the UK. Thanks to the success of the single, they ended up signing a record deal with XL. In 1999, the group released their first full-length album, Remedy. Remedy included the single "Red Alert", featured in the film Bend It Like Beckham as well as Nickelodeon and Coca-Cola commercials. Other singles on this album were "Jump N' Shout", "Bingo Bango", "Rendez-Vu", Basement Jaxx's highest UK Singles Chart entry to date at number 4. Basement Jaxx released Jaxx Unreleased, a compilation album of B-sides and other assorted material, in 1999. 2000 saw them release another release of new material. Their next album, 2001's Rooty included singles "Romeo", "Jus 1 Kiss", "Where's Your Head At?", "Do Your Thing", "Get Me Off".
The music video for album opener "Romeo" is an homage to the Bollywood film style. "Where's Your Head At?" became an international hit in 2002 known for its inclusion on the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider soundtrack. "Do Your Thing" was included in the video game SSX 3. Xxtra Cutz was released shortly after Rooty. Span Thang and Junction, two EPs, were released in 2001–2002. Basement Jaxx decided to close the Rooty club in May 2001 after it became "too popular." In 2003, Basement Jaxx released their third full-length album, Kish Kash, which included contributions from Lisa Kekaula, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Dizzee Rascal, Totlyn Jackson, JC Chasez, Siouxsie Sioux, Phoebe. From this album, the tracks "Lucky Star", "Good Luck", "Plug It In" were released as singles; the track "Good Luck" was re-released in 2004, after exposure from being the theme to BBC's Euro 2004 coverage, was featured in the soundtrack of Just Married and Appleseed, an anime film released in 2004. Kish Kash was recognised the following year at the 47th Grammy Awards, winning Buxton and Ratcliffe the inaugural Best Electronic/Dance Album award.
Basement Jaxx's manager, Andrew Mansi, says Astralwerks chose not to renew its U. S. licensing contract with the duo. The duo produced "Shake It", a song from JC Chasez's Schizophrenic. In 2005, the duo released the number 1 compilation The Singles along with a video collection on DVD, comprising all the singles from their previous three albums, some earlier releases, two new tracks, "Oh My Gosh" and "U Don't Know Me", which were both released as singles; the Singles was released, which contained the original compilation along with a bonus disc entitled Bonus Traxx, containing many unreleased tracks, as well as remixes of existing Basement Jaxx songs. The duo appeared as a headline act on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2005 when Kylie Minogue was forced to pull out after being diagnosed with cancer. Basement Jaxx played with a live band made up of artists. Drumtech-trained Nathan'Tugg' Curran was on drums for Glastonbury and has remained a constant performer, their fourth studio album, Crazy Itch Radio, was released on 4 September 2006 in the UK with its first single, "Hush Boy".
The album featured guest vocals by Martina Sorbara, Lily Allen, Robyn. In 2006, Basement Jaxx were one of the support acts for Robbie Williams on his'Close Encounters' tour. For Cyndi Lauper's Bring Ya to the B
Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)
"Blowin' Me Up" is the debut single by American recording artist JC Chasez. The song was released as a single from the soundtrack to the 2002 film Drumline and was included on Chasez's debut studio album Schizophrenic. In the United Kingdom, the single was released as a double A-side with Chasez' following single, "Some Girls" in February 2004; the music video for "Blowin' Me Up" was directed by Bryan Barber and shot in 2002. JC approached Barber after seeing his video for OutKast's "The Whole World." "It's different from what he's done with *NSYNC," the director said. "He wanted to go left of center and that's what we did. We had some fun and presented JC in a whole new way." Aside from'funky choreography,' sets built from auto wreckage and a post-apocalyptic wardrobe, the video features a lot of drummers. "Other than that, there's nothing to do with " - Barber said. The video appears to be set in a post-apocalyptic world; the plot revolves around a sexually-frustrated JC pursuing his love interest through a monster truck rally, a dirty diner, and, a parking lot, where he tries to seduce Tara Reid, only to be ignored.
At the end, Tara straddles JC on the diner's counter. JC celebrates his newfound love with a drag race. Melissa Smith stars in the video as a girl dancing at the monster truck rally. "Blowin' Me Up" was featured in the movie Drumline, so there are movie clips scattered throughout. The video features a dance routine by JC and several backup dancers, taking place in a car junkyard. Dallas Austin, who produced the single appears in the video, driving a monster truck and smashing cars. USA Promotional Single #1"Blowin' Me Up" – 4:21 "Blowin' Me Up" – 3:57USA Promotional Single #2"Blowin' Me Up" – 4:21 "Blowin' Me Up" – 4:49USA Promotional 12" Vinyl"Blowin' Me Up" – 4:21 "Blowin' Me Up" – 3:57 "Blowin' Me Up" – 4:50 "Blowin' Me Up" – 4:49 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics