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List: The Best of November – Top 12 Records

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It’s the week after Thanksgiving and along with the extra weight that we have to drop from over eating, it’s time for another monthly list! Fresh off of the infamous “leftover” weekend, we’re one step closer to closing out 2014 and embarking on a well-anticipated 2015. Coming off of a slow month for music in October, we’re back with some tunes for you to rock with while burning off the pounds from your plates.

Between keeping it real and funk’n you up to smackin’ it in the air, this month had many contributions from artists that we were surprised to hear from. Breaking the internet a few times this month, November’s pickings will find you still giving your thanks for good music.

Ready to dance off all of that Thanksgiving stuffing? Press play and get into our “Best of November – Top 12 Records” list below!

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List: The 10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!

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Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. The time of year that we sit around the table, stuff ourselves fat, and watch football all day long! While Thanksgiving gets its rep for the loaded plates that we anticipate all year long, some of us forget the true meaning of the holiday.  Meant to be a reminder of all things that we are thankful for, the Thanksgiving holiday wouldn’t be right for us, if we didn’t give our own spin on it.

This year has brought in a batch of talent fresher than your Granny’s cookies, that have made us find appreciation in 2014 just that much more.  But, don’t think that we’ve forgotten about the veterans that held it down this year too. With contributions from both old, and new artists to the R&B genre, 2014 dropped off some of the most impressive and – in some cases – unfortunately slept on talent that we’ve seen or heard.

From bringing back the true essence of R&B to keeping up with the current progressive sounds, each of these artists gave us a little something that had us looking back on the year with big smiles and wide arms.

So, without any further delay, let’s get into our Thanksgiving list, “10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!”

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Exclusive: Recounting the “Crazy, Sexy, Cool” of TLC’s Classic Diamond-Selling Album, 20-Years Later (with Commentary from Chilli!)

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Nov. 15, 1994 there was a musical explosion. One of the greatest R&B albums of all time was released. That album, was the legendary TLC‘s sophomore effort, CrazySexyCool.

The album was a collaborative work by some of the most profound writers and producers of the time, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and more.  The LP’s title delivered a relatable identity for fans as Left Eye represented the “Crazy,” Chilli the “Sexy,” and T-Boz the “Cool.”  Laced with sexy and sultry ballads, and some up-tempo flava, the album will live on forever as a staple in the R&B genre. TLC’s pioneering blend of R&B, Hip Hop and Pop music resonated extremely well with mainstream audiences as fans rushed out to buy the Atlanta trio’s sophomore project.

The album stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for more than two years and simultaneously went diamond, making TLC the first girl group to achieve this success. To date, CrazySexyCool has sold over 23 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by an American girl group, and the second best selling album worldwide behind the Spices Girls’ Spice. All four singles from the album reached the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, two of them reaching number one.

As the double-diamond certified album turns 20 this month, it’s only right that we reflect on the amazing Crazy, Sexy, Cool of TLC’s second album!

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List: The Best of October – Top 12 Records

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As the year rapidly approaches its closing, we’re still in disbelief that 2015 is right around the corner! Although the year is moving fast, the month of October wasn’t so lucky when it came to music. However, we’re always going to be fans of quality over quantity and that’s exactly what we received from our musical pickings this month.

While Tamar Braxton was busy pleading for more love with Future and Teyana Taylor urged us to not come knockin’ while the bed was rockin’, this month also supplied us with unexpected releases from Adrian Marcel, Brandy, Elijah Blake, and more.

So, before you get ready to celebrate Halloween this weekend, take a moment and check out all the treats this month had to offer with our “Best of October – Top 12 Records” list below!

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List: The Best of September – Top 15 Records

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It’s that time of the month again, so you know we got you with some good ones! While September may be over as well as Summer, that doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of hot, feel-good music last month for us to reflect on.

Now, we know August was able to give you a taste of what the Fall would bring with the sounds of Tinashe, Elijah Blake, Usher, Luke James and more, but this past month we promise we had even more. From newcomers to the list such as Richard King and Kevin Ross, to repeat “Best Of” artists like Tinashe and Ne-Yo, we assure you that there will be something on September’s round-up that has you feeling like you dropped the ball when it comes to recent music.

So, open up the sliding glass door, pour your glass of wine, watch the leaves fall, and put the music on blast ’cause it’s time for our “Best of September – Top 15 Records“! I thought I told you that we won’t stop, I thought I told you that we won’t stop?! *Diddy Bops*

Check it out after the jump!

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List: The Best of August – Top 15 Records

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With summer unfortunately coming to an end and cooler weather around the corner, that means nothing more than a change of pace in music. While the hotter months tend to bring with it uptempo beats and plenty of songs to dance to, fall brings with it the songs that make you want to warm up close to someone special.

Although it’s not quite fall yet, a few of our choices for this month’s list say different. From the coo’s of Usher in his brand new single “Believe Me,” to the incredible sounds of Angie Fisher singing about the “I.R.S.,” our Best of August Top 15 list will have you ready for the cool out music that the new season is destined to bring.

Check out who made the cut this month below!

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List: The Best of July – Top 15 Records

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While July is known for record-breaking temperatures, trips to water parks, school shopping and enjoying the last few weeks of summer, it’s known to us in the ThisisRnB offices as another month of solid R&B releases.

Whether you were a fan of Usher and Tanks’s dance heavy tracks or went the more subtle route with either Adrian Marcel or Azekel, there’s no denying that July brought ThisIsRnB listeners some pretty soulful and sultry singles. Following suit of June, July had its slow moments, but as always, true music showed up and showed out! While there’s really no way that we can make everyone happy with our lists, we definitely do the best we can by pulling the tracks that we feel are deserving of being deemed “Best of”.

Therefore, kick off your shoes and relax your feet as we bring you the tracks that had us hitting repeat all month long.

Check out our Best of July – Top 15 Records” below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: Summer Playlist (’90s Edition)

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There’s no denying the evolution of R&B throughout the years. From the groovy disco sounds of the ’70s to the dance heavy synths found in the ’80s, R&B has had the power to take you through an emotional roller coaster decade after decade.

While to some the ’90s might be the era of bubblegum pop or alternative, but to those like us here at ThisIsRnB, it was the golden era of the R&B music that we still love today. Known just as much for it’s introduction of unique and progressive sounds, it was also that era that introduced the world to iconic artists like Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Aaliyah, R. Kelly and many more of today’s most influential acts.

Delivering so many classic R&B hits, the ’90s also hosted the reign of many legendary producers such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface and L.A. Reid, Teddy Riley, Dallas Austin, Timbaland and Missy Elliot, and even Pharrell Williams. It was also the decade that made film soundtracks filled with R&B singles even more anticipated than the films themselves. While the New Jack Swing movement was coming to an end by 1994, the new wave of R&B was far from doing the same. Bringing about teen sensations Aaliyah and Brandy, and pushing R.Kelly into the forefront of the genre with his 12 Play album, the 1990’s brought R&B music into the commercial mainstream and opened up a rarely traveled lane for many artists to cross over to a world that was previously closed to them. Although love songs, ballads and dance tracks were the staples of R&B, there were a few artists who changed the definition indefinitely.

Beginning their reign as Hip-Hop and R&B’s most called upon, Timbaland and Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott helped with delivering genre-advancing sounds provided by Ginuwine and an all grown up Aaliyah. Teddy Riley, who contributed so much to the decade, was also grooming his protégés Pharrell Wiliams and Chad Hugo – known as The Neptunes – to create a distinguished sound used by Blackstreet, SWV, and more. By 1997 though these were changing again. The introduction of Neo-Soul began with artists Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Maxwell, who all made their mark on the industry and added another sub bullet underneath the typical definition of R&B. Truly one of the moments that will forever reign supreme in the history of R&B, the ’90s has given us some of the best music to dance, cry, and make love to all at once!

Summer is always one of those times when we love to go back and play our favorites from the past.  Join us as we take a stroll back and remember the times that had us “All Cried Out,” getting “Hot Like Fire,” creating a “Fantasy,” and “Too Close” to R&B perfection.

Jump into our ‘Summer Playlist (‘90s Edition)‘ below!!

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