Posts Tagged ‘2012’

ThisisRnB’s List: Top 12 R&B Albums of 2012

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What a year it’s been for R&B. As we began reflecting on all of 2012′s releases, we were reminded that, not only was this a huge year for the amount of R&B releases, but the genre is making a major comeback. In between the various styles and branches R&B has extended, there are multiple realms and sub-genres beginning to thrive. Within it’s own progression into Pop, or the music critics new favorite – Alt-R&B or Alt-Soul, there is an exciting, rising new class, who are bringing classic soul stylings and organically incorporating their own honest youth, and contemporary perspective.

This year was filled with comebacks from some R&B legends, and a few of it’s popular stars who were looking to make up for less than stellar previous releases. There were newcomers making very impressive debuts, and some outstanding sophomore releases. It’s always a labor of love making these lists, but after much debate and discussion, we are confident in the result. As the New Year is right around the corner, reflect on 2012′s best with our ‘Top 12 R&B Albums of 2012′ below…

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ThisisRnB’s List: Top 12 R&B Mixtapes & EP’s of 2012

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This year was certainly filled with plenty of R&B. It was one of the biggest release years for the amount of albums that came out, and with the trend of mixtapes still at an all-time high, it seemed like there was always a new project to listen to, or discover. The crop of emerging talent has been impressive, and with the R&B genre progressing and expanding into new styles, it’s an exciting time for what’s next and what’s new. Following last year, we felt it’s just not enough doing an albums list, when there are so many mixtape and EP releases, and there were lots! So, after much debate, here is our list of the ‘Top 12 R&B Mixtapes & EP’s of 2012′! See below…

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MARY J. BLIGE, KEYSHIA COLE, ESTELLE, LUKE JAMES & MORE TO PLAY ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

Some of music’s biggest voices are headed to New Orleans for this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival. Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia, Estelle and newcomer Luke James are just some of the announced performers for this years event.

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THISISRNB PRESENTS: 2012 “THE YEAR OF R&B”

Last year (wow it feels weird saying that now) was an exciting … and interesting time for R&B. We had some of the most progressive releases and new artists in so long, but we also had some Great soul albums. The discussion of what is and what isn’t R&B, and what is allowed to be labeled such lasted the entire year; and might continue on thru 2012. However, the next 12 months are looking to be swamped with brand new albums from many of your favorite R&B stars, and a slew of anticipated burgeoning artists debuts.

We have compiled a list in poll form of many of these artists and their upcoming albums. Take a look after the break and let us know what YOU are excited to hear!! You may vote for as many as you like.

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