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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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THISISRNB’s TOP 10 R&B ALBUMS OF 2011

For all the mainstream / commercial R&B listeners and fans, this list is for you. As we stated below, when beginning our end of the year top albums list, we felt it best to break it down between two categories, R&B and Soul, and R&B would cover the more mainstream releases. As with all our lists, this is our personal opinion and not meant to be taken as end all be all. So, take a look at our list of the “Top 10 R&B Albums of 2011″ below, and let us know your opinion and your choices.

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THISISRNB’s TOP 10 SOUL ALBUMS OF 2011

It felt like 2011′s theme was ‘what is and what isn’t R&B,’ and what can we consider to label under these two letters. This discussion seemed to be happening every month, but it really fit under a much larger discussion of genre blending, mashing, mixing, and why we are forced to choose industry bred classifications in this era.  When attempting to begin the reviewing and discussions of what were the years top or best albums, we decided to stick to the basics and separate it into two lists -  “R&B” for the mainstream/commercial releases and “Soul” for well Soul/Neo-Soul and Urban AC releases. After the break is our “Top 10 Soul Albums of 2011.” As with all our lists, these are our personal opinions, not meant to be taken as end all be all.  So, take a look at the list below, and let us know your opinions and your choices.

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THISISRNB’s TOP 10 R&B MIXTAPES OF 2011

2011 has been an incredible year for music, and especially R&B. Some great and some promising newcomers have emerged, and today’s established acts released a lot of solid material, with a select few delivering exceptional releases. To kick off our first ever end of year lists, we are starting with 2011′s Top 10 R&B Mixtapes. This was the first year mixtapes were a large part of the R&B and Soul genres, and the idea of “free” albums has had a major impact on what we listen to, and how we discover new talent. These lists are only our personal opinions and not meant to be taken as end all be all. Take a look at the list below, and let us know your opinion and your choices.

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