Solanges, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, More Lead Nominations For BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards

BET has announced the nominations for the upcoming 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories, an annual celebration that recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. This year’s most nominated artist goes to Solange, who secured seven total nods including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted […]

Michael Jackson, George Michael, Prince and more: readers share their favourite albums turning 30

This week marks 30 years since Michael Jackson’s Bad album confirmed the King of Pop as one of the most successful artists of all time. But Jackson was not the only artist to produce a classic 1987 album. Both the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy enjoyed successful hip-hop breakthroughs, Bruce Springsteen released his ultimate break-up album, and the Morrissey/Marr partnership managed one […]

The RIAA Celebrates The Weeknd’s “Starboy” Going 2X Platinum

It’s safe to say that Canadian R&B/Pop artist The Weeknd is killing ’em. Recently, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recognized the international superstar for the success of his latest album, Starboy, which is now certified 2X platinum. In addition, the “Starboy” single is 5X multi-Platinum, “I Feel It Coming” 2X multi-Platinum and “Party Monster” and “Reminder” are […]

Mary J Blige: Strength of a Woman review – R&B star conjures some of her old magic

Mary’s back! Queen of the quivery vocal, doyenne of done-me-wrong R&B, teacher of lung-wobbling lessons in love. Strength of a Woman is her 13th studio album, following The London Sessions (2014), on which she showed how good her vocals sound atop British electronic beats. Here she finds a (mostly) sweet spot between contemporary production and her classic […]