Why are People Ignoring Mary J. Blige?

I wrote a piece for Salon about the new Mary J. Blige album and the strange treatment of R&B in the music press. Read it here. Check out Blige’s explosive “Power Back” below, a song that shows her perfectly at home in a pop climate dominated by DJ Mustard.

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Slinky Tunes from Marian Hill, Adrian Marcel, Sevyn Streeter

Disco is everywhere. But a different kind of R&B is also becoming prominent, trading in disco’s lush bounce for a slinky, cavernous feel. I wrote about the trend here, using songs from Marian Hill, How To Dress Well, Sevyn Streeter, and Adrian Marcel as examples. Marian Hill’s “One Time” below.

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