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.

The Aaliyah Appreciation Club

I wrote about an English pop singer, Katy B–whose second album just hit #1 in England–and a large group of artists devoted to the ’90s R&B singer Aaliyah. Check out the piece over at Firedoglake. Aaliyah released just three albums before dying tragically in a 2001 plane crash. Here’s her singing “Giving You More:”

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