Even before the advent of streaming, musicians rewrote the rules and delighted fans with surprise albums. Here are some that shook the industry.
With ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, Rihanna liberated herself from a predictable pop career and transformed into the fierce icon we know today.
‘Dangerous Woman’ found Ariana Grande moving into edgier territory and forging a new musical identity though genre exploration.
Rihanna’s sophomore record, ‘A Girl Like Me’, saw her evolve beyond the dancehall and introduced the world to an emerging pop force to be reckoned with.
Steeped in tradition while pushing music into new frontiers, modern R&B has infiltrated the mainstream and become the go-to sound for pop music.
From shaping contemporary R&B to overlooking his own XO label and fashion line, The Weeknd has become one of the biggest artists of the decade.