The fashion and style of New Jack Swing was an integral part of the genre's worldwide appeal. This photo essay presents some of the biggest names looking their finest.
There is no throughline to the best songs by David Sylvian. But it's that inability to be pinned down that has made his work so fascinating for so long.
The album was both a celebration of the joys of success and a testament to the wounds it can never heal.
This classic song found Nina Simone highlighting Black happiness and optimism in the face of the tumult and turmoil happening outside her window.
After experimenting with electronic music and writing darker and more abrasive songs throughout the 90s, U2 returned to form with the soaring 'Beautiful Day.'
An introduction to the man who brought an elegant style and rhythmic grace to the trumpet, in addition to a fragile, unique singing voice that made him a jazz celebrity.
An introduction to an artist with an ear for a killer melody and a voice ready to breathe fire into it.
The singer's influential approach has birthed a whole generation of artists that have followed her unique vocal style.
“This would be the next generation’s rock’n’roll, but what would be its soundtrack?” says ‘Hackers’ director Iain Softley.
In the short span of her career, Amy Winehouse forged a soulful pop template that has spawned countless imitators, but there is only one Amy.
In a world where Black women are consistently expected to compromise, Dinah Washington made few.
From indelible images to perfect portraits, the 100 greatest album covers provoke and awe just as much as the contents inside.
How the legendary soul imprint worked to make some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most celebrated and inspiring speeches available on record.
The best Isaac Hayes songs revolutionized soul music, spearheaded symphonic soul and helped to invent the Blaxploitation genre.
Chess Records laid the foundation for rock’n’roll, and its influence can still be felt today, as this guide to the 10 best Chess blues records shows.