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Best Gifts for R&B and Soul Music Fans This Christmas

From new albums to reissues of soul and R&B classics, there’s something for every fan this holiday season.

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From new records and merch to reissues of landmark albums, there’s something for every fan in this list of the best R&B and soul music gifts. Need a gift for an R&B fan? These are our picks for everything from classic soul albums to special compilations and box sets.

Janet Jackson – janet. Deluxe Edition

This 3LP version of Janet’s self-titled album, commemorates the 30th anniversary of her seminal GRAMMY® Award-winning fifth full-length album, janet. It is available in a special limited edition package with a third LP of bonus material, presented in a Tri-Gatefold with an upgraded jacket, and rarely-seen photo collage.

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Janet Jackson – Together Again Cropped Pullover Hoodie

This stylish black cropped hooded sweatshirt has a photo of Janet Jackson and a heart printed on the front. The text “Janet Jackson” is printed down the wearer’s right arm, while “Together Again” is printed down the wearer’s left arm.

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Mariah Carey – It’s A Wrap

Mariah Carey it's A wrap vinyl

“It’s a Wrap” from Mariah Carey’s twelfth studio album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel became one of the biggest Tik Tok viral moments of 2023 thanks to the Sped Up version of the hit song. It is now available on Vinyl for the first time in this 4 track EP LP. The LP features the 2009 album cut and the Mary J. Blige-assisted remix originally included as a bonus track on 2014’s Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, as well as a sped-up version and a new three-minute edit of the song.

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Mariah Carey – Mariah Pride Hat

Celebrate Mariah and Pride at the same time with this hat, which features the word “Mariah” in rainbow colors.

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Rihanna – Vinyl LPs

Rihanna Talk That Talk Vinyl

Rihanna has pressed select albums from her vaunted discography on vinyl! Check out the link below to see if your favorite album of hers is available.

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Robert Glasper – Black Radio III

Black Radio III, much like its predecessors, is a cultural moment that celebrates black love and resilience, features an eclectic group of talented collaborators, and is composed by Robert Glasper who the New York Times proclaims is “probably the most prominent jazz musician of his generation.” An innovative and essential addition to Glasper’s seminal Black Radio series.

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Muni Long – Public Displays Of Affection: The Album

Public Displays of Affection: The Album is a soundtrack of intimacy that seemed to offer an answer: You let love lead. Muni Long explains, “I am a lover. I prefer to be kind. I believe in fairytales. The reason Public Displays of Affection worked is because love was absent in R&B.” For this breakthrough project, Muni wanted to mimic the ebbs and flows of a relationship, dipping and diving between moods and sounds – which is real, because love can be tumultuous, too.

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Daniel Ceasar – Never Enough

Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Daniel Caesar effortlessly floats across the gamut of contemporary R&B with his third studio album Never Enough. Led by the singles “Do You Like Me?” (co-produced with Dylan Wiggins + Raphael Saadiq) and “Let Me Go” (co-produced with Rami Yacoub + Sevn Thomas), the Canadian savant touches on the inevitability of time and human error.

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Boyz II Men – II (Limited Edition 2 LP)

II is the second studio album by American R&B quartet Boyz II Men, released on August 30, 1994, on Motown Records. It contained the No. 1 singles “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee”, the latter of which replaced the former at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making the group the third artist to replace themselves at No. 1 in the United States after The Beatles and the first to achieve the feat in 30 years. To celebrate 29 years of the record breaking album, it has been reissued on a limited edition 2LP grey vinyl.

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Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby / I Feel Love / Hot Stuff (12″ Rainbow Vinyl Limited Pride Edition)

Donna Summer Love To Love You Baby

As 2023 would have marked the 75th birthday of Donna Summer, this limited edition 12″ rainbow picture disc single pressing celebrates her legacy in style. This single features three of Donna’s timeless global hits.

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Quincy Jones – The Dude (Limited Edition LP)

The 40th anniversary reissue of Quincy Jones’ The Dude features a tip-on gatefold jacket, and yellow vinyl with orange and red splatter. This edition of the album also comes with a lithograph of the album art.

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Kem – Anniversary – The Live Album

R&B superstar KEM, one of the most distinctive and vital voices in music today, commemorates his 20th anniversary of being signed to the Motown label with the release of his first live album. Recorded in fall 2022 at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit, Anniversary – The Live Album showcases the musical mastery and captivating vocals of one of the world’s most treasured singer/songwriters.

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Kiana Ledé – Grudges

Kiana Ledé’s relatability and poetic lyrics (set to an alluring blend of early R&B, soul, singer/songwriter, pop, and hip hop) have led to notable success, including over 1B global streams and the platinum-certified single “EX” from 2018’s Selfless EP. Grudges shows the singer at her most confident. The title represents Lede’s vibrantly multifaceted nature, vulnerability, and self-assurance.

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3 Comments

  1. hubert

    November 21, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I Like It !!!

  2. A chyra

    November 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Music non stop

  3. Vsevolod Kovalenko

    December 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm

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