r&b

Ariana Grande’s “Positions” finds her switching up her style in the best way possible

The pop star’s sixth studio album might not be her best, but that makes it all the better.

| Staff Writer

‘Ambient R&B’: Tay Altair’s musical narrative come to life

Senior J.T. Bridges is about to release his first project under his new musical persona, Tay Altair.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Album Review: “Kiss Land” by The Weeknd

Two years ago, Abel Tesfaye took the blogosphere by storm. With just a single mixtape (“House of Balloons”) under his stage name, The Weeknd, Tesfaye had the rare privilege of anonymity in a world where a few quick Google searches can unmask even the most private artists.

| Music Editor

‘Take Care’ | Drake

Aubrey Drake Graham, more commonly known as Drake, has now almost become rap royalty. Many major hip-hop and R&B artists have collaborated with him, and his debut album, “Thank Me Later,” sold a million and a half copies with only one top 10 single.

| Cadenza Reporter

‘The Age of Adz’ | Sufjan Stevens

After announcing that he would not complete the Fifty States Project—a project in which Stevens stated he would release a titled album for every state in the country—Stevens went on hiatus for several years and suggested his growing disillusionment with music, only to return with the gloriously erratic “The Age of Adz.”

| Cadenza Reporter

‘Raymond vs. Raymond’ | Usher

What happened to Usher? In 2004, the R&B singer released his hugely successful album “Confessions,” which spawned four number-one singles—“Yeah,” “Burn,” “Confessions Part II” and “My Boo.” Then, he tried to make a comeback in 2008 with “Here I Stand,” which managed to feature one number-one hit, “Love in this Club.” Now Usher has returned with his new album, “Raymond vs. Raymond,” in the hopes that he can regain his former title of R&B king. At this point, that seems highly unlikely.

| Cadenza Movie Editor

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