Many of R&B's finest historically doubled as social documentarians. Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Edwin Starr - even the Temptations - sang about love and struggle. By comparison, the majority of today's soul singers push hard realities
Kurt Cobain once confessed that when he saw the Japanese pop group Shonen Knife for the first time, he was reduced to an uncontrollable 13-year-old girl seeing the Beatles. For the other Japanese pop-tart band, Pizzicato Five, a first visit to the states
The introduction of R&B singer Mya into popular consciousness has been a gradual and deliberate effort. She entered as an R&B pop confection at age 18, appealed to dancehall and hip-hop heads with her cover of Beenie Man's "Girls Dem Sugar."