Revisiting how Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' era set the pop industry standard

What had also become evident from Thriller, thanks to the executive-producing genius of Quincy Jones, is how each song managed to balance on a fine line of pop choruses and lyrical structuring with R&B-fueled instrumentation and sub-genres. In an internet-breaking interview with Vulture earlier this year, Jones mused about working with Michael Jackson, making some shocking accusations about the singer’s work ethic, but also mentioning something that could explain why Thriller stood out from the rest.

The School of TLC: Matching 10 of the Group's Classics With '10s Songs Modeled After Them

The music of TLC taught three valuable lessons: How to navigate the changing waves of R&B with melodic pop hooks and swagged-out, hip-hop funk; the importance of sel- love, especially for women unafraid of expressing their rights, political concerns, or true desires; and most importantly, the definition of a “scrub." One of the most successful girl groups in the '90s into the early '00s, the trio consisting of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas laid out....

From Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish' to Justin Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River': 7 Notable Pop Diss Tracks

It seems like Katy Perry decided to engage Taylor Swift with a response after all! The pop star delivered scorching lyrics on her new Witness single "Swish Swish," indicating -- as the song's lyrics suggest -- "karma's not a liar, she keeps receipts!" Although Perry has yet to confirm almost unanimous suspicions that the record targets her "Bad Blood" rival, it still carries mass amounts of shady one-liners directed at someone.

Every Beyoncé and Jay Z Duet Ranked: Critic's Take

Every Beyoncé and Jay Z Duet Ranked: Critic's Take Although their magic number is four, Jay Z and Beyoncé are celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary Tuesday (April 4). Long before the couple became a married duo, they had an extended courtship that's resulted in some of hip-hop and R&B's best collabs. The soon-to-be parents of three first started their union with "'03 Bonnie and Clyde," setting the tone for their joint artistry. Here are all of the pair's collabs ranked from least favorite to best...

A Ranking Of Beyonce's 'B' Day Video Anthology Album'

After she changed the game with the digital drop of her surprise visual LP BEYONCÉ, followed by flipping HBO (and the world) upside down with LEMONADE, many tend to forget that Beyoncé had already set the wheels in motion. Ten years ago, on April 3, 2007, the singer released the B’ Day Video Anthology Album, the first of her discography’s three visual albums. Partnered alongside the deluxe re-release of her 2006 sophomore effort, B’ Day, the set featured music videos for 13 of the album’s tracks...

Happy Birthday, Jhene Aiko! The Singer's 29 Most Unfiltered Lyrics

Since the start of her solo career in 2002, Jhené Aiko has been known for her raw, often autobiographical lyrics. The singer/songwriter is a fan of wordplay, unpacking what it means to have a soul (see her 2011 debut mixtape Sailing Souls and her 2014 major-label debut Souled Out) while offering her candid thoughts on sex, love, family and marijuana use. On Thursday (March 16),  Aiko celebrates her 29th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, here's a list of her 29 most unfiltered lyrics.

From Aretha Franklin to Beyonce, 50 Lyrics Celebrating Female Empowerment

What does it mean to be an empowered woman in 2017? Whether it's a punch line delivered by today's biggest powerhouses and newcomers or the gritty bars of the game-changing female MCs of hip-hop, every artist can agree that it's harder for a woman to make it in the industry while balancing everyday life. For these hip-hop and R&B entertainers, each act has delivered lyrics that challenge the notions of how women should conduct themselves in society while striving to be her own independent woman. Here are the Top 50.

Kehlani's 10 Most Sweet, Sexy & Savage Deep Cuts: From Mixtape Highlights to Show-Stealing Features

This week, Kehlani looks to solidify her place in the industry with the Jan. 27 release of her highly anticipated debut studio LP, SweetSexySavage. It’s been a long journey -- met with some bumps in the road -- but the 21-year-old has proved that she’s more than capable of handling the challenge. What started as a runner-up effort with a teeny-bopper band on America’s Got Talent in 2011 quickly turned into a buzzworthy streak of two critically acclaimed mixtapes...