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Black Music Month’s Best: 10 African-American Moguls Who Work Behind The Music

June 12th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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You bob your head to their beats, pay to see the artists in concert and grew up on their musical influence. We love them for what they do behind-the-scenes of your favorite songs and artists.

They might not be in the spotlight of the music industry, but have shined off-stage with their talent. In celebration of Black Music Month, here are a few music moguls who have made a name for themselves in the background of the music industry.

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Bernard Belle

As the brother of R&B singer Regina Belle, producer and songwriter Bernard Belle got his start as an R&B guitarist behind the group The Manhattans. After his beginnings, Belle went on to produce and write music with Teddy Riley in the mid to late 1980s, credited with co-writing Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time” and soon became one of the production pioneers of the New Jack Swing music era of the 1990s, producing and writing for Al B. Sure, Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle and many others.

Don’t Tease Us: Janet Jackson Talks About The 20th Anniversary of “janet.” And Mentions New Music!

May 19th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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I can still remember when the Control album came out and you’re telling me janet. is 20 years old?! Someone hand me a cane because I must be old as…anyway.

Janet Jackson spoke with Billboard about the 20th anniversary and where she was mentally during the creative process.  If you’re old enough to remember (don’t leave me hanging, I know some of you are), janet. hit a very high sexual peak.  Some of the songs we could only sing while our parents weren’t around or with headphones in our rooms…with the door closed. Yes, that was intentional on Janet’s part:

“I can’t believe it is already 20 years! I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time. I wanted to allow people in… I want my fans to really know me. The ‘janet’ album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me.”

Yes girl, don’t we know it! From the clear lyrics to the dance moves, Janet let us know what was on her mind and what she wanted to do about it. Producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were geniuses in how they put it all together for her.

But what does she think about artists like Kendrick Lamar who’ve sampled her music and given their take on it?

“I have listened to the music that is out there and I love Kendrick’s “Poetic Justice.” There are artists, true performers that have come before me who have been a big inspiration to me. I hope I do the same for others.”

Oh and about that new music? It wasn’t much but Janet gave just a glimmer of hope:

“I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music.”

Don’t be mad at me, fans – I told you it wasn’t much! But if you still get excited about the idea of a new Janet Jackson album, it sounds like you have something to look forward to!

Did you own the janet. album? If so, what was your favorite song? Would you buy a new Janet Jackson album or do you think her time has passed?

It Was Great While It Lasted: 6 Memorable R&B Musical Divorces

December 12th, 2012 - By Jasmine Berry
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As an artist, finding a producer who can bring out the best in your voice and arrange hit records is hard. And for those lucky few who do, staying together can be even harder. For the artists on this list, we loved the music they made with their producers, but just like divorces in real life—some we hated to see separate, while others were clearly for the best.


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Brandy and Rodney Jerkins

Although Rodney Jerkins didn’t begin working with Brandy until her second album “Never Say Never,” the musical match helped boost her into super-stardom. Together they made a unique sound and we all loved it. With hits like “The Boy is Mine,” “What About Us?” and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” the duo was on a roll. So, we were all surprised when the two went their separate ways after the success of the “Full Moon” album.

On Brandy’s fourth studio album, “Aphrodisiac,” Jerkins did not produce one song; instead she turned to producer Timberland to create the majority of the CD. The album had little success, and she returned to Jerkins and the Darkchild crew to produce her fifth studio album “Human,” but it was too late, the musical magic was long gone between the two. The reason they parted ways in the first place is still a bit unclear, but tension remains high between the two judging by the brief run of Brandy’s family reality show when they had dinner together.