Book review: an unvarnished life of Aretha Franklin

Warts and all, a comprehensive and accurate account of a life

From the Grammys to Cold Specks, Canada is in an R & B moment

Why Canadians are going abroad for international recognition

Return of the mack

In 2011, R&B gave way to Eurodisco. Here’s why it’s coming back.


American idol, American idolatry

The highlight of last night’s American Idol was a contestant’s performance of “Footprints in the Sand”, a song that hit big for Leona Lewis as a charity single in 2008. Many viewers were probably surprised to learn that Simon Cowell, a man famous for his no-nonsense, unsentimental persona, actually had a writing credit on this piece of sentimental nonsense.