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Smooth Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘ smooth jazz’ describes the commercially successful, though critically derided, genre of jazz that emerged in the 1970s and became the best-selling style of jazz by the 1980s and the fastest-growing radio format...

Celine Dion's Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste

Carl Wilson

Carl Wilson is the music critic at Slate and also writes for The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The New York Times Magazine and many other online and print publications. He lives in Toronto, where he is the doorman at the Trampoline Hall Lecture Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

33 1/3 Books

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...Non-fans regard Céline Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There's...
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...The work of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan helped to reignite the movement during the 1990s with her female-led Lilith Fair tour series. Born in Nova Scotia in 1968, McLachlan was adopted and learned to play music at a young...

Elton John

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...Elton John’s professional relationship with songwriter Bernie Taupin ignited one of the most prolific musical careers of the late twentieth century. John, born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in 1947 in Middlesex, England, began playing piano...

Celine Dion

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...The French Canadian singing sensation Céline Dion dominated the 1990s with her solo albums and performance on the Titanic soundtrack. Born in Quebec in 1968, Dion’s family loved music and named her after the Hughes Aufray song “Céline.”...
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...In the 1980s and 1990s, Whitney Houston became one of the biggest selling female artists of all time. She was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1963 and her family was closely intertwined with contemporary singing stars including Aretha...

Adult Contemporary

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...The term Adult Contemporary (AC) emerged as a radio format and musical genre designation during the 1970s. Since the late 1970s it has been among the top radio formats in North America. Musically, AC has been characterized as ‘softer...

Soft Rock

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘soft rock’ refers to a style of melodic vocal music with romantic themes and lush production primarily associated with rock era singers of the so-called ‘baby boomer’ generation. Baby-boomers were born during a post-World War II...

Easy Listening

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...‘Easy listening’ refers to a range of accessible, highly polished music that celebrates professionalism and populism. First heard as background music on North American radio in the 1940s, it evolved into a genre for marketing LP albums...