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...With a distinguished career that lasted over fifty years, Duke Ellington’s importance to the development of jazz in America and abroad cannot be overstated. Born to piano-playing parents in 1899 in Washington, D.C., Ellington began playing...

New Jack Swing

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...New jack swing is an African-American dance music that was popular in the 1980s and 1990s, driven by an emerging generation of young songwriters and producers influenced by urban street culture. Although relatively short-lived...
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...From the 1960s onward, Michael Jackson forced pop music to change around him. He was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958, the eighth of ten children. Jackson’s parents were both musical and pushed this in their children, despite raising them...

R&B, Contemporary

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘Contemporary R&B’ is being used here to subsume a broad range of stylistic innovations in African-American popular music from the late 1970s to the early twenty-first century. The diversity of its various influences and the impact...

Hip-Hop

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Hip-hop can be defined as a mass cultural movement that emerged among black and Latino youth in New York City during the 1970s and has since spread around the world. It is identified by four key elements – breakdancing (a distinctive style...