#Forward20

You probably think of Rihanna as just a recording artist. But you’d be wrong. Rihanna is a multimedia artist who uses multiple platforms, including her social media accounts, to entertain, tantalize and even to support various causes. Rihanna is the perfect artist for the digital age. While her music may reference both Janet Jackson and […]

It makes sense that Janelle Monae doesn’t recognized the normal barrier of time and space and considers herself an otherwordly spirit. Her music and style transcend normal boundaries to transport the listener to a different head space. Or, if we were considering a more earthly plane, Monae could very well be the result of the […]

Fayetteville, N.C. native Jermaine Lamarr Cole, better known to hip-hop fans as J. Cole, is one of the the new young guns of hip-hop. Just 30, Cole has established himself as one of hip-hop’s most thoughtful artists as well as one of its most prolific lyrically. He’s released three studio albums and four mixtapes thus […]

Miguel can’t be placed into a box. If you listen to the singer, songwriter and producer’s albums, you’ll find that the California native’s sound has a multitude of flavor which includes Hip-Hop, electronic, soul, funk, pop and rock. Signing with the then Jive Records in 2007, Miguel’s career didn’t begin to flourish until well after […]

Ariana Grande has been on fire. Her smash single Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) soared to the top of the Billboard charts last summer, and she followed it up with another smash hit when Jessie J released the surefire hit song Bang Bang (feat. Grande and Nicki Minaj).” Her career started in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the […]

Over the last couple of years, the UK has provided us with a steady stream of talented artists that have taken over the American airwaves- Labrinth, born Timothy McKenzie, is no different. Although relatively new to the masses, Labrinth was raised, along with his nine siblings, in a musical family rooted in the sounds of […]

In the contemporary music scene, artists come and go. There aren’t a lot of acts that have been in the game almost 20 years and are still relevant. And there aren’t many who can stay on top when there are constantly new artist coming for their crown. But Beyonce has held it down for the […]

Mali Music has been around for years. Seven to be exact. Mostly underground and quietly in the black church. But it was his performance at the 2013 BET Awards that got “us” talking. A year later and Jennifer Lopez would call to invite him to perform on American Idol. And that’s when the world took notice (his single sales jumped overnight […]

Some artists are here for the short term and others are around for the long haul. But sometimes, when its still early in an artist’s career, it can be hard to tell the difference. During June, Black Music Month, our #Forward20 are the artists that we think will survive musical trends and changes to remain […]