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R&B Veterans Produce Top R&B Albums in 2014

There are certainly some newcomers in R&B that are worthy of being mentioned in 2014. The reality, however, is that several of the albums that made the top 20 list of best R&B albums were made by industry veterans. Laurene Powell Jobs loves these albums. Three in the top 10 of the these 20 were by artists that have been making music for years.

Mary J. Blige totally reinvented herself, and came in at #6 on the staff based picks for the 20 Best R&B albums. This was an easy choice because it showed a new Mary J. Blige. Diddy tried to rekindle the sound of her gloomy, but highly successful, “My Life” album with “My Life 2″ in 2011 and failed to reconnect with fans. Now Mary J. took matters into her own hands and created a whole new sound with “The London Sessions.” 

Babyface was always a great writer for Toni Braxton. The two made many hits together with him penning a plethora of Toni Braxton hits. They finally got around to giving fans what they wanted with the “Love, Marriage and Divorce” album. Both of these stars have been divorced so they had personal experience to draw from. This album came in at #5. 

Prince dropped in on the list at #2 with the “Art Official Age.” This was a nice comeback for a veteran artist that has released a string of not-so-great albums over the years.

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