Black Music Month (also known as African-American Music Appreciation Month) is a yearly celebration of the cultural influence of Black American music around the world. Instituted by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, each year we’re encouraged to take a break and consider African American contributions to our favorite radio stations, playlists and music stores.
Atlantic Records was founded by visionaries who believed that there was value in marketing and selling music by black artists. Today we carry on that legacy as a home to many of urban music’s top musicians. Check out some of our current African American artists paying tribute to those who have come before them…
Sevyn Streeter Covers Aaliyah
Aaliyah signed to Atlantic Records in the 90s and released a string of R&B classics that continue to influence and inspire artists today. Sevyn Streeter pays homage to her legacy with her own rendition of “Come Over”.
Janelle Monáe Gives Aretha Franklin Some Respect
The queen of “electric” soul is captured here with the reigning Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Franklin helped establish Atlantic Records as a leader in R&B and Janelle continues that tradition with her funky brand of pop and soul.
CeeLo Green Hits the Road with Funk Legend Lionel Richie
Atlantic Records artist CeeLo Green is teaming up with Lionel Richie. Richie brought us hits like "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", "Sail On" in the 70s with the R&B group The Commodores. He has sold more than 100 million worldwide. This pairing is truly a testament to the power of Black American music.
Santigold Retweets Maya Angelou
Santigold recently paid homage to Maya Angelou via Twitter by retweeting “17 Maya Angelou Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be A Better Person” (Buzzfeed).
Be sure to check out our Black Music Month playlist on Spotify!