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In Memoriam: The Notorious B.I.G.

on March 9, 2022 - 10:08am

May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997

Come May 2022, Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G., would have celebrated his 50th birthday. It’s a sobering milestone to mark without the King of New York; as time has passed, the Brooklyn-born rap icon’s star has only blazed brighter. Once an international superstar, now a global legend — 25 years after his death, Biggie remains a historical figure on a throne among music’s most influential names.

Celebrating: Donny Hathaway

on February 25, 2022 - 4:23pm

By the time Donny Hathaway signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1969, a deep-rooted musical foundation was already set in-place. As a skilled pianist, jazz musician, and a session producer at Curtom Records, his gift lent itself to the arrangements of a whole host of classics. Once he embarked on his solo musical endeavors, his legacy and imprint on the ‘70s seemed simply predestined.

Donny cultivated a deep discography of larger-than-life soul hits throughout his career, always seeming to make instrumentation and the voice merge as one smooth take. Pair together his

Celebrating: Otis Redding

on February 15, 2022 - 1:06pm

Within the first 30 seconds of Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness,” weariness appears as a motif. It’s invoked through both the track’s lyrics and Redding’s classic croon. It’s no blanket of blues, though; this theme is picked up, pumped up and paraded over a band like only the King of Soul could have managed.

This is the driving force behind any track by the Georgia-grown visionary and entertainer — Otis’ live-theatrical sensibility remained within every verse and hook he sang. It was this ability to perform within and around the voice — practically, within the structures of Soul music

New Music Friday: Portugal. The Man, Ed Sheeran x Taylor Swift, alt-J & more!

on February 11, 2022 - 7:18pm

It's New Music Friday!

Each week, we'll give you the rundown of the best new music, videos, and releases from Atantic Records artists.

Here's what's in store for today!

Portugal. The Man - What, Me Worry? - Get It Now

Ed Sheeran - The Joker And The Queen (feat. Taylor Swift) - Get It Now

alt-J - The Dream - Get It Now

Kodak Black – Grinding All Season - Get It Now

Vance Joy - Don't Fade - Get It Now

A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - Non Judgmental - Get It Now

OhGeesy - Appetizer - Get It Now

Garrett Nash - The Middle of Nowhere - Get It Now

Fred again.., India Jordan - Admit It (U Don't Want

Celebrating: Aretha Franklin

on February 7, 2022 - 11:22am

Far before Aretha Franklin first joined the Atlantic Records family in 1967, far before “Respect," her star soared.

Known among industry titans and peers as one of the foremost upcoming Gospel acts, it was her early dedication and care to the craft that destined her for greatness beyond the records, on a truly global level.

At a young age, Aretha advocated for Black liberation through action. Her early days touring alongside Harry Belafonte for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw her using more than just her voice to amplify a message of political and social change.

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