If you want to be an R&B or rap star, appear on someone else's hit record. Disco divas did it back in the day: Luther Vandross sang on a zillion dancefloor classics before he busted out with his own. But it's not so easy for today's aspiring dance music deity. America has for years insisted its club songbirds remain faceless unless they're willing to turn themselves into spectacles on the level of Madonna, Janet Jackson, the Prodigy's Keith Flint, RuPaul. We love a big freak, ignore... More >>>
By Jean Baptiste-Mondino
The more unadorned and immediate his voice sounds, the longer a posse of 23 engineers working in 13 studios must have slaved.