The SoulBack R&B Podcast: Episode 123 *Revisiting The Year 1997 In R&B*

On this week of the #SoulBackPodcast, we revisit R&B in 1997 and what was going out during that era of R&B. Names that will pop up during this conversation are Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Next, Boyz II Men, Usher, Jon B, Brian McKnight and Joe. We talk about some of our favorite albums and songs from that year and also discuss some of the sleepers that people may have forgot about. We also discuss the industry during that time and some of the trends were happening during that time.

0:00:00 – Reflecting back on the state of the industry of 19970:03:15 – Reflecting on Mariah Carey’s “Butterfly” album0:08:35 – Looking at Mary J. Blige’s “Share My World” album and Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope” album0:16:00 – Reflecting on albums from SWV and En Vogue0:21:22- Looking back at “Cool Relax” by Jon B0:26:06 – Looking at Usher’s “My Way” album0:30:00 – Reflecting on albums from Joe, Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men0:38:40 – LSG’s album0:26:05 – Looking back at 112 and Dru Hill’s second albums

0:42:00 – Debut albums from 1997 0:56:14 – Rookie Of The Year Of 19971:01:08 – Top 3 albums of 1997