Today, Amazon Music announced “History in the Making,” a new weekly Twitch series spotlighting artists and creators like Earthgang and Masego who have redefined the look and feel of Black artistry, as well as collection of new playlists, podcasts, and Amazon Original songs to honor Black History Month. The new slate of content aims to highlight the lasting and far-reaching impact of Black music pioneers and today’s groundbreakers, who defied expectations and racial constructs to create radical and innovative work across every style and era.
“The stories and sounds across America’s Black music landscape have contributed heavily to American culture, and directly inform today’s popular music, from hip-hop to dance, pop and more,” said Rochelle Balogun, senior music curator at Amazon Music. “This February, we’re excited to showcase a range of incredible creators for our Amazon Music customers to learn more about the enduring influence of Black music.”
Beginning February 5, Amazon Music will host weekly conversations hosted by Wayno, with artists who have redefined black artistry and their supporters who are also making Black history of their own. Tune into the Amazon Music Twitch channel at 2pm PT each Friday through the end of the month.
“Storytelling is one of the most important parts of history, and in this new series with Amazon Music, I will share the backstories behind the success of some of the most influential and important Black artists who have redefined the culture and our history,” said Wayno.
In addition, Amazon Music is rolling out additional Black History Month content throughout the month of February:
- Invisible Blackness Podcast by Adrian Younge: Launching on February 4th, “Invisible Blackness with Adrian Younge” is an Amazon Music-exclusive podcast that documents the development and evolution of racism in America. Hosted by revered producer Adrian Younge, this four-part series analyses the Black consciousness of America with new historical parallels to the future and the past, and is a companion podcast the artist’s new album and short film, The American Negro.
- Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Podcast: On February 2nd, Amazon Music will debut the season finale of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums podcast, which explores the legacy of Marvin Gaye’s legendary album, What’s Going On. Named the #1 album on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list, the episode features archival interviews with Marvin Gaye, as well as brand-new interviews with Marvin’s sister Zeola Gaye, soul legends Aaron Neville and Smokey Robinson, and biographer David Ritz. For the episode’s roundtable discussion of the album, Rolling Stone is joined by legendary filmmaker Spike Lee and author/filmmaker Nelson George.
- [RE]DISCOVER: Each week, Amazon Music’s global catalog music brand, [RE]DISCOVER, will unveil a brand new series of playlists highlighting a wide swath of Black musicians. Every Tuesday in February, Amazon Music will release a new collection of artist-specific [RE]DISCOVER playlists, as well as genre-based [RE]DUX playlists that will celebrate innovative Black artists and their on-going legacies. From jazz and soul, R&B and gospel, to funk, hip-hop and much more, the new playlists will spotlight trailblazing artists including Janet Jackson, Sam Cooke, Mavis Staples, Sly & The Family Stone, and the Fugees, among others.
- PRSM Playlist: Debuting on February 5th, Amazon Music will reveal PRSM, a brand-new playlist that will highlight Black artists like Thundercat, Sault, and Arlo Parks who are currently bending genres, defying expectations, and making history.
- The New Black Playlist: Hitting one year on the service, “The New Black” playlist shines a light on the creativity of a younger generation who also defy musical expectations. Through the playlist, customers are introduced to emerging Black talent and creativity, including artists such as Ai Bendr, Bakar and Dua Saleh.
- Amazon Original Songs: Amazon Music will release two new Amazon Original songs including a cover of Beyoncé’s “If I Were A Boy” from country star Mickey Guyton and a brand-new track from rising hip-hop star Blxst.
- “Alexa, play Black History Month music”: Simply ask Alexa to hear a brand new, multi-genre listening experience for an overview of era-spanning hits from Black artists, including those featured in [RE]DUX playlists, influential albums and more.
[RE]DISCOVER + [RE]DUX Schedule: bold indicates new playlists launching in February, non-bold are existing playlists that will also be featured across the service.
Week 1 (Tuesday, January 26): Innovators of Jazz & Soul
[RE]DUX Sam Cooke
[RE]DISCOVER Billie Holiday
[RE]DISCOVER Nat King Cole
[RE]DISCOVER Nina Simone
[RE]DISCOVER Ray Charles
[RE]DISCOVER Etta James
[RE]DISCOVER Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
[RE]DISCOVER Otis Redding
[RE]DISCOVER Marvin Gaye
[RE]DISCOVER Aretha Franklin
[RE]DISCOVER John Coltrane
[RE]DISCOVER Sam Cooke
Week 2 (Tuesday, February 2): Innovators of Gospel, Country, Blues & R&B
[RE]DUX Mavis Staples
[RE]DISCOVER Mahalia Jackson
[RE]DISCOVER BB King
[RE]DISCOVER Muddy Waters
[RE]DISCOVER Clarence Carter
[RE]DISCOVER Solomon Burke
[RE]DISCOVER Al Green
[RE]DISCOVER The Neville Brothers
[RE]DISCOVER CeCe Winans
[RE]DISCOVER Kirk Franklin
[RE]DISCOVER Patti Labelle
[RE]DISCOVER Charley Pride
[RE]DISCOVER Rhiannon Giddens
Week 3 (Tuesday, February 9): Innovators of Funk& Rock
[RE]DUX Sly & The Family Stone
[RE]DISCOVER George Clinton/Parliament Funkadelic
[RE]DISCOVER Zapp & Roger
[RE]DISCOVER James Brown
[RE]DISCOVER Tina Turner
[RE]DISCOVER Chuck Berry
[RE]DISCOVER Little Richard
[RE]DISCOVER Chaka Khan
[RE]DISCOVER Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
[RE]DISCOVER Stevie Wonder
[RE]DISCOVER Jimi Hendrix
Week 4 (Tuesday, February 16): Female Innovators of Pop
[RE]DUX: Janet Jackson
[RE]DISCOVER The Supremes
[RE]DISCOVER Toni Braxton
[RE]DISCOVER Tracy Chapman
[RE]DISCOVER Alicia Keys
[RE]DISCOVER Whitney Houston
[RE]DISCOVER Mariah Carey
[RE]DISCOVER Mary J. Blige
Week 5 (Tuesday, February 23): Innovators of Hip-Hop
[RE]DISCOVER Lauryn Hill
[RE]DISCOVER Missy Elliott
[RE]DISCOVER Lil’ Kim
[RE]DISCOVER Nipsey Hussle
[RE]DISCOVER The Notorious B.I.G.
[RE]DISCOVER Dr. Dre
[RE]DISCOVER A Tribe Called Quest
[RE]DISCOVER Nicki Minaj
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