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The likes of Black-Eyed Peas and Taio Cruz may have moved the goal posts in terms of what's described as modern R&B, but despite the huge influence of dance music on the urban scene, the inclusions of Kylie Minogue's glittery disco-pop anthem "All the Lovers," and 3OH3!'s wolf-whistling electro duet with Katy Perry, "Starstrukk," on the Warner Bros. compilation Ultimate R&B 2010 are still utterly baffling, considering that in no way, shape, or form do either fall into that category. It's indicative of the hodge-podge nature of this 40-song collection; it's supposed to be a retrospective of the genre in 2010, but its track list contains material released as early as 1997 (the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize"). But pedantics aside, Ultimate R&B 2010 is at least an unpredictable album which gathers number one hits from Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, and Flo Rida alongside lesser-known tracks from Toni Braxton, Sean Paul, and Estelle, and artists yet to breakthrough in the U.K. like Janelle Monae, Trey Songz, and Waka Flocka Flame. Highlights from the first disc include Chiddy Bang's MGMT-sampling "Opposite of Adults," Plan B's '70s soul-inspired "The Recluse," and Naughty Boy's reworking of White Town's '90s chart-topper "Your Woman." Jay-Z's ode to New York, "Empire State of Mind," Jason DeRulo's empowering synth-led anthem "Ridin' Solo" and B.o.B.'s rap-rock hybrid "Airplanes" provide the standouts for Disc Two, while Missy Elliott's iconic "Get Ur Freak On" and Tweet's club classic "Boogie 2Nite" are the best of the several retro inclusions. Featuring grime, hip-hop, electro, dancehall, and soul, and both British and U.S. artists, Ultimate R&B 2010 covers most corners of the genre, but thanks to some bizarre song choices, it's a less credible and less-focused effort when compared to similar compilations. ~ Jon O'Brien


UPC 5051865961321
Runtime 143 min.
Type Collection
Genre R&B
Sub Genre Dance
Label Warner
Number of Discs 2
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Forget You - Cee Lo Green
  • 2. Just the Way You Are [Manufactured Super Star Mix] - Bruno Mars
  • 3. Recluse, The - Plan B
  • 4. Sky's the Limit, The - Jason Derulo
  • 5. Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida
  • 6. Good Times - Roll Deep - (featuring Jodie Connor)
  • 7. All the Lovers - Kylie Minogue
  • 8. Solo - Iyaz
  • 9. Drummer Boy - Alesha Dixon
  • 10. Cold War - Janelle Mon e
  • 11. Never Be Your Woman - Naughty Boy/Emeli Sand‚/Wiley
  • 12. Starstruck - 3OH!3
  • 13. Freak - Estelle
  • 14. Opposite of Adults - Chiddy Bang
  • 15. Pyramid - Charice
  • 16. We'll Be Alright - Travie McCoy
  • 17. My Name - McLean
  • 18. Day Dreaming - Kid Sister/Cee Lo Green
  • 19. Make My Heart - Toni Braxton
  • 20. Airplanes - B.o.B/Hayley Williams
Disc 2
  • 1. Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z/Alicia Keys
  • 2. Pass Out - Tinie Tempah
  • 3. Dirtee Disco - Dizzee Rascal
  • 4. Gettin' Over You - David Guetta - (featuring Fergie/LMFAO)
  • 5. I Need You Tonight - Professor Green/Ed Drewett
  • 6. Nothin' on You - B.o.B/Bruno Mars
  • 7. Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo
  • 8. Billionaire - Bruno Mars/Travie McCoy
  • 9. Cash in My Pocket - Wiley
  • 10. O Let's Do It [Amended Album Version] - Waka Flocka Flame
  • 11. Already Taken - Trey Songz
  • 12. So Fine - Sean Paul
  • 13. Superstar - Matthew Santos/Lupe Fiasco
  • 14. Spotlight - Gucci Mane
  • 15. You're a Jerk - New Boyz
  • 16. Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.
  • 17. Get Ur Freak On - Missy Elliott
  • 18. Boogie 2nite - Tweet
  • 19. Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) - Ironik
  • 20. So Big - Iyaz
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding n/a
Artists Various

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