The songs we love from the first half of the year span a wide emotional and musical range, from wild percussive romps to raw pleas for empathy to Beyoncé's command to leave it all on the dance floor.
After winning a Grammy for her debut five-song short player, one of Jamaica's most talented branches out on her debut full-length.
The artist, born Terence Wilson, sang about issues of racism and poverty in the music of the pioneering reggae band.
The "Party Hard" singer goes falsetto on an inspirational new song.
From the '60s on Lee "Scratch" Perry, who died on Aug. 29, brought reggae into rootsy shape and developed his own collaborative production techniques, all of which reverberate (heavily) to this day.
Perry's brilliant and idiosyncratic career included helping to inspire the sounds of dub and rap as we know them today.
Bunny Wailer, the legendary reggae artist who founded The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, died in Kingston, Jamaica, on March 2.
The last founding member of The Wailers died Tuesday in Kingston, Jamaica. After leaving the group in 1974, Bunny Wailer cultivated a distinguished solo career.
The Puerto Rican star seems to have dug into the archives of his birth decade, the '90s, for sonic inspiration on his new album.
The Houston-born singer had his biggest American hit in 1972 — but as a fan of Jamaican music, he signed Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh and produced some of their early recordings.
The reggae star had been hospitalized in intensive care for more than a week while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.