Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper Among The Artists Included In The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry

Written by on March 21, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper, and Curtis Mayfield were among the recording artists whose albums were added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

Every year, the Library of Congress handpicks 25 recordings that have been deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to be recorded in the National Recording Registry. To qualify, the recording must at least be 10 years old.

“The National Recording Registry honors the music that enriches our souls, the voices that tell our stories and the sounds that mirror our lives” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement, CNN quotes. The Library of Congress now boasts 525 titles from almost 3 million pieces of recorded sound. The Library and its collaborators are working hard to “preserve these sounds and moments in time, which reflect our past, present and future.”

Jay-Z’s sixth studio album, ‘The Blueprint’, was recently included in the registry because it “demonstrates Jay-Z’s range, from battle raps throwing shade on his lyrical adversaries such as Nas and Prodigy of Mob Deep, to triumphant anthems about life at the top, to heartfelt examinations of his personal history.”

Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 album ‘She’s So Unusual’ also made the cut. Other recordings that were archived in the registry were Mayfield’s ‘Superfly’, Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’, Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘September’.

Meanwhile, Jay-Z leads the lineup for the upcoming Woodstock 50 Music and Art Fair. Other headliners include Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, The Black Keys, The Killers, and Halsey.

The event is celebrating its 50th year, having first started on August 15 to 18, 1969 in New York, CNN reports. It was first inspired by movements promoting civil rights, women’s rights, and anti-war campaigns.

“We’ve lined up artists who won’t just entertain but will remind the world that music has the power to bring people together, to heal, to move us to action and to tell the stories of a generation,” Michael Lang, Woodstock co-founder, said.

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