I read an article recently that proclaimed that R&B was dead. This was very alarming to me as I grew up listening to R&B, and some of my major influences are labeled under this genre, so I wanted to delve deeper to find out the real facts.
Justin Timberlake, no introduction needed to be grossed 1.67 M with his latest album “The 20/20 Experience” and was the highest grossing R&B artist of 2013. This also sparked a tour with hip-hop artist and mogul Jay Z in mid-2013, and a follow-up solo tour coming in late 2013. Alicia Keys reelected an album in November of 2012 entitled “Girl On Fire” which has grossed 669 Kand had songs featured on multiple commercials, movies, and television shows. Along with these two examples, Frank Ocean, Usher, Chris Brown, Miguel and a list of other artists have also reelected albums which have actually made noise recently.
Daft Punk ft. Pharell Williams “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke/TI/Pharell Williams “Blurred Lines” are the highest grossing singles of 2013 so far. All though they have that unmistakable R&B sound, they are not classified under that genre, which leads me to ask the question, is R&B dead, or are artists just failing to classify themselves as R&B artists? This is, in my option the same situation with Nicki Minaj leaving Hip Hop to be classified as Pop. Is she not still a rapper?
This is just one man’s opinion, but hey, everyone has theirs right?