Justin Timberlake, no introduction needed grossed 1.67 M with his latestalbum "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 televisionshows. 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?
- Kevin (Konundrum Spitzz) Williams