Biggest Stars

The Weeknd
The Weeknd
CANMainstream Pop

The Weeknd

CANPopMainstream Pop
Ariana Grande
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Ariana Grande
USAMainstream Pop
Hot

Ariana Grande

USAPopMainstream Pop
Rihanna
Rihanna
BRBMainstream Pop

Rihanna

BRBPopMainstream Pop
Beyonce
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Beyonce
USAMainstream Pop
Hot

Beyonce

USAPopMainstream Pop
Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo
USAMainstream Pop

Jason Derulo

USAPopMainstream Pop
Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
USAMainstream Pop

Bruno Mars

USAPopMainstream Pop
SZA
SZA
USAContemporary R&B

SZA

USAR&BContemporary R&B
Chris Brown
Chris Brown
USAMainstream Pop

Chris Brown

USAPopMainstream Pop
Tyla
Tyla
ZAFMainstream Pop
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Tyla

ZAFPopMainstream Pop
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
USAMainstream Pop

Justin Timberlake

USAPopMainstream Pop
Rauw Alejandro
Rauw Alejandro
PRIReggaeton

Rauw Alejandro

PRILatinReggaeton
Metro Boomin
Metro Boomin
USATrap

Metro Boomin

USAHip HopTrap
Usher
Usher
USAContemporary R&B

Usher

USAR&BContemporary R&B
Camila Cabello
Camila Cabello
USAMainstream Pop

Camila Cabello

USAPopMainstream Pop
Teddy Swims
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Teddy Swims
USAMainstream Pop
HotHot

Teddy Swims

USAPopMainstream Pop
Kali Uchis
Kali Uchis
COLContemporary R&B

Kali Uchis

COLR&BContemporary R&B
(G)I-DLE ((여자)아이들)
(G)I-DLE ((여자)아이들)
KORAsian Pop

(G)I-DLE ((여자)아이들)

KORPopAsian Pop
Akon
Akon
USAContemporary R&B
Claimed Profile

Akon

USAR&BContemporary R&B
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
USAContemporary R&B

Alicia Keys

USAR&BContemporary R&B
ZAYN
ZAYN
GBRMainstream Pop

ZAYN

GBRPopMainstream Pop
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Top Artists by Radio Spins Last month

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
USAContemporary R&B

Stevie Wonder

USAR&BContemporary R&B
168.4K radio spins
SZA
SZA
USAContemporary R&B

SZA

USAR&BContemporary R&B
147.4K radio spins
Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
USAContemporary R&B

Lionel Richie

USAR&BContemporary R&B
128.6K radio spins
Donna Summer
Donna Summer
USAContemporary R&B

Donna Summer

USAR&BContemporary R&B
115.4K radio spins
Diana Ross
Diana Ross
USAContemporary R&B

Diana Ross

USAR&BContemporary R&B
93K radio spins

Most Streamed Spotify Tracks

Past Month
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Kill Bill
Kill Bill
14.5M streams
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See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis)
See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis)
11.3M streams
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Snooze
Snooze
10.9M streams
4
Moonlight
Moonlight
10M streams
5
Dark Red
Dark Red
9.3M streams
6
Sure Thing
Sure Thing
7.3M streams
7
Bad Habit
Bad Habit
6.4M streams
8
Clouded
Clouded
6.2M streams
9
Break from Toronto
Break from Toronto
5.7M streams
10
People
People
5.5M streams
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Bad Habit

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Break from Toronto

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Top Spotify Playlists

RNB X
RNB X
Spotify
6.2M followers
I Love My '00s R&B
I Love My '00s R&B
Spotify
4.6M followers
I Love My '90s R&B
I Love My '90s R&B
Spotify
3.4M followers
All The Feels
All The Feels
Spotify
2.7M followers
Love Deluxe
Love Deluxe
Spotify
2.6M followers
Chilled R&B
Chilled R&B
Spotify
2.4M followers

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      15.8K
      Contemporary R&B artists
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      6.5B
      Streams on Spotify
      YouTube
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      Views on YouTube
      Radio Airplay
      4.6M
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      Questions? We have answers

      Overview of Contemporary R&B music

      Contemporary R&B music emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a fusion of traditional R&B, funk, soul, and pop music. It was heavily influenced by the disco and new wave genres of the time. The new sound was characterized by its use of electronic instruments such as drum machines, synthesizers, and samplers, which gave the music a modern, futuristic edge.

      In the 1990s, contemporary R&B continued to evolve, incorporating elements of hip hop, jazz, and gospel music. This led to the emergence of subgenres such as neo-soul and quiet storm, which emphasized live instrumentation and a more organic sound.

      In the 2000s and beyond, contemporary R&B became increasingly influenced by electronic dance music (EDM), resulting in a more dance-oriented sound. The rise of streaming services and social media also allowed for greater exposure for independent and underground R&B artists, leading to a more diverse and experimental landscape for the genre.

      Today, contemporary R&B remains a vibrant and ever-evolving genre, with artists pushing the boundaries of what is possible within its framework. Its influence can be heard in pop, hip hop, and electronic music, cementing its place as one of the most important and influential genres of modern popular music.

      Which musicians and bands defined Contemporary R&B music?

      Throughout the history and in modern times, several musicians and bands have defined contemporary R&B music. Here are notable artists who have shaped the genre:

      Michael Jackson: The "King of Pop" blended R&B into his sound and revolutionized dance moves.

      Whitney Houston: Her powerful vocals and emotional performances made her one of the most successful R&B artists.

      Beyoncé: A boundary-pushing solo artist and former Destiny's Child member, known for empowering anthems and vocal prowess.

      Marvin Gaye: Soulful voice, socially conscious lyrics, and the landmark album "What's Going On."

      Lauryn Hill: Her debut solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" fused R&B, hip-hop, and soul, earning critical acclaim.

      Usher: Smooth vocals and dynamic performances, with the classic album "Confessions."

      Mary J. Blige: The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul" seamlessly merges R&B and hip-hop, influencing many artists.

      Alicia Keys: Soulful voice and piano skills, delivering heartfelt ballads and empowering anthems.

      D'Angelo: Innovative soul-infused R&B, showcased in the acclaimed album "Voodoo."

      These artists have made lasting contributions to contemporary R&B, shaping the genre and inspiring future musicians.

      Which songs and albums defined Contemporary R&B music?

      Contemporary R&B music has witnessed the emergence of numerous remarkable songs and albums that have redefined the genre and captivated audiences worldwide. From the early 2000s to the present day, here is a brief history highlighting some of the best contemporary R&B music songs and albums:

      "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z (2003): Beyoncé's debut solo single, "Crazy in Love," became an instant anthem. With its infectious beat, powerful vocals, and iconic horn sample, the song set the stage for Beyoncé's reign as a dominant force in contemporary R&B.

      "Confessions" by Usher (2004): Usher's fourth studio album, "Confessions," achieved massive success, blending R&B, pop, and hip-hop influences. The album's hits, including "Yeah!" and "Burn," showcased Usher's smooth vocals and introspective lyrics, solidifying his status as an R&B superstar.

      "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" by Lauryn Hill (1998): Although released in the late 1990s, Lauryn Hill's solo debut album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," continues to influence contemporary R&B. The album's fusion of R&B, hip-hop, and soul, along with Hill's introspective lyrics and soul-stirring vocals, remains a timeless masterpiece.

      "Ctrl" by SZA (2017): SZA's debut studio album, "Ctrl," resonated with audiences and critics alike. With its raw and vulnerable lyrics, blended with elements of neo-soul and alternative R&B, the album's tracks like "Love Galore" and "The Weekend" showcased SZA's unique artistry and established her as a rising star in contemporary R&B.

      "Kiss Land" by The Weeknd (2013): The Weeknd's debut studio album, "Kiss Land," propelled him into the mainstream R&B scene. With its atmospheric soundscapes, dark undertones, and standout tracks like "Wicked Games" and "The Hills," the album showcased The Weeknd's signature blend of alternative R&B and pop sensibilities.

      "Anti" by Rihanna (2016): Rihanna's eighth studio album, "Anti," showcased her evolution as an artist. Experimenting with diverse styles and genres, the album's tracks like "Work" and "Needed Me" pushed the boundaries of contemporary R&B, solidifying Rihanna's status as a boundary-pushing and influential artist.

      "A Seat at the Table" by Solange (2016): Solange's critically acclaimed album, "A Seat at the Table," explored themes of Black identity, empowerment, and resilience. With its soulful soundscapes and introspective lyrics, the album's tracks like "Cranes in the Sky" and "Don't Touch My Hair" established Solange as a visionary in contemporary R&B.

      Which music festivals and events represent Contemporary R&B music?

      Some music festivals and events that represent the Contemporary R&B music genre include the Essence Festival, which takes place annually in New Orleans and features a lineup of popular R&B and soul artists, including Beyonce, Janet Jackson, and Mary J. Blige.

      Another event is the BET Awards, which honors achievements in black entertainment, including R&B music. The festival features live performances from some of the biggest names in the genre, such as Bruno Mars, John Legend, and Chris Brown.

      Other notable events include the Afropunk Festival, which celebrates African American culture and features a mix of R&B, hip-hop, and rock music, and the Soul Train Awards, which recognizes achievements in soul, R&B, and hip-hop music.