The New R&B Scene and alternate R&B

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R&B refers to Rhythm and Blues and is a form of contemporary music emerging from the African American community in the 1940s. We have seen a lot of pioneering in this genre of music with artists such as Rihanna and Drake being famous for their R&B songs. 


What is the scene of R&B in the world of today? I can only say this much that the scene is thriving. With artists such as The Weeknd and Johnny Rain emerging from the masses, the scene of R&B is nowhere near defunct. 

Let us take a look at the early history of R&B. Moreover, by that I mean the early 2010s. 


Continuing from the 1990s and early 2000s, R&B, like many other genres, drew influences from the technical innovations of the time and began to incorporate more electronic and machine-made sounds and instruments. The use of effects such as Autotune and new computerized synths have given R&B a more futuristic feel while still attempting to incorporate many of the genre's common themes such as love and relationships. The evolutions of the genre's production and instrumentation have spurred the successes of performers such as Beyoncé, John Legend, Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Janelle Monáe, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Tinashe and K. Michelle, who have embraced new electronic influences and kept R&B's original feel.


As this electronic element continues to grow apparent throughout the genre, many of these more contemporary artists are gaining popularity outside of R&B and continue to collaborate with non-R&B artists. For example, singer Miguel is popular in mainstream hip-hop for his many collaborations with rappers such as Wale and Rick Ross. Today's R&B is far more diverse and incorporates more sonic elements than before, as it expands its appeal and commercial viability. 

The Weeknd takes a lot of influence from artists such as Drake and yet, his style is unique in its own accord. His song, ‘Can’t feel my face’ has 518,801,406 views on Youtube alone.  His fan following is enormous and he has garnered unlikely supporters in the White House and even in Buckingham palace.

The Weeknd is however, better known for his instrumental tracks. He carries the beats of the drums with the jazzy background music with an elegant poise that others have not yet mastered.

Ariana Grande, another famous R&B singer received more than 480 million hits on her R&B beats song Focus. The teenage R&B sensation has captured the world of music by surprise. 


Another budding artist in the field of R&B, about whom not a lot of people have heard, is Johnny Rain. His song, Harveston Lake, had a mere 145,756 views but that does not mean he is bad. His style and rhythm is special and unique.



Let us look at the dark alternative scene of R&B. Remember Rihanna’s song Disturbia?  That was a fusion of contemporary pop and R&B. Lana Del Ray’s songs such as ‘Young and beautiful’ is another perfect example of dark R&B. There are dozens of playlists on YouTube of The Weeknd instrumentals that border on dark R&B.


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