WTF Happened to Black Music?

While watching Steve Stoute’s The Tanning of AmericaI recalled a story done by WNYC’s Soundcheck “There Were No Black Artists With Number One Singles in 2013.” Then I thought…

Is Steve Stoute celebrating the fact that Black culture is great except for the Black people?

Tanning of America

In THE TANNING OF AMERICA: How the Culture of Hip-Hop Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy (Gotham Books; On-Sale 9-8-11), Stoute draws from his diverse background in the music industry and brand marketing to chronicle how an upstart art form – street poetry set to beats – came to define urban culture as the embodiment of cool. Steve Stoute’s understanding of how hip-hop morphed into mainstream culture enabled him to relate to a new generation of thinking, which catapulted him to the forefront of pop culture – where he still remains today.

WTF Happened to Black Music?

Black Artists in Billboard Year-End Hot 20 singles of 2013

Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko "Stay"

#13 Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko “Stay” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF8BRvqGCNs

Black Artists in Billboard Year-End Hot 20 singles of 1992

Boyz II Men “End of the Road”

#1 Boyz II Men “End of the Road” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDKO6XYXioc

Sir Mix-a-Lot “Baby Got Back”

#2 Sir Mix-a-Lot “Baby Got Back” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY84MRnxVzo

Vanessa Williams "Save the Best for Last"

#4 Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EdmHSTwmWY

TLC "Baby Baby Baby"

#5 TLC “Baby Baby Baby” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2H6pTtEVlo

En Vogue "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"

#7 En Vogue “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvTStt2WPTw

Shanice "I Love Your Smile"

#11 Shanice “I Love Your Smile” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGXxcSdsXJ4

Michael Jackson "Black or White"

#14 Michael Jackson “Black or White” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2AitTPI5U0

Mariah Carey "I'll Be There"

#16 Mariah Carey “I’ll Be There” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIt3dx4an9c

Michael Jackson "Remember The Time"

#19 Michael Jackson “Remember The Time” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeiFF0gvqcc

Ce Ce Peniston "Finally"

#20 Ce Ce Peniston “Finally” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8mm1Qmt-Y

 

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