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Contemporary R&B - 1980s

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Contemporary R&B - 1980s


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The combination of Rhythm and blues (R&B), Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Pop Music that originated after the decline of disco in early 80s. The top artists of this genre during included Michael Jackson, Prince, Jermaine Jackson, The Whispers, The S.O.S. Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool & the Gang, Yarbrough and Peoples, Smokey Robinson, Rick James, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dazz Band, Evelyn King, Marvin Gaye, Mtume, DeBarge, Midnight Star, and Freddie Jackson.

Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson released several hits that made it to the top charts. Janet Jackson's third studio album Control (1986) fuses the rhythmic elements of funk and disco, along with heavy doses of synthesizers, percussion, sound effects, and a rap music sensibility; leading to the incorporation of stylistic rap over the next few years, thus making Janet Jackson one of the leaders in that development that was also known as new jack swing.

The Jacksons were the most prominents artists of the genre with Michael Jackson's release of Bad (1987) which sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and Janet Jackson's 1989 album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, helping continue the development of contemporary R&B into the 90s also with artists and bands such as Mariah Carey, Witney Houston, Boyz II Men, TLC, SWV among others.

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