2012: the year of R&B/soul evolution

PHOTO Karl Walter/Getty DESIGN: Samantha Smith/CBC Music

“As a musical genre, R&B/soul doesn’t seem to get the same love and recognition in the eyes of the mainstream — and hasn’t for what seems like a while now. You can argue that contemporary pop music, with its more-than-liberal borrowing of soul music sensibilities, has made it harder for the straight-up R&B singers to shine in the mainstream commercial spotlight.”

My year-end round up of all things R&B/soul is up over at CBC Music. Miguel, Frank Ocean, the Weeknd: this year was a good year for the genre in the mainstream and this piece reflects that. On to 2013!


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