::Contemporary R&B


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Contemporary R&B, also known as simply R&B, is a music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues, soul, funk, pop, hip hop and dance.

Contemporary R&B has a polished record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, an occasional saxophone-laced beat to give a jazz feel (mostly common in contemporary R&B songs prior to the year 1995) and a smooth, lush style of vocal arrangement. Electronic influences are becoming an increasing trend and the use of hip hop or dance-inspired beats are typical, although the roughness and grit inherent in hip hop may be reduced and smoothed out. Contemporary R&B vocalists are often known for their use of melisma, popularized by vocalists such as Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder,<ref name="Kustombeats"/> Whitney Houston<ref name="Kustombeats"/><ref name="NewYorker"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> and Mariah Carey.<ref name="NewYorker"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>The 100 Greatest Singer of All Time : 79 – Mariah Carey at the Wayback Machine (archived March 24, 2010). Rolling Stone. November 12, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008.</ref>

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