Over the years, Rhythm and Blues has done nothing but grown in popularity. Modern day R & B can be traced back to the era of the 1980s when Whitney Houston, Sade, New Edition, and Janet Jackson were some of the main artists of the genre, a genre that arrived after the classical era of soul music.
By the 1990s the Rhythm and Blues scene exploded. One of the best times in music included both successful solo and group R & B artists in the form of Destiny Child’s, TLC, Aaliyah, Usher, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and dozens of artists who produced and created timeless music and classics that easily standed the test of time.
While the 2000s were not nearly as popular as the 1990s, but with Keyshia Cole, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Ashanti, Keri Hilson, Ciara, and others leading the way, along with top artists who made their debut during the 1990s continuing their success throughout the 2000s, it was not a disappointing era.
Within the Rhythm and Blues, comes the likes of Neo Soul, Reggae and not mention how the popularity has grown worldwide and helped create International Rhythm and Blues in various countries of Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa.