Not one African American artists had a single no. 1 in 2013. Not one.
This is the first time this has happened in the history of the Billboard chart’s 55 years.
It represents a huge contrast to 10 years ago when a person of a color recorded every chart-topping hit. Rather, African-American artists were featured on other artists’ songs last year, such as Rihanna on Eminem’s “The Monster” and T.I. and Pharrell on Robin Thicke’s inescapable summer hit “Blurred Lines.”
In a similar role reversal, […] white artists topped the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 44 out of the 52 weeks last year.
Similarly, this year’s recent inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also did not include one living African-American artist. E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemmons will be posthumously inducted.
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Are black artists no longer making quality music, or is this an example of the majority supporting their own?
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