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Rhythm and blues, often abbreviated to R&B and RnB, is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular.

The term has subsequently had a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s, the term rhythm and blues was frequently applied to blues records. Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "Contemporary R&B".

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Aderiana Vasquez
2,851 plays, 38 followers

APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States

R&B, Pop, Soul

Loose Cash
2,773 plays, 59 followers

Chicago, United States

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SIERRA LEONE, United States

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Michael G
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Flame D Money (w.a.f Ent)
664 plays, 30 followers

SIERRA LEONE, United States

Hip Hop, World, R&B

384 plays, 6 followers

Chicago, IL, United States

Rap, Alternative, R&B

Aretha Henry
1,064 plays, 6 followers

Jackson , United States


668 plays, 8 followers

PHILLY, United States

World, R&B, Soul

856 plays, 13 followers

Somerset, United Kingdom

R&B, Pop

Rome Alexander
372 plays, 2 followers

Pittsburgh, United States


188 plays, 2 followers

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Saika 彩華
209 plays, 1 followers

Oceanside, United States


207 plays, 1 followers

Austin, United States

R&B, Hip Hop, Alternative

Medy Lema
53 plays, 3 followers

Manchester, United Kingdom


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