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How Come There Aren't Any Black Pop Stars?

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Arturo   Paws Up 3,554
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Beyoncé and Rihanna once made pop music. Once they went away from it they started being viewed as beautiful GP darlings. They're beloved icons now and it has to do in part with their departure from their old sound and the emergence of a new urban sound. Basically, they upgraded

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gag   Paws Up 8,994
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Another point to be made is when black artists do pop, they're still labeled as R&B, this is a large problem in the music industry.

R&B’s invention itself as a record industry marketing term for popular music made by and promoted to African-Americans back in the 1940s. Technically a lot of black artists are "pop"

FKA twigs on the topic: "When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: 'I've never heard anything like this before, it's not in a genre,'” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she's an R&B singer."

1 minute ago, JeremiJello said:

I'm gonna rephrase...

 

What I'm asking is that how come most black people sing the same kind of vocal style.

Okay now this is going into racist territory. Beyoncé does not sound the same as Tinashe. The Weeknd does not sound the same as Khalid. LIL UZI VERT does not sound the same as Kendrick. 

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bostonGUY   Paws Up 2,839
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There was Aaliyah but she died (although she was R&B)

 

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JeremiJello   Paws Up 923
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Just now, Yuuri said:

Halsey is mixed.:selena:

Oh! I forgot about her (and I stan her:giveup:)!

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HANZ   Paws Up 4,377
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I don't know but I wish we had more Asian popstars in the west

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JoanneMonster   Paws Up 4,790
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11 minutes ago, JeremiJello said:

Bruno Mars isn't black

then what is he?

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Yuuri   Paws Up 14,323
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Just now, JoanneMonster said:

then what is he?

Hispanic.

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JeremiJello   Paws Up 923
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Just now, JoanneMonster said:

then what is he?

Peutro Rican (Spanish Descent), Filipino, and Jewish

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SpookyKid   Paws Up 12,556
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11 minutes ago, JeremiJello said:

he became white

Girl, do some research bebore speaking..

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JeremiJello   Paws Up 923
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5 minutes ago, HANZ said:

I don't know but I wish we had more Asian popstars in the west

same

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Reginald   Paws Up 859
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I don't really know them well (no shade intended) but I'm pretty sure at least one Fifth Harmony member is black,  right? 

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Yuuri   Paws Up 14,323
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Just now, SpookyKid said:

Girl, do some research bebore speaking..

If you think about it, his skin tone/colour did become white, but he was still had African-American DNA. Maybe he was refering to that, although skin colour doesn't equal race.

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SlaeUrAnus   Paws Up 9,522
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Just now, Reginald said:

I don't really know them well (no shade intended) but I'm pretty sure at least one Fifth Harmony member is black,  right? 

Yep, Normani.

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River   Paws Up 10,861
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Because they can do the purest pop song ever but still be labeled as R&B.

Let's take Nicki's Starships - she labeled it as a Eurodance song but it won the Best R&B song in Teens Choice 2012, why that?

 

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JustaMonster   Paws Up 4,684
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15 minutes ago, JeremiJello said:

he became white

He had a skin condition that messed with the colored pigments of his skin and he was very self conscious about it so he tried to even out the colors by dying the rest of his skin.

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