I’m trying to figure out what happened to ‘Black’ music’s commercial appeal in those 10 years. The 12 songs that were the #1 song were Hip Hop/R&B songs. Usher became the first (and still only) Black artist to go Diamond in the digital age. What happened?
Ciara had a legit comeback with her last album but for some reason it didn’t really crossover into mainstream (white, college aged) audiences so many people dismissed her as a dud (Charlamange Tha God, Kid Fury), when the truth is her songs would have been way bigger hits if they got some spins on top 40 radio and maybe some Award show performances. Miguel and Frank Ocean are probably the most recent cases of New-ish Black artist crossing over but they had controversies that helped boost the careers (Frank coming out and Miguel’s leg drop).
At the end of the day the Grammy Awards really don’t matter but the influence, money, and dominance is whats really important to me. I’m just wondering how we can monetize our music better, push it more, and get back on top like the days of 50 Cent and Nelly. Beyonce, Rihanna, Usher, and Chris Brown need some real competition to make themselves better instead of them just ruling Black Pop Music.