stylistic origins: Jazz, Blues, Traditional Pop, Gospel
cultural origins: 1940s, United States
sub-genres: 34
artists listed: 5,134
albums: 22,808
tracks: 338,853
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R&B

stylistic origins: Jazz, Blues, Traditional Pop, Gospel
cultural origins: 1940s, United States

Rhythm and Blues (R&B) is a music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences which developed within African-American communities in the 1940s and achieved mainstream popularity in the 1950s to 1960s.

By the 1970s, the term rhythm and blues was being used as a blanket term to describe soul and funk. In the 2000s, the abbreviation R&B is almost always used instead of the full “rhythm and blues”, and mainstream use of the term usually refers to contemporary R&B, which is a modern version of soul and funk-influenced pop music that originated as disco faded from popularity.

This description is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses materials from the Wikipedia articles "Rhythm and blues".

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