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In its heyday, Billboard's R&B chart credibly reflected the tastes of the genre's core fans, paving the way for artists like James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Prince, and Whitney Houston. But now, a new digital methodology has rendered the tally a shell of its former self, replete with dubious racial and cultural consequences. Chris Molanphy details the chart’s storied history and discusses whether it can be fixed in our latest feature, "I Know You Got Soul".
In-depth and interesting to the last drop, though I have to say that all this hand-wringing isn’t really about R&B, or the charts: it’s about changes in entertainment consumption, data analysis and an overabundance of choice.
Yes, this is the long tail era, but no, we have not yet figured out the best way to measure that. Monoculture may be gone in one sense, but the dominance of certain songs on a chart like this has everything to do with the proverbial rich getting richer. Goodbye middle class.
Apr 8, 2014
@ 3:40 pm
For a while now, Microsoft flacks and outside security experts have warned that continuing to use XP is the computerized equivalent of licking an expired Stouffer’s lasagna off the floor of a Bangkok whorehouse.
This is hilariously accurate.
Mar 27, 2014
@ 3:40 pm
"What the… I don’t… uhhh… it’s cool, I guess?"
My reaction while watching the Star Wars “Imperial March” performed by some old floppy drives.