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Black Music White Face? The Justin Timberlake Paradox – MMXLII

Black Music White Face? The Justin Timberlake Paradox

The king of R&B right now is a white guy named Justin Timberlake. With this happening the question has somehow become “Are white artists the only ones who can sell black music?”

Happening LIVE on the Huffington Post is a discussion/debate over this idea. Some think it’s a matter of whites stealing black music again, others believe good music has no color. These are some interesting points being raised within all the respective angles in this discussion. Topics such as the blending of white faces to black sounds being more marketable, as well as black artists not doing traditional R&B but trying to do more world pop music. Justin might be used as a reference to how whites are leading sales in black music until you look at the numbers Lil Wayne and Drake did for their last albums. Is Robin Thicke outselling Frank Ocean right now? So does this debate still hold true?

On an unrelated note, another interesting highlight of this discussion is that they are using Google hangout and streaming to conduct an interactive social discussion about current topics.

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