Also, the last time I checked Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Usher, and Neyo are standout talents in R&B. In fact, they are even recognized by many whites (I'm only stating this b/c the author of this article has a habit of correlating success and talent with white mainstream acceptance). The five artists I just mentioned above are some of the most recognizable music artists in the world and the first four have been lauded for their talent by critics and fans alike for OVER A DECADE and are STILL MAKING MAINSTREAM HITS. Again, this article was clearly written by someone who simply does not like R&B music so even though an artist like Beyonce or Usher are clearly INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS they want to still deny that R&B has legit talent that is ALSO a success. Why should today's R&B artists be pressured to be like artists from the past (which would actually be a cliche in and of itself) but pop singers like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga (aka Madonna 2.0) not be subjected to that same scrutiny? What about The White Strips, Arcade of Fire, All American Rejects, Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, Bon Iver, and the countless number of rock bands that can overlap each other in style, look, and content? Should they be gunning to sound like the Beatles or Rolling Stone or Guns n Roses, or Queen, or Nirvana? In fact its almost hypocritical and nonsensical to criticize modern R&B singers for not being original, cliche, sappy, or corny then turn around and say that they should be trying to duplicate what R&B legends from the past did. How would that be original? In fact, r&b artists of today are actually showing their innovation by NOT completely copying the style of their ancestors. For example, Mary J Blige was quite innovative in that she took an old school vibe and sound and mixed it with hip hop to create a more street savvy sound which was more grittier than the Mary Jane girls' disco or Chaka Kahn's funk. It was new and fresh at the time she came out and spoke to a new generation. Now New Jack Swing has given way to R&B/Hip Hop and R&B/Techno hybrids for mainstream radio as well as a reemergence of Neo Soul, Motown, Funk or Jazzy sound on the underground end. The innovation is there, nut if you never cared for the genre, like if you don't care for rock, pop, or country, you will never care to notice it.