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Hot 92 Jamz
Mar 23rd, 2006, 01:31 PM
Which 1 of these current R&B singers will have a long career like Mariah & Mary J. Blige?

Mariah debuted in 1990. Maryís first CD came out in 1992. Theyíre still around and some might say better (and more popular) than ever.

That said, which 1 think of these young 10 R&B singers will still be having hits 10-15 years from now? If you want you can also post your reasons why.

Thanks! :wavey:

Oh and if you guys are wondering why I didn't include Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Usher, well I think they're already established and will go the distance. :)

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Black Mamba.
Mar 23rd, 2006, 01:51 PM
None, the current music landscape isn't really about the music, but the image. John Legend musically should have many hits in the future, but because he doesn't have the "look" people will forget about him. John Legend reminds me of Anthony Hamilton( One of my favorite artists) in that musically they are probably better than 90% of the artists out, but since they don't have that mainstream appeal they tend to fly under the radar. In the cut throat music business if you don't move units you won't last so I believe talent wise John legend should last, but I'm not sure if he'll sells enough units to last.

Hot 92 Jamz
Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:05 PM
None, the current music landscape isn't really about the music, but the image. John Legend musically should have many hits in the future, but because he doesn't have the "look" people will forget about him. John Legend reminds me of Anthony Hamilton( One of my favorite artists) in that musically they are probably better than 90% of the artists out, but since they don't have that mainstream appeal they tend to fly under the radar. In the cut throat music business if you don't move units you won't last so I believe talent wise John legend should last, but I'm not sure if he'll sells enough units to last.

:yeah: I completely agree. Career longevity in these fickle times is nearly impossible which is why Iím sure many of them will turn to acting. Omarion and Ciara already have.

Coincidentally, Anthony Hamilton is one of my current favorites but I deliberately didnít include him because he doesnít have a teen following like the 10 singers on this poll. Itís too bad that Anthony will never be appreciated they way he deserves to be appreciated. :sad:

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:08 PM
John Legend :bounce:

SloKid
Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:12 PM
If there's any justice out there then it should be John Legend.

Black Mamba.
Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:22 PM
:yeah: I completely agree. Career longevity in these fickle times is nearly impossible which is why Iím sure many of them will turn to acting. Omarion and Ciara already have.

Coincidentally, Anthony Hamilton is one of my current favorites but I deliberately didnít include him because he doesnít have a teen following like the 10 singers on this poll. Itís too bad that Anthony will never be appreciated they way he deserves to be appreciated. :sad:


I always agree with you when it comes to music. It seems like vocally these artists are average at best here is my review of each one.

Ne-Yo- He'll probably be the one hit wonder. Vocally nothing stands out

Mario- Personally I can't stand his voice and I think he's struggling trying to make the transition from a teen artist to a serious artist.

Keyshia Cole- Very very overrated IMO. She can sing, but her vocal talent is vastly overstated

John Legend- Musically the best out of the group

Ciara- Product of tight beats and catchy lyrics. Musically doesn't have the ability to sustain a long career

Trey Songz - decent

Tierra marie/Rhianna- Both are a product of the current music environment where music reps equate beauty with singing ability. They are younger versions of Amerie(One of the finest women on the planet) meaning their vocals aren't strong, but they are so fine that their beauty may take them far.


Bobby Valentino- Decent

Omarion- Isn't strong vocally I'm not sure if he can transition from teen music star to a music star that can transcend time.

Bankhead Bounce
Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:25 PM
Keyshia my baby mutha :rocker:

Williams Rulez
Mar 23rd, 2006, 03:46 PM
probably none... but if any, i'm guessing john legend or ciara (not if she keeps doing this kinda music though)

azdaja
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:21 PM
music industry has never been simply about talent and musical "ability". you can't make a prediction about an artist's career based on that alone.

Beat
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:24 PM
i don't care if she'll have a long career, but off that list i definitely like ciara best.

Dana Marcy
Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:14 PM
None, the current music landscape isn't really about the music, but the image. John Legend musically should have many hits in the future, but because he doesn't have the "look" people will forget about him. John Legend reminds me of Anthony Hamilton( One of my favorite artists) in that musically they are probably better than 90% of the artists out, but since they don't have that mainstream appeal they tend to fly under the radar. In the cut throat music business if you don't move units you won't last so I believe talent wise John legend should last, but I'm not sure if he'll sells enough units to last.

:yeah:

That's my answer also. None of them. I know that some young people may roll their eyes at the old schoolers but they don't realize that those singers and groups are the last people who will have long careers. Some of the singers on this poll have some talent but the times have a changed a lot!! With so many things to distract us and people nowadays have short attn spans and making it worse is that people don't really buy albums anymore. I read something that the money now is to be made in ring tones. :tape:

harloo
Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:27 PM
music industry has never been simply about talent and musical "ability". you can't make a prediction about an artist's career based on that alone.

I agree with you. However, it's worser these days because people nowadays just don't blindly buy albums. In the past their was a potential for longevity but todays artists are dealing with a whole new industry.

Alot of the artists longevity today will depend on the quality of work they put out. It's not a free ride anymore where a hit single automatically produces big album sales.

Rocketta
Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:40 PM
John Legend of course...he may not have a lot of hits in the future but he's golden live and will have people willing to see him play the piano and sing for some time. :yeah:

Anthony Hamilton is my current fav among the men these days. :hearts:

On his current album I love the title track and Pass Me Over. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Rocketta
Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:41 PM
and welcome the heck back Hot, I've missed you! :hug:

No Name Face
Mar 24th, 2006, 12:02 AM
hopefully Keyshia Cole :worship:

cometz9
Mar 24th, 2006, 02:49 AM
Ciara :hearts:

Kenny
Mar 24th, 2006, 05:21 AM
John Legend

Hot 92 Jamz
Mar 24th, 2006, 02:23 PM
music industry has never been simply about talent and musical "ability". you can't make a prediction about an artist's career based on that alone.

I see your point but I think you should've emphasized that the current music industry isn't about talent/ability. Veteran performers are still touring because the demand is out there. Today's music is so cosmetic that the likes of Ciara is going to have her keep her looks up to be touring when she's in her 40's, 50's and 60's. Well, that is if her core audience will still be inetrested in seeing Ciara in 2026, for example.

mandy7
Mar 24th, 2006, 02:27 PM
so happy most of these wannabe's have never reached my ears

Hot 92 Jamz
Mar 24th, 2006, 02:31 PM
so happy most of these wannabe's have never reached my ears

Just curious - are you an R&B fan? If so, who are your faves?

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 24th, 2006, 03:10 PM
out of all those artist Keyshia Cole deserves to have a long career but I guess John Legend and Ciara will probably have the longer careers :(

CooCooCachoo
Mar 24th, 2006, 03:38 PM
Only John Legend has a shot.

mandy7
Mar 24th, 2006, 03:39 PM
Just curious - are you an R&B fan? If so, who are your faves?

i don't mind it
but lately (last 5 years) everything just sounds the same :sad:

SilK
Mar 24th, 2006, 03:50 PM
I'm going for Keyshia Cole. Just because I think she has great potential.

Pengwin
Mar 25th, 2006, 05:02 PM
John Legend and Ne-Yo

SloKid
Mar 25th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Anthony Hamilton is my current fav among the men these days. :hearts:
Anthony Hamilton is great...I love his music. :D

skanky~skanketta
Mar 25th, 2006, 05:08 PM
rihanna seems to be a one album wonder sorta chick.:tape:

Stamp Paid
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:40 PM
Who the fuck is voting for Ciara??!! :retard:

Viktymise
Mar 25th, 2006, 11:03 PM
Where's Amerie on the list, i think she has the best potential really, Touch was 1 of the best r&b albums of last year if not the best and she was executive producer so id say Amerie first then Rihanna in second only because i love SOS so much

jenny161185
Mar 26th, 2006, 03:30 PM
Im going with ciara think John legend will last the distance aswell - dont have forget mariah and mary have had mjor highgs and major lows so its going to be a rocky road for anyone!

rightous
Mar 26th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Without a doubt its a throw-up between Keyshia Cole and John Legend

Keyshia has the attitude, drive and vocal ability to go far

Legend has the musical talent to be a major playa just have to wait and see

SilK
Mar 26th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Without a doubt its a throw-up between Keyshia Cole and John Legend

Keyshia has the attitude, drive and vocal ability to go far

Legend has the musical talent to be a major playa just have to wait and see

I think, honestly, 70% of the people voting in this poll do not know who Keyshia is. Which is a shame. Because she's talented. Where Ciara & Rihanna are all about the beats and the looks, Keyshia's got the talent thing going on. :shrug:

smiler
Mar 26th, 2006, 06:10 PM
I voted for Ciara because I love the baseline on "Oh", because Mario get's on my tits, and because I've never heard of any of the others. R'n'B is probably my least favourite type of music though, especially modern R'n'B it just all sounds so samey to me. :shrug:

shirley
Mar 26th, 2006, 06:28 PM
i'd say john legend

aNYthing
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:43 PM
To me, the ones deserve to have a long career are Ne Yo, John Legend, and Keyshia Cole. However, based on popularity right now, I would probably go with John Legend and Ciara.

I am also gonna say that I think Rihanna could have a lot of things ahead of her. I mean, look at Beyonce, I honestly didn't think she would be this big after her first single with Destiny's child.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:16 PM
I voted for Keyshia Cole, 'cause uuuumm, she's got the coolest/quirkiest/sexiest female talent imo. And I wish I could vote for John Legend as well, but the poll is one vote only, so I gave it to a woman. Ladies first. But who actually has the best chance in terms of mainstream success and people buying into their schtick... Ciara! But honestly, dunno if any of these peops can have a career like Mariah or Mary. That's too difficult to predict. Maybe none of them will

SelesFan70
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:49 PM
None, the current music landscape isn't really about the music, but the image. John Legend musically should have many hits in the future, but because he doesn't have the "look" people will forget about him. John Legend reminds me of Anthony Hamilton( One of my favorite artists) in that musically they are probably better than 90% of the artists out, but since they don't have that mainstream appeal they tend to fly under the radar. In the cut throat music business if you don't move units you won't last so I believe talent wise John legend should last, but I'm not sure if he'll sells enough units to last.

Mega dittos

SelesFan70
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:52 PM
Who the fuck is voting for Ciara??!! :retard:

11-15 year olds... :rolleyes:

thelittlestelf
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:18 PM
To me, the ones deserve to have a long career are Ne Yo, John Legend, and Keyshia Cole. However, based on popularity right now, I would probably go with John Legend and Ciara.

I am also gonna say that I think Rihanna could have a lot of things ahead of her. I mean, look at Beyonce, I honestly didn't think she would be this big after her first single with Destiny's child.I didn't really think she would either, but keep in mind that Beyonce is much more talented than Rhianna, especially vocally.

I haven't really been too excited over any R&B star since Lauryn Hill... and she certainly came up short of longevity :sad:.

edit: Oh, and I also love alicia keys, but she's more soul than R&B.

§CharlDa§
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:46 PM
John Legend or Rihanna.

I saw Ciara sing live, well fake to sing live, and you can't keep on a great career without a great voice and lypsinc!

rightous
Apr 2nd, 2006, 07:50 PM
I think, honestly, 70% of the people voting in this poll do not know who Keyshia is. Which is a shame. Because she's talented. Where Ciara & Rihanna are all about the beats and the looks, Keyshia's got the talent thing going on. :shrug:

I agree totally, but Keyshia is having a major promo drive in Europe so maybe that will change

Martian Jeza
Apr 2nd, 2006, 08:15 PM
I use to dislike R&B but Rihanna is more than ok ! I vote then for Rihanna.

Rachel_
Apr 2nd, 2006, 08:28 PM
Ne-Yo Ne-Yo Ne-Yo :hearts:

PaulieM
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:33 PM
none.

azdaja
Apr 2nd, 2006, 10:40 PM
11-15 year olds... :rolleyes:
and they are the ones who will make it possible for her to have a long career ;)

CJ07
Apr 3rd, 2006, 02:03 AM
I think Aaliyah was the last singer in recent times who really had a chance to last :( :sad:

tennisjunky
Apr 3rd, 2006, 02:24 AM
mary j blige

Kunal
Apr 3rd, 2006, 03:12 AM
hopefully john legend

Rocketta
Apr 3rd, 2006, 05:38 AM
ciara has about as much chance of being a long running success as I have getting into the music business. :lol:

-SheLL-
Apr 3rd, 2006, 05:44 AM
i never heard of Keyshia or Tearria...personally i think that none of the pp in the poll will have like a long career...Mariah Rox Sox...lol

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:28 AM
i don't mind it
but lately (last 5 years) everything just sounds the same :sad:

That happens in a lot of popular music. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ;) I'm just curious - what R&B artists did you like prior to 2001?

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:31 AM
Where's Amerie on the list, i think she has the best potential really, Touch was 1 of the best r&b albums of last year if not the best and she was executive producer so id say Amerie first then Rihanna in second only because i love SOS so much

Good question. Truthfully, I just forgto to include her. :o She isn't the best singer IMHO but she's a really good entertainer and has the potential to stick around for awhile, as a singer as well as an actress. :)

mandy7
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:31 AM
That happens in a lot of popular music. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ;) I'm just curious - what R&B artists did you like prior to 2001?

god that's a long time ago, lol
uhm, aaliyah, usher, tlc,
you know, the good ones :p
unfortunately 40% out of the 3 i just named is no longer with us

Grohl
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:32 AM
I think Aaliyah was the last singer in recent times who really had a chance to last :( :sad:
yes, she was!

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:34 AM
Im going with ciara think John legend will last the distance aswell - dont have forget mariah and mary have had mjor highgs and major lows so its going to be a rocky road for anyone!

I agree to an extent but Ciara and John Legend arrived on the music scene at a time where the core audience (teens/college students) are fickle. When Mariah and Mary J. Blige started they had both young and old fans. Ciara, in particular, I don't see having that many diehard fans over 30.

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:38 AM
edit: Oh, and I also love alicia keys, but she's more soul than R&B.

Do you mean that Alicia is more old school-sounding than today's hip hop-inflected R&B? If that's what you're saying, then I totally agree. :) Both Alicia Keys and Anthony Hamilton are throwbacks to the days when R&B was called "soul". :)

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:40 AM
god that's a long time ago, lol
uhm, aaliyah, usher, tlc,
you know, the good ones :p
unfortunately 40% out of the 3 i just named is no longer with us

Aaliyah, Usher, TLC. :lol: Okay, I see the kind of "R&B" that you like. :)

donellcarey
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:43 AM
In my opinion,Keyshia Cole

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:44 AM
ciara has about as much chance of being a long running success as I have getting into the music business. :lol:

What?! :eek: Do you mean to tell me, Rocketta, that you can't envision Ciara headlining in Vegas 20 years from now? Can't you see her singing "Goodies" at Caesar's Palace (Celine would've retired by then)? :angel:

donellcarey
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:44 AM
I think a soul singer's career would last much longer than a contemporary R&B singer...

mandy7
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:45 AM
"The good ones". :lol: Okay, I see the kind of "R&B" that you like. :)

the good kind :p

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:47 AM
I think a soul singer's career would last much longer than a contemporary R&B singer...

And they have. Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, among many others, are still touring - 30-40 years after putting out their first recordings.

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:48 AM
the good kind :p

I know the kind of "R&B" you like. :lol:

donellcarey
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:50 AM
And they have. Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osborne, among many others, are still touring - 30-40 years after putting out their first recordings.
Truthfully speaking,I'm listening to Aretha Franklin these days...And Peggy Lee...I don't know if it sounds out of date, but they sounds nice

"You'd better think, think about what you're trying to do to me..."

Aretha rocks! :bounce:

Rocketta
Apr 3rd, 2006, 04:13 PM
What?! :eek: Do you mean to tell me, Rocketta, that you can't envision Ciara headlining in Vegas 20 years from now? Can't you see her singing "Goodies" at Caesar's Palace (Celine would've retired by then)? :angel:

Yup, her and Ashanti. :o

Stamp Paid
Apr 3rd, 2006, 04:47 PM
the good kind :p

Usher and TLC are as R&B as Avril Lavigne is rock....:o

Stamp Paid
Apr 3rd, 2006, 04:52 PM
And there must have been a lot of Europeans who voted in this poll.....:o

azdaja
Apr 3rd, 2006, 05:17 PM
what's wrong with r'n'b/hip hop crossover? it was arguably one of the best things to happen to the world of music over past dozen of years.

Rachel_
Apr 3rd, 2006, 09:56 PM
Ciara and Rhianna are good looking and can sing in tune....

Keysha Cole makes good records has a v. good voice but in Mariah's league...i think not!

Jon Legend has a timeless classic style he culd be around for a while... :D

And Ne-Yo is a very talented songwriter for himself and others and will have a wicked career! :D

harloo
Apr 3rd, 2006, 10:46 PM
ciara has about as much chance of being a long running success as I have getting into the music business. :lol:

Ciara better make good use of her dancing skills because dem pipes are :tape: . I give her two more albums before her records starts hitting the walmart bins.

Black Mamba.
Apr 3rd, 2006, 11:09 PM
Rihanna is fine though and she's sponsored by Nike too.