January 23, 2013 at 11:28 am #387381
For years and years everybody always called Whitney Houston “The Queen of R&B/Soul” music; with Aretha Franklin always quoted as being “The Queen of Soul”. So my question is with Fraklin mostly inactive in music now and Whitney sadly passed, who do you consider to be the “new” Queen of R&B/Soul music?
I’ve heard Mary J. Blige mentioned, but lately some people have given this title to Beyonce, Mariah and others.
Who do YOU consider to be the true Queen of R&B? Should Whitney retain this title in death as a legacy?January 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm #387383
Whitney will always have this title.
However, if I had to choose a runner up, it would be between Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Beyonce? no.January 24, 2013 at 6:15 am #387384
This title will always belong to Whitney Houston.
Mary J. Blige would be runner-up.
Hell-to-the-no for Beyonce and Mariah Carey.January 25, 2013 at 4:47 am #387385
It’s obvious someone is letting their bias take over (as evidence by the now cliched puking face).
If you look at things like influence/impact, chart succes, longevity–things that matter–it would be Mariah followed closely by Mary J. Blige at this point. Beyonce I guess is in the running in the future, though it is telling that she had pretty much flop album only four albums into her solo career. Alicia Keys could also be in the running, but her overall popularity and impact seem to be dying down.
The issue with Whitney (the same issue with a Mariah) is that a lot of their music that made an impact (even on the R&B charts) was more pop oriented. There are many female artists who are defintely more R&B/Soul (Cox, Scott, Evans, heck, even Toni Braxton) that would be more “fitting” for the title had they gained more commercial success, popularity, and longevity a’la Whitney, Mariah, Beyonce, etc…January 25, 2013 at 7:17 am #387386
Mariah and Whitney weren’t as successful as Mary J. Blige on the R&B front. According to Billboard back in 2010, Mary was the most successful female R&B artist and second most successful artist (behind R. Kelly) of the last 25 years. Mary is still able to sell decent amount of albums, too. Mariah and Whitney made R&B music, but they were mainly pop artists. Mary is a true R&B artist, through and through. I would give her the title before them. Them selling more units than her thanks to pop/crossover success doesn’t meant anything when we’re talking about R&B music. Also, on the up & coming R&B females (Melanie Fiona, Elle Varner, Jazmine Sullivan, Keyshia Cole, K. Michelle, etc.), I definitely see more Mary influence than any other female artist.January 25, 2013 at 10:39 am #387387
I would have thought that Billboard would have said that Janet Jackson was more successful than Mary J. Blige if they were basing it on #1 R&B hits.June 6, 2017 at 3:24 pm #1202112715
Sis beyonce never had a flop album, all her albums debuted number one the billboard charts, plus Dangerously In Love could be diamond but she hasn’t had time vertify it yet????✌June 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm #1202112729
I’d like to add another name to the list of contenders: Alicia Keys. She belongs on this list imho.June 6, 2017 at 5:32 pm #1202112796
Whitney, Mariah, and Beyonce are bigger than just R&B/Soul. They are POP icons who happen to make rhythm and blues.
MJB and Aretha will forever be the Queens. For one, each have been consistent since day one.
Aretha was snatchin’ wigs left’n’right back in the 60’s & 70’s. No one could touch her. Even today her impact is still relevant.
MJB has one of the best catalogs in music history. Classics on top of classics. Hit after hit. Untouchable.June 6, 2017 at 5:43 pm #1202112806
It definitely belongs to Mary J Blige. If only Brandy or Alicia Keys maintained poplularity they’d be easy shoo-ins for the title.June 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm #1202113982
Don’t you think it is a mistake to label Whitney as a pop artist who does some R&B? I think Whitney is clearly an R&B soul artist who happened to cross over into the mainstream. Her vocal range and voice is clearly that of an R&B artist. Her songs were R&B songs, that happened to cross over into the pop charts.June 11, 2017 at 6:17 pm #1202117647
I think Whitney was kinda pop. I mean, her biggest hits weren’t really “r&B”. Same with Bey and Mariah. They just get the R&B label because they’re black.June 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm #1202117721
LMAO. Toni Braxton was the original Queen of R&B in the 90s till she was not. Whitney was hardly R&B. Neither is Mary “scream till hoarse” J Blige who is more hiphop/soul than R&B. MJB was hardly a viable player in the game till she started selling her “woe is me” story after No More Drama. Half of her Grammys are won by riding the coattails of other artists. So yeah overrated as fuck.
And none of the other girls (Mariah, Beyonce) listed are “new” or R&B.June 16, 2017 at 9:41 pm #1202123813
I’d say Mary or Toni, but Mary would be in front due to her music still selling reasonably well as opposed to Toni. As far as the new girls, Tamar, K. Michelle and Jazmine are the two clear front runners for me, but that just might be due to my Tamar bias.