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Surprising fact about no Black chart presence in 2013 leaked

Billboard release surprising fact about lack of Black chart presence in 2013

In a piece for Slate writer Chris Molanphy has deduced that no lead Black artists scored a number one single in 2013. This is the first time this had happened in the Billboard chart‘s 55 years. It represents a huge contrast to 10 years ago when a person of a colour recorded every chart-topping hit.

Isn't that unusual? Molanphy wrote the following on the reasons he believes it is happening: “Music fans are playing out an unironic version of Stephen Colbert’s joke about not seeing color…and yet somehow, when the data is compiled about what we’re all buying and streaming, the Timberlakes and Matherses and Macklemores keep winding up atop the stack, ahead of the Miguels and J. Coles.”

Furthermore, he cited that white artists topped the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 44 out of the 52 weeks last year.


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