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Encyclopedia > Rhythmic Contemporary

Rhythmic Contemporary, also known as Rhythmic Top 40, Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio and "Rhythmic Crossover," is a music radio format that includes of a mix of dance, and upbeat rhythmic pop, hip-hop, and R&B hits. While most rhythmic stations' playlists are comprised of that mentioned above, there are some tend to lean very urban with current hip-hop, urban pop, and R&B hits that gain mainstream appeal. For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... For Popular music (music that is popular, rather than being of a specific genre or style), see Popular music. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music which came into existence in roughly the mid 70s but became a large part of modern day pop culture in the late 80s. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Mainstream Urban, a term used to describe a radio format that similar to an urban contemporary format. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music which came into existence in roughly the mid 70s but became a large part of modern day pop culture in the late 80s. ... URBAN POP is Popular music that is traditionally urban in sound, but crosses over onto top 40 radio charts. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...


They will not play music with a harder rock sound or songs that sound too adult for their taste, leaving those songs to the conventional Top 40 stations. Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... The term adult describes any mature organism, but normally it refers to a human: one that is no longer a child / minor and is now either a man or a woman. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Another factor of the format is like mainstream Top 40, they too also attract a broad based audience. However most of its core listeners makeup a multicultural mix of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans as well as a core group of teens, young adults (mostly 18-34) and young females. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Hispanic, as used in the United States, is one of several terms used to categorize US citizens, permanent residents and temporary immigrants, whose background hail either from the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America or relating to a Spanish-speaking culture. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ...


History

The origins of Rhythmic Top 40 can be traced back 1978 when WKTU on 92.3 FM New York City (now WFNY) became a disco based station. That station was classified as urban but played a blend of disco, dance music, and pop crossovers. Back then stations playing strictly R & B materials were known as Black stations. Stations like WKTU were known as Urban. In the 1980s many Urban contemporary began to spring up. Most of these leaned R & B and away from a lot of dance music. These urban stations began sounding identical to so called Black stations and by 1985 stations that played strictly R & B product were all known as Urban stations. Still some urban outlets continued adding artists from outside the format onto their playlist. In most cases it was dance and rhythmic pop but in other cases they added a few rock songs. But it wasn't until January 11, 1986 that KPWR Los Angeles, a former struggling adult contemporary outlet, began to make its mark with this genre by adopting this approach. It would be known as Crossover because of the musical mix and the avoidance of most Rock at the time. Billboard magazine took notice of this new format and on February 15, 1987, it launched the first Crossover chart. But by December 1990 Billboard eliminated the chart because more Top 40 and R&B stations were becoming identical with the rhythmic-heavy playlist that were also being played at the crossover stations at the time. Billboard would later revive the chart again in October 1992 as the Top 40 Rhythm/Crossover chart. On June 25, 1997, it was renamed the Rhythmic Top 40 chart as a way to distinguish stations that continue to play a broad based rhythmic mix from those whose mix leaned heavily toward R&B and Hip-Hop. 103. ... WFNY is the callsign for two radio stations: WFNY, a radio station licensed to Gloversville, New York and located at 1440 AM. WFNY-FM, a talk/rock radio station in New York City located at 92. ... The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive, informally sometimes including the years 1979, 1990 and 1991. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... January 11 is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... KPWR is a radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, USA with an Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio musical format. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music, crossover is a term used to describe material borrowed from a different style or genre and whose popularity crosses the considered boundaries of styles or genres. ... This article is about the year. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Rhythmic music and Rhythmic radio, also known as Rhythmic Crossover or Rhythmic Pop, is a term used to describe a certain group of radio stations and the Billboard chart that is compiled based on airplay from those radio stations. ... In music, crossover is a term used to describe material borrowed from a different style or genre and whose popularity crosses the considered boundaries of styles or genres. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music which came into existence in roughly the mid 70s but became a large part of modern day pop culture in the late 80s. ...


For years since its inception, the Rhythmic name has been a source of confusion among music trades, especially in both Billboard (which used the Rhythmic Top 40 title) and Radio & Records (which use the CHR/Rhythmic title for their official charts). In August 2006 Billboard dropped both the "Top 40" and "CHR" name from the Rhythmic title after its sister publication Billboard Radio Monitor merged with Radio & Records to become the "New" R&R as part of their realignment of format categories. The move should also end confusion among the radio stations who report to their panels, which is expected to be modified by the end of 2006. Radio and Records (R&R) is a weekly trade magazine that tracks radio airplay from the various genres including Pop, Country, R&B and many others. ... Billboard Radio Monitor is a weekly music trade publication that follows the radio industry and tracks the monitoring of current songs by format, station and audience cumes. ...


Still there contnues to be confusion of the distinction between Rhythmic CHR stations and Young Urban stations. In New York City WQHT Hot 97 strictly plays R & B and Hip Hop. Also in that city WWPR Power 105 plays a similar format. WQHT is classified as Top 40/Rhythm while WWPR is classified as Urban. Los Angeles is similar where KPWR and KKBT have similar formats but KPWR is considered Top 40/Rhythm while KKBT is considered Urban. One possible reason for this is precedent. When Hot 97 and Power 106 KPWR began they played alot of dance music and were classified as CHR outlets. This classification continued because they evolved gradually to a strictly Hip Hop/R & B format. As a result their label never changed. The other 2 stations were strictly R & B and Hip Hop since their inception. As a result they were never labeled CHR outlets. It is thought that, if Hot 97 New York aired today with the same identical playlist, they too would be considered Urban. WQHT also known as Hot 97 is a New York based radio station. ... WWPR is the callsign for two radio stations: WWPR-AM 1490 AM in Bradenton, Florida WWPR-FM 105. ... KPWR is a radio station licensed to Los Angeles, California, USA with an Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio musical format. ... KKBT (100. ...


Still, over the years since its inception, the genre has grown and evolved but not without criticism. Traditional R&B outlets claim that the Rhythmic format does not target or serve the African-American community properly, while traditional Top 40 stations claim that the format is too urban to be Top 40. However, those claims have been all but slienced, with both R&B and mainstream Top 40 stations taking cues from the format they criticized. Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


In recent years the format has managed to carve its own niche by breaking such diverse acts such as Britney Spears, Natalie, Baby Bash, Sean Paul, Eminem, Christina Aguilera, Frankie J, Jennifer Lopez, The Pussycat Dolls and JoJo. It has also embraced other sub genres as well with the emergence of dancehall and reggaeton acts such as Daddy Yankee and Nina Sky. Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning American pop singer, dancer, occasional songwriter and actress, and author. ... Natalie on the cover of her 2005 debut album Natalie Natalie (born Natalie Alvarado September 2, 1979) is an American pop and R&B singer. ... Baby Bash on the cover of his album, Super Saucy Baby Bash, also known as Baby Beesh, (born Ronnie Ray Bryant on October 18, 1975 in Vallejo, California, USA) is a Latin American transexual rap/hip-hop artist. ... now. ... Eminem (born Marshall Bruce Mathers III on October 17, 1972) is an Academy Award-winning American rapper and occasional actor. ... Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American pop singer and songwriter. ... Frankie J (born December 14, 1980) is a Mexican American pop singer. ... Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), popularly nicknamed J. Lo, is an American actress, pop/Latin pop/R&B singer, fashion designer, and dancer. ... The Pussycat Dolls is an American female R&B group. ... Joanna Noëlle Levesque (born December 20, 1990), better-known as her stage name JoJo, is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Reggaeton (also spelled with the Spanish accent as Reggaetón, and sometimes as Reguetón in Spanish) is a form of dance music which became popular with Latin American (Latino) youth during the early 1990s and spread to North American, European, Asian, and Australian audiences during the first few years... Raymond Ayala (born on February 3, 1977 in Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico), known publicly as Daddy Yankee, is the highly successful Puerto Rican reggaeton recording artist. ... Natalie and Nicole Albino (born March 13, 1986 in New York City) are identical twin sisters who sing under the name Nina Sky. Trademark of Nina Sky Their parents moved from Puerto Rico and were divorced when the girls were very young. ...


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