As the fortunes of such teen artists as Mindless Behavior, New Boyz, Diggy Simmons and others rise, we're witnessing an explosion of young urban pop not seen since the mid-2000s and the glory days of the Scream package tour. Years ago, Bow Wow, B2K and Pretty Ricky performed before thousands of screaming preteen girls at arenas around the country; last fall, a revived Scream tour brought Diggy Simmons, Jacob Latimore and others to a fresh generation of '90s babies. The world of R&B has made a 180-degree shift, with some distinct changes. While Timbaland-influenced rhythm and Jodeci-like male sexuality held sway in the past, the latest resurgence is all about swag, whether it's of the L.A.-styled "jerkin'" or Dirty South-inspired variety, or resembles the kinetic dance pop popularized by the likes of Usher and Rihanna. No need to worry about profanity here: the kids on this playlist are wholesome, clean-cut, and ready for your hard-earned dollars and puppy-dog love.
R&B Teen Power
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