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by Mosi Reeves

March 30, 2012

R&B Teen Power

by Mosi Reeves  |  March 30, 2012

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.

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