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Not Even Beyoncé : No Black Artist Had A #1 Billboard Hit In All Of 2013

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no blacks on billboards hot 100 2013According to the American music industry standard singles popularity chart, Billboard Hot 100, from Billboard magazine, no African-American artist had a No.1 hit single on their charts during 2013.

Even though big artists like Beyoncé , Jay Z and Kanye West, released plenty of records in last year, not one of them made it to the top of the list, according to Billboard.

Apparently this is the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, which has been running for 56 years, that an African-American singer has not been on top of their list.

Ten years ago, the Billboard chart recorded that every single one of their top hit singles was recorded by an African-American artist, according to Chris Molanphy, feature writer and music critic, who comments about pop charts.

Molanphy goes on to write that white artists reached the number one position on the charts of R&B and Hip-Hop during 2013, a complete reversal from previous years. He added that some African-American singers were included on the singles of other artists last year.

The music critic continued that “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.”

The feature writer whose work has appeared on Rollingstone.com, NPR Music’s The Record, Slate and Billboard, wrote that Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr., will be put on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 after his death in 2011, and that has only happened once before.

Molanphy continued to write that Clemons, the tenor saxophone, also known as “The Big Man,” will be part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, when it is put into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, no living African-American artist will appear on the Hall of Fame this year, he added.