Streaming Starboy: Physical Album sales and digital downloads are down. But more people are listening to more music than ever, which presents staggering opportunities to artists like the Weeknd who connect with an audience.

Inside The Weeknd's $92 Million Year--And The New Streaming Economy Behind It

Streaming Starboy: Physical Album sales and digital downloads are down. But more people are listening to more music than ever, which presents staggering opportunities to artists like the Weeknd who connect with an audience.

Aaliyah (1979 - 2001).  She was so musically ahead of her time that artists are still trying to catch up (especially her last album). It's crazy how one artist can be so influential outside of their own genre.  In addition to her shaping modern R&B, her music inspired artists like The xx, Maroon 5, Adele, The Weeknd and many more.  I'll always appreciate her smooth and haunting vocals.  Definitley one of my favorite voices.

Aaliyah: Serious Manner

Aaliyah (1979 - 2001). She was so musically ahead of her time that artists are still trying to catch up (especially her last album). It's crazy how one artist can be so influential outside of their own genre. In addition to her shaping modern R&B, her music inspired artists like The xx, Maroon 5, Adele, The Weeknd and many more. I'll always appreciate her smooth and haunting vocals. Definitley one of my favorite voices.

See this Instagram photo by @theweekndgallery • 1,067 likes

See this Instagram photo by @theweekndgallery • 1,067 likes

HE LOOKS SO FUCKING GOOD WOW SHOOK "I kind of treat my albums like films when I write them, telling one big story," he says, before revealing his next step: "More visual candy and hopefully a venture into my first true love, cinema." YESSS FILMS hopefully he does something with marvel

HE LOOKS SO FUCKING GOOD WOW SHOOK "I kind of treat my albums like films when I write them, telling one big story," he says, before revealing his next step: "More visual candy and hopefully a venture into my first true love, cinema." YESSS FILMS hopefully he does something with marvel

There was plenty of R&B in 2015, from artists like The Weeknd in the mainstream to lauded up-and-comers like Kelela. Here are 10 worthwhile albums and EPs that may have slipped through the cracks.

Top 10 Slept-On R&B Albums Of 2015

There was plenty of R&B in 2015, from artists like The Weeknd in the mainstream to lauded up-and-comers like Kelela. Here are 10 worthwhile albums and EPs that may have slipped through the cracks.

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