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Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. In the commercial rhythm and blues music typical of the 1950s through the 1970s, the bands usually consisted of piano, one or two guitars, bass, drums, one or more saxophones, and sometimes background vocalists. R&B lyrical themes often encapsulate the African-American experience of pain and the quest for freedom and joy, as well as triumphs and failures in terms of relationships, economics, aspirations, and sex.

The term "rhythm and blues" has undergone a number of shifts in meaning. In the early 1950s, it was frequently applied to blues records. Starting in the mid-1950s, after this style of music contributed to the development of rock and roll, the term "R&B" became used to refer to music styles that developed from and incorporated electric blues, as well as gospel and soul music. In the 1960s, several British rock bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Animals were referred to and promoted as being R&B bands; posters for the Who's residency at the Marquee Club in 1964 contained the slogan, "Maximum R&B". Their mix of rock and roll and R&B is now known as "British rhythm and blues". By the 1970s, the term "rhythm and blues" changed again and was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "contemporary R&B". It combines elements of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, funk, hip hop, and electronic music. Popular R&B vocalists at the end of the 20th century included Michael Jackson, Prince, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey.

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"Don't Forget About Us" is a pop/R&B song co-written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin and Bryan-Michael Cox, and recorded by Carey for the re-release of her tenth studio album The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). It was co-produced by Carey, Dupri and Austin and released as the album's fifth single (fourth in North America) in late 2005 (see 2005 in music). The song reached number one in Brazil, Finland and the U.S., and the top forty elsewhere. It was nominated for two awards at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song is a midtempo jam that harkens back to 1990s-styled R&B, and its protagonist regrets a failed relationship that never had a proper conclusion. Unlike "We Belong Together", another song from The Emancipation of Mimi, she is not very despondent, and has accepted that her ex-lover is now seeing someone else. However, she does not want him to forget what they had when they were together: "Nothing can compare to your first true love, so I hope this will remind you, when it's for real it's forever, so don't forget about us". She also reminds her ex-lover that no matter who his new girl is, "I bet she can't do like me, she'll never be MC".

Carey has been accused of repeating formulas for her singles if they are successful. For instance, in the past, she was called out for making songs such as "Heartbreaker" (1999) and "Loverboy" (2001) too similar to other up-tempos like "Dreamlover" (1993) and "Fantasy" (1995). Several music critics have drawn parallels between "Don't Forget About Us" and "We Belong Together", the second and most successful single from The Emancipation of Mimi. Chuck Taylor of Billboard magazine called the song "little more than a continuation of the previous hit ... On its own, "Forget" is a soulful, satisfying track, but it suggests that Carey has hit a creative wall".[1] Bill Lamb of About.com, in a more positive summary of the song, wrote "It doesn't mess with the brilliant formula of "We Belong Together" ... [but] those wanting variety from Mariah Carey need to look elsewhere".[2]

"Don't Forget About Us" was nominated at the 2006 BET Awards in the BET.com "Viewers' Choice" category. It was nominated for the 2007 Grammy Awards for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" and "Best R&B Song".

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LeToya Nicole Luckett (born March 11, 1981), known professionally as LeToya, is an American actress, R&B singer and songwriter. She is a founding member of the R&B female group, Destiny's Child with whom she won two Grammy Awards and after several commercially successful releases with the group, she was forced to leave.[3][4][5]

After signing a record deal with Capitol Records, she pursued a successful solo career. Her solo debut album, LeToya (2006), topped the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart in July 2006 and was certified platinum by the RIAA in December 2006. The single, "Torn", achieved records on BET's top ten countdown show 106 & Park. She was also named "One of the Best New Artists of 2006" by AOL and the "Top Songwriter of 2006" by ASCAP.[6] Luckett's second album, Lady Love, is scheduled for a Spring 2008 release.[7]

Luckett was born and raised in Houston, Texas and grew up singing in her local Brentwood Baptist Church where she had vocal lessons to become an opera singer. Her father, who was also a singer, was very proud of his daughter's vocal talents and tried to promote her into the music business. Luckett is the eldest of two children; she has a younger brother Gavin.[8] Luckett was given the opportunity to sing her first church solo at the age of five (5). "The lady just gave me the mic one Sunday and I sang", she recalls.[9] Shortly thereafter, she joined the children's choir and began performing in plays at her elementary school. One day, she walked to her desk in class to find a girl sitting in her seat. Luckett asked her teacher to remove the girl from her assigned seat, who turned out to be Beyoncé Knowles. Knowles and Luckett later became best friends and was invited to join Beyoncé's group.[10].

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  1. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Billboard Single Reviews". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2005.
  2. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Don't Forget About Us — Mariah Carey". About.com. Retrieved October 30, 2005.
  3. ^ "Destiny's Child Named The World's Best Selling Female Group of All Time!". Sony BMG Australia. September 2, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Destiny's World Domination". Yahoo! Music. September 1, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Destiny's Child Ruled At World Music Awards". Softpedia. September 3, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  6. ^ "Awards: ASCAP'S Rhythm & Soul Awards". Concrete Loop. June 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  7. ^ "LeToya Album News". That Grape Juice. June 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  8. ^ "LeToya interview for E! Television series, Boulevard of Broken Dreams part referring to the Luckett's family". E!. January 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  9. ^ "LeToya interview for E! Television series, Boulevard of Broken Dreams part referring to her first experience with a microphone". E!. January 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
  10. ^ "LeToya interview for E! Television series, Boulevard of Broken Dreams". E!. January 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-03. 
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