College of Music, Shanxi Normal University, Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Rhythm & Blues, or R&B, was created in the United States during the 1940s and has captured the interest of music enthusiasts ever since because of its distinct melodic and rhythmic qualities. This kind of music has gradually made its way to China due to the world's diverse development, which in some ways influences the emergence and evolution of Chinese pop music and gives it a new lease on life. Chinese musicians fuse R&B with traditional Chinese culture to produce R&B that is uniquely Chinese, all the while increasing public awareness and understanding of this genre. This essay primarily examines the impact of R&B on Chinese pop music, as well as the localization and development process within China. This study explores the distinctiveness of China's R&B music style by analyzing the works of David Tao and Khalil Fong as illustrative examples. Ultimately, it reflects on the contemporary state of music advancement. This study anticipates the forthcoming trajectory of R&B music in China, intending to furnish scholarly resources for the investigation and implementation of R&B music within the country.
R&B music; popular music; music style; Chinese localized music
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