It seems to me that everybody is looking for something different to listen to! Listeners from around the world benefit when artists broaden their horizons to create other genres. Each artist hopes to make its mark and take place in industry along with the all-time greats.
Hip Hop entertainer Kanye West may have left many fans quite surprised with his last release, 808s & Heartbreak, which by the given title was really more an Electronica release, non arguably one of the best in 2008. This particular crossover recording is marked by a change in style where West sang his vocals, and is more emotive in lyrical content.
Singer Pink was a more R&B than Rock chick when her successful debut Can’t Take Me Home was released in 2000. The recording was released on Laface records, and backed by big name producers such as Babyace and Dallas Austin. By the time her sophomore release Misunderstood was completed, which was produced by Linda Perry of the 4 Non Blondes, it was clear that the singer no longer wanted to be musically pigeonholed, and made a changeover in favor of Pop Rock.
Singer Mariah Carey’s classic debut Mariah Carey introduced the diva and her R&B/Pop vocal prowess to the world of Pop in 1990. Her career, however, took a turn by the time her fifth studio recording Daydream hit the shelves in 1995. Carey shook things up by leaning more to her personal true roots, and changed over to a more urban/Hip Hop sounds.
Entertainer Chris Brown noticeably crossed over from R&B into the grandeur pastures of Pop, Electro pop, and Dance genres by the time his sophomore release Exclusive was released in 2007. Tracks like “Kiss, Kiss,” “No Air” duet with and Jordin Sparks, and “Forever,” which was used in a Double mint gum commercial, were all popular hits in the U.S.A.
Singer Darius Rucker is a man of many of many talents including musical genres. As a solo artist, who had formerly been the lead singer for the massively popular Rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, Rucker tested waters by debuting an R&B title in 2002 called Back to Then in 2002 followed with another switch in 2008 released Country music recording Learn to Live earning the singer his first #1 charting album of his solo career.
There seems to be a gap in the musical industry at this time. It seems that only the most extremes of music survive this very fickle industry. I’m sure it could be argued that music is getting better all the time where one singer sounds much like the last singer. Today music is to out do the next, playing up the ego, competing with us and our life styles.