(AllHipHop News) Back in July, singer/actor Tyrese Gibson sparked a debate in the music community over whether mainstream Pop radio stations ignore Black R&B acts. Despite his Black Rose album topping the Billboard 200, Tyrese’s soulful single “Shame” was not embraced on the same level as R&B-esque songs by Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Justin Timberlake.
The star of Furious 7 is not the only artist to express the belief Pop radio tends to ignore some established African-American performers. In a recent interview with AllHipHop.com, songstress Sevyn Streeter suggests race plays a part in certain radio formats not supporting songs by acts of various ethnic backgrounds.
“What makes a record be considered a Pop record? Really it’s a popular record, and I don’t think that it should be contingent upon whether a person is Black, White, Spanish or whatever,” says Sevyn. “I don’t feel like what you look like should determine where your record is played. I feel like that happens a lot these days.”
Music streaming platforms such as Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, and SoundCloud have offered listeners the opportunity to discover music beyond what is played on terrestrial radio, but the Shoulda Been There, Pt. 1 EP creator would still like to see traditional stations open up to more diversity.
“People can listen and buy music on the internet all day, but there’s still a huge majority of the world that listens to the radio,” states Sevyn. “I think that everybody needs to bear responsibility and be held accountable for all of that and start to care a little more about it.”