R&B emerged in America during the late 1980s with artists such as Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston. Contemporary R&B artists include artists like Rihanna and Usher.
It is sometimes known as urban R&B. It is not to be confused with earlier R&B (rhythm and blues), a style of African-American music combining jazz and blues which emerged in the 1940s.
Urban R&B combines elements of soul and hip-hop.
It often uses these elements:
Close harmony is where the notes of a chord are close together rather than spread over a wide range.
R&B is characterised by soul-influenced acrobatic vocals.
The vocals are often:
In the song Stay by Eternal they make use of melismatic vocals and the use of programmed drum rhythms.