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date: 23 January 2022

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This chapter examines the relation between African-American popular music, particularly rhythm and blues (R&B), and mobile technologies. It reviews musical recordings released between 1999 and 2010 and highlights the extensive and intensive interdependence of contemporary black popular music and mobile technologies. It suggests that contemporary black popular music not only presents sonic redactions of techno-ecologies, but also, more important, their transposition into the realms of sensation via rhythm. Overall, the chapter aims to show both how contemporary R&B reworks mobile media and how this impacts current definitions of communication technologies.

Keywords: African American popular music, contemporary R&B music, mobile technologies, communication, sensation, rhythm, convergence of popular music and mobile technologies, emoticons

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