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R&B singers and reality television are in tune with each other
R&B singers and reality television are in tune with each other

When K. Michelle released "Rebellious Soul" last year, it was the highest charting debut for a female R&B singer since 2011. Largely unknown, she didn't even have a song in the Top 40. But the Memphis native (born Kimberly Michelle Pate) had a powerful promotion tool on her side: reality television. While unscripted TV has long made stars out of oddball personalities, it's also helped reinvigorate the careers of fallen stars — see Flavor Flav, Ray J and Kim Kardashian. Now, a slew of shows anchored by rising and veteran singers such as "Love & Hip Hop" and "R&B Divas" has become the genre's new normal. "I really didn't have...

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