Wanna guess how many black acts topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2013? If you guessed ZERO, give yourself a high five! And maybe a slap in the face!
Chris Molanphy at Slate points out these uncomfortably bleak stats, as well as the fact that white acts topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart 44 out of 52 weeks. This year was overflowing with culturally appropriative musicians rocketing to number one (Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore), but it's not like there weren't any black acts to choose from—Jay Z, Drake, Kanye and other established popular acts released successful albums in 2013. So why didn't any of their songs reach number one?