Meriah Doty of CNN spoke to Usher about how the success of not only himself, but other R&B acts like Alicia Keys, Craig David, and Ashanti — signifies a comeback for R&B. “In my opinion the world is in need of real soul music. I think that hip-hop had a major influence all through the ’90s. But from 2000 and up, R&B will have more of a power and presence,” he says. Read more.