Jazmine Sullivan Breaks Silence on Adele Comparisons

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By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan is often brought up in conversations on Adele’s success versus the erasure of black mainstream soul artists, and many question why black artists are struggling to sell millions of copies of their albums amid Adele clenching her second diamond studio album.

While many may be angry for Jazmine and other black artists struggling in the business, Jazmine doesn’t seem to be bothered.

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13 comments

  1. She doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers but I know she cares. But publicly calling out Adele would bring on a sh*t storm she doesn’t want.

  2. And this is the problem right here. Black artists don’t want to speak up because they are afraid of getting backlash. So they just kiss Adele’s a-s instead and make covers of her songs because they ain’t got the balls to call out urban radio stations for playing Adele more than black R&B artists and white radio stations of ignoring black people altogether. All this a-s kissing and pretending not to care only makes sh-t worse.

    1. Agreed. But Jazmine doesn’t seem to be one who likes confrontations or drama like that so I’m not surprised she kept it cute.

    2. Don’t be mad at the artist because the problem is the industry and most record labels in the US don’t give a chit about talent they are only interested in people who can cross over (sell cd’s) – pop artists so if singers like Jazmine want to excel they have to leave the US and go where talent and art are still appreciated.

  3. I understand why she didn’t say the obvious. But at some point some artist is going to have to take a stand and say what needs to be said especially with these radio stations. Now these radio stations will play Adele but won’t play Jill Scott or Jazmine Sullivan somebody needs to speak up. I like Adele but she ain’t singing nothing new black r&b singers been making music just as good as her with less notoriety for a long time.

  4. I don’t understand why everyone wants everyone e wants Jazzy to pop off. Why should she have to state the obvious when it’s, well, OBVIOUS. She kept it classy and she may even be an Adele fan, so why take away the successes of another fellow artist solely to focus on a struggle we know exisits?
    I , personally love Jasmine Sullivan (I do t care for Adele’s music so much. It’s sad…always!) and I appreciate the way in which she responded in this interview.

    1. I completely agree and I’m all for bucking the system but I think her response was classy while still acknowledging that she knows the game.

  5. She left the industry for a couple years bc of the lack of support she wasn’t getting. that is why she was gone so long; but i love her music ever since she came out. I wish her continued success.

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