I'm hoping hip hop and r&b are making a comeback. I just can't get down with that electro-pop stuff. So I guess Phoenix is not doing anything for the 4th.
I'm not sure if hip hop and r&b will make a full come back to how it was during its best times. If anything, I think rock and alternative will make a come back during the next generation (when today's kids grow up and have kids) because rock and alternative have pretty much been "the underdog" these days. I just think that there have been quite a bit of new quality hip hop and r&b releases due to the fact that people are waking up and realizing that there must be a change to bring back real hip hop and r&b and are also taking action to make it happen instead of just continuing to talk about how bad its gotten and doing nothing about it. I don't think the electro dance stuff is going anywhere soon (because remember back when disco died, it only lead to other forms of dance (house, trance, booty bass...etc.) to evolve from it, which I believe is what will happen again...).
Hip hop will survive and probably remain independently strong (like country), but I doubt that it will dominate again like it once did in the U.S. This electro-pop phase on the other hand, unless some changes are made and people start becoming more creative with the electro-pop beat patterns and evolving with time, I can see it burning out like reggaeton did. But then again, look how long house music has survived overseas- and house typically consists of identical beat patterns! So, with that being said, who knows what will happen. I guess as long as melodies are well done, it doesn't matter how many songs have the same beat structure... I don't mind dance staying - as long as producers/artists decide to release quality electro with quality production and lyrics with various beat patterns. One thing I do doubt is that hip hop will fall from top 40 as much as rock and alternative has today, anytime soon.
I wonder if bass will come back? Everything seems to have gone all house. I thought that Flo rida, Jay Sean, and Black Eyed Peas would start a whole new generation of bass, but then they all went house, too. ...