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The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. Urban contemporary radio stations feature a playlist made up entirely of hip hop/rap, contemporary R&B, and, on occasion, Caribbean music such as reggae, soca and reggaeton. The term "urban contemporary" has become heavily associated with contemporary R&B, and is often used as a synonym to describe the genre.

These stations focus primarily on African-American females between the ages of 18 and 34 but some are up to 49, and their playlists are dominated by singles by top-selling hip hop and R&B performers. Upon occasion, an urban contemporary station will play classic soul music songs from the '70s and early '80s to satisfy the older end of the format, but their playlists are otherwise focused on music released within the last five years.

Today, urban contemporary refers to music that can be described as an alternative to R&B. The typical urban contemporary song has a dance beat and electronic sounds, like Ciara.

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