Elton on Raphael Saadiq 100 Most Influential People
If Time magazine's just-announced list of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" is any indication, R&B singers wield a lot of power here on this crazy planet. This year's inventory includes pop superstar Rihanna, dapper soul man Raphael Saadiq and ubiquitous British belter Adele.
Music legend Elton John weighed in on Saadiq, praising the former Tony! Toni! Tone! member for his performance at a recent AIDS benefit.
"Immaculately dressed (a Saadiq trademark) and moving like the soul stars of old, he confirmed that great black music is alive and well and not just a string of hip-hop monotony," John said.