One of 2013's bright spots was the success of Universal Pictures' "The Best Man Holiday" and its RCA soundtrack. The movie headlined a motherlode of films and TV projects primarily featuring African-American casts. And these projects -- including VH1's "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" and early Academy Award favorite "12 Years a Slave" -- provided new and renewed exposure for R&B/hip-hop artists.

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