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    Over the past years, we've seen the rise of alternative R&B in many forms. Straying from the contemporary R&B format, artists like Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Miguel, Janelle Monae, and How To Dress Well sparked the need for a new term—for a while it was labeled "PBR&B"—but the styles were all so different, and the alternative R&B umbrella has spread even wider in the past few years. Today, the outside-the-box artists who make R&B blend in elements of electronic, pop, hip-hop, and anything else you can imagine. With the meaning of R&B changing so drastically over the years, the new wave of alternative R&B has made it a genre almost impossible to define. As long as the music is this good, that's fine with us.

    Here are 10 of the best alternative R&B songs out right now (released within the past few months).