In response to yogafriend's comment:
You would not have to try too hard, if you were just drawing on general appeal.
Younger audiences are changing this by a big margin. But I think in the past, you could generalize very easily.
I was just looking at some question / answers on the web, and of course, there are loads of black youth who love rock.
I don't think it's far-fetched, however, to generalize that whites have traditionally, and culturally, adopted the music that was once rooted in black culture, and yet, it has not been as prevalent in the reverse. That's all.
I got ya, and I don't think it would be a big surprise if artists like Sinatra, Streisand, Bennett, Dion etc, all have tremendous crossover appeal. Nor to find out that the 600 million or so records the Beatles have sold were not all bought by screaming white kids in the suburbs :-) And I agree, white musicians have been ripping off black artists for years, and not vice-versa until much recently, see Madonna.
I like the Timberlake and Jackson examples. Boy bands to superstars, each enjoying widespead appeal. But, it's hard for me to make any kind of assumptions when it comes to another persons taste in music based on race alone. and tbh, i cant really name an artist to fit the question.
When I was a kid I used to go through my Dad's music collection. He had eveyone in there. Bach, The Stones, Mahalia Jackson, Beatles, Brahms, Cat Stevens, Marion Anderson, the Dead, etc,,. A few years later, a black family, the Piersons moved next door. After becoming friendly with their kids, they showed me their parents music collection and while their taste were a little more geared towards soul and R&B, I couldn't help notice all the albums by The Beatles, Brahms, Stones, Bach, Mahalia, Dead, etc, so you never know:)
Granted, you never know. None of us do. Then again, I don't know where the Pierson's were from originally ... :)
But that's why I love Chris Rock. He tells it like it is: why black people hate white people, why black people hate black people, and why black people hate ******s. I was listening to his routine in youtube last night -- man, that is the way to lay it on the line! :)
Either way, I appreciate where you're coming from. Did you ever see that "Things White People Like" list that went around a few years ago? Man, that was good. I was glancing at it recently (yoga is somewhere around 15-20 on the list ; the number one thing is "coffee" but I didn't find that very hard-hitting) and it does reduce white people to some very funny stereotypes. However, I see the list more as a "middle-class" list, than a white people list. Things change.
Eta: Just landed in Boston after a thirteen hour delay. Now I see why. You guys got a lot of snow. It snowed four inches in December where I live, and it nearly crippled the City.
Welcome back (or welcome, not sure if you live "here" or elsewhere nowadays). 13-hour delays are for the very patient among us; you must be glad to be here. It is pretty the day after a snowstorm, especially when the sun is out glistening on the trees.