Pop Music Genre
‘Pop’ music was originally known as popular music, which was a term
originally used for music that was lov...
those artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince who had a strong
visual appeal”.
Many famous artists gone down ...
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Pop music (2)

Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. Pop Music Genre ‘Pop’ music was originally known as popular music, which was a term originally used for music that was loved by the majority of the general public. ‘Pop song’ was first recorded as being used in 1926 for having a ‘popular appeal’. Pop music’s birth can be seen in the 1920’s but it’s more commonly known birth is the 1950s as a description for rock and roll and the new youth music styles of the time. The Oxford Dictionary of Music states that while pop’s “earlier meaning meant concerts appealing to a wide audience… since the late 1950’s, however, pop has had the special meaning of non classical music usually in the form of songs, performed by such artists as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, ABBA etc.” Since 1967 the term pop music was increasingly used as the opposite genre to rock music, which gave great generic significance to both terms. Pop music is usually understood to be commercially recorded music which appealed to the youth market. Pop music originated in 1950’s in the United Kingdom and United States of America. Most pop songs usually consist of a short, simple love song utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes, usually being Rock and Roll as it is the most associated genre to pop music. However, according to Simon Frith, pop music is produced “as a matter of enterprise not art,” is “designed to appeal to everyone” and “doesn’t come from any particular place or mark off any particular taste”. It is “not driven by any significant ambition, expect profit and commercial reward…and, in musical terms, it is essentially conservative”. This can be seen by the many pop artists who mimed and do not write their own music, most famously Britney Spears and Cheryl Cole. Since the rise in freedom music, each genre has had its own rise and fall in popularity, according to place and time, pop music has seen one of the greatest rises but in more modern and resent years, although pop music still remains popular it is not on its peek with indie and R&B also having a high popularity. Shows such as X Factor and Pop Idol are generating more and more pop bands and singers, however after a year or less of fame, these artists stop selling recorders and only a small number of the artists seen on these shows go on and sell hit records, examples being Will Young (came runner up) and Girls Aloud. The music industry as a whole has now become a multi million pound industry, using the media to gain more publicity to increase revenue. This has lead to pop artists becoming the faces of tabloid newspapers, for controversial matters, making pop artist recording, radio, film, and model star systems. Pop music stylistically originated from R&B, Rock and Roll, Jazz, Doo-wop, Folk, Dance and Classical with many sub genres from Dance pop to Sunshine pop to Christian pop, this is because pop music has absorbed influences from most other genres of popular music. Pop music has elements from the sentimental ballad for its form, vocal harmonies from gospel and soul music, instrumentation from jazz, country and rock music, tempo from dance music, backing from electronic music, and rhythmic elements from hip hop music and has recently appropriated spoken passages from rap. Technologies such as the improved 1940’s microphone design allowed a more intimate singing style, the 1960’s introduction of inexpensive, portable transistor radios meant that teenagers could listen to music outside of the home. Multi-track recording and digital sampling have elaborated the pop music genre. In the 1980’s the promotion of pop music had been greatly affected by the rise of Music Television channels like MTV, which “favoured
  • 2. those artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Prince who had a strong visual appeal”. Many famous artists gone down in history are pop music artists, such as Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, BoB, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Westlife, Take That, Five, Boyzone, JLS, Christina Aguilera, Cheryl Cole, Girls Aloud, The Saturdays, Peter Andre, Sugababes, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Justin Biber, Spice Girls, All Saints, Bewitched, Atomic Kitten, Madonna, 30 Seconds to Mars, Jason Daluro, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas, Owl City, Flo Rida, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkston, Michael Buble and Natasha Bedingfield. Many pop artists have generic way of dressing, for example pop band boys and girls usually wear similar clothes to each other, dressing up usually consists of cocktail dresses and tailored suits. Pop artists also seem to have a generic attitude, females are very well known for being divas, innocent and males a family/sweet guy or the ‘pimp’ like character, many artists seem to take on a role, and live a double life for example Beyonce and her stage role as Sasha Fierce, these two characters were set up to create a healthy separation between personal and professional life for Beyonce, in order for her to grow as an artist without damaging her personal life. However, the same can not be said for child star Britney Spears who took on her professional career along with personal life, which in resent years have clearly broken Britney down, from being Americas sweetheart dating Justin Timberlake and swearing virginity until marriage, so getting married in Vegas to an old friend drunk, and divorce within 24hours, to shaving her hair off and attacking a paparazzi car with a umbrella when the break down of her 2 marriage accrued. Pop music is played at many festivals nowadays, however they are more likely to appear on a special pop music tour, or their own tour or someone closely linked with them as they usually have a theme that accompanies their album and their character usually has a show to perform, which is usually seen in their music videos, and ends up a big production, so they usually only perform on tour or special events, promoting themselves through interviews, adverts, campaigns and special appearances. By Demi O'Shea

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