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Pop Music: what is it?


Musical backgroundPop music has constantly been changing. This is mostly because of the influence of other genres of music. Pop music started in the western world in the 1950s and 1960s. It was derived from rock and roll. Pop music borrows a lot of things from other genres of music including dance, urban, rock and country. There are certain elements that define pop music. Pop songs are characterized by their traditional format (verse and chorus structure), repeated choruses, hooks and melodic tunes. These songs are always short.

The difference between pop music and popular music

Many people cannot tell the difference between popular music and pop music. Popular music has been there since the industrialization that took place in the 1800s. Popular music includes a very wide range of music. Pop music on the other hand came into existence in the 1950s. It came out of the rock and roll revolution that took place in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Since pop music came into existence, it became one of the music styles with a very wide audience. This is because pop artists are the artists who sell the highest number of copies and they are the ones who draw the largest crowds to their concerts. This type of music is also played the most by radio stations. From the 1950s, the sound of pop music has always been based on the element of rock and roll.

The structure of pop music

The basic structure of a pop song consists of verses followed by repeated choruses. Most of these songs are between 2 minutes and 5 minutes in length. However, there are a few notable exceptions. There are some pop songs that are longer than 5 1/2 minutes. Some songs made in the 1950s were under 2 minutes in length. Today, rock, R&B, hip hop, disco etc. have been incorporated into this type of songs in many different ways.

For a long time, pop music charts have been dominated by American and British artists. Artists from these two countries also have the strongest influence in the growth and development of pop music. However, this does not mean that pop is not popular in non-western countries. Japan has a thriving pop music industry which is influence by western pop styles.

The big names in the pop industry

There have been so many artists making pop music since in the 1950s. Michael Jackson and Madonna are some of the pop artists that are well know all over the world. Other pop artists who have enjoyed commercial success thank to pop music include the Everly brothers, Sam Cooke, Beyoncé, Dusty Springfield, Donner Summer, the Carpenter, Robbie Williams among others.

Pop music still continues to be a powerful music genre in the world today. Pop songs are always among the top songs in the music charts. Pop artist suffered from declining sales at the beginning of the 21st century. However, this was because of the growth of piracy. Although some critics suggested that it was because people didn’t like pop music, it was not because people didn’t love this music anymore. The dip in sales ended between 2012 and 2013 when piracy declined.

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