Pop Music

Pop music  is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms “popular music” and “pop music” are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many styles. “Pop” and “rock” were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Although pop music is seen as just the singles charts, it is not the sum of all chart music. Pop  is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music. Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.

Michael Jackson King of Pop Music
Michael Jackson King of Pop Music

The history of pop music

The History Of Pop Music.
About Pop Music.

A term that originally derives from an abbreviation of “popular”.The genre popular music originated in its modern form in the 1950s, deriving from rock and roll.The term “pop song” is first recorded as being used in 1926According to Grove Music Online, the term “pop music” “originated in Britain in the mid-1950s as a description for rock and roll and the new youth music styles that it influenced Chambers Dictionary mentions the contemporary usage of the term “pop art”Since the late 1950s, however, pop has had the special meaning of non-classical music. Some of the most well known names in history such as; The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Therolling Stones, ABBA etc…

Early Pop Music.

Early British popular music, in the sense of commercial music enjoyed by the people,can be seen to originate in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with the arrivalof the broadside ballad as a result of the print revolution, which were sold cheaplyand in great numbers until the nineteenth century. Further technological, economicand social changes led to new forms of music in the nineteenth century, including thebrass band, which produced a popular and communal form of classical music. Similarly, the Music hall sprang up to cater for the entertainment of new urbansocieties, adapting existing forms of music to produce popular songs and acts.

In the 1930s, the influence of American Jazz led to the creation of British dance bands, whoprovided a social and popular music that began to dominate social occasions and the radio airwaves. Parlour music” was popular music performed in the parlours of middle class homes byamateur singers and pianists.Broadside ballads were arguably the first form of commercial popular music in Britain.They were a product of the development of cheap print from the sixteenth century.

Origins Of Pop Music.

Pop , which accounts for the majority of the music ontodays charts, is an a genre which includes a mix of manydifferent styles of music which vary from jazz to country; rockand roll to rap; be-bop to hip-hop.Sheet music was a big thing with pop music, as it literallyWritten song notes, which would get families together and thenplayed on an instrument.Publishers of sheet music set up companies to meet thedemand of those desiring their products, and would often scoutout new composers and have their music made available inprinted form for sale.

Origins Of Pop Music Continued.

When pianos gave way to the phonograph around the beginning ofthe 20th century, popular renditions of music followed with them.By the mid 1920s, a new music called jazz with a new peculiarrhythm. Later African derived art form music called “blues“,soon helped transform the music that was heard.

Features Of Pop Music.

The most significant feature of the pop music industry of the late18th and early 19th centuries was the extent of its focus on thecommodity form of sheet music“.Pop  is generally described as very commercial friendly,marketable and memorable, with either vocals, lyrics,instruments, or a combination of all three creating catchychoruses or verses.The goal is to automatically create visual content in responses tothe feature extracted from the music.To give a visually coherent representation of the sound.

The 50s !1956:

Elvis Presley emerges as one of the worlds first rock stars. With so many hit songs,he was referred to as the king of rock n roll. He is one of the best-selling solo artist in thehistory of popular music.1957: John Lennon meets Paul McCartneyIn March 1957 John Lennon formed a skifflegroup called The Quarrymen. McCartney met Lennon on 6 July 1957, and agreed to jointhe group a few days later.1957:

The first official Quarry Men performanceThe first “official” public, albeitunsuccessful, performance by The Quarry Men – they failed to impress when theyauditioned before the promoter Carroll Levis. Late 1950s: The English rock music group Beatles was formed.John Lennon, PaulMcCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr were the members of the group. Most lyrics and music were written by Lennon and McCartney. The decade 1960-70 was dominated by theBeatles. In 1958: Michael Jackson and Madonna were born, these are 2 of the most well people inthe pop music industry.

Notable Pop Artists in the 50s.

Bill Haley and His Comets Elvis Presley Danny & the Juniors

The 60s !1960:

Pete Best joins the Beatles, The group invited Pete Best tobecome their drummer on 12 August 1960. Four days after hiringBest, the group left for Hamburg. The Beatles began a 48-nightresidency in Hamburg at Bruno Koschmiders Indra Club. 1961: American country singer Patsy Cline becomes a mainstreampop music hit.Cline was the first female vocalist who adapted to thechange and became a successful pop singer.Ziggy Marley is born: David Nesta “Ziggy” Marley (born October 17,1968, Trenchtown, Jamaica) is a four-time Grammy-winning Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and theMelody makers.

Notable Pop Artists of the 60s.

The Beach Boys The Beatles The Rolling Stones

The 70s !1972:

Michael Jacksons first solo hit “Ben” reaches No. 1″Ben” is a number-onehit song recorded by the teenager Michael Jackson for the Motown label in1972. The song, theme of a 1972 film of the same name, spent one week at thetop of the U.S. pop chart. It also reached number-one on the Australian popchart, spending eight weeks at the top spot.1974: Michael Jackson introduces “The Robot”In 1974, during a performance on”Soul Train,” Jackson introduced a dance called the robot.1975-83: Popularity of disco and hip-hop lead to the popularity of pop.Themovie Saturday Night Fever was released. Disco music gained popularity. Hip-hop emerged as a blend of rock, jazz, and soul with African drumming in theNew York City. Nonstop music videos were released by MTV. Cats began itsjourney. The debut album of Madonna “Holiday” becomes a hit.

Notable Pop

Artists of the 70s. Queen Abba Jackson Five

The 80s !1983:

The red hot chilli peppers were formed.1983: Michael Jackson popularizes the moonwalk. The moonwalk or backslideis a dance technique that presents the illusion that the dancer is steppingforward while actually moving backward.1985: Michael Jackson releases “Thriller”The video becomes a classic, and isstill one of the most notable videos to date now.1985: Britney Spears emerges as a star of the music world. At age 8, she madeher musical television debut on Star Search. In 1999, about 1,319,193 copiesof “…Baby One More Time” were sold in the first week after release.1989: Taylor Allison Swift Is Born. Swift was born in the city of Wyomissing,Pennsylvania.

Notable Pop Artists of the 80s.

Bon Jovi U2 Genesis

The 90s !1990s:

Various famous groups made pop music morepopularGrunge rock was formed in Seattle, Backstreet Boys andBlackstreet were formed, the movie “Titanic” and the song “MyHeart Will Go On,” became popular.1992: Radiohead releases their first single, “Creep“.1998: “Coldplay” formedThe band finally settled on the name”Coldplay” which was suggested by Tim Crompton, a local studentwho had been using the name for his group.

Notable Pop Artists of the 90s.

Spice Girls Boys II MenBackstreet Boys

The 2000s 2001:

Keane releases second single “Wolf at the Door””Wolf at the Door” is a songperformed and composed by English alternative rock band Keane and happened to be theirsecond single release ever.2002: Increased impact of television shows, Kelly Clarkson becomes the first American Idol.2003: Marshall Mathers, known as Eminem, rapper of the evergreen “The Slim Shady LP”gained popularity. Eminem was a radio and video superstar. In 2003, he won an Oscar forthe song “Lose Yourself,” from “8 Mile”. He was the first rapper to win an Oscar.2009 June 25: Death of Michael Jackson American singer Michael Jackson died after hesuffered cardiac arrest at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Notable Pop Artists of the 2000s.

Black Eyed Peas Gorillaz Coldplay OutKast

Instruments used.

The instruments used to produce pop music are guitar, bass, piano, drums, amplifiers,cymbals, electric organs, electric pianos, electric keyboard and polyphonic tape playbackkeyboard.Guitars are common in pop music. Types of guitars used in this type of music include bassguitars, acoustic guitars and electric guitars.Drums in pop music can be played by a drummer on a drum kit or they can be producedelectronically by a computer.

Computer drums have a more digital sound that can feel roboticand less natural than drums played by a person.Vocals are the leading force of pop music. Music is often structured to fit around the lyricswritten by the vocalist. Types of vocals can include singing, screaming, rapping or spokenword.Wind instruments such as saxophones, trumpets and flutes help give pop music a realistic andfull sound.Orchestral string instruments such as the violin, viola and cello are occasionally featured inpop music.

Random facts of Pop Music.

• Creed has sold more records in the US than Jimi Hendrix.• Led Zeppelin, REM, and Depeche Mode have never had a number one single, Rihanna has 10.• Ke$has “Tik-Tok” sold more copies than ANY Beatles single.• Flo Ridas “Low” has sold 8 million copies – the same as The Beatles “Hey Jude”.• The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” is more popular than any Elvis or Simon & Garfunkel song.• Celine Dions “Falling Into You” sold more copies than any Queen, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen record.• Katy Perry holds the same record as Michael Jackson for most number one singles from an album.• The cast of “Glee” has had more songs chart than the Beatles

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