Let me give a brief description of What Pop music is? And define some of its popular musicians. Pop is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form during the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom. Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Much pop music also borrows elements from other styles such as rock, urban, dance, Latin, and country.
According to Pete Seeger, pop music is “professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music”. As a genre, pop music is seen to exist and develop separately. According to the website of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 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”.
Pop music is more conservative than other music genres such as folk, blues, country, and tradition. Many pop songs do not contain themes of resistance, opposition, or political themes, rather focusing more on love and relationships. Therefore, pop music does not challenge its audiences socially and does not cause political activism. It is mostly about how much revenue pop music makes for record companies.
The main medium of pop music is the song, often between two and a half and three and a half minutes in length, generally marked by a consistent and noticeable rhythmic element, a mainstream style, and a simple traditional structure. The structure of many popular songs is that of a verse and a chorus, the chorus serving as the portion of the track that is designed to stick in the ear through simple repetition both musically and lyrically. The lyrics of modern pop songs typically focus on simple themes – often love and romantic relationships – although there are notable exceptions.
Throughout its development, pop music has absorbed influences from other genres of popular music. Indie pop, which developed in the late 1970s, marked another departure from the glamour of contemporary pop music, with guitar bands formed on the then-novel premise that one could record and release their music without having to procure a record contract from a major label.
One of the pop music styles that developed alongside other music styles is Latin pop, which rose in popularity in the US during the 1950s. Latin pop hit singles, such as “Macarena” by Los del Río and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, have seen record-breaking success on worldwide pop music charts.
To name a few Pop-music artists:
1) Michael Jackson:
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. Jackson influenced artists across many music genres; through stage and video performances, he popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk, to which he gave the name, as well as the robot. He is the most awarded music artist in history.
Jackson made his professional debut in 1964. His music videos, including those for “Beat It”, “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. Thriller became the best-selling album of all time.
Michael Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide. His honors include 15 Grammy Awards, 6 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records, including the “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”. Jackson’s inductions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice), the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Dance Hall of Fame (the only recording artist to be inducted), and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes.
In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died from an overdose of propofol administered by his physician, Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter.
Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is considered one of the most influential figures in popular culture and has often been referred to as the “Queen of Pop”. Madonna is noted for her continual reinvention and versatility in music production, songwriting, and visual presentation. She is also known for pushing the boundaries of artistic expression in mainstream music while maintaining control over every aspect of her career. Her works, which incorporate social, political, sexual, and religious themes, have generated both controversy and critical acclaim.
3) Taylor Swift:
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Her discography spans multiple genres, and her narrative songwriting, which is often inspired by her personal life, has received widespread media coverage and critical praise.
Swift explored country-pop on her second and third studio albums, Fearless (2008) and Speak Now (2010); the success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me” on both country and pop radio established her as a leading crossover artist. Swift experimented further with pop, rock, and electronic genres on her fourth studio album, Red (2012), which was supported by the singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”.
There are many great artists of the genre but our article has a limit and it ends here. See you in another article on anything else. Thanks for taking the time to read my article.