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History Of Pop Music

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History Of Pop Music

  1. 1. HISTORY OF POP MUSIC Pop music is a genre of music derived from the word ‘popular’ which was formed in the mid-1950s and was created through rock and roll. Pop music applies different components from different genres of music, such as urban, dance, rock, country etc. Pop music uses a variety of musical instruments such as electrical guitar, drums and bass. Pop music is pleasurable to listen to and is not focused on the artistic depth of its songs as most pop songs are written in a verse-chorus structure. Pop music includes repeated choruses, melodic tunes and catchy hooks. Pop music is developing over time and is commonly aimed at the youth market. Charts for pop music came about in 1952, when the first Top 20 was released. This was also around the time when the idea of ‘teenage years’ came about, as prior to this there was no specific identity for the period between childhood and adulthood. Elvis Presley, a global star in rock and roll took over the music scene for much of the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was only after the introduction of the Beatles, that music was revolutionised. The Beatles wrote their own songs and introduced a standard for pop music. Their melodies and harmonies were novel and lay down the foundation on which the culture of pop music was to be built. Soon after, Elton John emerged as a singer and pianist who gained popularity through pop music. Many artists began to write their own song but songwriters were still in demand for those who couldn’t write their own songs.
  2. 2. HISTORY OF POP MUSIC In the 1990s, the emergence of boy bands changed the face of pop music from individual singers to groups of young singers assembled for their looks, catchy songs and arrangements, which pushed them to fame. These include boy bands such as East 17 and Take That. The same had happened in America as they gave the world the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. Soon after, girl bands also became popular and famous groups such as the Spice Girls were formed. From here, many dropped out of their bands and pursued solo careers. Famous examples include Robbie Williams and Justin Timberlake. The expansion of the pop music industry resulted in tremendous sales and caused many individuals to rise to fame. Since the turn of the century however, there's been a lack of major new stars, as the pop industry has relied mainly on established talent to fuel sales. The rise of talent shows such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent has produced many phenomenal stars but these have often ended up as one-hit wonders, with no real backing to retain a career in pop music. New styles of pop have briefly emerged but nothing appears to have gained major popularity besides modern-day R&B, which remains the mainstay for pop music in the 21st century.
  3. 3. POSSIABLE ARTIST/BANDS IN MY MAGAZINE: POP ARTIST – BAND THAT MAY FEATURE IN MY MAGAZINE Ariana Grande Michael Jackson OneRepublic Bruno Mars Rihanna Katy Perry Taylor Swift Conor Maynard Justin Bieber The Script One Direction Miley Cyrus Demi Lovato
  4. 4. POP ARTIS POSSIABLE ARTIST/BANDS AndTTHEIR INFLUENCES: Taylor Swift Genre: Country, pop and pop rock. Target Audience: Anyone who loves country music and can relate to her songs as they are very emotional as they express her feelings, such as teenage girls. Inspiration: James Taylor, the Dixie Chicks, Britney Spears and The All-American Rejects. Demi Lovato Genre: Pop, Pop rock, R&B, Dance-pop and Teen pop. Target Audience: Her audience is people who listen to more mainstream songs. Inspiration: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé Ariana Grande Genre: Pop and R&B. Target Audience: Her songs are aimed at a young audience mostly teen aged girls, her songs are very soulful and relate to this target age group. Inspiration: Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey , Celine Dion and Imogean Heap. OneRepublic Genre: Pop rock and alternative rock. Target Audience: Both males and females as they have a wide audience from late teens to early adults. Inspiration: The Beatles and U2. The Script Genre: Alternative rock and soft rock. Target Audience: Both males and females as there songs relate to problems that people have in life. Inspiration: U2, Coldplay, The Police, The Neptunes, Timbaland and Van Morrison. Katy Perry Genre: Christian, dance, electronic, pop and rock. Target Audience: Mainly females aged 13-21 years old, as her songs are from a women's point of view. Inspiration: Alanis Morissette, Queen, Kylie Minogue, No Doubt and Madonna.