Defining Popular Music ‘Popular music’ is a term that currently and historically has relied on varied interpretation to function. It is difficult to present a fixed definition of the term due to the problematic research methods/approaches coming from a variety of backgrounds that have allowed us to arrive at this point. The lack of consensus in the academic realm surrounding exactly what encompasses popular music and whether or not it should be a discipline of it’s own, alongside problematic relational studies has blurred the academic lines of popular music studies. This lack of agreement has also potentially influenced media scepticism and pushed a narrative that has hindered the term ‘popular music’ from a non-academic angle. The Centre
Pop music has hit a point where artists have to combine different genres to create something new. For example, artists such as Pink and Adele began using the style from older songs during the early 2010’s for songs like Just Give Me A Reason or Someone Like You. These songs are beautiful ballads about love implementing an older style effectively portraying a soulful message of lost love. Another example would be songs which incorporate traditional middle eastern style combined with pop such as Selena Gomez’ song Come & Get It. The sexualized nature of music has changed the way music is viewed.
Pop culture, short for popular culture, is the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture (Wilson, 2014). It refers to products that are generally recognized and enjoyed by the majority of the people ((Wilson, 2014). Pop culture is manifested around the world through movies, music, television shows, newspapers, satellite broadcasts, food and clothing, sports, news (as in people/places in news), politics, and technology (West, 2016). Internet and social media also play a huge role in pop culture. Pop culture is almost often, if not always, interesting and appealing to most people.
They must learn to produce the music that best complies with the current style of music the consumers are most interested to hear. Thus, trend conformity in musicians is imperative for their success. To be successful, musicians now have to recognize certain aspects of their music and alter it to make it more appealing to their listeners. Throughout the past 40 years, we can see the general trend of music shift from Rock N Roll to Disco to Hip Hop to Alternative then back to Hip Hop then to vocalist oriented pop. If a musician today released a disco track, it would be very doubtful that it would be featured on any radio station.
Music is a melody that affects people’s mind and soul. It varies from culture to culture between times and places. In the 1970, funding for after school programs, music and art classes had been dropped. Teenagers’ only way to express their feelings used to be songs, so they distracted themselves by participating in rap battles instead of going through drug addiction and other bad habits. With their stunning effort, they made what is known as the hip- hop and rap culture of today.
It made the audience take a closer look on the context of the music and their original idea of a “cowboy”. A stereotype of pop music today is that all its listeners are teenagers who do not care about the substance of music if it sounds good and is fun to dance too. Even though some pop music is like that, a lot of current pop songs have a deeper meaning. “Bad” by Michael Jackson reminded me a lot of “Gangsta`s Paradise” talking about how an induvial must act a certain way based on where they live or socioeconomic status. In the music video,
Music is a huge part of people’s lives because when you cannot find words to describe what is going in life music speaks to you. For instance in Chris Cagle song “My Life’s Been a Country Song” the lyrics “My life’s been a country song; it’s been the words when I couldn’t find ‘em. A friend when I’ve been alone. It’s been the toast to remember, the strength for moving on....” describe how music is always there for people. What exactly is country music?
What is pop culture? Pop culture is different media that are very popular or well-liked in a certain period of time. Ideas, perspectives, attitude and images or other multimedia can be trendy for a certain period of time. It started early to the mid 20th century (1900’s to 2000’s). Pop culture is everywhere in the world, and different places have different pop cultures.
Rap vs. Pop In a culture engulfed in music, it can only be expected for heated debates to arise involving the types of music we listen to, and which we deem as the “best”. For the purpose of the wide range of topics associated with music, I have narrowed my evaluation to two music types which I believe deserve special evaluation for reasons that will be obvious later in my discussion. I stand with the question of which genre of music is better to listen to between rap and pop, and with reasons I am sure you will come to appreciate I have come to the conclusion rap is the better choice of music compared to pop because of its popularity, history, and meaningful stanzas. When deciding on what topics I wanted to consider, I knew relevancy