Introduction Pop music is a genre that had originated and was ‘founded’ in the 1950’s and although not a sub- genre, it derived and first came about as a result of the genre Rock and Roll. Pop/Popular music was first a genre which consisted of any style of music, nowadays the term Pop is associated with music that contains qualities of mass appeal. Pop in itself can include styles and elements that have been borrowed/copied from other genres and sub genres such as; Urban, Dance, Rock etc.
Introduction (Continued) Although elements are taken from the different types of genres, pop has core elements that define and seperates the genre from others. These elements are things such as; short-to-medium length songs, songs written in basic format, and often consist of the verse-chorus structure. (Along with repeated choruses and melodic tunes)
Origin of Pop _ The Term The first recorded use of the term ‘pop song’ tracks back to 1926 – it was used to define a piece of music having ‘popular appeal’ The Oxford Dictionary of Music defines pop being a non-classical music, being performed by artists/bands such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, ABBA etc.
History The most significant feature of the emergent popular music industry of the late 18th and early 19th centuries was the extent of its focus on the commodity form of sheet music It was made possible for music to be disseminated to a wide audience of amateur music-makers
History (Continued) another factor was the increasing availability during the late 18th and early 19th century of public popular music performances in "pleasure gardens and dance halls, popular theatres and concert rooms
History (Continued) One of the early popular music performers to attain widespread popularity was a Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind
History (Continued) During the late 19th century the Tin Pan Alley music publishers developed a new method for promoting sheet music – incessant promotion of new songs By the early 1900s, the big trends in popular music were the increasing popularity of vaudeville theaters and dance halls and the new invention—the gramophone player
History (Continued) In the late 1920s and throughout the 1930s, there was a move towards consolidation in the recording industry which led several major companies to dominate the record industry In the 1950s and 1960s, television began to play an increasingly important role in disseminating new popular music
History (Continued) The development of new technologies in recording such as multi-track recorders gave sound engineers an increasingly important role in popular music in the 1960s
The Beatles An English Rock band formed in Liverpool – 1960 One of the most commercially successful bands in the history of pop/popular music Band – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr Active between 1960 - 1970
The Rolling Stones English Rock band formed in London – 1962 Genres within pop – Rock, Blues, Blues Rock, Rock and Roll Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 22 albums released in the United Kingdom Active from 1962 – present
ABBA Swedish pop/rock band formed in Stockholm – 1972 Topped the charts on numerous occasion, world renowned group Active from 1972 – 1982 Sold over 370million records worldwide, still selling millions every year
Electric Guitar In popular music, the electric is often used for two main reasons; as a rhythm guitar (Provides the chord sequence), and as a lead guitar (Performs the melody lines)
Top 5 Female PopArtists/Bands Britney Spears Avril Lavigne Janet Jackson Kylie Minogue Madonna
Britney Spears Born December 2, 1981 American recording artist and entertainer Signed with Jive Records in 1997 Debut album Baby One More Time – 1999 ^ Which became the best selling album by a teenage solo artist Instruments – Both vocal and piano
Janet Jackson Born May 16, 1966 American recording artist and actress A prominent figure in popular music for over 25 years Began her career with The Jacksons in 1976 Signed a recording contract with A&M – 1982 Active from 1973 - present
Madonna Born August 16 – 1958 American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and entrepreneur Sold more than 300million records worldwide Signed an unprecedented US $120million contract with Live Nation Active from 1979 – present
Top 5 Male Pop Artists/Band Ricky Martin The Killers Green Day Kanye West Eminem
Ricky Martin Born December 24 - 1971 Pop singer and actor who achieved prominence, first as a member of the Puerto Rican boy band Menudo Then as a solo artist since 1991 He was the founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation
Green Day A California based punk rock/pop band Formed in 1987 Early releases were from the Lookout! Records They sold over 10million copies in the US Active from 1987 – present
Eminem Born October 17 – 1972 Brought to fame by rapper and producer Dr. Dre American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor Sold more than 42million tracks and 41.5million albums
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