Key bands/artists• Eminem• Daft Punk• Lady Gaga• Christina Aguilera• Fall Out Boy
• In the 21st century, pop music, hip hop music, contemporary R&B, new wave, country and alternative rock dominated and defined the decades music.• Hip hop began to mix with electro pop, synth- pop and dance music by end of the decade, and some other artists began to revive the genre.
Hip Hop• Hip hop dominated popular music in the 2000s.• Artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, OutKast, The Black Eyed Peas, T.I., Kanye West, Nelly, Nas, Jay- Z, Missy Elliott, Lil Wayne, The Game and Ludacris were among the dominant mainstream hip hop artists to have represented the Hip hop genre for the decade.• Distinct regional differences also developed outside of the hip hop/rap strongholds of the 1990s, New York City and Los Angeles.
Rock• Rock remained popular in the beginning of the decade, despite the increasing popularity of hip- hop, but experienced a diminished presence on mainstream music charts by the end of the decade. Modern rock as a radio format experienced a sharp decline, with high-profile cornerstone stations like WLIR-FM, K-Rock in New York City and WBCN in Boston flipping to other formats. New York City, once the leading market for the format, has only one modern rock station, 101.9 WRXP-FM.
Indie Rock• During the mid 2000s, bands such as Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire released Indie rock albums that broke into the mainstream and gave Indie rock recognition. The late 2000s also saw more Indie Rock bands such as MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, and Vampire Weekend gain popularity around the world, including the United States, thanks to the rise of independent internet music blogs. The rising popularity of Internet radio has led to high album sales, despite little or no radio play for Indie rock bands.
Hard Rock and Heavy Metal• During the early 2000s, a new wave of metal began with interest in the newly emerging genre nu metal and genres of a similar style such as rap metal and the later mainstream success rap rock. The popularity of nu metal music carried over from the late 1990s, where it was introduced by early work from bands such as Korn,Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and Coal Chamber, into the early 2000s with the similar genre, rap rock, bringing in a wave of monster-hit artists such as System of a Down, Evanescence, Staind, Papa Roach, and Disturbed.
• The success of Korns third studio album, Follow The Leader, brought nu metal to the mainstream. Linkin Parks debut album Hybrid Theory, released in 2000, sold over 29 million copies worldwide. The bands next album Meteora is the most successful album on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. However, by 2002 and 2003, there were signs that nu metals mainstream popularity was weakening.
Pop Punk• A second wave of pop punk bands emerged in the 2000s such as Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, and Sum 41, who made use of humour in their videos and had a more radio-friendly tone to their music, while retaining the speed, some of the attitude and even the look of 1970s punk. More recent pop-punk bands, including Simple Plan, All-American Rejects and Fall Out Boy, have a sound that has been described as closer to late 1970s and early 1980s hardcore, with similarities to the band Cheap Trick, while still achieving considerable commercial success.
• More 1980s and 1990s influenced pop-rock and pop-punk bands emerged into mainstream punk circa 2008, with their popularity bolstered by the Vans Warped Tour, included artists such as Forever The Sickest Kids, The Summer Set, The Maine, We The Kings, Boys Like Girls, and so on. This trend continues into the 2010s.• In addition, some of the most successful pop- punk bands in the 1990s, such as Green Day, Weezer, Blink-182 and The Offspring, also continued their success during the 2000s.
Emo• Emo, an underground genre in the 1990s, broke into mainstream culture in the early 2000s with the platinum-selling success of Jimmy Eat Worlds Bleed American (2001) and Dashboard Confessionals The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most (2003). The new emo had a far greater appeal amongst adolescents than its earlier incarnations. At the same time, use of the term "emo" expanded beyond the music world, becoming associated with fashion, hairstyle, and other aesthetic attributes of culture.• In recent years the term emo has been applied by critics and journalists to a variety of artists, including multi-platinum acts such as Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance and disparate groups such as Paramore and Panic at the Disco, even when they protest the label.• The popularity of emo music peaked in 2005-2006.
Pop• Teen Pop continued to be an extremely popular genre in the early 2000s with success of teenage pop- singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Britneys "Oops!...I Did It Again" and Christinas "Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" become huge hits in the year 2000. By 2001, however, the teen-pop trend dissolved dramatically due to modern R&B and hip- hop influenced music that later dominated throughout the middle of the decade. Britney Spearss 2001 album Britney and Christina Aguileras 2002 album Stripped are examples of teen pop artists transitioning from teen pop to more grown-up, modern R&B influenced records.
• After 9/11, a new "teen pop-rock" movement began. While girl pop-rock singers such as Alanis Morissette and Jewel were popular in the 1990s, they had declined in popularity after 1998 when the pop princesses such as Britney Spears debuted. Avril Lavigne was arguably the first and lead artist to take this new direction in pop music, with hits such as "Complicated", "Sk8er Boi", "Im with You" at the beginning of the decade and "Girlfriend" at the end, Lavigne leads this genre throughout all the decade worldwide, with her contemporaries, such stars as Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, not far behind with their own success. Other prominent girl pop-rock artists of the 2000s included Pink, Hilary Duff, and Ashlee Simpson. Later artists reflecting the genre include Selena Gomez & the Scene, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Adult Contemporary• Adult contemporary music (also known as "soft rock" or "lite-rock"), began to somewhat decrease in popularity starting in the late 90s (due to the increasing popularity of Top 40 music) into January 2000 until September 11th, 2001. After 9/11, popularity for Adult Contemporary Music (as well as Contemporary Christian Music crossovers) increased tri-fold during the grieving process, when the 25- 44 Conservative Female Demographic favored listening to songs with appropriate, positive and uplifting lyrics containing love and hope. Upon the eventual return back to normalcy after 9/11, the popularity of Adult Contemporary music held steady until about 2003, when Billboard began to change their chart formats.
Contemporary RnB• The continued popularity of contemporary R&B was seen during this decade in the global success of established artists such as Beyoncé,Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Usher, whose careers began in the 1990s and continued in the dawn of the new millennium. The year 2001, in particular its summer, has been described as a golden age for contemporary R&B and urban soul music, with artists such as Jill Scott, Mariah Carey and Destinys Child, who paved the way for Alicia Keys, Blu Cantrell, and the revival of Aaliyah.
Technology• In the first decade of the 21st century consumers began to use computers and computer networks as the primary means to record, distribute, store and play music.• This technological shift caused widespread economic changes and fundamentally changed the relationships between artists, record companies, promoters, retail music stores, the technology industry and the consumer.
• The rise of digital music consumption options contributed to a few fundamental changes in consumption. First the decline of album sales. With the A la carte sales models increasing in popularity, consumers no longer download entire albums but rather choose single songs.• The initial stage (from approximately 1998 to 2001) of the digital music revolution was the emergence of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks that allowed the free exchange of music files (such as Kazaa and Napster).
• By 2001, the cost of hard drive space had dropped to a level that allowed pocket-sized computers to store large libraries of music. The iPod and iTunes system for music storage and playback became immensely popular, and many consumers began to transfer their physical recording media (such as CDs) onto computer hard drives.
Internet Music Sites• YouTube (owned by Google Inc.) is the main site for finding music videos for both independent bands and mainstream bands that have released their music on CD or digitally, while also being useful for finding rare songs.• YouTube is a multimedia provider, so it is difficult to say how much entertainment it has provided to music consumers, however it did provide about one-third of all 11 billion online video views in the US in the month of April 2008.
Mobile Music• MP3 players• Rise of MP3 players, in October 2001, Apple unveiled the first generation iPod, with the development of a minimalistic user interface and a smaller form factor, the iPod was initially notable within users of the Macintosh community.• In July 2002, Apple introduced the second generation update to the iPod. It was compatible with Windows computers through Musicmatch Jukebox (now known as Y!Music Musicmatch Jukebox). The iPod series, which grew to include microdrive and flash- based players, has become the market leader in DAPs.
Smart Phones• The 21st century saw the birth of 3G enabled mobile phones.• The key advantage of 3G enabled phones over MP3 players is their greater web integration. This enables users to readily access a far larger quantity of songs than MP3 player users can.• For an MP3 player, songs must be stored before the user leaves their computer, but with 3G enabled phones the device is not separated from the source.
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