Pop is an abbreviation for ‘Popular Music’ and generally defines a wide variety of songs that rise onto the public ‘Hit Chart’ and played often on radio stations such as BBC Radio 1. Pop Music originated in it’s current form in the 1950’s and derived from Rock and Roll. What makes the Pop genre unique is that it includes all varieties of music regardless of the style although the primary genre usually possess mass public appeal.
The Beatles The Rolling Stones ABBAThese bands were the first bands to be classified as being within the Pop genre because of the influence they had on youth culture in Britain at the time that Pop became a recognised genre.
An aim of appealing to a general audience, rather than to a particular sub-culture or ideology An emphasis on craftsmanship rather than formal "artistic" qualities An emphasis on recording, production, and technology, over live performance A tendency to reflect existing trends rather than progressive developments Much pop music is intended to encourage dancing, or it uses dance-oriented beats or rhythms.Source: Wikipedia.org
SincePop has become a well-recognised genre, it has developed by ‘absorbing’ the different aspects of genres that have been the trend of public appeal at different periods of time such as: Jazz, Soul, country and Rock and Roll. The Pop Genre gained a massive spike in promotion when music television music stations such as MTV which featured Artists such as Michael Jackson and Madonna whom are well-known pop icons.
The Beatles: The Beatles were an English Rock band formed in 1970 which included the line-up of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they are the most successful and critically-acclaimed artist in the history of Pop Music.
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in Londonin 1962 and one of the most commercially successful andcritically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.The groups earliest line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar,harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals,harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bassist)and Charlie Watts (drummer). As of 1993, Jagger, Richards andWatts are the only remaining original members, completing theofficial line-up with Ronnie Wood (guitarist). Source: Wikipedia
Because Pop music can include any genre that the musicindustry has to offer, there is no set instruments that definethe genre as a whole, however, the general trend suggests thatmost Pop bands consist of at least a Lead Vocalist and LeadGuitarist as a part of the group.
Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is the lead vocalist for ‘The RollingStones’ one of the most commercially successful and criticallyacclaimed acts in the history of popular music and has becomesomewhat of a cultural icon after being a ‘counter-culture’ figurefor openly admitting his use of drugs. His distinctive voice andperformance style has left him regarded as one of the mostcritically-acclaimed vocalists in the history of pop music.
James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix;November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an Americanmusician and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be thegreatest electric guitarist in music history and one of the mostinfluential musicians of his era despite mainstream exposurelimited to just three years. After initial success in Europe with hisgroup The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he achieved fame in theUnited States following his 1967 performance at the Monterey PopFestival. Later, he headlined the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festivaland the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. He often favoured rawoverdriven amplifiers with high gain and treble and helpeddevelop the previously undesirable technique of guitar amplifierfeedback.Source: Wikipedia
Raymond Daniel Manczarek, Jr. was the keyboardist for AmericanRockband ‘The Doors’, Manczarek used synthesized tones on hiskeyboard to create a psychadelic rock affect when playing a song. Hewas a founding member of The Doors right up until the band broke up in1973, Manczarek has since been assosciated with other musical acts.
David Eric "Dave" Grohl (born January 14,1969) is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter,who is the lead vocalist, guitarist, primarysongwriter and founder of the FooFighters, prior to which he was thedrummer in the grunge band Nirvana. Heis also the drummer and co-founder of therock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.Grohl has additionally written all themusic and performed all the instrumentsfor his short-lived side projects Late! andProbot, as well as being involved withQueens of the Stone Age numerous timesthroughout the past decade. He hasperformed session work (as a drummer)for a variety of musicians, includingGarbage, Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, TheProdigy, Slash, Juliette Lewis, TenaciousD, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, andLemmy. Source: Wikipedia
Pop in the present day has definitely progressed since the days ofthe likes of ‘The Rolling Stones’ and ‘The Beatles’, back then,the music was performed with real instruments but the backingtrack is usually created by using computer software and a singleperson sings over the top, a few artists who have risen to fame inthe present day of Pop are:Justin BieberMiley CyrusLady GagaKaty PerryCheryl ColeRihannaSome fans of pop agree that pop nowadays isnt nearly as good asit was back when it first came about because not only did theyuse real instruments but they wrote their own songs and softwareis also used to enhance the singer’s voice which is known as‘Auto-tuning’, somefans of pop disagree that this is pop becauseit isnt necessarily the artist singing because they are aided by acomputer.
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