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This is a presentation on POP MUSIC. It is all about how it originated, what people thought of it and why its so popular.

Tania Joshi

on 7 December 2015

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Pop is a very popular genre of music, it's a liking that many share. It has influenced the society immensely, on a local and international level. Music as a whole has a huge influence on today’s youth. It can change the way they think, look and act.
Evolution of Pop
Main Characteristics
Abbreviation of "popular music".
Designed to appeal to people around the world.
Short, catchy, simple.
Usually between 2.5 and 5.5 minutes in length.
Pop songs usually consist of a verse and the chorus is repeated.
Usually have a combination of rhythms that are dance oriented.
Try and satisfy all audiences.
Some of the most common instruments that are used in pop music are the bass, the drums, electric guitars, pianos etc.
Pop music is basically the most popular type of music. There are many perspectives as some people like pop music and people who don't. Major people who are/were famous are Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift and Beyonce. It has shows that pop can effect the way people act or look.

- Pop music is one of the most trending types of music there is today. Originally starting in the 1850s, it has evolved ever since.
- The word “Pop music” was used from the 1880s and it has many subcultures which include Hip Hop, Electronic Dance Music and Rock Music.
It started during the 1950s in the USA and the UK.

Popular culture is seen as the youths way of life, most believe that music and TV has largely impacted pop culture.
The Musical Influence
Here, pop music had just emerged from the rock and roll stage. The music was mixed and it was different for people.

In the 60s, pop music kicked off. People were listening to this music everywhere, with lyrics combining humor, and a catchy tune. A new style of pop emerged in this decade, music was reflecting friendships of surfer girls and beach boys.
In the 70s, disco largely influenced pop music. People were in love disco and its unique dance moves too.

In the 80s, people were listening to movie soundtracks, like “Eye of the Tiger” from Rocky III and “Say you, Say me.” Pop music was evolving very, very fast.
The nineties was the decade of the female singers. Largely popular female singers emerged in this decade. The most popular were Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and the Spice Girls.

Pop became extremely international in the 90s and its music was spreading all around the world.

In this era, pop music is the most popular type of music and it is something we all listen to today.

People like Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Demi Lovato emerged in this era.

Some teens get influenced because of the music that they listen to. The only problem is that pop music doesn't always portray the best intentions. Many recent pop songs have obvious references to drugs, sex, violence or alcohol.

Pop music influences the youth in many different ways some of them being fashion, language and sometimes even habits. For instance, many teens now follow fashion choices of pop icons like Ariana Grande.

In terms of language, many of teens now speak slang, rather than proper English. In a lot of songs, singers use swear words, and other vulgar language. Youths sometimes do get influenced by this and these words start becoming a part of their vocabulary.
Local Perspectives (USA)
Global Perspectives
Parents might worry about the content in pop songs.
Research has shown that music affects our mood - e.g. heavy metal listeners often have more "destructive" impulses or behaviours.

Abby H (teenager in Massachusetts): the fact that pop is designed to appeal to a wide audience leads to shallower lyrics and an industry where musical talent is valued less than looks/wealth.

American reports: instrumental "depth" of pop music has lost variety over the years.
"Watered-down" music designed to appeal to as many people as possible.
Roger Scruton (British philosopher): "the background sounds of modern life are... less and less human".
Less appreciation of true musical talent - more focus on money.

Our generation is becoming less able to function without background noise.

Music reflects a growing acceptance of LGBT rights.
e.g. Hozier:
Take Me to Church
, Macklemore/Ryan Lewis:
Same Love
, Lady Gaga:
Born This Way
Pop music is a force to unite people over common interests

Wide variety of artists makes it easy for everybody to find something/someone they like and enjoy listening to.

Listening to pop music is relaxing and helps to inspire us when doing tasks at the same time (multi-tasking).
Sources: MLA Format
O'Toole, Kathleen. "Pop Music at the Core of Youth Culture, Says a Soon-to-be-released Book (10/97)." Stanford News Service. Stanford University, 23 Oct. 1997. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

H, Abby. "Keeping Music Real." Teen Ink | A Teen Literary Magazine and Website. Teen Ink, n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Scruton, Roger. "A Point of View: Why It's Time to Turn the Music off." BBC News. BBC, 15 Nov. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Moniuszko, Sara. "Mainstream Music Embraces LGBT Perspective." USA Today. Gannett, 30 Aug. 2015. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Eveleth, Rose. "Science Proves: Pop Music Has Actually Gotten Worse." Smithsonian. Smithsonian Institution, 27 July 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Matson, John. "Is Pop Music Evolving, or Is It Just Getting Louder?" Scientific American Global RSS. Scientific American, 26 July 2012. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Parker-Pope, Tara. "Under the Influence Of...Music?" Well | New York Times. The New York Times, 05 Feb. 2008. Web. 19 Nov. 2015.

Personal Perspectives
Michael Jackson, commonly known as the King of Pop was a legend.
At the time, he was one of the most successfull singers and had a large influence over many, many people. He performed numerous songs and his most successfull being 'Thriller'
He changed the face of pop through his songs and his dance moves.
She is a world famous singer, songwriter and actress. With many hit songs, like 'Single Ladies' and 'Run the World'.

She has had a very positive impact on our world today, for example, she participated in the 2005 World Children’s Day, and released “Stand Up For Love,” to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes.

The singer also held a series of food drives before her concerts in 2006 to collect the food that was so desperately needed by victims.
Global Perspectives (cont.): Lady Gaga in Indonesia
Forced to cancel sold-out show in Indonesia.
Protests by religious groups.
Opposed by lawmakers.
Threats to use force to prevent the concert from happening.

Sexy clothes and dance might "corrupt the country's youth".
Global Perspectives (cont.): Violence, sexuality, and imagery in pop music
Blurred Lines (Robin Thicke/Pharrell Williams): "rapey lyrics" caused banning of song from multiple universities in the UK.
Infamous performance at the VMAs.

Like a Prayer (Madonna): music video's anti-religious tones lead to Catholic church's disapproval and loss of endorsement opportunity.

Elastic Heart (Sia): "paedophilic overtones" caused public outrage.
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