What do the majority of music aficionados search out when it comes to musical genres? What CDs achieve the highest sales results? What is the dominant style of music heard on the airwaves and on the dance floors around the world today? The answer is popular, or pop, music. While jazz, classical, polka, reggae and the like have their loyal followers, no group commands the audience that popular music does.
In general, popular music is any music that's accessible to the public through mass-marketing means and appeals to the broadest spectrum of listeners. The number of recording sales an artist achieves is a measure of popularity, as is the amount of airplay an artist receives. Therefore, artists and their music are popular by virtue of the vastness of their audience.
Popular music is not one particular genre. Songs that are on the pop music charts (which measure success) can be any genre. A top 40 list of current popular songs may include, rap, hip-hop, country and rock songs. In the early 1960s, when rock-'n-roll was the hot thing on radio, a catchy jazz tune called Take 5, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet climbed the charts and became a hit. Conventional wisdom at the time couldn't predict this, but it was what the public wanted to hear. Therefore, this quirky jazz tune was popular music.
The varieties of music commonly seen under the popular music umbrella today are soft rock, hard rock, country, hip-hop, rap and ballad-type film and Broadway music. The latter two often become popular due to the boost they receive from their visual media. Think of how popular the ballad "My Heart Will Go On" became because of the 1997 film "Titanic."
Trends in popular music today are toward vibrant, energetic dance music, superstar artist duets and tribute albums. Recent years have seen crossover albums become popular. This is where a popular artist in one genre, for example country, ventures over to another genre, like rock.
Another trend in popular music is toward elaborate stage productions for artist shows. Consider the production values of Celine Dion's recently ended show in Las Vegas. Christina Aguilera's recent Back to Basics tour resembled an elaborate Broadway production, complete with circus performers. This is the trend: big, brash and bold, with stunning visuals accompanying the popular music.
Any music listened to by the majority is, by definition, popular. However, some achieve levels unheard of in the past due to today's ultra-fast dissemination methods. At no other time in history has so much music reached so many people in such a short time. With computers, the Internet, cell phones and other technology, a song can achieve popularity fast.
This is great for independent musicians who have no record company contract yet to promote their work. Through the social networking capabilities of the Internet, the word can get out about their work. In an inexpensive manner, they can find listeners and become very popular. This kind of viral marketing can make a lesser-known musician a pop star almost overnight.
In previous decades different styles of music achieved the status of "popular" because of television. From the 1950s on, TV variety shows were a valuable tool for record companies to display their artists. Think of "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Dean Martin Show," and others that combined music, dance and comedy to entertain America. Many music artists achieved their popularity due to the power of television.
The popular music field has room for songs of many styles. As Dave Brubeck proved, you never know what the public will choose to make popular. In any given year there are always surprises, remember the song "Who Let the Dogs Out"? So, there you go. Sit down at that piano and compose away. You just never know.
Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born September 4th, 1981 in Houston, Texas to Matthew and Tina Knowles as the first born of two girls. Before she reached the age of seven she was singing and showing signs of great talent. When she was seven, she was already attending dance school and was a soloist in the church choir.
By the time she reached her teen years, any spare time she could find was spent with her childhood pals, LaTayia Roberson, Kelly Rowland and LeToya Luckett, performing at local functions. The girls, then known as "Girl's Tyme" tried their luck at Star Search but did not make the cut. Beyonce's Dad gave up his good paying job in order to devote his time promoting the band. To this day Matthew Knowles manages his daughter's career.
After trying a few different names, the girls settled on Destiny's Child. The musical debut for the group was the song "Killing Time", which appeared on the soundtrack for the "Men in Black" movie, released in 1997. A year later, they had number one single with the song, "No,No,No, Part 2." The quartet became a trio later on that same year with the departure of LeToya and LaTayia, who decided to pursue individual careers. Destiny's Child continued onwards and became one of the top R&B/Pop groups in 2000 accumulating four Billboard Hot 100 number one singles and numerous top ten hits, as well as two albums that went to number one.
The group's second album continued with great success with tracks like "Say My Name," "Jumpin Jumpin," and the very successful "Bug A Boo." In the 2001, two Grammy awards were given to "Say My Name". They followed up with a third album, "Survivor," which produced such hits as the title track as well as "Bootylicious". The group decided to disband by 2005 but had at that time proven themselves as one of the top selling female groups in music history.
Beyonce had proven her worth and skills as a songwriter. She won the 2001 Songwriter of the Year, awarded by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Awards. This made her the first African-American woman to win the award and only the second woman to win. She also spent a bit of time working on solo projects which at first was not as successful as the projects with the trio, but she was not easily discouraged.
When she finally released her solo debut album, "Dangerously in Love", it went right to the top selling over 300,000 copies in just the first week and went platinum 3 weeks later, in June of 2003. The single from the album,"Crazy in Love" topped the charts and stayed there for over 8 weeks. Later that same year her album and the single topped the charts at the same time which put her on the same level as such musical wonders as The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Rod Stewart. She was and still is the only female artist to have accomplished this feat. This helped make Beyonce one of the biggest artists in both sales and popularity for 2003.
In 2004 she won five Grammy Awards. On the Destiny's Child album released in 2005, Beyonce released a song called "Check on It," which was used on the soundtrack of "The Pink Panther Movie," released in 2006.
In correspondence with her 25th birthday, she released a second album called "B'day," which sold more than her first solo album, with 541,000 copies sold in the first week after release. The lead single from the album, "Deja Vu," became a number one hit on the US R&B charts.
Not only has Beyonce had success in music, but also on the movie screen. She may be best known for the character Foxy Cleopatra in the 2002 summer movie, "Austin Powers in Goldmember" along side Michael Caine and Mike Myers. In 2003 she appeared beside Cuba Gooding Jr. in the movie "The Fighting Temptations". In 2006, she got chance to pay homage to Diana Ross in a movie based on a Broadway musical depicting the lives of the Supremes. Beyonce showed off her incredible acting skills, playing the part of Ms. Ross in the Movie titled, "Dreamgirls", which opened with first weekend sales of $8 million and has grossed well over $100 million to date.
Beyonce's talent has shown no end in sight and her fans are looking forward to see what is yet to come.
Lady Gaga is an American singer with a fashion sense to match her great voice. Her dazzling stage performances have earned her a huge fan following. Over eight million copies of her albums and thirty five million copies of her singles have been sold worldwide.
She was recognized by the famous singer "Akon" when she sung a reference vocal for one of his tracks. She worked with Redone in the studio on her debut album, which produced super hit singles which raised her to fame. Gaga soon went to Los Angeles to complete her debut Album "The Fame", where she merged a lot of genres to create an entirely new type of music.
Lady Gaga's first album "The Fame" was a super hit and sold over 8 million copies all over the world. Lady Gaga's own personal experiences fill the songs as they portray a rich and famous person's life. She says that the album is about "how anyone can feel famous like a celebrity".
Having won a Grammy for best electronic/Dance album at the 52nd Grammy awards, the debut album's success is unquestionable. It stood at the top spot in the UK and Canada charts and also in the Billboard top electronic albums chart. It reached the number 2 spot on the billboard 200.
"The Fame" featured the lead single "Just Dance" which reached the top position in the billboard hot 100 after spending nearly five months just staying in the hot 100. It is the second best selling digital song of all time and has a Grammy nomination in best dance category to its achievements.
Poker face is the other hit single which achieved great success, attaining the top spot in the charts of US, UK and so many other countries. It won the Grammy award for best dance recording category and received Grammy nominations in various categories.
To promote the album, Gaga went on "The Fame Tour" which was highly applauded by fans. The onstage theatrics and Gaga's fashionable costumes added to her voice to make a great environment for the audience.
The second album depicts the other side of the coin of Fame. "The Fame Monster" where the monster refers to the evils of fame, is packed with her experiences as she toured the world as a celebrity following her successful debut.
Gaga's second album features the super hit single "Bad Romance" which Gaga states is about loving your best friend. It stood at number 2 on the billboard top 100 chart. However it reached the summit on the UK singles chart.
"The Monster Ball tour" to promote her latest album is her recent venture. The 2010 Tour is planned to put up a show like never before and is totally planned to be different from the 2009 tour. It is going to be a show that you definitely do not want to miss. Book your Lady Gaga tickets now. Check tour venues and select the nearest one and get your Lady Gaga tix as soon as you can.