1. What is popular music?
This is any music since industrialization in the mid-1800s that is in line with the tastes and preferences of the middle class. 2. What theme does pop music typically use in the lyrics? Describe one pop song that uses this theme. Why is this theme such a popular one?
3. What is disco? What are the characteristics of this music?
A blend of soul music and funk, set to 4/4 time syncopated rhythm, making it easily danceable. Most disco songs have a steady four-on-the-floor beat, a quaver or semi-quaver hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a heavy, syncopated bass line. 4. What was the British Invasion? Which famous group was a part of this movement? What impact did the group have on pop music? The British invasion is the term for British music catching on in American society, most notably would be the Beatles, however The Who, and even later on the Sex Pistols could be associated with it. As far as the Impact, The Beatles changed the way rock music was viewed by American society in the early 1960's. The Beatles were the first British rock band to gain widespread notice in America because of their debut on the Ed Sullivan show, thus an era began. 5. What is a boy band? What are some characteristics of a boy band? A boy band featured between three and six young adult males who typically sang, but did not play instruments. The boy bands of the 1990s were often created by record companies or talent agencies, and they often had a commercial orientation. A boy band’s image was often one of the most important elements of the group, perhaps even more so than the music itself. Almost all aspects of the group’s image were carefully controlled, from their dress to even the stereotypes that the group members fit into, such as the "bad boy," the "baby," and the "nice boy." Performances by the boy bands often featured highly choreographed dance routines.
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