1.What is popular music?
Popular music 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?
Pop music typically uses love as the theme in the lyrics. For example, “Baby” by Justin Bieber uses the theme love. This theme is a popular one because the theme love uses emotion and is relatable to the audience.
3.What is disco? What are the characteristics of this music?
Disco is a musical genre that began in the 1970s and ended up mixing “soaring” vocals with a beat that encouraged dancing. The characteristics of this music consist...
Which famous group was a part of this movement? What impact did the group have on pop music? British Invasion is another feature of the popular music of 1960s in which bands of the time were modeled on the successful American bands, and focused on producing recordings and touring to promote the recordings. The biggest group of British Invasion was The Beatles. The Beatles had the impact of using catchy lyrics and melodies which will be the centerpiece of pop for the next few decades.
5.What is a boy band? What are some characteristics of a boy band?
A boy band has between three and six young adult males who typically sang, but did not play instruments. Their image was often one of the most important characteristics of the group, more so than the music itself. The boys image would be controlled even by what the wear. They typically had the “bad boy”, the “nice boy” and the “baby."
Critical Thinking Questions
1.Some of the music in the 1960s was used to protest social and political issues. Is music still used as a form of protest? Why or why not?
I say that music is not still used as a form to protest. Music today mainly focuses on partying, love, and money, not on protesting social or political...
On social media platforms Artist basically only post things that are promoting their music that they did not put time into at all and you can tell. I think that artists are only creating music today for money. Many artist’s today have ten multi-million dollar cars and jewelry that could fed a small country.
3.How has technology impacted pop music? Describe at least three technological changes that impacted and shaped pop music today or in the past.
Technology has impacted pop music by being able to promote their music on television which came around in the 1950s. The microphone came around in the 1940s, which impacted pop because singers could now perform for a big audience and be heard. Today, technology is still impacting pop music. For example, Justin Timberlake and Micheal Jackson performed at this year’s super bowl half-time. Micheal Jackson was not really there because he is dead, but they were able to have him there as a holograph.
4.Pop music has often been seen as youth music. Why do you think pop music appeals to younger individuals? How has the industry promoted this idea? Pop music appeals to younger individuals because pop uses new technology which makes pop so different from other genres. Pop music artists’ are usually young and often appear on commercials on the Disney Channel and ect. which appeals to young...
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