Pop music history and audience
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Pop music history
I have chosen to do pop as my sub-genre as it is my favourite genre of music. I
also believe that this is a very popular sub-genre within society.
The word pop originally came from the term ‘popular’ showing it is one of the
most well-known genres around.
The pop genre has been around for as long as anyone can remember,
however the term ‘pop song’ is first recorded as being used in 1926.
Many people believe that the pop genre didn’t really exist until the ‘king of
pop’ (or Michael Jackson) became known, since then there has been many
successful pop artist such as Madonna, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
The pop genre first started off as a mixture of other music genres; from there
it formed its own sound and became what it is today.
In the 1940’s the improved technology and microphone design allowed
singers to have a more intimate singing style.
About 10 years later more durable records came about which helped pop
music move into the radio and film industries.
Another thing which made the genre so much more popular was the
availability of television in the 1950’s.
With performances from stars such as Abba the pop genre had never been
It wasn’t until the early 1980’s when the promotion of pop music had been
greatly affected by TV channels like MTV.
They made artist such like Madonna and Michael Jackson favourites
for the public with their strong visual appeal.
As pop music is an abbreviation of popular music, this means all pop music is
created with the intention of appealing to a wide range audience of different
ages and genders.
Nowadays, pop music is influenced by the likes of brands such as one
direction, Katy Perry and lady gaga. Therefore one main target audience of
pop music for this generation would be teenagers aged 13-18 as they are
most likely to listen to the chart music.
However, in previous generations such as the 1960’s artist such as the
Beatles and the rolling stones strongly influenced the charts and therefor
appealed to a wider range of people ages 20-40.