What is Pop?
Pop is a genre literally very "popular" around the world (from there comes the name, as we shall see). It was developed in the mid-1950s as a softer alternative to rock and roll. Undoubtedly, it is one of the genres that has achieved more sales of albums and music videos, and it's a very focused style to the commercial, usually targeting young people with simple, catchy songs and themes that recur as the love.
The term "pop song" appeared for the first time in 1926, to refer to a type of popular music. Since the 1950's, the term "pop music" was used to identify a gender other than rock and roll, more soft and focused to young people. After 1967, amid the impact of the British Invasion (musical movement), pop began to use more and more as a form of opposition to the concept of music rock and describe a music more commercial and passed. Therefore pop is necessarily linked to the mass; If it is not "popular" hardly can be called "pop" (or commercial nature, not in a pejorative or negative sense, but by its very nature it is; it is very difficult that someone does not like these melodies).
Pop music has had influences from almost all other genres of music throughout its history. For example, the first crooners used vocal harmonies of the gospel and soul, the instrumentation of jazz and rock, classical orchestration and tempo of the music dance, music electronics and, more recently, some vocal accompaniments of rap. He has also managed to use technology and media, including radio, television, films, and especially the music videos from the 1980s. Although the development of pop has taken place mainly in United States and England, who have made that pop is recognized internationally, each country has its own form of pop, with their own characteristics.
In general, are recognized features of pop music as its focus on singles or individual songs instead of albums and other more extensive projects; It aims at a general and extensive audience and not ideologies and particular sectors; his music is more artisanal than artistic; It privileges the recordings, production and technology, rather than the live shows; and their tendency to reflect trends and developments not progressive.
The most representative of pop music artists are Michael Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Shakira, Elton John, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Prince, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, among others.