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Pop VS Popular Music

Some people are confused whether Pop is one and the same with Popular music. We explore their differences to distinguish them clearly from each other.

First, the definitions, Popular music is a common term used to describe the broad genres of music that has mass appeal. The key here is that different genres, such as rock or jazz, could be considered as popular music.

Pop Music, on the other hand, is a music genre itself. It is said to be a milder version of rock and roll. Pop Music doesn’t aim for the higher music discipline such as in classical music. It is made to be likable to the public. It’s focused on the recording, production, and marketability of the songs.

The primary medium of pop is the song itself. You will notice that the pattern of a verse-chorus form where the chorus is a perfect contrast of the melody, rhythm, and harmony of the verse. The lyrics of the songs are everyday relatable things to make it appeal to more people.

Arguably, pop music started when music halls became popular. Before music recording was available, music halls had drawn an audience with songs professionally written to appeal to almost everyone. The music scene evolved as the gramophone became available. It allowed music to be recorded and distributed to more audience.

The recording saw the rise of famous crooners and millions of record sales. Famous pop artist of the 1930s and 1940s were Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Other music genres also started to record their music.

To keep track of who’s who in the music scene, pop music charts were developed in the 1950s. The first Top Twenty chart was compiled and recorded during this period. Rock’n’Roll music also began to take the music industry by storm. The great Elvis Presley was the biggest pop star until the early 1960s.

And then came The Beatles, who set a new bar in pop music. These talented group could write their songs, and they produced a unique sound that is called “Beatlesque.” The Beatles generated a cult following and influenced a lot of upcoming artists, especially in the songwriting department.  However, professional songwriters for singers were still in great demand as producers continue to manufacture stars that have the perfect looks but with less talent to back it up.

In the 1990s, Boy Bands started to gain a footing on the music scene. The producers handpicked the members of these groups to be the in front lines of pop music. Since the followers of pop music are mostly the teens, the producers cast good looking young singers to better appeal to their listeners. Their songs were the same catchy arrangements that are easy to the ears. However, the boy band trend started to fade towards the end of the millennium, but some of its better band members were given a solo career.

Pop music is continuing to dominate the music scenes up to the present. This genre takes in the most patronage and sales in the music industry. The formula of selling accessible music targeted to the general public is working very well up to now.

Do We Still Need Genres?

Popular music or Pop is commonly called mainstream music. Some people think that it is a separate category, but they do not realize that pop music actually consists of different genres such us hip-hop, rock, dance, jazz, electronic, R&B, among others.

I think the best way to describe pop music is to think of it as the current fad or musical style of the moment. If we go back in time, we will realize that certain music genres stood out and became the pop music of the period. For example, in the 1950s, rock and R&B are the raves. In the 1980s, hip-hop music prevailed. Now, at this current time, it seems that dance music is the chosen genre of pop music. I rarely hear band acts on the radio lately. In fact, other artists are evolving and adapting their music to meet what the listeners want to hear at the moment.

It gives me a feeling that genre is not that important as before. Twenty years ago, you can say that you like a particular genre. You write “alternative rock” when asked what your favorite music is. I even recall my school mates forming cliques based on the music they prefer as hip hop vs. metal (rock music).

Now, you cannot claim to belong to an exclusive music genre anymore. You get to hear everything and discover new music to love with just one streaming. Before, people go to a record bar and go straight to the aisle of his selected genre. Today, we are given a library consists of million songs and sounds to choose from. Although the streaming sites still categorize the music, I am pretty sure that one does not stay in one box of criteria. With all the music available right at your fingertips, it is impossible not to trail off and find something new to like.

The internet seems to shatter the stereotype of music and let everyone hear whatever music they like. One day, we might see that there will only be two music genre, the one you like and the one you don’t.

Top 5 Tips for Every Radio Presenter

Top 5 Tips for Every Radio Presenter

You must probably be aware that going live on air is not easy. Of course, by practice, you can do wonders. But when you are a beginner you will probably have to stumble upon a lot of things before you reach the heights of success. Your voice is the only thing that connects you with the audience, and you cannot afford to make mistakes. Going live on the radio is much worse than going live on national television. Yes, you read it right. Things are quite manageable in television, but the same is not the case in radio. Have you heard professionals speak? They sound like a recorded voice, and that is the potential that you must develop. So here are some of the tips that will help you achieve the goal easier.

Top 5 Tips for Every Radio Presenter

Practice enough:

Practice as much as you can before you go on air. Sometimes you might have to handle the impromptu situation, and you will have to cook up words, but still, practising will give you a helping hand.  Radio is one place where they will put you on the spot. Keep talking all the time and most importantly talk to yourself. This will help you score better.

Understand the type of show:

Different shows go on air in a radio station, and they belong to different genres. So it is important that you understand the difference between the shows and work accordingly. There are talk shows, celebrity shows, radio comedy, jukebox and much more. The vocal behaviour of the host changes from one to the other and thereby the person in front of the mike should understand the protocol of the program and act accordingly.

Develop your own style:

There are a lot of successful radio jockeys and radio presenters in the radio business. When a fresher gets into the same field, the first mistake that he might probably do is to imitate his inspiration or someone who is successful. Though this might initially gather some attention, it might not work all the time, and people will gradually lose interest. So develop your own style and try to make an impression. In the long run, you will have your own set of audience.

Tone, tenor and modulation:

Your voice modulation and the speed of your conversation matters a lot. Again we remind you that your voice is the only thing that connects you with the audience and it must be capable enough to emote the listeners. Adjust the modulation according to the situation. This will help people better understand humour and sarcasm. This is when people enjoy your shows much better.

Always hold a script:

Any presenter irrespective of the experience must hold a script in hand. This will help him perform with better clarity and confidence. Also, this will highly reduce the room for mistakes and will increase the quality of your performance. There can be no compromise here.

 

Interesting Facts about Radio and Radio Broadcasting

Interesting Facts about Radio and Radio Broadcasting

Though a lot of things have evolved, with radio having potential competitive technologies, and replacement quite closely available, we still not able to detach ourselves from the idea of listening to radio broadcasting. With mobile phones and computers, the technology has come much closer now. Even today people find it very much useful to have access to radios and they consider it informative. So here are some of the interesting facts that we probably didn’t know about Radio broadcasting.

Interesting Facts about Radio and Radio Broadcasting

The first prediction about radio:

The first prediction about radio took place in the 1860s by Clark Maxwell. So it wasn’t the idea of Marconi alone, though the dream of Maxwell turned into reality only through the efforts of Marconi. So almost 40 years after the idea came up the idea was turned into reality. It was not just Maxwell and Marconi, but many others like Tesla and Hertz had also predicted the invention of the radio.

The father of Radio Broadcasting:

Yes, the concept of radio broadcasting does have a father, and he is Lee De Forest. One of the first few radio broadcastings carried out by Lee De Forrest was at the peak of the Eiffel Tower. This man is probably hailed as the father of radio broadcasting as he was the first ever RJ in history.

Marconi didn’t stop with just invention:

All of us know that Marconi was the inventor of Radio, but not many of us know that he didn’t stop with that. He also knew the ways to proper transmission of information between two people through radio. He helped the then President Roosevelt to transmit news through radio and send information to Edward VII. This happened sometime in the year 1903, while the invention took place in the year 1901.

People had to own licence:

This fact will sound a little weird. People who wanted to own and listen to a radio in the UK had to get a licence to do so by paying a fee of 10 Shillings. Even today no one knows as to why this was done. However, this practice was only in the UK and between the year 1922 and 1971. The money goes to the government. This is still a mystery. People do not know why it was started why it had suddenly come to an end.

Radio and Broadcasting- Etymology:

The terms Radio and Broadcasting have gotten into common use today. Buy in the yesteryears these words weren’t prevalent. The reason for this is that the word radio sounded new and people were not used to it, and the word broadcasting was actually used in agriculture. Broadcasting in the past meant spreading of seeds. Before the word radio came into common usage, the same term was referred as wireless telegraphy.

 

Pop Goes My Heart

Yes, I know that that is the title of a fictional song by Alex Fletcher A.K.A. Hugh Grant, but what happened pretty much fits the title. I am a big fan of music since I was a kid and I had a somewhat strange hobby, and that was collecting song books, and man did I have a lot of them! But last month during a visit to my folk’s place, the house I grew up in, I was surprised with some people in uniform surrounding my house, they wouldn’t let me in, I asked who they were and told me they were from a Pest Control Jonesboro company.

I called my folks, and they told me that they were staying at a bed and breakfast close by. Apparently, the house was infested with termites, and everything in the basement was already gone; the basement where my mother kept the box where my entire song book was kept. I know I could get those online, but the memories I had with those song books was something irreplaceable. If I remember correctly, in one of those books was the number of a girl I had a crush on, and a few other doodles and notes me and my friends made, all irreplaceable. The music might still be playing, but those memories are now just memories.

Insect Names In The Music Scene

I am staying in my sister’s spare bedroom for the night, and I am sure I will be sleepless. My niece cries every two hours to announce her feeding time, but I do not mind the noise. It even gives me an excuse to listen to more good music while I am juggling homework and other tasks.

You might be wondering about this sleepover. Well, our apartment was scheduled to be fumigated by Pest Control Tampa. It is just a routine maintenance required by our landlord to ensure that the property is always in pristine condition. He is a neat freak, but we can’t complain since it is actually for a good cause. I haven’t seen rodents or roaches in our apartment complex since I moved in a year ago, and that’s a pleasant surprise compared to the places I lived in before. No pest means clean environment for everyone.

Now, since we are talking about pests, I am inspired to write about bands that were inspired by everyday bugs.

The Beatles

Before the band became famous, they called themselves “Quarrymen” and the “Silver Beetles.” Stuart Sutcliffe, the band’s original bassist, gave the name “The Beatles” in honor of his favorite band, “Buddy Holly and the Crickets.” John Lennon thought of a better name by combining beat and beetles, and then the name “The Beatles” was born.

The Crickets

This band inspired The Beatles, even in naming their band. As cited in a book about the band’s lead vocalist Buddy Holly, the group was inspired by other musical acts named after birds. They then fixed their sights on insect names, thus, the name Crickets.

Adam and the Ants

They were a new wave band from England lead by Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard). It is not certain how the band got its name, but some theorized that it must be from a brand of toilets and urinals in the UK. Whatever the origin was, the name turned out to be catchy.

Alien Ant Farm

They are an American rock band led by vocalist Dryden Mitchell. The band’s name was given by its guitarist Terry Corso who daydreamed about alien invasion on Earth.

Bee Gees

Many claims that the name is a fun way to spell the initials “Brothers Gibb.” However, the band said that it was actually in honor of their friends, Bill Good and Bill Gates who helped them when they were still starting their career.

Papa Roach

They are a rock band in the United States led by Jacoby Shaddix. The band name was borrowed from his step-grandfather Howard Willian Roatch, who was nicknamed “Papa Roach.”

Persephone’s Bees

Time to get a little geeky, Persephone is the daughter of the Greek gods Zeus and Demeter. Persephone’s story is the myth that explains why we have seasons. But the band’s lead vocalist Angelina Moysov said that she did not think of the myth when she thought about the band’s name.

Now, here’s something extra cool. Did you know that bands do not only follow insects’ name? In fact, in 2012, an insect was named after Beyoncé. Bryan Lessard called a rare Australian horsefly with a golden behind, Scaptia beyonceae. What glamorous horsefly that is!

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