Pop music in the 21st Century Hello! Everyone, It’s the weekly podcast. I’m Terry Lam. Today I’m going to talk about pop music in the 21st Century. Basically, pop music is short for popular music and nowadays, there are many different countries in the world are doing pop music like Britain, America, Korea, Japan, Africa and China, and among all of these countries, recently the most famous pop music country is Korea and Japan which is called K-pop and J-pop and they are very popular through the whole world. In pop music, guitar is the most used instrument and also other types of guitars like bass, acoustic and electric guitar.
And there are other instruments such as piano, keyboard, drums, organs, synthesizers, brass, percussion, strings and vocals. Most pop music is doing in bands and some are doing in single. The characteristics of pop music are usually repetitive and it goes in a sort of pattern, it also encourages dancing as well. Before, folk music was most common musical form for all classes of people, but since the mid-1950’s pop music has been identified as the music and the musical styles that are accessible to the widest audience. This means the music that sells the most copies, draws the largest concert audiences, and is played most often on the radio.
There are many people are doing pop music, and the age of people who are doing it are very wide, like in Korea, a group called Girls’ Story. They are the youngest ever pop music group – with an average age of below 10, and they have already released their own album. And there is another band in Britain called The Zimmers. The oldest member was born in 1913, and he has died two years ago which he was already 98 years old. In Britain, there are quite a lot famous pop singers like one direction, Carley Rae Jepson, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Katy Perry and etc… These singers are all very popular in 2012.
They have all released their own MV on YouTube and their MV have got over a hundred thousand views. So let’s talk about K-pop which is Korean pop music. K-pop’s popularity is keep increasing in these few years. In 2012 summer in July, a singer called psy had released a song called Gangnam Song and this song is very famous in every single country around the world including UK because of his horse dance and funny music video. In addition, he has live performances in various places such as Japan, Korea, china, America and Paris.
It the January 2013, his music video has been viewed over 1. 2 billion on YouTube and he has broken the record of Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ and also the Guinness World record Music influences people’s mind; and these can be both positive and negative influences. It can affect the mood of teenagers. When they are listening to a fast and joyful song, they would have a cheerful and happy mood but when they are listening to a slow and sad song, they would become sad and emotional as well. In the past decades, teenagers love pop music and they love to learn from it like raping and dancing.
It has become an important part in their daily lives. Teenagers could also learn more vocabulary or even other foreign languages from the music. However, some type of pop music has involved some slang or swearword in it which are not a proper language and they are not good for children to learn. In this 21st century, the majority of people are listening to pop music but there are still loads of people prefer listening to classical music instead of pop music. But for me, I like both pop music and classical music. This is the end of this weekly podcast. See you next week, bye bye!