History of Pop Music Videos
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History of Pop Music VideosPop music is an abbreviation of the word popular. It is a genre that describes it as being popular music, which originated during the 1950s and 1960s, coming from rock and roll. Pop music is labelled as being eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; however, there are core elements that define pop music. Identifying factors of pop music include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure) as well as the common employment of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks. The first pop song was recorded in 1926; this came across to the public, as being a piece of music that has popular appeal. In the parlours of middle class homes, unprofessional singers and pianists performed popular music. Early Pop Music In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, people enjoyed commercial music, in the 1930s; the influence of American Jazz led to the creation of British dance bands, who provided communal and popular music that began to dominate social occasions and the radio airwaves. In terms of the origins of pop music, it is a genre which includes a mix of several different styles of music which vary from jazz to country; rock to rap or hip-hop, etc. In addition, sheet music was a way of getting families together and hearing pop music, as it was music which was handwritten or printed in form of music notation using musicals symbols, and therefore, relatives and children would get together and hear the music, as someone would play it on the piano or guitar. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the most significant feature of the pop music industry was the commodity form of sheet music. Moreover, Pop music is generally described as being very commercial friendly, marketable and memorable, with vocals, lyrics, instruments, creating a chorus or verse, which makes the song catchy and memorable, keeping the target audience, engaged into the song/music video. The 50sElvis Presley brought Rock n Roll, producing over 32 number one hit singles and 18 number one albums. He is known as the most iconic music figure of the 50s till date. Moreover, in the last 50s, the English rock music group The Beatles was formed. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr were the members of the group. Most lyrics and music were written by Lennon and McCartney. The decade 1960-70 was dominated by the Beatles. In 1958, musical legends Michael Jackson and Madonna were born, up till date, these 2 remain probably the 2 most well-known people. The 60sIn 1960, The English Rock band was formed, with members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They are probably the most well-known group/band of all time, bring given the title of the foremost and more influential act of the rock era. The Beatles have a number of chart-topping singles. Beatles hit the top spot with classics like She Loves You, Help! and Hey Jude. In terms of awards, The Beatles won the first ever BRIT award for best band, in addition to this, they have seven Grammy Awards and have also been honoured by the Queen. The Beatles have claimed to have made 600 million sales, making them the most successful band till date. In 1962, the English rock band The Rolling Stones were formed, with the current members: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. Past members of the rolling stone were: Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. The band's second UK LP, The Rolling Stones No. 2 released in January 1965, charted at number 1 as an album. In addition, The Rolling Stone have claimed to have made 200 million sales.
The 70sIn the 1970s, Got to Be There was Michael Jacksons first solo debut studio album, released by Motown Records on January 24, 1972. It ended up becoming Gold-certified. Moreover, in 1975-1983, popularity of disco and hip-hop lead to the popularity of pop, and when the movie Saturday Night Fever was released, Disco Music gained a lot of popularity and admiration. Hip-Hop emerged as a blend of rock, jazz and soul with African drumming in New York City and the debut album of Madonna called Holiday also became a hit.
Abba was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, with members Agnetha Fltskog, Bjrn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982. They also won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, making them the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.
Another well-known group would be Queen, a British rock band that was formed in London in 1970. Also, Queen released their sixth studio in 1977, which contained the the hit songs "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Spread Your Wings". The album went 4x platinum in the United States, and achieved high certifications around the world, selling over 8 million copies.
The 80sMadonna is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman, whose first album was called Madonna, which was the eponymous debut studio album released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winner Ray of Light, which was the seventh studio album by her.
Moreover, in 1983, Michael Jackson popularised the moonwalk, which is a backslide dance technique that presents the illusion that the dancer is stepping forward while actually moving backwards. After two years (1985), Michael Jackson then released Thriller, which became a classic, and till date is still one of the most notable music videos ever to have been created. Moonwalking gif: http://giphy.com/gifs/michael-jackson-moonwalk-awesomeness-3lAyb3GRq21NK 90sMariah Carey, an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, who released her self-titled debut studio albumin 1990, making her rise to fame with the song "Vision of Love".Moreover, Mariah Carey released another number one hit song called All I want for Christmas which was thelead singlefrom her firstholiday albumand fourthstudio album,Merry Christmas.This song is till date one of the best Christmas songs ever to be produced. Also, this song has received positive feedback and success, to be specific, The Daily Telegraph hailed "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as the most popular and most played Christmas song of the decade in the United Kingdom. In addition, Rolling Stoneranked it fourth on its Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs list, calling it a "holiday standard. This song has had global sales of over 14 million copies and it remains as Mariah Carey's biggest international success and the 11th best-selling singleof all time. In general, Mariah Carey did really well in the music industry during the 90s, with more hit songs, such as, Hero and always be my baby.
Furthermore, another famous celebrity singer in the 90s, would be Celine Dion, who released the album Lets talk about Love in 1997, which included the song My Heart Will go on. This song was also the maintheme songto theJames Cameron's blockbuster filmTitanic, and went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia. This song has become Celion Dion's biggest hit, and one of thebest-selling singlesof all time, and was the world's best-selling single of 1998.Moreover, Celine Dion also released other songs that were widely recognised and successful, such as, Power of Love and Because You Loved me, etc.
Likewise, Britney Spears was yet another popular singer in the 90s, who released her debutstudio album called Baby One More Timein 1999. It included the song Baby One More Time which was titled the same as the album. This song attained global success, reaching number one in every country it charted, including the United Kingdom, where it earned double-platinum status and became the country's best-selling song of 1999. It also received numerous certifications around the world, and is one of thebest-selling singles of all time, with over 10 million copies sold.Another song of Britney Spears that was successful in the 90s, was the song Sometimes from the same album Baby One More Time. This song also achieved worldwide success, peaking inside the top ten in eleven countries.
2000sThe 2000s consisted of many singers and rappers who dominated the music industry with their music. For example, Marshall Bruce Mathers III, also known as Eminem was known as the best-selling artist of the 2000s, with Rolling Stone ranking him 83rd on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, calling him the King of Hip Hop. Moreover, Eminem had two albums in the top 10 during the 2000s, one titled The Marshall Mathers LP, which was at No. 4 during the 2000s and the other album titled The Eminem Show at No 5 in 2002. Between these and his other releases, Eminem has sold about 32.2m albums, and also made him the only act to have two albums in the decade's top 10 in the 2000s.Another popular and known artist of the 2000s would be Coldplay. Coldplay are a British rock band formed in 1996 by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL). Moreover, they achieved worldwide fame with the release of the single "Yellow" in 2000. Then this was followed by their debut album titled Parachutes, which was released the same year and was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, considered for being the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland in the 2000s. The single Yellow reached number four in the UK Singles Chart, giving the band its first top-five hit in the United Kingdom and till date remains one of the most popular songs to be released by Coldplay.