Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mid-1950s. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many diverse styles. "Pop" and "rock" were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.
Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Pop music is eclectic, and often borrows elements from other styles such as urban, dance, rock, Latin, and country; nonetheless, there are core elements that define pop music. Identifying factors include generally short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), as well as common use of repeated choruses, melodic tunes, and hooks.
is a Canadian singer
. Born to a large, impoverished family in Charlemagne
, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world
after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged
his home to finance her first record
. In 1990, she released the English album Unison
, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America
and other English
-speaking areas of the world. Dion first gained international recognition after she won the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival
and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest
. Following a series of French albums, she signed on to Sony Records
in 1986. She achieved worldwide success with several English and French albums, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music. After a three-year hiatus from the music scene, Dion signed a four-year contract in 2002 to perform nightly in a five-star theatrical
show at Caesars Palace
, Las Vegas
. Dion's music has been influenced by genres ranging from pop
, and rock
, to gospel
, and while her releases have often received mixed critical reception, she is renowned for her technically skilled and powerful vocals. In 2004, she was presented with the Chopard Diamond Award
from the World Music Awards
show for becoming the "Best-selling Female Artist
in the World".
Dangerously in Love is the debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Beyoncé Knowles, released on June 22, 2003 by Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in 2002 to 2003 at several studios, during the hiatus of her then-group Destiny's Child. The tracks in the album are a mixture of uptempos and ballads, which are basically inspired by R&B and soul genres; it also features elements of hip hop and Arabic music. Although Knowles remained discreet about her interpretation of the songs, its underlying meanings were attributed by music writers as an allusion to her intimate relationship with then-boyfriend and well-known music mogul Jay-Z. Dangerously in Love propelled Knowles in becoming a viable solo star, as well as one of the most marketable singers in the recording industry. It became a worldwide commercial success, earning multi-platinum certifications in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
"The Edge of Glory" (registered as "Edge of Glory" on radio) is a song by American recording artist and songwriter Lady Gaga, from her second studio album Born This Way (2011). "The Edge of Glory" is a dance song that speaks of the very last moments of life. According to Gaga, lyrical inspiration came from the death of her grandfather, who died in September 2010. Alongside a saxophone solo played by Clarence Clemons, the melody of the song resembles much of the musical works of Bruce Springsteen, and contains several qualities similar to that of 1980s adult contemporary musical works. The song received critical acclaim, with many critics deeming the song as an album highlight. Much of the praise went to the song's chorus and the musical production. Reviewers also complimented Gaga's vocals, describing it as "soulful". Critics lauded the simplicity of the music video, while comparing it to the works of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Madonna.
Did you know...
- ... that pop singer Madonna (pictured) adopted a 13-month-old boy from Mchinji, Malawi in October 2006, causing international controversy?
- ... that Rihanna's Rated R: Remixed received mixed reviews?
- ... that the Japanese pop music female duo ClariS have not released photos of themselves to the public, and instead have employed illustrators to draw their likenesses?
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