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Pop is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form during the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom. The terms "popular music" and "pop music" are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is popular and includes many disparate styles. During the 1950s and 1960s, pop encompassed rock and roll and the youth-oriented styles it influenced. The terms remained roughly synonymous until the late 1960s, after which "pop" became associated with music that was more commercial, ephemeral, and accessible.

Although much of the music that appears on record charts is seen as pop music, the genre is distinguished from chart music. Identifying factors usually include repeated choruses and hooks, short to medium-length songs written in a basic format (often the verse-chorus structure), and rhythms or tempos that can be easily danced to. Much pop music also borrows elements from other styles, such as rock, urban, dance, Latin, and country.

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George Harrison MBE (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. Sometimes called "the quiet Beatle", Harrison embraced Indian culture and helped broaden the scope of popular music through his incorporation of Indian instrumentation and Hindu-aligned spirituality in the Beatles' work. Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions. His songs for the group include "Taxman", "Within You Without You", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something".

Harrison's earliest musical influences included George Formby and Django Reinhardt; Carl Perkins, Chet Atkins and Chuck Berry were subsequent influences. By 1965, he had begun to lead the Beatles into folk rock through his interest in Bob Dylan and the Byrds, and towards Indian classical music through his use of the sitar on "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)". Having initiated the band's embracing of Transcendental Meditation in 1967, he subsequently developed an association with the Hare Krishna movement. After the band's break-up in 1970, Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, a critically acclaimed work that produced his most successful hit single, "My Sweet Lord", and introduced his signature sound as a solo artist, the slide guitar. He also organised the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, a precursor to later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. In his role as a music and film producer, Harrison produced acts signed to the Beatles' Apple record label before founding Dark Horse Records in 1974 and co-founding HandMade Films in 1978. Read more...

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1989 is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on October 27, 2014, through Big Machine Records. Swift's long-standing status as a country artist following the release of her cross-genre fourth studio album Red (2012), noted for straightforward pop hooks and electronic production, was met with media skepticism. Inspired by 1980s synth-pop to create a record that shifted her sound from country-oriented to mainstream pop, Swift enlisted Max Martin as co-executive producer and named the album after her birth year.

Martin and his collaborator Shellback shaped the album's synth-pop sound characterized by heavy synthesizers, programmed drums, and processed backing vocals. Swift wrote the songs primarily inspired by her personal life surrounding past romantic relationships, which had been a trademark of her songwriting. The 1989 songs express lighthearted perspectives towards failed romance, departing from her previous antagonistic attitude. To promote the album, Swift and Big Machine implemented aggressive marketing through product endorsements, television and radio appearances, and social media engagement. They pulled 1989 from free streaming services such as Spotify, prompting an industry discourse on streaming following the decline of the album era. Read more...
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"La Isla Bonita" (Spanish pronunciation: [la ˈizla βoˈnita]; English: "The Beautiful Island") is a song recorded by American singer Madonna for her third studio album, True Blue (1986). It was written and produced by her and Patrick Leonard, with additional songwriting by Bruce Gaitsch. Sire Records released it as the album's final single on February 25, 1987. The instrumental version of the song was first offered to Michael Jackson before Madonna both accepted it and wrote the lyrics and melody. "La Isla Bonita" is noted for being the first Madonna song to contain Latino influences, with arrangements of Cuban drums and Spanish guitar, maracas, harmonicas and a mix of synthesized and real drumming. The lyrics of the song tell about a "beautiful island" and, according to Madonna, was a tribute to the beauty of the Latinos.

Following its release, "La Isla Bonita" received a positive reception from critics. It also became Madonna's fourth number-one single in the United Kingdom, giving her the record for most number-one singles for a female artist. The track additionally topped the charts in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, and Switzerland, while reaching the top five in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. "La Isla Bonita" was the best-selling single of 1987 in Europe. Read more...
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