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The joys of Pop-music

A dip into the arrays of pop music is a singular experience. Each detour and odd place can reveal the charm of a forgotten, unknown or neglected singer, recall an unidentified but sometimes in the past hummed tune, tell an exhilarating odyssey of an accidental ‘hit’ or trigger a weird cultural encounter. Examples abound and never cease to astonish, wether with the magic nudity of little-known songs like ‘Juste quelques flocons qui tombent‘ (‘Just a few falling flakes‘, Antoine, 1967) or ‘Ce partenze dolorose‘ (‘There are painful departures‘, Lino Straulino, 2006) or with famous evergreen themes like ‘Jailhouse rock‘ (1957 Elvis Presley), ‘Oh, Pretty Woman‘ (1964 Roy Orbison) or ‘American Woman‘ (1970 The Guess Who) which retain their bite in the current young generations’ parties.

Discovery platform

This website’s section ‘World of Pop Music‘ provides a platform for the discovery of the corresponding pop cultures, organized by regions and periods.

Heritage and new trends: always tied

Music never ceases to delight. No offense to either the nostalgic or modernist, but each new decade turns out better than any other before, yet no decade ever tarnishes the glam of any of the previous ones. And no offense either to the nationalist but any region of the world can at times dictate international music trends, like Australia, Scandinavia and Germany do with their pop-rock industry by assiduously releasing world hits since the Easybeats (1966), Abba (1974) and Boney M (1976). With this in mind, outguessing the shapes of tomorrow’s music is a game of odds.

Jukebox books by ePopMusicTM

ePopMusic honours the borderless and timeless related cultural treasure through both its website and jukebox books. The latters do provide secular reviews of French, Italian, Spanish and Russian music. Although they are less covered than their American and English counterparts, these four sets of national riches are no less massive and virtuous.

OK, but.. what’s ‘Pop’ and what’s not?

ePopMusic adopts a holistic view of pop-music, including all genres of popular music broadcast at their times through recording and reproduction with the exclusion of classical music. It is true that upon its appearance in the 1960s the term ‘pop-music’ meant to signal a distinction between traditional singing styles and rock’n roll or beat-pop. But such distinction isn’t any longer relevant nowadays, as pop-music carries on in boundless fused modes. ePopMusic’s view is that what makes it pop is neither the instrument nor the tempo, but the sharing and the pleasure, the place and the time. It is a theme that takes us by surprise and haunts us, the call of a sound, a glam tune that sticks into our poetic memory. It is changing like spring and autumn, it is simply because together and without even consulting each other, we all agree on it. However, some distinctly reductive definitions of what’s ‘pop‘ – as proposed by Wikipedia – are reproduced hereunder for reference purpose.

English

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 different styles. “Pop” and “rock” were roughly synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they became increasingly differentiated from each other.

Español

La Música Pop (contracción de popular music) es un género de música popular que tuvo su origen a finales de los años 1950 como una derivación del tradicional pop, en combinación con otros géneros musicales que estaban de moda en aquel momento. Los términos música pop y música popular se usan a menudo de manera indistinta, aunque el segundo tiene un sentido más amplio al dar cabida a otros géneros distintos del pop que se consideren populares. Como género, la música pop es muy ecléctica, tomando prestado a menudo elementos de otros estilos como el urban, dance, el rock, la música latina, el rhythm and blues o el folk. Con todo, hay elementos esenciales que definen al pop, como son las canciones de corta a media duración, escritas en un formato básico (a menudo la estructura verso-estribillo), así como el uso habitual de estribillos repetidos, de temas melódicos y ganchos. La instrumentación se compone habitualmente de guitarra, batería, bajo, guitarra eléctrica, teclado, sintetizador, etc.

Français

La musique pop est un genre musical apparu dans les années 1960 aux États-Unis. Ces chansons parlent en général de l’amour ou des relations entre les femmes et les hommes. Elle met l’accent sur la chanson individuelle plutôt que sur l’album, et utilise essentiellement des chansons courtes avec des rythmes associés à la danse. La musique pop fut beaucoup influencée par les technologies, comme l’enregistrement à pistes multiples (vers la fin des années 1960) et le synthétiseur (durant les années 1970 et 1980). [..] La musique légère est un genre musical faisant partie d’un ensemble plus vaste de « musique de divertissement ». Elle est le pendant opposé de la musique dite « sérieuse » (religieuse ou classique) et agrège un répertoire des plus divers (musique de film, Music-hall, musique de variétés, musique militaire, chanson paillarde, etc.). [..] La musique de variétés rassemble de nombreux genres de musique vocale ou de musique de danse consacrés au divertissement. Destinée à un large public, gérée par l’industrie musicale à des fins commerciales (donc de rentabilité), elle est souvent opposée à la musique classique dite « savante ».

Deutsch

Popmusik (aus engl. popular music) bezeichnet eine Musikform, die vorwiegend seit den 1950er Jahren aus dem Rock ’n’ Roll, der Beatmusik und dem Folk entstand, von den Beatles fortgeführt und von der schwedischen Band ABBA seit Beginn der 1970er Jahre popularisiert wurde. Sie gilt seit den 1960er Jahren als europäisierte, international etablierte Variante angloamerikanischer Musik, die im Kontext jugendlicher Subkulturen entstand und inzwischen zumeist auf Grundlage der Erkenntnisse aus der Elektronischen Musik aufbereitet und massenmedial verbreitet wird.

Im weiteren Sinne zählt jede durch Massenmedien verbreitete Art von Unterhaltungsmusik wie Schlager, Filmmusik, Operette, Musical, Tanzmusik sowie populäre Adaptionen aus der klassischen Musik und Folklore zur Popmusik.

Zwischen Populärer Musik und Popmusik wird unterschieden.  Entgegen dem Stigma des Populären enthält die Popmusik den Beigeschmack des „spritzigen“ und frischen Musikereignisses. Der Terminus Populäre Musik transportiert dagegen ein Gefühl der wissenschaftlichen Distanz zum Gegenstand.

Italiano

La Musica Pop (traduzione del termine inglese pop music) è un genere, appartenente all’insieme della popular music che trova origine – nella sua forma moderna – come derivazione del rock & roll.  [..] Può sembrare normale considerare la musica leggera come sinonimo di popular music, anche se oggi si tratta di una similitudine non del tutto propria: se il termine “musica leggera” sembra infatti coincidere parzialmente con la definizione di “popular music”, è anche vero che esso mal si addice a definire generi comunemente inscritti in questa categoria, come i generi legati alle controculture o alla musica underground. Non tutta la popular music può quindi dirsi musica leggera. Il termine non coincide totalmente neppure alla definizione di Musica pop in quanto la musica leggera comprende filoni musicali precedenti agli anni ’50 ed al rock and roll, a cui invece il pop viene convenzionalmente fatto risalire.

Русский

Поп-му́зыка (англ. pop-music от popular music; жарг. попса) — направление современной музыки, вид массовой культуры. Является отдельным жанром популярной музыки. Основные черты поп-музыки как массовой культуры — простота инструментальной части, ритмичность, акцент на вокал. Основная и практически единственная форма композиции в поп-музыке — песня. Поп-музыка включает в себя такие поджанры, как европоп, латина, синтипоп, диско, танцевальная музыка и другие.