In their many (justified) laments about the trajectory of their profession in the digital age, songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” Over the years they’ve pointed at two outstanding culprits.
Over the weekend, pop singer Beyonce released a new album called “Lemonade” (because if life gives you lemons). For a piece of work hailed as “groundbreaking” and “brilliant,” it’s strange that the title is one of the most overused cliches in the history of cliches.
By contrast, philosophy had a reputation for being deeply serious and impressive – the natural home of the big ambition to understand ourselves and transform the world through ideas. But since the 1960s, philosophy has stalled and pop has conquered the world.
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LOS ANGELES — An invitation to visit Pink in Venice, a few blocks from the beach, for a home-cooked Monday night dinner could seem like a contrived play for authenticity. But it’s hard to remain skeptical when faced with a giggling baby.
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They say that listening to Mozart makes a person smarter, but it is not only classical music that boosts mental activity.
“I Feel Alright”, by the emerging pop adventurer known as Bonzai, lasts only three minutes and fifteen seconds, and it feels much shorter—too short, in fact, as if the singer and her song are eager to make way for whatever comes next in the playlist.
On February 19, 2016, a New York judge denied the pop singer Kesha’s request to terminate her recording contract with the producer Dr. Luke, whom Kesha alleged had abused her sexually and emotionally over the years that they had worked together.
If you’re truly listening, you already know that today’s music is every bit as magnificent and horrible as it ever was. But read enough contemporary music criticism and you might buy in to a more flattering hallucination.
A romantic guitar unfurls a tender melody. Male voices bark shout-outs and then croon like they’re auditioning for “American Idol.” There’s an electronic whoosh. A rat-a-tat vocal phrase. And that’s all before “Despacito” even really starts.
It's time to switch the music off in order to rediscover its true value, says Roger Scruton. In almost every public place today the ears are assailed by the sound of pop music.
There is no greater cultural crime a young girl can commit than loving pop music without apology. Forever marginalized as the screaming, crying Beatlemaniac, Directioner, or Swiftie, teen girl fandom in 2015 is more powerful and worthy of our respect than ever.
O n May 9, 1964, Louis Armstrong’s recording of the title song from Hello, Dolly! became the best-selling single in America, leaping past the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Do You Want to Know a Secret?” to reach the top of Billboard’s pop chart.
Last November my wife and dog and I left New York and moved to Los Angeles so I could make pop music. Moving here is by no means a new or notable phenomenon. Popular music, film, and television made L.A. home base years ago. Geography is still the best social network.
Carly Rae Jepsen is the patron saint of Switched on Pop, a podcast that examines chart-topping pop songs through the lens of musical theory. Harding, 30, and Sloan, 31, met at Brown University as music students and later played in a band together.
What is music exactly? mu.sic (myoo'zik) n. 1. The art of producing significant arrangements of sounds, usually with reference to rhythm, pitch and tone colour. 3. A succession or combination of notes, especially if pleasing to the ear.
Making sense of Allie X sometimes requires thinking of her as two separate artists: an aloof, high-impact visual artist and a warm, understated pop singer. She’s good at both things, but there’s frequently a disconnect between her music and the whole Gaga-esque fashion-as-ideology thing.
By now you’ve heard it. The smash of 2017, “Despacito” has topped the charts in nearly 50 countries, including an unprecedented run on the U.S. Top 40 for a Spanish-language song.
If there is such a thing as seasonal music for New Year's Eve, it is apocalypse pop.
Anyone who listens to pop radio regularly has probably been hit with this realization at one point or another – a ton of pop music sounds very similar. It seems like grandpa logic, but a growing body of research confirms what we all suspect: Pop music is actually getting more and more homogeneous.
The HBO series — a semi-apocalyptic drama about the aftermath of the Sudden Departure, in which 2 percent of the world’s population disappears — defies easy classification. It’s mournful and mordantly funny, absurdist but dedicated to the search for meaning.
Once you hear it, you can’t un-hear it. It will be forever with you. Just a warning. It’s not a secret that a lot of popular music is unoriginal. In fact, science has proven it: The combinations of notes in pop songs have been losing diversity consistently over the last 50 years.
In the waning winter weeks of December 2014, I set a goal for myself. In 2015, I would listen to one album every day for the entire year. I was working at a nonprofit desk job, recently graduated, living on the northwest side of Chicago.
Among the stranger aspects of recent pop music history is how so many of the biggest hits of the past twenty years—by the Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, and Britney Spears to Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and the Weeknd—have been co-written by a forty-four-year-old Swede.
Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling speakers, until a song from the distant past makes you start listening closely.
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Since emerging two years ago, they’ve divided the critics with their strange sounds and highly manufactured image. We meet the collective blurring the lines between art and artifice
For artists who make such uncomplicated, easily apprehensible music, there are many lenses through which to view The Chainsmokers.
Welcome to our list of the 200 best songs of the 1980s. A great deal of today's music looks to the '80s for inspiration, but there are so many different ideas of what "'80s" as a descriptor can mean. Here we return to the source material.
Billy Joel hasn’t put out an album of new songs in decades, but the last few years have brought about a burnishing of his musical legacy.
There were more great songs produced in 2014 than could possibly fit on this list. Songs about mixtapes, and lipstick, and dating and heartbreak. Songs that can last a lifetime, or disappear into what in retrospect feels like a long, miserable year.
A new film details the reason the star postponed her recent tour—and will test cultural attitudes about gender, pain, and pop. “Pain without a cause is pain we can’t trust,” the author Leslie Jamison wrote in 2014. “We assume it’s been chosen or fabricated.
You might not recognize him, but you'd know Jack Antonoff's music anywhere—it's been stuck in your head for years. But writing an earworm involves a kind of math—and it turns out the trick is to be bad at math.
“Pop music is dead.” You’ve heard the refrain dropped by nostalgic music lovers at backyard barbecues. And it’s no surprise. Everyone thinks the tunes of their generation marked a sort of cultural pinnacle and that music has since become bland.
Every era of music has its own recognizable sounds, from the tightly orchestrated pop and swampy psych rock of the ’60s to the plush disco and winsome adult contemporary songs of the ’70s, the brazen synthetics of the ’80s, and the dour guitar rock of the ’90s.
Ed Sheeran has reached a £16m settlement over his song Photograph in the latest claim over pop plagiarism. So are songwriters out of ideas? Time to call in the musicologists Ed Sheeran has reached a £16m settlement over his song Photograph in the latest claim over pop plagiarism.
Behind almost all of the popular music you hear today, there is a hidden, high-tech, economy. The Planet Money podcast has a story about a music producer who helped create this world.
Which song was the most popular the year you were born? Find out!PrettyFamous.com made a list of the most popular songs between 1940-2016. ** The song that was Billboard's #1 single in America for the most consecutive weeks was deemed the most popular. ** If you're wondering why a certain song wasn'
So much about the first few months of pop in 2016 has been about mourning. David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, Paul Kantner, George Martin, Prince, Scotty Moore, Maurice White, Bernie Worrell and the just-starting-out Christina Grimmie are among those who have left us.
My buddy asked me this after we'd spent two hours laughing at the weirdest concert we'd ever attended: Hatsune Miku Expo 2016. The concert's distinguishing feature was a massive, see-through screen in front of a rock band, on which singing, 10-foot-tall anime princesses were projected.
Taylor Swift is known for the kiss-off, the eerily intimate way she dismantles those who have wronged her.
Samples and remixes have become a staple of pop music today, with artists blending new and old in seemingly endless combinations. According to the BBC, though, one song has proven particularly popular among DJs and musicians: "Change the Beat," by Fab 5 Freddy.
It used to take ages for underground sounds to find their way into mainstream pop music. Information moved more slowly, recordings took more time to produce, and there were layers of cultural gatekeepers to be navigated in the process, so subcultures that craved obscurity could usually find it.
We pride ourselves at The FADER on scouring the globe to introduce you to some of the most left-field music around. But in our monthly column Popping Off, Aimee Cliff takes the temperature of mainstream pop music. “Fuck alternative R&B!” FKA Twigs told UK newspaper The Guardian last month.
Whether you love it or hate it, the “Despacito” remix is here to stay. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song featuring Justin Bieber is currently enjoying its second week at no.
And just like that — in case wiping clean her social media accounts and replacing the bubbly content with a video triptych of a C.G.I. snake was too subtle — the mood was set for “Reputation,” her sixth album, due out Nov. 10.
The plague came early this year: a distant chirping borne aloft on a hot, sluggish wind—the ominous harbinger of a season of blight and misery. I am talking, of course, about songs with whistling in them. They’re something of a summer ritual, and they are, officially, The Worst.