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It was in 19th century England that the term “popular culture” or “pop culture” was first used. Pop culture referred to the culture of the lower classes, distinguished from the educated classes. In the United States, after World War II, the term took on a new meaning, specifically “culture for mass consumption,” and the abbreviation “pop culture” emerged in the 1960s.

In 1926, the term “pop song” was used to describe music with popular appeal. The term “pop music” itself was coined in Britain in the mid-1950s to describe rock and roll and the new styles influenced by it. In the 1960s, pop music in England competed with Beat music, while in America, it overlapped with the genre of rock and roll.

There are fundamental differences between rock music and pop music. While rock music aimed for authenticity and explored the possibilities of popular music, pop music tended to be more commercial and easily accessible. Pop music addressed a wide audience through simple melodies and lyrics, often inviting people to dance.

Pop music primarily targeted the youth market. Pop songs were short and simple, with variations on existing themes. Pop music drew influences from various popular music styles, yet it maintained its distinct genre. It is often described as a softer alternative to rock and roll.

Pop music became a global phenomenon due to the influence of the American and British music industries, spreading to non-Western countries like Japan. However, pop music varied in each region and country, heavily influenced by local cultures. Each region and country developed its own specific pop music with unique characteristics. These local genres either existed independently or coexisted with Western pop styles.

Pop music is characterized by its appeal to a broad audience. It is less concerned with artistic aspects and more focused on commercial success. Pop artists prefer working in studios using production techniques to refine their songs. They aim for large-scale production and sales. Pop music often features rhythmic elements that invite people to dance. Melodies are simple, with straightforward lyrics and minimal harmonic accompaniment. Contemporary pop songs often revolve around themes of love and romance.

Attempting to define pop music is nearly impossible because it is constantly evolving. Pop music can incorporate elements from various genres such as rock, hip-hop, reggae, R&B, jazz, electronic, and folk music. It draws a little from each but remains distinct. Pop singers prefer recording in studios where they can utilize production techniques to their fullest. The emphasis in pop music is on simple melodies and catchy rhythms. However, pop music is sometimes criticized for being too simplistic.

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