Popular Music: The Key Concepts

Popular Music: The Key Concepts

Popular Music: The Key Concepts

Popular Music: The Key Concepts

Synopsis

Presenting a comprehensive A-Z glossary of the main terms and concepts used in the study of popular music, this fully updated second edition covers key new developments in the area, such as the impact of the Internet and Reality TV.Key definitions include:* important musical genres, from bhangra to punk rock* musical subcultures, from hippies to Goths* methodologies, from Marxism to postmodernism* musicological terms, from sound to harmony* musical phenomena, from girl groups to concept albums.All entries are fully cross-referenced and include suggestions for further reading and listening - making this an invaluable resource for anyone studying or interested in popular music.

Excerpt

During 1996 hip-hop performers the Fugees’ album The Score (Sony) sold more than 8.5 million copies world-wide, 4.2 million of them in their native United States alone; ‘Killing Me Softly’, a remake of Roberta Flack’s 1973 hit and the second international single to be taken from The Score, went to number one in twelve countries and sold 2.4 million copies. In the same year, after every major US label had been bidding for the band, REM re-signed to Warner Brothers, securing the biggest record contract in history—an estimated $80 million; UK ‘girl group’ the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ (Virgin) became the most successful debut single of all time after selling 4.8 million copies worldwide; and the value of the UK music industry hit a new peak of £ 1.1 billion, while the value of the total recorded music market in the United States was $12.5 billion. In February 1997, Peter Gabriel’s CD-ROM Eve won the top prize at the four day Milia conference in Cannes, the computer equivalent of the Cannes film festival, which attracted 1,200 companies from 36 countries. At Milia, in a rare appearance, George Michael declared the Internet to be the future of the music industry; subsequently new media awards for UK music Web sites were launched by Music Week and its on-line sister magazine dotmusic.

Such events and statistics indicate the international commercial and cultural significance of popular music. Its global and ubiquitous presence is undeniable. We are exposed to its various forms through ‘muzak’ in shopping malls; on the streets and in

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