Pop is, perhaps, the strangest genre we have. The name itself hearkens to the days when all pop conformed to the same simple bubblegum melodies and formulaic structures. Now, though, the Billboard Hot 100 is a record of the most popular songs in each of the many popular genres — from the R&B and hip-hop of songs like "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap to the old-school soul of Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk" and the pop-EDM of "Hey Mama" by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj. The only thing that distinguishes pop anymore is its effect: That catchy, irresistible nature that attends all great pop songs.
That means a lot of musicians who make great pop music don’t get pushed on the radio in quite the same way as the major label pop fare. Read More