Portal:Pop music

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Michael Jackson, often referred as the King of Pop
Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes. Pop music has absorbed influences from most other forms of popular music, but as a genre is particularly associated with the rock and roll and later rock style.

Hatch and Millward define pop music as "a body of music which is distinguishable from popular, jazz and folk musics". Although pop music is often seen as oriented towards the singles charts it is not the sum of all chart music, which has always contained songs from a variety of sources, including classical, jazz, rock, and novelty songs, while pop music as a genre is usually seen as existing and developing separately. Thus "pop music" may be used to describe a distinct genre, aimed at a youth market, often characterized as a softer alternative to rock and roll.

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Stefani at Bloomingdale's celebration for Fashion's Night Out in New York City on September 10, 2009
Gwen Stefani is an American singer-songwriter, fashion designer and occasional actress. Stefani is the co-founder and lead vocalist for the rock and ska band No Doubt. Stefani recorded Love. Angel. Music. Baby., her first solo album, in 2004. Inspired by music of the 1980s, the album was a success with sales of over seven million copies. The album's third single, "Hollaback Girl", was the first US digital download to sell one million copies. Stefani's second and final solo studio album, The Sweet Escape (2006), yielded "Wind It Up", "4 in the Morning", and the highest-selling single "The Sweet Escape". Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than forty million albums worldwide. She won the World's Best-Selling New Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2005. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls dancers. She married British musician Gavin Rossdale in 2002 and they have two sons: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, born May 26, 2006, and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, born August 20, 2008. Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the fifty-fourth most successful artist and thirty-seventh most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade.

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Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is the debut solo studio album by American recording artist Gwen Stefani, released on November 12, 2004 by Interscope Records. The album originally began as a small side project for Stefani, eventually growing into her first solo album following her break from the band No Doubt, as well as a large production with numerous musical collaborations and producers. Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was designed as an updated version of a 1980s music record, and was influenced by artists such as early Madonna, New Order, Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Debbie Deb, and Club Nouveau. Most of the songs on the album are thematically focused on fashion and wealth. The album introduced the Harajuku Girls, four backup dancers who dress in Stefani's interpretation of the youth fashion trends of Harajuku, a district in Tokyo, Japan. Love. Angel. Music. Baby. debuted to generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. The album yielded six singles and had high sales, going multi-platinum in several countries, and selling seven million copies worldwide. It earned Stefani six Grammy Award nominations in 2005 and 2006, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album

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Lina Rafn at Danish DJ Awards anno 2007.jpg
Credit: Jepsen
Lina Rafn (b. 1976) is a Danish singer, songwriter and producer active with the band Infernal. She had previously been a VJ on the show The Voice TV Danmark.

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"Hollaback Girl" is a pop song written by Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams for Stefani's debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. As part of Stefani's vision of creating "a silly dance record", the song is strongly influenced by 1980s dance and hip hop music. Stefani and Williams wrote the song as a confrontational response to a derogatory comment that Courtney Love made about Stefani in an interview with Seventeen magazine. The song was released as the album's third single in early 2005. It was one of the year's most popular songs, reaching the top ten in most singles charts. In the United States, "Hollaback Girl" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and became the first digital download to sell more than one million copies. The song received numerous award nominations, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year at the 48th Grammy Awards. Despite its commercial success, it had a polarizing effect on pop music critics, especially criticized for its repeated use of the word shit.

Did you know...

Madonna, photographed by David Shankbone

  • ... that pop singer Madonna (pictured) adopted a 13-month-old boy from Mchinji, Malawi in October 2006, causing international controversy?
  • ... that Rihanna's Rated R: Remixed received mixed reviews?
  • ... that the Japanese pop music female duo ClariS have not released photos of themselves to the public, and instead have employed illustrators to draw their likenesses?

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