The music industry is constantly changing. From 8-tracks, cassette tapes, and CDs to Napster, iTunes, and Spotify. The Internet has changed the way we get and listen to our music and its influence has allowed us to capture more diversity through streaming.
In fact, just 39% of 16 to 19-year-olds listen to the radio, and 56% opt to get their music from YouTube. Other streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music offer unlimited music to subscribers who then no longer need to purchase full albums. This has even been changing the sound of popular music, influencing some of the music trends you probably didn’t know about.
Rock is Not Dead
Although some people, primarily among older generations, have come to believe rock is dead since we haven’t really heard anything close to that classic sound since the 1990s, that’s actually far from the reality. Five out of the top 10 tours in 2018 included artists like U2, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Journey and Def Leppard. In 2019, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, and Elton John will hit the road, and they tend to sell out big stadiums. Even Slayer, a classic metal rock band sold out an entire arena in San Jose, California.
Most people either love rap music or they don’t. Christians who do have developed their own genre, resulting in new and talented Christian rappers aimed to please those who like the sound but would rather not listen to music about twerking or how much money someone has. There are several exciting new artists about to hit the mainstream market, with stars on the rise like Paul Russell and Derek Minor creating energetic tunes while offering their perspective on life and faith.
Popular music has mostly been defined by music from western, English speaking countries, like the US, UK, and Ireland, and occasionally Jamaica. However, global pop is now on the rise thanks to streaming services, particularly YouTube, which enables artists from all over the world to share their work. A record deal is no longer needed to get renowned attention from music fans. If you’re good, you’re likely to develop a following thanks to this form of media.
Musicians have always offered their voices to Hollywood movies. Generations have loved classic musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Mary Poppins, but we are listening to music from movies more now than ever. The Greatest Showman sold more than 1.7 million copies and A Star is Born has been trending on Twitter since Lady Gaga gazed so lovingly at Bradley Cooper at the Academy Awards. Musicians are looking to expand their horizons on the big screen, actors are tuning up their vocals, and fans are loving it.
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