Who is Pop Music?

Who is Pop Music?

Apparently Kendrick Lamar is, according to one singer.

If there was one genre of music I would call my most consistent favorite, it would be pop. Many of my favorite artists are pop singers, and I have followed its charts the longest. It has a reputation for its blatant, mindless formula and was especially knocked during the start of the 2010s when autotune became the default tool to make a pop singer sound better or fit the rising EDM feel pop music would eventually call electro-pop. Of course, as time passed the genre continued to split into sub-genres such as in this case electro-pop and indie pop, but it's still considered part of one genre. Some artists, however, find pop music to be a limiting genre.

Last Thursday, Twitter user maria who goes by newromanhtics posted screen grabs of an interview music artist Halsey had with Billboard Magazine, unhappy with the singer's answers.

In the interview Halsey talks about how artists can be featured in a pop song but still be considered part of a different genre for their solo work. She mentions that Kendrick Lamar has sang in more pop songs than she considers herself to be in, yet he is still called a rap artist and she a pop singer. She feels pigeonholed by the genre and notes "I don’t know if it’s a male thing, I don’t know if it’s an urban thing. I don’t know what it is. But if you’re a female alternative artist and you do anything that’s even slightly pop leaning, it’s condemning.”

Halsey actually responded to maria by saying how much harder it is for female singers to willingly venture out of the pop scene.

From her interview and response on Twitter, I saw Halsey show a lot of disdain for pop music which surprised me considering how popular she has gotten from the genre. Then I saw she responded to another Twitter user who responded to her.

The Twitter conversation did not stop there, as she went on to reply to a number of comments made by other users who both agreed and disagreed on her stance. Needless to say, she was shocked by the number of responses.

I liked Halsey for a hot minute, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy her album Badlands at least a little bit. But with the constant, neverending loop of the song 'Closer' played by radios and my disappointment with her last two singles, I hardly listen to her. Besides, Lorde is coming back, who makes alternative pop way more fun than Halsey does.

Speaking of pop, why does Halsey think being called a popstar is a bad thing? She wants to be respected as an alternative artist when she is an alternative artist. She is a deviation from the norm in pop music, but her style of dark and moody music has become popular seen in artists such as Melanie Martinez and 21 Pilots. I don't consider her music to fall in the same category of Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, ot Lady Gaga, and even those two singers make distinguishable artistic choices in their music.

Female musicians get called popstars because that is what they are, just not the same kind of pop. One of my favorites aspects of the genre is its vastness. Dream pop? Synthpop? Power pop? Pop punk? Bubblegum pop? These are part of the pop counterculture, and coincidentally it has also become popular in the mainstream. How long will it last? I don't know. Pop music has taken an ambient, depressing turn, and since it's not really my taste I sure hope it picks up soon. Still, I do not see anything wrong with calling Halsey a pop star, and I do not think she should take it as an insult.

Pop music is catchy, personal, sad, upbeat, energetic, loud, emotional, brooding, etc. What's wrong with being a part of it?

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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