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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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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