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I taught a popular musicology class for the last couple of quarters at UCSB last year. It's definitely a gray area, defined more by social convention than by anything musical. We had what I thought was a solid working definition though. Popular music is: Mass produced and disseminated - records get pressed, mp3s get posted on bandcamp, the public gets ...


The best answers to questions like these are economic in nature, and not confined to any particular musical definitions, because "pop" is always evolving and changing. At any given point in time, in any given location or culture, "pop" music is the newest emerging style of music that is being commercialized, marketed and sold on a large scale. What you ...

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