ORIGIN OF POP MUSIC
Pop music was brought up in the Western World, particularly the U.S., in the early to mid 1900's. Pop music has derived from a pleathora of styles over time including rock and roll, disco, hip hop, grunge, and rhythm and beat. The phrase "pop" was coined in the mid 1950's. A major source of early pop music was Tin Pan Alley's publishing in Manhatten.
Some characteristics of pop music include its use of advanced technology, its elements of beats and rhythms, it's purpose of getting people to dance, its advanced marketing and high attainable income, and its use of multiple genres.
DIFFUSION OF POP MUSIC
Pop music has mainly been diffused through hierarchical and contagious diffusion over time. It is often heard or passed down from "nodes of authority" or in this case, big names in the pop industry such as singers or songwriters. Using tvs, radios, and other forms of communication, pop music is also diffused by having people in an area where a particular style is popular tweak it, to make it sell.
Because technology has progressed so much in MDCs, it has become very simple for styles to be switched up and people to buy music which has further pushed on the influence of pop music. Having technology and the ability to listen to or download music whenever makes pop music easy to be right at a listener's fingertips.
As shown below in the spread of Latino music in the U.S., the spread of music, including pop, usually stays close to its hearth andcontinues to diffuse to major music capitols of that country or region.
Spread of Latino Pop in the U.S.
DISTRIBUTION OF POP MUSIC
Global Distribution of Pop Music
Foreign styles of pop music originate from their hearths and continue to be distributed across the globe to other places with large music industries such as K-pop, a style of Korean pop music, being a popular source of music not only in Asia, but now also America and the UK.
Top Pop Listeners Globally
Places where pop music is commonly found are the U.S., European countries including France, Germany, and Italy, Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal, and more developed Asian countries like China, Japan, and even India.
While pop music is fairly distributed across the world, there is a clear overtaking of pop music in MDCs with more income and technology. This type of music is evenly distributed among the larger, more popular cities of the world with major music industries. Because artists and people are more attracted to these countries and/ or cities, they often go there to perform in front of large groups of people to further promote themselves and to gain income, (which also gains money for companies associated with the artist). This process and the music industry itself have the ability to serve their economies greatly.