the saying that “one man’s meat is another man’s poison,” is nowhere more applicable than in the world of pop. perhaps the easiest way to identify pop music is that it always satisfies more people than it poisons.
music for the masses
大众音乐since the mid-1950s, pop music has been identified as the style of music accessible to the widest audience. this means the music that sells the most copies, draws the largest concert audiences and is played most often on the radio.
pop music has been and continues to be a melting pot that borrows and assimilates elements and ideas from a wide range of other musical styles. rock, r&b, country, disco, punk, and hip hop are all specific genres of music that have influenced and been incorporated into pop music over the past 50 years.
流行音乐曾经而且将来也会一直像一座熔炉一般，从各种音乐类型中借鉴并吸收其中的音乐元素和观念。在过去50年中，摇滚、节奏蓝调、乡村音乐、迪斯科、朋克和嘻哈音乐等各种音乐流派都曾对流行音乐产生过影响，最终在流行音乐中被贯穿融合起来。music videos and big live shows are often used to get pop stars more exposure in the media. artists may have stage shows and well-rehearsed dance routines to go along with their music. many pop tunes are used in dance clubs and sports clubs.
流行歌星通常通过音乐录像和大型现场表演在媒体中曝光。艺术家可能会举办舞台剧，根据音乐精心编排舞蹈动作。舞厅和健身房中也播放很多流行乐曲。pop music’s accessibility and wide appeal means the genre is highly-prized among record companies, radio stations and music television channels. this is thanks to pop’s ability to sell lots of records and get high ratings.