Popular music (pop) is known for its memorable tunes and lyrics that are easy to sing along to, inspiring dance moves or singing along in chorus. Artists in this genre come from diverse backgrounds and find success through unconventional means.
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Shania Twain is one of the best-selling music artists worldwide, selling over 85 million albums worldwide and becoming the highest-selling female country artist ever. Twain’s music has been widely credited with changing the face of country music; her success earning her many nicknames such as “The Queen of Country Pop.”
Eilleen Regina Edwards was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to Eileen Edwards and Barry Twain; following their separation at birth her mother married Jerry Twain who adopted Eilleen and three of her sisters. Twain began writing songs to raise money while living in Timmins where food was scarce – leading her demo tape all the way to Nashville where Polygram Records signed her as their artist and released Shania Twain’s debut album in 1993.
Twain persisted despite her debut album’s dismal reception, continuing to compose and record music as well as collaborate with artists like Lionel Richie and David Foster. Later she published her memoir From This Moment On.
Twain returned to prominence with her reality series Why Not? with Shania Twain in 2011, as well as with the release of her single, “Today Is Your Day”. Later, she recorded The Woman in Me with South African producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange (known for producing albums by AC/DC and Def Leppard).
Shania Twain released her latest album, Queen of Me, in February 2023 and features new music like the single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”. Twain is set to begin her third Las Vegas residency next year at Caesar’s Palace and currently touring in support of Queen of Me – you can purchase Shania Twain tickets through Ticketmaster for her upcoming tour dates.
Pop concerts combine catchy tunes and bold dance moves. These performances often draw younger crowds to their shows with vibrant lighting effects and high production values, as well as several costume changes and singalongs that bring people of all ages together for an entertaining show.
The National has traveled widely, performing at major venues and festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo in the U.S.; Glastonbury Festival, Roskilde Festival, Primavera Sound in Europe; as well as St Vincent on Crooked Fingers’ “Sleep All Summer” cover for Score! 20 Years of Merge Records album Score! 20 Years of Merge Records album. They also appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
In addition to studio albums, The National have also released several live recordings. Their initial live release was Dark Was the Night – a two-disc compilation containing songs from their first four albums as well as unreleased material – while in 2005 they recorded “Secret Meeting” live for BBC Radio 1.
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (Brassland, 2003), was where The National reached their emotional zenith, garnering critical acclaim from magazines that hadn’t previously covered them. For this album they hired producer Peter Katis who had worked with Interpol, as well as Australian composer Padma Newsome from Clogs who contributed strings and arrangements.
Frontman Matt Berninger may not possess the expressive range or stage banter of an artist like Kanye West, but his powerful baritone can still transport audiences into The National’s strange world of record collections, lost children, and medium-sized American hearts. Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner can deliver intricate guitar harmonies while Scott Devendorf provides steady drumming support.
As Glaive rises through the hyperpop scene, it can be easy to forget that their narrator, 18 year-old North Carolina artist Glaive is only making music now. Though his confessionals can often feel sentimental or nostalgic, his music draws influences from Midwest emo, trap and pop as well. It often moves fast enough that genre boundaries become irrelevant; thus creating an intense musical experience. The resultant assault on listeners’ ears can be unnerving yet captivating all at the same time.
Spotify quickly labeled Cypress Grove’s sound as hyperpop and featured it on multiple playlists including Lorem, Dear Diary and Alternative Beats. His first EP Cypress Grove was released in 2020 followed by 2021’s All Dogs Go To Heaven; both releases received critical acclaim with critics such as The New Yorker calling them “startlingly well-formed,” while Rolling Stone lauded their blend of acoustic guitars, sticky riffs, thrashing drums and classical strings.
Glaive’s debut full-length, “i Care So Much That I Don’t Care At All”, captures the emotional intensity associated with youth. Deploring small-town loneliness or lamenting the demise of romance, his lyrics are full of emotion – which translate perfectly to his live performances where Gutierrez executes his mile-a-minute delivery with conviction and purpose.
Glaive’s energetic shows, whether performed solo or with his band, never fail to amaze audiences. He has become a favorite at festivals all around the world such as Bonnaroo and SXSW; alongside live shows he has collaborated with artists such as The Kid Laroi and Travis Barker; with glaive making their mark in music industry as he makes history every step of the way – make sure that’s you’re there when history happens by getting tickets today.
Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates have long been a mainstay in dance music circles, spreading their unique hip-hop/trap hybrid sound around the globe. Recently they brought this infectious vibe to Oxford as one of the initial stops on their winter tour; performing in front of an enthusiastic and packed house at The Lyric. Keys N Krates did not disappoint their Oxford audience!
For those unfamiliar with electronic music, this trio is best known for creating bass centric sample driven beats that combine hip-hop, top 40, and EDM genres seamlessly. Their blend of drums, keyboards and synths gives their sound more of a live feel than most DJ’s and has earned them a reputation as some of the most energetic performers in their field.
Since 2008, when Cura first emerged as a live hip-hop act, its onstage connection has included drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr Flo. Over time they’ve traveled worldwide performing at major music festivals including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza Summer Camp Electric Forest among many more. Cura marks their full-length record debut and marks a new chapter for them all.
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Mariah Carey remains one of the world’s greatest female vocalists with her remarkable range and infectious pop and R&B hits, selling over 200 million albums worldwide and earning 19 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles – more than any artist has achieved this achievement!
Carey has earned numerous accolades, such as a record 13 Grammys and multiple American Music Awards. Aside from singing, Carey has also appeared in films and television shows as an actress or producer; in addition to this she holds extensive credits as both a songwriter and producer; her 1994 hit Christmas song All I Want For Christmas Is You has become synonymous with the holiday season.
Carey takes time at the end of her show to look out at her audience and marvels at all their fans of different races, creeds, and ages rejoicing to her songs – she considers it an honor that her music can bring such diverse groups of people together! She considers it a true privilege.
Carey performed her greatest hits and newer songs from The Emancipation of Mimi during her set, taking this opportunity to thank fans for supporting her throughout her career. While other stars use elaborate stage designs and backing dancers, Carey kept the focus squarely on her vocal talent with an elegant short gold dress shimmering as she moved across the stage – her signature move being looking up with a smile while playing with her hair!