Hip-hop started to take shape in the 1970s. In the 1990s, it broke out of North America and took the world by storm. Since then, it has been at the cutting edge of culture and music. In comparing the impact of hip-hop to that to that of the works of literary classics like Shakespeare, we can see that they are cultural and historical peers.
Soon after welcoming in a brand new decade The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 35th annual class of inductees. The six musical acts to receive this honor for 2020 are Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex, with Houston being the only woman to make the cut. This clear gender imbalance is not a new one. That's not to say that rock and roll hasn't seen its fair share of talented female acts. In fact, history has gifted us with plenty of well-deserving female icons who have yet to have their names added to the esteemed Hall of Fame.
Whether or not you're a fan of NPR (National Public Radio) or not, chances are you've heard about their intimate and authentic Tiny Desk Concerts. Tiny Desk is a series of live concerts hosted by NPR Music, in their Washington, D.C. office. As the name suggests, the performances are all held behind an actual desk, more specifically behind the desk of "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen. The concerts have gathered quite a large following since its conception in 2008 and once you tune in for yourself, you'll understand why.
This just in! The performers for the 2020 Superbowl halftime show have just been announced and this is a duo you will not want to miss. Over the past few years, we've witnessed vocal powerhouses like Maroon 5, Lady Gaga and even Prince take the stage as they perform a medley of their greatest hits. The world can barely contain its excitement over this upcoming fierce lineup and we can not wait to see what kind of show-stopping performance these two pop idols have in store for us.
If you were a fan of Leonard Cohen's tremendous music, have we got a treat in store for you! Just recently, Leonard's son, Adam, revealed to fans that he will be releasing his own album very soon. From tributes to some of his own tunes, the album has everything you could possibly ask for!
While most of us spent our preteen and teenage years trying to pass mandatory creative writing classes and learning hot cross buns on the recorder, these musical prodigies were busy creating chart-topping hits. Proving age is just a number, here is a list of artists that you would never have guessed wrote their hit songs before they even reached their 20s.
We've all had the fantasy of bringing our favorite albums to life. Album covers can create feelings of excitement, nostalgia and sometimes an ability to think outside of the box. Nowadays it's a rarity to see musician's face plastered on the front their album cover; many have now taken advantage of this amazing concept. See how these creative superfans brought their favorite album covers to life; creating an extension of themselves and their favorite musicians.
Live Aid, held on July 13, 1985, was a benefit concert put together to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Arguably, the most monumental set in the concert's star-studded line up was the twenty-one-minute performance put on by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, aka. Queen. Guitarist, Brian May has enthusiastically expressed his desire to put on another concert of such scale, this time to tackle threats of climate change.
On July 13th, 1985 an ongoing music-based fundraiser inspired the first dual-venue benefit concert in music history. The Live Aid initiative, encouraged like-minded performances around the world and was the largest-scale television broadcast of its time. Looking back, it seems as though every major rock act on Earth participated at this transcontinental event. Big names such as Elton John, Madonna, U2, Bob Dylan, and of course Queen were all on the Live Aid lineup. Here is a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert.
The minute Reggie Dwight changed his name to Elton John, it became set in stone that this man was going to be a hit! Coming from a small town in England, no one was ready for the ways this talented songwriter would hit centre stage! Popular Everything is exploring the journey Elton John took to become world class royalty.
Celine Dion is the perfect example of a star who went "from rags to riches." Want to know how? Popular Everything are sharing with you the story about how this singer made something out of her humble beginnings, and now leaves behind a very important legacy.
It's official, singer, fashion designer, and actress, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is the worlds wealthiest female musician in the world. In Forbe's annual list of America's Richest Self-Made Women for 2019, Rihanna topped the list as the highest paid woman in the music industry. With an estimated net worth of $600 million, her fortune is greater than both Madonna and Beyonce. The Barbadian singer has sold more than 60 million albums and 215 million digital tracks and currently stands as the second best-selling digital artist of all time, second only to Drake. Her music was not the only thing that contributed to her wealth.
Get excited, as Woodstock 50 is coming this summer! In celebration of their golden anniversary, the festival which celebrates music, culture, and community is headed to Upstate New York. What makes this all the more special is that one of the four original co-founders of the 1969 bash, Michael Lang, is entirely responsible for it. All of us at Popular Everything are delighted to let you know all the ins and outs of this long-awaited music festival.
A good song is one that is both moving and relatable to audiences across the world. Some of our histories most iconic songs have real-life backstories and for many, their lyrics were inspired by people that somehow made a difference in the musicians lives. These people might be old girlfriends, personal heroes, or random chance encounters. Here are the inspirations behind some of the most beautiful songs today. You might just recognize some of these names.
Lady Gaga's career came with loads of ups, downs and some serious "Bad Romances." Popular Everything is making sure you're all caught up on her roller coaster love life.
Elvis did a lot more than sing and dance to earn the title "King." Popular Everything compiled a list of amazing things Elvis did that most people didn't know about.
Kid Rock is one artist who never "sold-out" for fame. He worked his way to the top of the charts by doing the one thing most people can't seem to do; be himself. Kid Rock became America's favorite rebel and then gave it all up to live in a trailer. Here's the story of Kid Rock's epic evolution.
Ja Rule’s reputation isn’t perfect right now and doesn’t he know it. It seems like the rapper wants to turn things around after Fyre Festival. What has he done? None other than suggesting another, slightly less corrupt festival. At this stage, is there any point in salvaging a man's career who created such chaos?
Woodstock Festival has been classified in today's society as one of the most defining moments of 1969. It effectively paved a whole new way for a much more accepting counterculture. All of us at Popular Everything take a look back at some of the highlights from the iconic music festival.
The Grateful Dead is a band that we consider to be the eighth wonder of the world. With one hit single and no platinum albums, it's hard to believe that millions paid to see them live each year for decades! Popular Everything decided to investigate what the mysterious magic that kept the band going for so long was. Here's what we found:
Popular Everything did the work and collected photos of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop's ever-changing style. As you scroll through, you'll see Michael Jackson evolve up until his last years.