This is a really cool article about pop music and what it is today. It's from one of my favorite music blogs, The Quietus.
I have to say though, I think that pop music today is the best it's been since the Spice Girls/Hanson age. There's Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Lily Allen, John Mayer, Kanye West and the list goes on. Pop music is a music snob's guilty pleasure and artists have never necessarily had to have any talent or meaningful lyrics (I'm not talking about Britney or anything.) Pop music really is just to entertain, let's be real. If you want to just dance and listen to something fun, you listen to Lady Gaga. You wouldn't listen to The Shins or Them Crooked Vultures, would you? (Maybe you would.) This is also not saying that all pop musicians aren't talented. You know I think Gaga's great and I think Justin Timberlake is practically like our Stevie Wonder or Michael Jackson. I just think sometimes people take pop music too seriously (and I used to be one of them, trust me!) All I'm saying is if you like it, listen to it. Have fun with it!