Dance pop

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Dance-pop is formed in the early 1980s and the electronic dance music -oriented pop music .

Dance-pop songs are often produced by record companies who then choose a singer to sing the song. A notable dance-pop production team in the 1980s and 1990s was Stock Aitken Waterman , who created Hi-NRG productions for artists such as Kylie Minogue , Samantha Fox , Rick Astley and the girl group Bananarama .


When the term “disco” went out of fashion in the late 1970s and early 1980s, other terms were often used to describe disco-based music, including post-disco and club . So these genres were essentially a more modern, experimental variant of disco music, mostly electronically controlled by the DJ and often using software and synthesizers.

Dance pop music emerged in the 1980s as a combination of dance and pop or post-disco that was quick and easy, club-based, producer-driven, and catchy. Dance-pop was more topical and more dance-like than "normal" pop, but more structured and less free than dance. Usually he combined the simple structure and catchy melodies of pop with the strong beat and tempo of dance music. Dance pop was usually created, composed and produced by record producers who then hired singers to perform the songs.

In the early 1980s, disco was anathema to mainstream pop . According to prominent Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Madonna played a huge role in popularizing dance music in the mainstream thanks to her charisma, motivation and sex appeal. Erlewine claimed Madonna started dance pop and set the genre standard for the next two decades. Very unusual for a dance-pop singer at the time was Madonna's urge to be involved in all creative aspects of her work. She acted as the primary songwriter of her self-titled debut album and was the co-producer of her third album . Vice magazine staff found that their debut album "sketched the blueprint for future dance-pop."

In the 1980s, dance pop was closely linked to other up-tempo electronic genres such as Hi-NRG . Prominent producers in the 1980s included Stock, Aitken and Waterman , who created hi-NRG and dance pop for artists such as Kylie Minogue , Dead or Alive and Bananarama . Over the decade, dance-pop took on influences from funk (e.g. Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston), New Jack swing (e.g. Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul ), and contemporary R&B .

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