Rock Music Will Definitely Rock You

By Victor Medina

Loud, noisy and often metallic, rock has been stereotyped by everybody as a type of music that is an equivalent of violent tunes in the guitar of the musician.

But there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Basically, rock music incorporates components of a few highly contrasting American music styles: dark guitar went with blues; black rhythm and blues; noted for saxophone performances; high contrast gospel music; white nation and western music; and the tunes of white famous crooners and friendly gatherings.

Rising from 1954 to 1955, originally known as shake music, it was at first alluded to as “shake ‘n’ move.” After 1964, it was essentially called “shake music”.

It started as a kind of music that people dances to. But in 1960s, the adjustment in phrasing shows both a progression with and a break from the prior period; shake music was not anymore only to dance.

After 1964, the music was highly impacted by British music, bands, and gatherings. Best example of this is every grandmother’s boyband—the Beatles.

Amid the 1980s, music recordings turned into a prevalent type of advancement and amusement.

In the late 1980s, be that as it may, a few groups, including Nirvana and Pearl Jam, kept on following the way of early punk rock by concentrating on political subjects and praising their own particular absence of specialized virtuosity.

Rock endured into the 1990s with so many groups as Green Day and the Offspring. Likewise in 1990s, the proceeding with notoriety of more seasoned groups, for example, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones, gave testimony regarding the persevering interest of this frame among both the youthful and the undeniably moderately aged.

The interest of more seasoned and past musical gangs was additionally obvious in the exhibit encompassing the opening in 1995 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In the interim, a youthful group of onlookers made rap music, with its beating rhythms and solid, infrequently stunning talked verses, a famous marvel, and other youthful rockers, to a great extent club-goers, made the move based, electronically refined techno another, however less unavoidable, well known shape.

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Chill Out: Hear Some Mellow

By Hannah Suroy-Suroy and Jericho Calanog

Tired of the busy, noisy and loud sounds of the city? Missing the relaxing comforts of home? Stressed out and wants a bit of time for yourself? Well, listen to mellow music and find your music haven.

Mellow music, or most commonly known as chill-out music, is a sub genre of electronic music specifically characterized with mid-tempo beats and mellow styles. Chill-out was derived from the slang word “relax”.

It emerged in the early and mid-1990s in dance clubs where there is a provided corner called “chill rooms” where relaxing music were played as an escape from the fast tempo music on the dance floor.

Generally tonal, relaxing and sometimes, psychedelic, people are said to have trouble concentrating and staying awake due to its very effective soothing ability.

The complete ambiance of this genre helps people relax from the hectic dance vibes and deep metal basses and just chill-out.

Do you know that mellow music actually predicts people’s ability to connect with people? On a research done about the effects of music preferences to people’s personalities, results says that listeners who love slow, mellow have more emphatic abilities than others.

It seems like being chill and relaxed helps us relate more to other people and understand them.

So, jump start your day along with various melody songs while having a cup of hot drink or even while having a long ride, reminisce those sweet moments with your loved ones or friends and escape struggles as these melody songs from 1990s to 2000s sets the chilling vibe for you leaving a hint or maybe a bunch of teardrop in your eyes.

Here are some our top 10 melody songs for your melodic craving earbuds:

#10 Iris by Goo Goo Dolls

– With its perfectly written lyrics and astounding repetition of chorus sets massive impact of message to those who will be able to listen and relate with it.

#09 End of the Road by Boyz II Men

  • A melody song mixed with a pinch of R&B, struggles of being together forever? Have a guess!

#08 Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton

  • To those who are hoping they would come back: “Say you love me again.”

#07 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You by Michael Bolton

  • After hoping for the best to happen and for the worst result he/she didn’t… Tell me how am I supposed to live without you?

#06 Love Will Lead You Back by Taylor Dayne

  • And you just grown roots while waiting for him/her to come back. Perfect spear-like piercing melody and lyrics.

#05 Love Takes Time by Mariah Carey

  • Move on and be healed with this music.

#04 Live and Learn by Joe Public

  • Continue to live and learn from that heartbreak, music to pump-up that stone heart.

#03 One Last Cry by Brian McKnight

– Eyes will start to get teary after listening to Brian McKnight’s soulful voice about moving on.

#02 I’ll Be by Edwin McCain

  • Tougher than ever, be your friends crying shoulder.

#01 Quit Playing Games by Backstreet Boys

  • Enough of those love games cause you are a strong independent person. R&B with a grasp of melody.

Enough of the life pleasing others and live your life on how you wanted it to be. Ready? Headset Go!

R&B: Then and Now

By Anke Rose Horca

Evolving out of jump blues in the late 1940s, R&B laid the grand mark for rock and roll. R&B which means “rhythm and blues” is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. It kept the tempo and the drive of jump blues, but its instrumentation was sparer and the emphasis was on the song and not improvised. It was blues chord changes played with an insistent blackbeat.

R&B features a distinctive record production style, drum machine-backed rhythms, an occasional saxophone laid beat to give a jazz feel and a smooth lush style of vocal arrangement.

The use of effects such as auto-tune and new computerized synths have given R&B a more futuristic feel while still attempting to incorporate the genre’s common themes such as love and relationship.

R&B has helped mend broken hearts, made lovers fall in love and helped ignite generations to move figuratively and literally.

We Belong Together by Mariah Carey, Say Goodbye by Chris Brown, Irreplaceable by Beyonce, and Take a Bow by Rihanna are just some of the examples of R&B music which topped the billboard in the mid-2000s and these singers were also the most successful R&B acts of the decade.

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All Regal, All Metal

By Christian Philip Barbosa

When people hear the words “heavy metal”, these words usually come to their minds: black eye-liners, weird emo haircuts, and black outfits. But this genre of music is more than what meets the eye.

Heavy metal or metal is a genre of rock music that was introduced in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The bands created heavy metal with thick and massive sound which is characterized by highly amplified distortion, guitar solos, and emphatic beats that produce loudness.

Oftentimes, heavy metal performances are associated with aggression and machismo.

In 1968, heavy metal bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple attracted large number of audience although they were often judged by critics because of their loud and hard-to-the-ear-noisy music.

During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest started an evolution by removing much of its blues influence.

Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility by increasing its speed. British heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar path during the late 1970s and fans were known as “metalheads” or “headbangers”.

During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Mötley Crüe, Poison, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax.

Other extreme subgenres of metal such as death metal and black metal also broke into the mainstream.

Since the mid-1990s styles, the definition of heavy metal music have expanded. These include groove metal with bands such as Pantera, Sepultura, and Lamb of God and nu metal with bands such as Korn, Slipknot, and Linkin Park.

Techno? Let’s Go!

By Clarise Mae Bañas

What comes into your mind when you hear the word techno? Is it the energetic beat of the drum? Or the kind of music that actively boosts your mood? If yes, then I should think that you are the type of person who loves to dance.

You could also be the type of person who spends their free time with their friends gathering in a place where your favorite DJ plays. Techno music is developed during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, but until now it is considered to be one of the most played genres in the music industry.

It is an electronic dance music that originally came from the United States, particularly in Detroit, Michigan. Upon developing this type of genre, music journalists and fans of techno invented the terms tech house and trance. Tech house pertains to the elements of techno that is usually used at home, while they defined trance as a genre of electronic music that repeats melodic phrases and a way to trick people with hypnosis. Techno is associated with the word hypnosis, because once you hear this kind of music it will caught your attention and by chance it could also make you listen from it always. So let’s go and hear some techno!

OPM: First Take

By Allaine Marie Pidoc

Original Pilipino Music (OPM) or sometimes called as Original Pinoy Music comes from the sweat, blood, and creative juices of our crown jewel music artist.

Some of the renowned Filipino artists who brought us OPM are Jose Mari Chan, APO Hiking Society, and Sampaguita as they left a remarkable reputation to this genre such as Christmas songs we usually hear every “ber months”, Panalangin, and Nosi Balasi.adasd

King of Christmas Carols, Jose Mari Chan

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APO Hiking Society

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Sampaguita

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Eraserheads

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It became more popular and iconic when the Eraserheads, Parokya ni Edgar, and Rivermaya exposed us to a new sound during the 1990s—not the one that will tickle your ears but a tune with a twist rock and pop music like Alapaap, Ordertaker, and Himala.

Tons of their music still lingers to the ear of every Filipino. As for the record, Eraserheads’ album titled “Cutterpillow” earned an 11-time platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry. The album sold 400,000 copies in the country making it the third best-selling album in OPM history and the most for any Filipino band or group. The album created a highlight in “Pinoy music” industry as it introduced classic songs such as Huwag Mo Nang Itanong, Overdrive, and the melodramatic Ang Huling El Bimbo.

OPM never goes out of tune. Huge numbers of millennials still jam and jive with its symphony. Its good resonance gives variety of vibes they want which could be amusing, relaxing, or thinking deeper.

One of the best qualities of our OPM that really catches the attention and ears of its listeners is it’s—deeper why—reason behind the lyrics, the words and notes to fill-in the gaps, and the selection of beat, tempo, and rhythm for that certain song.

Our very own Original Pilipino Music was created not just to amuse, relax, and entertain us but to give us a broader view on everything that surrounds us.

 

 

Pop ‘Till You Whoop

By Alexander Inocalla II

Pop music also known as “Pop” is widely famous among teenagers where the songs are often repetitive and very simple to familiarize that originated last 1950s. To all our readers, take note that “pop music” is different from “popular music”.

It is called “popular music” if a large segment of the population likes the song whatever its genre. However, we call it “pop music” if it refers to a specific musical genre within the “popular music”.

A popular band known as “The Beatles” produced emotional masterpiece in their time that is still known today by experimenting different techniques to show appeal to the audience. You might be asking “The Beatles is a rock band, right?” Yes, it is a rock band but they also included pop in their genre like in their 8th album called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which was released on May 26, 1967. That album sold 32 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling albums in history as of 2011. Aside from that, The Beatles are considered to be the best-selling band in history with estimated sales of over 800 million physical and digital albums worldwide.

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“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” cover art

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In January 2010, Justin Bieber released his song called the “Baby”. It is played with a fast tempo of R&B but was blended with dance-pop and hip-hop. Aside from that, the music video has the most dislikes on Youtube with 8 million.

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“Baby” cover art

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Let us actually focus on the main point of this article, the Millennial Whoop.

Patrick Metzger, a musical blog artist, pointed out that artists use the exact same note sequence where he named it the Millennial Whoop that can be found in a lot of pop songs like Katy Parry’s California Gurls and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Good Time for the sake of familiarity. It is a sequence of notes between the fifth and the third of a major scale. Artists sing in an “Oh” phenome, usually in a “Wa-oh-wa-oh” pattern. Song artists such as John Elton, Beyoncé, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Eminem, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift produced hit singles using the formula mixing their own styles that are unique to them. If you want to know more songs that almost sound alike, visit this website at http://www.thatsongsoundslike.com/. You may also check out Metzger’s blog as well at https://thepatterning.com/2016/08/20/the-millennial-whoop-a-glorious-obsession-with-the-melodic-alternation-between-the-fifth-and-the-third/.

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Metzger talking about “Why do so many pop songs sound the same?” at TedX, Koc University

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K-Pop: Why Is It So Popular?

By Kevin Anthony Quilantang

K-Pop is shortcut for Korean pop or Korean popular music usually consisted of electronic, hip hop, rock, and R&B from South Korea which is now popular all-throughout Asia and the whole world, thanks to the internet. Let’s be honest, majority of the K-Pop fans are actually not Korean and do not understand the language. Well, at least some of them are trying to learn it but most of them are not fluent. The real question is “Why there are many K-Pop fans worldwide?”

Here is a list of why is that so.

  1. K-Pop is actually not only limited to music but also fashion, style, and dance moves of the Korean artists which can influence teenagers and young adults.

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  1. It is engineered to engage viewers through music videos and performances usually composed of highly choreographed dance routines such as Gangnam Style by PSY which was a blast in 2012 and its views on Youtube until today is still increasing with 2.9 billion. Can you believe that? It was 5 years ago and people still watch this.

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PSY’s Gangnam Style on Youtube with 2.9 billion views (as of October 9, 2017)

  1. The “point dance” which is made of repetitive and hooking movements like Sorry, Sorry by Super Junior where they rub their hands together side to side as a gesture for apology. Viewers can easily get it because the steps are simple.

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Super Junior doing the “point dance” in their music video Sorry, Sorry

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  1. Dedicated young audiences prefer to wear the clothes and accessories, copy the hairstyles, and use the cosmetic brands of their favorite K-Pop stars. That is the reason why fashion brands release copies of products used by their idols.

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Bigbang’s G-Dragon replica t-shirt is for sale at AliExpress

  1. K-Pop idols are mostly young. Some of them made their debut at an early age such as BoA (commonly known as the “Queen of K-Pop) at age 13 and 2NE1’s former member Minzy at age 15.

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Queen of K-Pop, BoA

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Minzy, former member of 2NE1

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  1. South Korean government is very supportive with K-Pop as a cultural touchstone and it can help boost the country’s economy by disseminating the tune and music through social media. They also invest in training new artists.

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  1. K-Pop performers must be disciplined such as having clean-cut appearance which makes them presentable to millennials.

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  1. They perform in high-quality whether it is live or recorded.

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2NE1 performing live

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  1. K-Pop has its own rules and etiquette like younger or new stars must bow to their elders during events as a sign of respect or else they will be criticized by the media and the fans.

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South Korean boyband SHINee bows in front of audience

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  1. Some of them are not only singers and dancers but also actors which can draw more audience. Jung Ji-hoon (better known by his stage name Rain) broke to Hollywood as he starred in Speed Racer as Taejo Togokahn and Ninja Assassin as Raizo. Former Bigbang member T.O.P. also had a role as a student-soldier in 71: Into the Fire.

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Rain in Ninja Assassin

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T.O.P. (right) in 71: Into the Fire

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A Chunk of Funk Music

By Ezekiel de Guzman

In the everlasting expressions of George Clinton and the band Parliament, “We need the funk. Gotta have that funk.” Goodness definitely, it’s a great opportunity to get hip. Funk music was prevalent during 1970s and 1980s which are characterized by a mix of African-American soul music and a solid shortened beat. Be that as it may, the definition offered by melodic legend Prince hits nearer to home: “If you can portray it, it ain’t crazy.” Funk is characterized less by a strict arrangement of elaborate standards and more by a disposition, with obviously a beat that empowers moving.

Is Funk Dead?

If you are asking about the old funk style, it appears to be certainly dead. But wait! Majority of the people who are still living the funk life know that there are many groups that are still keeping the fire such as Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and stunning ventures like the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, and Rock Candy Funk Party. However, the reality remains that millennials could think less about funk. The modern day society is so caught up with what is “new” and “popular”. The vast majority just musically devour what they’re given by the media and in such manner, funk is dead. Don’t lose hope though. Check out our 5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard and if you know some of them, maybe it is not completely dead at all.

5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard

  1. Super Freak by Rick James

In the everlasting expressions of George Clinton and the band Parliament, “We need the funk. Gotta have that funk.” Goodness definitely, it’s a great opportunity to get hip. Funk music was prevalent during 1970s and 1980s which are characterized by a mix of African-American soul music and a solid shortened beat. Be that as it may, the definition offered by melodic legend Prince hits nearer to home: “If you can portray it, it ain’t crazy.” Funk is characterized less by a strict arrangement of elaborate standards and more by a disposition, with obviously a beat that empowers moving.

Is Funk Dead?

If you are asking about the old funk style, it appears to be certainly dead. But wait! Majority of the people who are still living the funk life know that there are many groups that are still keeping the fire such as Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and stunning ventures like the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, and Rock Candy Funk Party. However, the reality remains that millennials could think less about funk. The modern day society is so caught up with what is “new” and “popular”. The vast majority just musically devour what they’re given by the media and in such manner, funk is dead. Don’t lose hope though. Check out our 5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard and if you know some of them, maybe it is not completely dead at all.

5 Funk Songs That We Believe You May Have Heard

  1. Super Freak by Rick James

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Trivia: This song was single produced and performed by Rick James in 1981. The slang term “freak” actually means a very promiscuous girl based from the lyrics “She’s a very kinky girl, The kind you don’t take home to mother.”

  1. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

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Trivia: The song was recorded by Wild Cherry which was written by its lead singer, Rob Parissi. It was released in April 1976. After 13 years, the songwriter was awarded $500,000 after winning a case for copyright infringement because the American rapper Vanilla Ice released his interpretation of the song in his album Hooked.

  1. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson

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Trivia: The song was single written and recorded by Michael Jackson which was released in July 28, 1979. It introduced Jackson’s falsetto voice and vocal hiccups. Along with the hiccups are described as vocal tics such as “grunt” and “the ‘oho”.

  1. Get Lucky by Daft Punk

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Trivia: This song was created by house music duo Daft Funk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. Its album version is actually 6 minutes and 8 seconds long while the edited version is only 4 minutes and 7 seconds. The single sold 9.3 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling songs of all-time.

  1. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson

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Trivia: Uptown Funk is considered to be the biggest hit in 2010s music according to Billboard. The song was highly influenced by Minneapolis sound (a subgenre of funk rock) and was considered as a “brazen return to the electro-funk of the early ’80s” according to Chris Molanphy of Slate Magazine.

Ready Headset Go!