Country Music Makes Waves
by Emma Martin on Friday, October 25th, 2013
With its chill, laid-back vibe, country music was the most popular genre of music of America in 2012, replacing classic rock on the NPD Group’s “Annual Music Study.” Although country music reached its peak of popularity that year, will it holds this title for 2013?
This past summer, Jason Aldean’s July 13th concert at Fenway Park shattered attendance records, with tickets selling out in seven minutes. Success for country artists was not limited to Fenway, as country megastar, Luke Bryan, held a concert at the Comcast Center that also sold out at a rapid speed.
Country music rocketed to the top of the charts about two years ago, and it is clear that this genre is here to stay. This past summer, People Magazine even released a “Country Special,” which highlighted country’s biggest stars as cultural icons.
Over the years, some of country music’s biggest stars have strayed from their country roots and have incorporated more pop rhythms and melodies into their works; however, even with the release of many more mainstream songs, traditional country music has typically been met with the most success, especially in the top 40 charts. Songs by country music ringleaders, such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Eric Church, have reigned in the top 40, setting many records in the Billboard charts.
So what personalities lie behind these avid country fans? Because country music tends to have a more relaxed vibe, so do its listeners, according to observations. Jennifer Pema (II) believes that country listeners tend to be “nicer” and “more mellow” than those of other genres. On the contrary, hip-hop and R&B tend to have a more cool and “pump-up” vibe. Perhaps the nostalgic lyrics, soothing melodies and down-to-earth personalities behind country music has dictated its recent widespread success. There are certainly masses of Americans getting in touch with their more mellow side.
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