When combined together, contemporary popular music is music that is popular among the people of a certain time. Beethoven was very much contemporary popular music in the 17th century as the Black Eyed Peas of today when put into analogy. But this seemingly simple idea raises the complex question on how is it possible for a society in general and its ideology in particular to be mirrored in its contemporary popular music.Let me start with what John Storey on his book An Introductory Guide to Cultural Theory and Popular Culture has defined culture. Popular culture is equated with 'the culture of the people and for the people', 'the culture that originates from the people', and 'the authentic culture of the people'. Very slogan-like, I would like to point out. As stated by Storey, popular culture is necessary in accordance to social order with its own systems of beliefs. It is how the society of the time acts and reacts to a media, the object of which this paper is written for being contemporary popular music....
"Mass media is a term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state)." (Wikipedia, 2006). Mass media is usually used for be various purposes: advertising or public relations, education (as in the case of literature), entertainment, journalism and public service announcements. It could also take the form of broadcast communication (as in the case of television and radio), music recording (as in tapes or CDs), films, publishing (books, magazines, newspapers) and the Internet. Mass media is mainly responsible for the proliferation of what is "in" and what's not in our society, hence popular culture. It's inevitable that when we talk of culture, we come to fashion, language and music.
If to be based on the Wikipedia (2006), it has stated that:
The term "popular music" is used in broad and narrow senses. At its broadest, it refers to all music other than classical music Popular music contains a variety of genres are intended for mass consumption and propagated over the radio and similar media. Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. It stands in contrast to Classical Music, which historically was the music of elites or the upper strata of society, and traditional folk music which was shared non-commercially. It is sometimes abbreviated to pop music, although pop music is more often used for a narrower branch of popular music.
Popular music dates at least as far back as the mid 19th century, and is commonly subdivided into