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Electropop is a variant of synth-pop that places more emphasis on a harder, electronic sound. The genre has seen a revival of popularity and influence since the 2000s.[1]


Early 1980s[edit]

During the early 1980s, artists such as Gary Numan, the Human League, Soft Cell, John Foxx and Visage helped pioneer a new synth-pop style that drew more heavily from electronic and synthesizer music,[4] while the electro style was largely developed by Afrika Bambaataa, who was heavily influenced by Yellow Magic Orchestra and Kraftwerk, and in turn influenced the 1980s pop music style of Madonna.[5]

21st century[edit]

The media in 2009 ran articles proclaiming a new era of different electropop stars and indeed, saw a rise in popularity of several electropop artists. In the Sound of 2009 poll of 130 music experts conducted for the BBC, ten of the top fifteen artists named were of the electropop genre.[6] Lady Gaga had major commercial success since 2008 with her debut album The Fame.[7][8][9][10][11][excessive citations] Music writer Simon Reynolds noted that "Everything about Gaga came from electroclash, except the music, which wasn't particularly 1980s".[12] The Korean pop music scene has also become dominated and influenced by electropop, particularly with boy bands and girl groups such as Super Junior, SHINee, f(x) and Girls' Generation.[13]

Male acts that have emerged included British writer and producer Taio Cruz, who charted well in the U.S.,[14] along with one-man act Owl City, who had a U.S. number-one single,[15][16] DJ Kaskade,[17] and LMFAO.[18][example's importance?] Singer Michael Angelakos of the Passion Pit said in a 2009 interview that while playing electropop was not his intention, the limitations of dorm life made the genre more accessible.[19] Some artists have used music technology to convert songs from other genres into electropop;[improper synthesis?] for example, Paul Duncan of Warm Ghost took a record by indie folk artists Mountain Man and turned it into an electropop song.[20]

In 2009, James Oldham—head of artists and repertoire at A&M Records—was quoted as saying "All A&R departments have been saying to managers and lawyers: 'Don't give us any more bands because we're not going to sign them and they're not going to sell records.' So everything we've been put on to is electronic in nature."[21][22]

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  1. ^ a b c d Jones 2006, p. 107.
  2. ^ Jon Pareles (March 21, 2010). "Spilling Beyond a Festival's Main Courses". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "Spilling Beyond a Festival's Main Courses". The New York Times. 22 March 2010 – via New York Times. 
  4. ^ Reynolds 2005, pp. 296-308.
  5. ^ David Toop (March 1996), "A-Z Of Electro", The Wire (145), retrieved 2011-05-29 
  6. ^ UK gaga for electro-pop, guitar bands fight back, The Kuwait Times, January 28, 2009
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - Number one single for Lady GaGa". bbc.co.uk. 
  8. ^ "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - Lady GaGa holds onto chart crown". bbc.co.uk. 
  9. ^ "Search - Billboard". billboard.com. 
  10. ^ "Login". 
  11. ^ Neil McCormick (21 January 2009). "Lady GaGa: pop meets art to just dance". Telegraph.co.uk. 
  12. ^ The 1980s revival that lasted an entire decade by Simon Reynolds for The Guardian 22 January 2010
  13. ^ Mullins, Michelle (15 January 2012). "K-pop splashes into the west". The Purdue University Calumet Chronicle. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Taio Cruzes Up The U.S Chart!". MTV UK. 
  15. ^ Maybe I'm Dreaming: Owl City [1] Access date: July 9, 2009.
  16. ^ "BBC News - Pop's space cadets set to blast off". bbc.co.uk. 
  17. ^ Jen Woo (29 June 2010). "Electric Daisy Carnival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum". independent.com. 
  18. ^ "Party just beginning for electro-pop duo LMFAO". Reuters. 
  19. ^ Interview: Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit Boston Phoenix October 1, 2009
  20. ^ Erick Sermon (March 2011). "Warm Ghost – Uncut Diamond EP -- Partisan Records: 2011". Music Nerdery. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  21. ^ "Gaga for girl power". smh.com.au. 
  22. ^ Neil McCormick (5 August 2009). "La Roux, Lady Gaga, Mika, Little Boots: the 80s are back". Telegraph.co.uk. 


Jones, Hollin (2006). Music Projects with Propellerhead Reason: Grooves, Beats and Styles from Trip Hop to Techno. PC Publishing. ISBN 978-1-870775-14-4.