Pop music has always been a dynamic and ever-changing landscape, with artists constantly pushing the boundaries and experimenting with new sounds. In recent years, we have seen a significant shift in the industry, with the rise of streaming platforms and the increasing influence of R&B and hip-hop. This article will explore how today’s artists are shaping the future of pop music and what we can expect in the coming years.

Record Store Day and the Resurgence of Vinyl

Record Store Day is an annual event celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores and the unique role they play in their communities. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the release of “Surfin’ the Great Lakes: Kay Bank Studio Surf Sides of the 1960s,” a limited edition sea-glass blue vinyl featuring instrumental surf rock and surf-themed songs from bands all over the Great Lakes region. With only 1200 copies available across the country, this release serves as a reminder of the enduring appeal of vinyl records and the importance of supporting local record stores.

Hailey Bieber and the Importance of Mental Health in the Music Industry

Hailey Bieber recently opened up about her mental health struggles on Instagram, sharing a video of an animated cat to describe her current mental state. Bieber’s candid admission highlights the importance of discussing mental health in the music industry and the need for empathy and compassion. As artists continue to navigate the pressures of fame and success, it is crucial for fans and industry professionals alike to support one another and prioritize mental well-being.

R&B and Hip-Hop: The Most Popular Genre in America

According to Nielsen Soundscan’s 2018 year-end report, R&B/hip-hop has become the most popular genre in America, with eight of the ten most-streamed artists being rappers. The period between 2015-2018 saw a crescendo for the genre, with established and rising stars making their mark on the culture. However, the growth of rap has slowed down, with R&B/hip-hop’s overall market share declining from 28.4% to 27.6%. As rap superstars like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Post Malone age into a different chapter of their careers, the industry must look to a new generation of artists to fill the void left by the premature passing of influential rappers like Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, and XXXTENTACION.

Looking to the Future: The Next Wave of Pop Music

As the music industry continues to evolve, it is essential for artists to adapt and innovate. The future of pop music will likely see a continued emphasis on mental health, a resurgence of interest in vinyl records, and the rise of a new generation of R&B and hip-hop artists. By embracing these trends and pushing the boundaries of their art, today’s artists are shaping the industry’s future and ensuring that pop music remains a vibrant and vital cultural force.