Is Pop Music Coming Back Thanks To The Weeknd And Dua Lipa?
There is a shift in the music trend that we are seeing recently and it is something that we are accepting as well. Probably the most prominent among this trend is when The Weeknd came out with his super synth-pop keyboard hit Blinding Lights. But hey, we also saw Dua Lipa giving an equally excellent release wearing sweatbands and leotards and giving an image of television exercise classes. TV exercise classes? Wasn’t that something of the past? 80’s to be exact. 80’s pop music is trying to make a comeback thanks to these celebrities (and more), influencing artists who weren’t even born then.
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Pop Music Returns Through Young Top Talents
Pop music is found everywhere. From Niall Horan‘s Heartbreak Weather to The Weeknd’s After Hours. Little Mix’s Break Up Song is also a valuable addition to the trend. When we think about 80’s music, perhaps what we all can put a finger on is how splashy the snare used to be and how the kick drum had a wild usage. The US electronic duo, The Midnight, has already produced many pop music tracks from the golden era including, dreamy vocals, saxophonic solos and impressive soundscapes. For those looking for what to call this music trend, it’s called Synthwave: where electronic music defined the sound of 80’s pop music in films, games and shows. Take a look at the modern Synthwave:
The Midnight, on the other hand, give a different theory to this rising trend. They believe that all music trends cycle through age but we are only seeing the 80’s music now because of how simple things were back then.
“Technology has taken over to such a degree that there’s something very tactile about the 80s and 90s that people are rediscovering… that could be cassette tapes, vinyl, old game cartridges.”
There are others who are contributing equally to define pop music trend, and the list includes big names as well:
- Madonna – Into The Groove
- Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
- Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
- A-Ha – Take On Me
- Don Henley – The Boys Of Summer
While Dua Lipa’s Physical reminds us of television workout shows, The Weeknd might look to be taking inspiration from the late Michael Jackson. Their sound is melancholic, futuristic yet very uplifting.
Television Shows Are Doing Their Job As Well
The TV shows are not so far behind from this idea as well. While thinking about just one of them, we were quick to jump on Netflix’s original release, Stranger Things. Perhaps it is the most visually in-your-face representation of the 80’s era. Coming up with Dungeons and Dragons, short nickers, public pools, bright & colourful fashion clothes, and the malls. The Duffer brothers surely nailed on the aesthetics when they wanted to come up with pop music theme back to the ’80s. Tim McEwan from The Midnight tells,
“When you have artists as big as The Weeknd and Dua Lipa doing it, you’ve reached your top levels. I wouldn’t be surprised if artists soon try exploring other avenues.”