When it comes to the beginning of the 21st century, it can be said that the music business changed significantly when you compare it to the music business in the 20th century. New genres of music replaced the older ones if not completely, then for the better part. For example, rock music in general has seen a decrease in popularity and has been replaced by genres such as pop, hip hop, rap and electronic music, there are also an increasing number of party bands playing covers at private parties.
Artists like Madonna changed their style of music in order to appeal to new audiences, which sometimes resulted in success, and sometimes in failure. Shows such as American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent have given us many new and extremely talented artists who became more or less popular overnight. Gangsta rap has become increasingly popular and teenage pop icons of the 1990’s have grown to become adults, some more and some less mature and serious. All in all, it can be said that the 21st century has given us a lot of new things related to music, and a lot of new trends to follow or ignore.
Breakthroughs Concerning Music made in the 00’s to Present
There have been many different breakthroughs in the 21st century that influenced the music scene in many different ways. The internet became widespread and commonly used and YouTube became available to people all over the world, which resulted in the popularization of western artists throughout the world.
When it comes to musical genres, it has to be mentioned that artists like Norah Jones, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson became immensely popular, which meant that people still wanted to listen to quality and serious music. Also, artists like Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins and Alanis Morissette continued their successful careers throughout the 21st century. R&B also became increasingly popular, with names such as Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Lopez and Usher making it more popular than ever.
When it comes to new artists, Lady Gaga and Rihanna are probably two of the most important and successful new artists of the 21st century and are covered by numerous party bands playing at private functions throughout the country.
Most Popular Bands in the 00’s to Present
There have been a great number of new bands and musicians in the 21st century, and here is a list of some of the most important ones:
Alicia Keys, Beyoncé Knowles and Leona Lewis – the three most important African-American artists of the 21st century, who all gained fantastic stardom and great success.
Eminem – the best selling male artist in the first decade of the 21st century, and the most successful white rapper of all time.
50 cent – one of the most successful artists of the 21st century, best known for being the “real deal” when it comes to Gangsta rap, due to the fact that he has been shot nine times.
Justin Timberlake – released his first solo album in 2002 and has been extremely popular ever since then.
Lady Gaga and Rihanna – the two most successful young artists on the musical scene of the 21st century, they became an instant success, with a large number of hit singles.