alternative pop


: pop music that has broad appeal but that is produced by performers who are outside the musical mainstream and that is typically regarded as more original, eclectic, or musically or intellectually challenging than most pop music

called also alt-pop

Examples of alternative pop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The alternative pop star will take a musical detour on Lasso, a new collection due out in September, Del Rey told the audience at Billboard’s pre-Grammy event in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Jan. 31). Lars Brandle, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2024 Her music is a fusion of alternative pop with soft and dreamy vocals. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 25 Oct. 2023 Her music is an amalgamation of R&B, soul, funk, and alternative pop, woven together with introspective lyrics that resonate deeply with listeners. Essence Fashion Editors, Essence, 24 June 2023 Lana Del Rey ushered in a new type of alternative pop stardom with her 2012 debut album Born to Die — and Billie Eilish was paying attention. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2023 The song is by Israeli alternative pop artist Noga Erez and was created specifically for Heart of Stone, which debuts Aug. 11 on Netflix. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2023 The Aces, an alternative pop band hailing from Provo, Utah, have known and loved each other for as long as most of them can remember. USA TODAY, 8 June 2023 Finally, veteran alternative pop act Sparks’ is set for a best chart position since 1974 with The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 30 May 2023 With its fast start, Ocean Blvd becomes the U.S. alternative pop singer’s eighth top 10 LP in these parts, and fifth leader following Born To Die (from 2012), Ultraviolence (2014), Honeymoon (2015) and Lust For Life (2017). Lars Brandle, Billboard, 31 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternative pop was in 1985

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“Alternative pop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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