background music


Definition of background music 

: music to accompany the dialogue or action of a motion picture or radio or television drama

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The tunes are broadcast as background music, or are sometimes completely inaudible. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "The Drain in Spain: Why Late-Night Spanish TV Is Costing Global Music Publishers Tens of Millions A Year," 28 June 2018 Starting today, users will be able to add background music to their posts on their Stories, with a thousands of songs offered directly in the app (including actually popular music by artists like Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, and Maroon 5). Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Instagram stories are getting soundtracks as the feature hits 400 million daily users," 28 June 2018 Photo: Kathleen Hughes/The Wall Street Journal The spokeswoman said Rite Aid has the right to play background music through a deal with a company that supplies it digitally. Kathleen A. Hughes, WSJ, "He Writes the Songs That Make the Neighbors Cry ‘No More Barry Manilow!’," 27 June 2018 Now there’s evidence that loud background music affects patrons’ food choices — and not in a good way. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.," 31 May 2018 Fireworks dazzled after nightfall, with a 30-minute show of bombastic color and sound — as well as the soaring background music coming from an orchestra. Kyle Arnold,, "Fireworks dazzle as Orlando comes together to celebrate Independence Day," 4 July 2018 According to attendees, Buress tried to then perform without a mic, but background music in the arena was turned up and the lights went on. Morgan Greene,, "Hannibal Buress stand-up set is interrupted at Loyola after his sex-abuse joke," 19 Mar. 2018 The background music of male genius, apparently, is female screaming. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Genius’ Paints Picasso by the Numbers," 23 Apr. 2018 Bagby said there’s not one thing inside the 360-seat venue that didn’t go through rigorous study, including the menu, bars, floors, tables, windows, light fixtures, background music and even the space between tables. Pam Kragen,, "Bagby Beer's gastropub gives veganism a try," 19 Apr. 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of background music

: music that is played in a movie, television show, etc., to go along with and add to the story or mood

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