American music has its own history. The development of American music has gone through different changes connected with the life of the country and its people Due to the fact, that the USA is a country of many nations and cultures, American music was very much influenced by their representatives in the 20th century. The rhythmic and lyrical styles of African American music had a great impact on American music in general. Later, elements from the blues and old-time music were adapted and transformed into popular genres. Early in the twentieth century, Lois Armstrong and Duke Ellington developed jazz. Between the 1920s and the 1950s appeared country music, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. In the 1960s Bob Dylan became one of America’s greatest songwriters, and James Brown introduced funk. The end of the 20th century was crowned with hip hop and house music. American pop stars, such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Madonna have become world-famous stars.
In the early years of the 21st century there is a great amount of different types of music, although the music of the 20th century continues to live. For example, the classical genre of music attracts more and more listeners. American composers keep on creating their beautiful music. Most orchestras sound better than ever. Most opera companies enjoy the increasing number of their audience, the half of which is the people of 18 to 24 years old.
Those who are not fond of classical music, jazz or country music, prefer to listen to pop music. Pop music still calls the attention to many people around the world. As the world has never lost its appetite for the latest American sounds and stars.
to go through different changes — пройти через, пережить различные изменения
due to the fact that — благодаря тому, что;
a representative (s) — представитель
to be adopted — адаптировать (ся), переделывать (ся)
a popular genre (s) — популярный жанр
to be crowned with smth — увенчаться чем-либо
to keep on doing smth — продолжать делать что-либо
to call attention to smb — обратить чье-либо внимание