Newspaper looks at the growing international pedigree of popular music.
This article titled “The arts in 2012: the world goes pop” was written by Caspar Llewellyn Smith, for The Guardian on Thursday 29th December 2011 23.45 UTC
It used to be that when we thought of pop, we thought of Pete Townshend in his union flag jacket, or Geri Halliwell dressed in little more than her undies and styled similarly at the Brit awards. Or, from last year, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in the video for Telephone, masking their bits with the Stars and Stripes. Or we might have thought of Eurovision. But as they say in pop, it used to go like that, but now it goes like this: in recent years, some of the most interesting pop on the planet has been made in South Korea, Nigeria, Mexico, China, in the former Soviet republics and in South Africa.