The Basics
I can't tell you how many times I've been asked what you call the music that someone like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber or Chris Brown sings over so I thought I'd post it up. In the case of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber you would call that music a "pop beat" which is similar terminology to a rap beat for those who are familiar with rap beats. In the case of Chris Brown it would typically be an RnB beat, but sometimes his songs sound kind of pop-ish so depending on the song it could go either way. The term "beats" just refers to the instrumental, or the background music of a song.

It might seem strange that you just throw the word "beat" after most genres to find what you're looking for, but that's what the online community of music producers do. Some of this information may seem very basic or like common sense, but I know a lot of aspiring pop artists who many times don't know where to or how to find the type of music they're looking for. They want background music to sing to and create songs and they don't know where to turn. This article is to help those artists.

Where to find these "Pop and RnB beats"
Recording studios many times offer beats / instrumentals of many different genres. However, they can often be overpriced, not have the best selection and have beats that have been already sold to and used by other artists in your area (without informing you). A better way to find music is to use any search engine and search for "pop beats." Using this term you will be much more likely to come across music with a strong dance beat, fun and catchy melody lines and music with an overall similar feel to songs you hear on any hit song focused radio station. If you want more of a pop rock feel you may be out of luck (as far as buying your own online), I have not come across websites offering ready-made songs/beats for that genre. You may not be able to get as much production as you would from physically working with a producer like RedOne (Lady's Gaga's Music Producer from Fame Monster) by getting pop beats online, but you can find many music producers and beat makers who have a lot of talent as well as an incredible value: while their beats can be quite good, they won't cost you $10,000's or $100,000's. Some online producers even offer royalty free music and free beats for promotional purposes to get your career started.

Last Thought
Online music producers sell different forms of rights for songs (Lease, Semi-Exclusive, and Exclusive) which I will talk about in another article.

About Author / Additional Info:
This article was written by Brian Bachman who is a music producer and the owner of