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Christian popular music, USA

Christian popular music, USA Introduction and antecedents Christian popular music (hereafter CPM) is an umbrella category for a sonically diverse repertoire of late 20th- and early 21st-century evangelical Protestant commercial popular music. It encompasses several distinct subcategories based on musical genre, industrial context, or function, including, but not limited to, Jesus Music, Contemporary Christian Music (CCM), Praise & Worship music, and Christian rock. CPM is characterized by Christian lyrics or themes, mediated by self-identified Christian companies (i.e., magazines, publishing firms, radio stations, and record labels that promote Christian values), created by artists...

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