MTV Helps Fans Discover K-Pop, Brazilian Baile Funk, and Other Genres You Never Knew About

/ Following MTV's announcement of their new, global music platform, TakeLessons is excited to see international artists get time in the spotlight.

This week, MTV announced the launch of its new music program and brand, MTV Iggy. The program will promote global music and trends, with content available online, on-air and through social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.

TakeLessons (, the nation's fastest growing music lesson provider, is excited to see the promotion for international music. With instructors on the teacher roster who teach instruments like the didgeridoo and the djembe, TakeLessons is a huge proponent of exploring all genres of music. Exposing students to all types of music is a great tool for teachers to pass on a love for the art.

MTV Iggy's first major initiative is their best new band in the world campaign, which features 10 breakthrough acts from countries including the U.K., Australia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea. The winner will be determined by fan votes, announced on November 10th, and will get the opportunity to perform live on the show and receive extra promotion from MTV platforms.

"The launch of MTV Iggy reinforces our commitment to supporting an eclectic mix of artists and further extends our music strategy," Amy Doyle, the network's executive in charge of music and talent, said in the official press release from MTV.

Since we're still buzzing about Adele's AMA nominations, we thought it would be fitting to pay tribute some of the other influential artists from across the pond. We loved the list we found of the Ten British Bands That Changed the World, as put together by U.K. blog The Daily Dust. Here are just a few of the bands that made the cut:

Led Zeppelin
Arguably the greatest rock band ever to have graced the planet, there is something undoubtedly special even today about the incredible drumming of the late John Bonham, the pounding bass of John-Paul Jones, the mesmeric guitar playing of Jimmy Page and the unmistakeable voice of Robert Plant. They were the biggest band in the world in the 1970s and, through refusing to release singles, they pioneered the concept of album-orientated rock - despite writing some great songs such as "Whole Lotta Love", "Kashmir" and "Stairway to Heaven". They've sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide, and if you doubted their importance today then just look at the reception they got when Jason Bonham joined them behind the drum kit for a reunion at the O2 Arena in 2007.

The Beatles
The Fab Four from Liverpool were probably the first British band to achieve global domination, and with over a billion international record sales they are clearly one of the most commercially and critically successful groups ever. Their music and fashion sense were both worldwide trend setters, and the 'Beatlemania' that followed them around propelled John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to the status of everlasting international megastars. Despite half of them no longer being with us, they are still a huge draw, and still pull a huge influence on pop culture. Last year they topped Billboard magazine's list of top-selling artists released to celebrate the chart's 50th anniversary.

The Rolling Stones
The Stones were the other part of the 1960s Brit invasion of America along with The Beatles, and again were immensely successful. They also feature perhaps the best and most consistent songwriting team in the form of singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, a combination that still works today. Thanks to the fact that not too many of their number has passed away, the Stones still tour with a schedule that puts many younger bands to shame and, if they ever do die, they will be immortalized with great songs like "Brown Sugar", "Satisfaction", and "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll". Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, they were voted the fourth Greatest Artist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004.

The mid 1990s was a great time to be a British music fan, because Brit-pop had infected the world headed by its two leading lights - Blur and Oasis - and it is the latter who get to represent that time period here. While the critics may pick Damon Alburn's Blur every time, Oasis are without doubt the bigger draw, and the more interesting band, mainly due to testosterone-fueled Gallagher brothers Liam and Noel. If you look past the tabloid stories, you realize what superb songwriters they are, and with hits like "Wonderwall", "Champagne Supernova" and "Live Forever" it is no surprise that they have sold over 60 million records globally. Their third release "Be Here Now" is the fastest-selling album in British music history, and they still draw a huge following - underlined by their most recent album "Dig Out Your Soul" being certified platinum.

We think it's about time MTV spent a bit more time on music rather than another season of Jersey Shore. Moreover, as new ways of discovering and sharing music pop up, it's only fitting that international music be easier to find. Check out the MTV Iggy website at and who knows - maybe you'll find the next up-and-coming artist before anyone else. For those of us who aren't familiar with genres like K-Pop and Brazilian baile funk, what songs, artists or albums can you suggest to get started? Check out the TakeLessons blog, including tips for incorporating American Idol into music lessons, and join in on the discussion on Facebook (

Jon Crim

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