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Special Note: Please note that this RyansWorld scenario is meant to be read as entertainment, not as an accurate prediction of the future. Also note that the viewpoints and opinions that may come across in this scenario are not necessarily the viewpoints and opinions of the author.
World beat music is a genre of music that will replace rock music one of the greatest genres in popular music (along with hip hop/R&B, dance/electronica music, country music and indie music). This will occur either in or around the year 2010.
Definition of world beat music
World beat music is usually not in the American dialect of the English language and the artists' recordings are usually done in places outside of Western civilization; the reason that world beat music will replace rock music is that everyone is more interested in different cultures. People have developed a jaded attitude to Western (most notably American) culture because of the 2003 Iraq War, and they start listening to non-English songs from other countries like Japan, China, Korea, and India. They also start listening to music from Latin America and from the Native American communities as early as their preschool years.
World beat music will make an exceptionally high impression on adolescents born between 1997 and 2046, because they will be the first generation never to have either listened to or remembered listening to rock music. This new music genre will also provide the background music for their educational computer games. By the year 2015, rock music becomes hard to find and by 2020 only specialty stores and online music sites sell rock music while most major record stores and department stores sell world beat music, Pop, hip hop, dance/electronica music and country instead." Rebecca Black, Chuckie, Fatboy Slim, Justin Beiber and "Weegee" will become notable bands and singers during the era when world beat music reaches its height; Kurt Cobain will become just another footnote in music history by the year 2020. "Boys Rock" (featuring four boys from middle school) will be the first world beat music band to win a Grammy while "Brad Bowl-Llama" (featuring a former professional bowler named Brad who has a pet llama) will become the first Canadian world beat music act to win a Juno award.
Hotmixradio Dance, an online music station based in Paris, France, will become the preferred radio station of world beat music listeners. They will shun local radio and political awareness for fast-food quality entertainment.
The effects of the Singularity
After the Singularity in the year 2045, world beat music will become more enlightened. Eventually, world beat music will be replaced by a new mystical form of music that uses nearly 100% of a person's potential brain power sometime around the year 2060.