to me mainstream music is equivalent to whatever is popular in a moment in time. right now hip hop, vocal, and alternative is what is popular right now (ie Jay-Z, Lil Wayne drake, Nikki Minaj, Adele, Florence and the Machine, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and the list goes on). Kiddy pop is back on the rise, I had my moment in ’00s, now it time for the next batch of fans to get their dose, even if it’s annoying.
and me i listen to whatever makes me feel something (happy, sad, giddy, empathic, whatever). music is an art form and i enjoy it weather it’s known around the world or a hand full of people.