During the early 1980s, artists such as
the Human League,
John Foxx and
Visage helped pioneer a new synth-pop style that drew more heavily from electronic and synthesizer music, while the
electro style was largely developed by
Afrika Bambaataa, who was heavily influenced by
Yellow Magic Orchestra and
Kraftwerk, and in turn influenced the 1980s
pop music style of
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The media in 2009 ran articles proclaiming a new era of different electropop stars and indeed, saw a rise in popularity of several electropop artists. In the
Sound of 2009 poll of 130 music experts conducted for the
BBC, ten of the top fifteen artists named were of the electropop genre.
Lady Gaga had major commercial success since 2008 with her debut album
 Music writer
Simon Reynolds noted that "Everything about Gaga came from
electroclash, except the music, which wasn't particularly 1980s".
Korean pop music scene has also become dominated and influenced by electropop, particularly with boy bands and girl groups such as
Male acts that have emerged included British writer and producer
Taio Cruz, who charted well in the U.S.,
 along with one-man act
Owl City, who had a U.S. number-one single,
 Singer Michael Angelakos of the
Passion Pit said in a 2009 interview that while playing electropop was not his intention, the limitations of dorm life made the genre more accessible.
 Some artists have used music technology to convert songs from other genres into electropop; for example, Paul Duncan of
Warm Ghost took a record by
indie folk artists
Mountain Man and turned it into an electropop song.
In 2009, James Oldham—head of
artists and repertoire at
A&M Records—was quoted as saying "All
A&R departments have been saying to managers and lawyers: 'Don't give us any more bands because we're not going to sign them and they're not going to sell records.' So everything we've been put on to is electronic in nature."