Why not? Eurobeat isn't exactly far from pop music. If you are familiar with the term "Europop" you could very easily confuse Eurobeat with Europop. Pop as a whole is a very loose term and includes very many different styles. The American popmusic industry versus European is a completely different field.
To me eurobeat is mostly just an extension to european popmusic (Europop in particular). Just like eurodance was. Pop is just a very mainstream term and I am guessing that's why you don't want it to be associated with eurobeat, am I right? Eurobeat is a niche genre and many of the fans (me included) like the fact that it's fairly rare and out of the general crowd's idea of good music.
Well, that's just it. Eurobeat is anything , but popular; which is pretty much were the term Pop music came from. even resorting as far back as M's classic "Pop Musiz" Pop as described as radio music, top 40 music, some might even say a fad of the TIMEs. Most pop songs nowadays come & go without any impact whatsoever. It's not only Eurobeat, but I also hate it when Dance and Rock songs are catagorized as POP.
Yes, I kinda diss the fact that Lady Gaga, for the sake of argument is concidered Pop music, and it bugs me to think that a Lollita or Christian de Leo song would ever be side by side with her on a radio show or countdown. For me it would bring down Eurobeat to the level of Pop Music. Which is pretty much ,lazy music made for the masses or sake of just "cashing in" Think about it, back in the 80's -90s when a rock song or rap ect.. would crossover to Pop charts, it would infact become that one song you make fun of. Here you have the Phil Collins and Brintey Spears(definate pop artists) and next to it that one Def Leppard song or now a days that one Cascada song. Even in thier own genre,those songs become sort of a mockery of themselves as well as the artists. I use Def Leppard, cuz they are a perect example of what the "Western" Pop music did to them. They started out hard Rock and before you knew it; it was ballad after ballad for cheesy soundtracks.To most of you ,the better term is "Sell Out". Now since they were never really a pop oriented group to begin with; what happens; they fall from grace from thier diehard fans and when they wanna return to thier roots, it is hard as hell to recapture that old sound ex; Creed , Green Day, countless of New Wave 80's bands ect.... besides once a Rock, New Wave or even Alt Rock band go that POp route; it isn't long before thye fall from the spotlight onto the $5 dollar bins at your local dcd shop. I use Rock, cuz that's what I listen to besides Eurobeat, but you guys can apply that to your favourite genre as well. Some of you like Cascada(one of the few dance groups I like) You can't deny the fact that since they hit top 40, thier follow up cd was full of "pop" songs that sound very close to the Britney Spears, Rihanna stuff of today.
Am I right to say that most of you; besides listening to Eurobeat, listen to dance/pop/Techno music; which as Bore stated has similiar instruments to Eurobeat. The difference is that I'm a rocker and when my favourite Rock band is tranformed into a POP band; It is 100% obvious that this bothers me alot more than most of you, cuz the difference in thier music is very noticable.
I'm just saying if you apply this to Eurobeat, and it goes the same route; pretty soon we won't be having Eurobeat as we know it, but just random Pop music. I guess It also depends on what your prefered labels are. SCP, and now even Dima can go that pop route. I think AbeatC and GGMs can go iether way. Saifam has thier own catalog for Pop covers, , but my favs Eurogrooves, DELTA and HRG Attack really don't ever go that route unless they release that Disco/SAW tune, so it even sounds odd for me to put the word "pop" in the same sentence when describing songs like "Playboy" or "Cataclysm Night"
as a final whole; I don't know too much about Euro Pop. If groups like Annie, Cascada, Keily Minougue or those Eurovision songs fall in that category; then ,I would have to say that ,no,I don't really hear to many similiarities; besides the occasinal synths. The percussion, singing style and overall melodies, that Eurobeat has sounds miles away from Pop musc to me.
so now maybe you can appreciate why I have such a huge issue with this whole Eurobeat-Pop reference. It just takes away the uniquness of the genre.
and by the way, that is why I think the whole Westernizing Eurobeat is a crap idea that should have been left on the cutting room floor. I seriously doubt that one Gaga fan is gonna buy an SEB just to get that one track 14 with it's pop flava. A better example would be. Would any of you buy that one Rock compilation cd just to get that one Eurobeat or techno song? I say nay! I sure as hell wouldn't buy that Techno cd just to get my hands on the one Creed song.