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Alternative rock is a category of rock music that emerged from the independent underground music scene of the 1970s and became very popular in the 1990s. “Alternative” refers to a genre difference from mainstream or commercial rock or pop music. Initially, several alternative styles reached minor mainstream notice and some music groups, such as R.E.M. and Jane’s Addiction, signed to major labels. However, most alternative groups remain signed to independent labels and receive relatively little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With Nirvana’s breakthrough and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the mainstream of music and many alternative groups became successful.