Well these four ladies have typically defined the last 5 years of this decade-a decade brewing to be one where “female artists” have a growing importance in almost all field of human endeavor. Through the media we can now see the increasingly equal participation of both males & females.
I have selected these four artists for they have the most important achievement in popular music which is through innovation; Innovation that has lead to the revolution of what pop music really means-music popular to the masses. To add to this achievement all of them have also broken sales records worldwide.
Going to our four heroines of music let us start with the senior member-Cher.She has led the way to today’s so called ‘versatile performers’. She was successful in her music, television and movie career (Oscar winner). Nowadays, artist who have taken her cue are J.Lo, Eminem, & Will Smith among others. She is also the comeback queen when she released ‘Believe’ which has the record for biggest world no.1 with an accumulated airplay+sales points of over 10,000 points. Mediatraffic (with the aid of IFPI, RIAA, ARIA & others) formed the United World Charts in 1998 to track global sales of albums & singles as well as airplay and downloads for singles.
Madonna is a female icon who paved the way for female artists to be more expressive in their artistry. She flourished in MTV and has shown other females that they can enrich their music through video. She now holds the Eurocharts record for the first artist to simultaneously hold the no.1 position in every music format available there (singles sales, singles airplay, albums sales, album downloads & singles downloads). This happened when Hung Up was on its 2nd week & COAD was in its 1st week of release in Europe.
Britney Spears has introduced the teen-pop edgy image to music. While teen pop has been in existence long before, Britney has taken it to another level of mainstream pop. Soon after other teen artists like Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, Jesse McCartney, Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff & others followed her footsteps with a hope of reaching the same success. Britney Spears album ‘Baby One More Time’ is already the biggest selling debut album in history selling over 25 million worldwide (15x platinum in the US).
Last but not the least is Norah Jones. Norah departed from the bubble-gum teen music so prevalent during the late 90’s & early 2000. She stood her ground and mesmerized the world with her soothing ‘adult contemporary’ music that bent away from some over-produced tracks during that time. Thus, she has received a lot of awards in the process.
Her success has inspired the likes Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton. Norah has also broken the record for adult contemporary album with the biggest first week world sales at 1.9 million copies sold according to the United World Charts.
Women in music have truly gone a long way & with these four innovative female artists we have a lot more things to look forward to.