“If women ruled the world it would be a good thing”, sang three-time GRAMMY-nominee Joan Armatrading. And, the year 2011 has been witness to that phenomenon even music-wise. It was a year ruled by Adele, Rihanna, Kate Perry, Lady Gaga, by Nicki Minaj and even Britney Spears!
British sensation Adele, also now known as the comeback queen after a surgery on her vocal cords swept the GRAMMYs this year by winning six gongs at the Oscars of the music industry. She’s rapidly closing in on 20m sales of her record-breaking album 21 and is also a big hit on Apple and Google’s app stores with the official Adele app having been downloaded more than 1.5m times on iPhone and Android.
Following Adele’s blockbuster footsteps were Katy Perry, who had six Top 5 hits on one album, Lady Gaga who is at the top of the hit list for female music money earners, Rihanna, who set new records for chart toppers, and Nicki Minaj, who had eight hip-hop hits in 2011. Also, not to forget Taylor Swift whose world tour grossed $40 million. No wonder they call her country’s platinum princess.
Women have never been a stronger force in music than they are now. One look at any one of these geniuses and you’ll know that it doesn’t take a Y chromosome to be a successful artist and entrepreneur. Words like women empowerment, gender bias, and weaker sex, do not figure in the vocabulary of theses powerhouses; not because they dislike it but simply because they cannot relate to it. And. That’s how it should be and women in any industry all over the globe should take a leaf out of their famous books.
Adele’s triumph as the top artist of 2011 also rewrites a bit of music history.
This is the third year in a row where a woman has taken home the honours. That’s the longest women have ruled the Top Artists chart. Adele follows Lady Gaga (2010) and Taylor Swift (2009). So, here’s more power to all the Eves of this planet in the coming years!
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Harman House would like to know which female singer would you like to hear more from in 2012? Whose album are you sleeping on, and whose songs have been dominating your iPod lately? Do share your thoughts and comments with us.