With it being National Women’s Day, we at Golden Boy Records thought we would take a look at the most influential women the music industry has given us.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Despite originally making her mark in the industry as a member of girl-group Destiny’s Child, she has since established a solo artist career. Having been nominated for 62 Grammy Awards, she has won a staggering 22. Throughout her career Beyoncé has sold over 100 million records worldwide, which makes her one of the best selling music artists of all time. In 2014 she was named the highest paid black musician of all time, which is hardly surprising following release of single 7/11.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE is a singer songwriter from Tottenham, London, England. Rising to the musical scene in 2006, Adele took the industry by storm and has since achieved 15 Grammy Awards and 1 IFPI Global Recording Artist Award, amongst many others. In 2012, Adele released “Skyfall”, which she co-wrote and recorded for the James Bond film of the same name. The song went on to win an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Brit Award for British Single of the Year. The global icon then took a three year break to concentrate on her personal life. She made a come-back that took the charts by storm, her release of single ‘Hello’ became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release. With sales of more than 100 million records, Adele is one of the best-selling recording artists in the world.
- Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is definitely one of the most popular female contemporary artists of today. Her narrative songs have proven to be very popular as they delve into her personal life. This has stimulated huge media attention. She firstly made her mark in the industry by releasing country singles, but has since grown as an artist and converted to pop. This cross-over has proven to be a good decision, with majority of her pop singles being massive hits. Her fourth album, Red (2012), yielded the successful singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble”. As a songwriter Taylor has been equally successful, she has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Taylor is hugely popular and will undoubtedly go on to make more number one pop singles for us to all enjoy.
- Lady Gaga
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, more commonly known as Lady Gaga shot to fame in 2008 when she was noticed by Akon and signed to the label KonLive Distributions. Her first album, Fame, was released in 2008 and was a critical and commercial success that produced international chart-topping singles such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. With global albums and single sales of 27 million and 146 million respectively, as of January 2016, she is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. As well as being known for her outrageous dress sense, her meat dress standing out in memory, she’s also acknowledged for her philanthropic work and social activism, including LGBT rights and her own non-profit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.
Born on 16th August, 1958, Madonna Louise Ciccone is accredited and recognized for her huge talents within the music, acting and business industries. She was originally recognized for pushing boundaries in the pop industry. This was majorly done by the imagery in her music videos. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Madonna is often referred to as ‘the queen of pop’, and is ultimately a huge role model to younger artists in the industry. The singer was certainty titled a game changer due to her influence in the music scene during the 1980’s.
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