“Women are not always taken as seriously as we should be, so sometimes we have to put our foot down.”
Think of your top five favorite artists of all time. I’ll wait…
Is there a woman on your list?
Maybe Beyoncé? Ariana Grande? Rosalia? Or maybe an all girl band like HAIM? If a woman did not make your list (doubtful), that’s okay. We’re here to show you all the badass women in the music industry that you should be listening to.
We’re going to break down the women that have been making huge impacts in the music industry, plus quotes from our favorite female artists and a playlist to play when you’re with your girl gang or just chillin at home.
Women making moves in the charts
Women have been dominating the music scene for a while now. Chart toppers like Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, and more are sitting at the top of global music charts.
Currently at the top of Spotify’s Global Top 50 is Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License.” The song has been a crowd favorite since it’s release in January 2021.
Olivia also has the #6 spot on last week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart. Cardi B’s “Up” takes the #4 spot and Ariana Grande’s “34+35” takes the ninth spot.
The female artist with the most Grammy wins: BEYONCÉ
See her celebrate her GRAMMY win below:
The female artist with the most Spotify plays: DUA LIPA
Spotify displays the most-streamed artists on their platform in the “about” section for each artist.
You go girls!
The female artist with the most YouTube subscribers: BLACKPINK
South Korean girl group Blackpink has the most subscribers of any female artist/band on YouTube. They take the 13th spot in YouTube’s most-subscribed channels list.
*sings “How You Like That”*
The female artist with the most Twitter followers: KATY PERRY
Singer and American Idol judge Katy Perry is the female artist with the most followers on Twitter. See our full list of most followed Twitter accounts here.
Doesn’t that just make you want to Smile?
The female artist with the most sales: MADONNA
Taking the second spot on their list is Rihanna with 250 million records sold and Taylor Swift came in third with 200 million records sold worldwide.
Favorite Female Artists Quotes
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
“My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.”
“I’ve never felt this proud to be a woman in the industry than I do today. And that’s because I actually feel comfortable with every single women that has encouraged me about how crucial it is that the voices that are being heard for the first time is so great.”
“Everyone looks to an artist for something more than just the music, and that message of being comfortable in my own skin is number one for me”
“From the get-go, I wasn’t going to sign a record deal unless I could completely do it on my terms…I’m not going to bend in hopes that it’s going to reach more people or whatever. It’s just not worth it.”
“I’ll always identify with the image of a strong woman. I believe that in what I do and in my sense of self, there’s a vindication of women. There’s power.”
“I believe I was definitely sent down here to take people away for a little while, to make them happy.”
“Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Whitney Houston, they were definitely the people who motivated me to do this. Who I idolized and looked up to and said, ‘I want to be like them, I want to do that one day, I want to back videos, make music and have CDs. That started the dream and it just went from there, and became a reality.”
“Music is the love of my life. It’s a total escape from reality. Music transports you to another place, someplace unexpected and meaningful.”
“I never dream to be anything not possible.”
–Jisoo from Blackpink
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