THE PLANET’S TOP 5 : MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN MUSIC RIGHT NOW
Since the birth of female bands like TLC and Destiny’s Child, music industry in the past decades has seen a much-needed shift in focus. The spotlight and fight for gender equality in all areas of industry and all areas of the world have been drawn to the forefront and forced into the light. As a result of this world-wide conversation about the issue of gender equality across a multitude of industries, we have seen a coming together of strong female role models, not only standing together, but standing up for each other while fighting for change. Even more importantly rather big moves are being made to bring about change to a gender pay gap within the music industry.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, businesswoman, diplomat, actress and songwriter. This incredibly talented woman was born in Saint Michael, Barbados. She has built an empire from Grammy award winning music to exceptional popular make-up range Fenty Cosmetics.
Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo is an American singer and songwriter who embarked on her music career contributing vocals and appearing in several music videos for R&B group B2K. After taking a brief hiatus from the music industry after the birth of her daughter she returned to the music scene by collaborating with a number of rappers on a selection of singles before releasing her new album.
Solána Imani Rowe was born in November 1990, but gained popularity as an American singer and songwriter under the stage name SZA. In October 2012 she self-released debut EP, See.SZA.Run.
SZA’s debut studio album, Ctrl, was released on June 9, 2017, to universal acclaim from music critics. It debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and was eventually certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This acclaim opened numerous industry doors and allowed her to gain exceptional popularity. The album and its songs were nominated for four Grammy Awards, while SZA was nominated for Best New Artist at the 60th annual ceremony.
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, songwriter and television personality. Beloved on social media and celebrated for her rapping talent, this super star was born and raised in The Bronx, New York City. She has earned three number one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 and her single “Bodak Yellow” made her the second female rapper to top the chart with a solo output—following Lauryn Hill in 1998. Record. Among her numerous accolades, she has received two Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, nine BET Hip Hop Awards, a Billboard Music Award and a few too many more
The Bay area R&B singer is known for her care free spirit, open sexuality ,and her hit featured songs. Since its Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are proud to say her album, Sweet Sexy Savage, is a symbol for women.
Lani feels that women should embrace being multi -layered and accepting the good and the bad. “The name is supposed to challenge you , as women we can be all of the above”, said Kehlani. She is also an open advocate for LGBTQ rights and spreads awareness on her tour, we should get her for Gay Pride 2019 – SHE IS A VIBE!
It’s clear to see that women are playing their role in the global music industry as pioneers and thinkers behind big brand like Beyonce. Similarly, to how in SA women are taking their place in the music landscape, we are in the era of legends in the making, for example Lady X and Nomuzi Mabena are running their own record labels as independent female artists, in a sexualised – male dominated industry.