Nothing sets the mood like angry girls singing about stupid boys/girls/people. Well, in my opinion anyway. Though, to be truthful, these girls aren’t always angry. Sometimes they’re nostalgic, sometimes they’re heartbroken, sometimes they’re just, plain and simple, ready to get their freak on.
As a young woman, I love nothing more than listening to female artists. Maybe it’s their talent, their artistry. Maybe I’m a misandrist (guess what? I’m not. It doesn’t exist. It is not a valid form of prejudice. Good to clear that up with you all.)
And in my opinion, it’s very true that female artists are subjected to unfair standards, which most people would never dream of attaching to male performers.
Shoutout to everyone who brings up Taylor Swift’s history of relationships to try to discredit her fame. I may not be a fan of the woman but Jesus. Let a sleeping dog lie. Please. For all our sakes. No one cares.
The hardships female performers go through to make their way in the music industry is inspiring enough, without taking into consideration how hard it is to create your own art. So without further ado, here is my list of amazing women who you should all really listen to.
- Melanie Martinez
Fresh of the US version of ‘The Voice’, Martinez released Carousel, the carnival-themed song which would go on to feature in the preview for the 4th season of American Horror Story. Her debut album, Crybaby, is one the best albums to be released this year, in my humble opinion, and favourites songs include Soap, Crybaby, Sippy Cup and Alphabet Boy. Melanie Martinez is definitely one for the fans of Lolita (fashion or archetype) and those, such as myself, who adore albums with a consistent sound or theme.
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Having previously described herself as bisexual, biracial, bipolar; Halsey is the all-inclusive popstar we’ve all been waiting for. She started out by uploading cover videos to Youtube and by building up her social media platform, gained an enormous fanbase before her debut album even came out. Badlands is the debut album that rocketed to no.2 on the Billboard 200 and launched Halsey as an international star. She speaks openly about feminism, police brutality and mental illness. I’d marry her if I could but for now, will settle for listening to the album on repeat. Favourite songs include Gasoline, Young God and Ghost.
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3. Florence + the Machine
I couldn’t make this list without mentioning my one true love, Florence Welsh. Together with Isabella Summers, they often collaborate with other artists to create the sound that is Florence and the Machine. It’s hard to put into words just how much I love their music so let me just advise you. Listen to all their albums. Lungs, Ceremonials, How Big How Blue How Beautiful. Then contact me, so I can finally have someone to cry with. Good luck and enjoy and don’t forget to thank me.
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We both know I don’t need to say anything. You already know what I’m talking about. It’s okay friend. I feel the same way.
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5. Nicki Minaj
Queen of Rap, hands down. This year, we’ve seen Nicki use her platform to open a discussion on the degradation of black bodies and when Miley Cyrus, the definition of white feminism, tried to silence her, Nicki hit back and reminded us all that answering with grace and poise works in only some situations. In others, you’ve got to take a stand for yourself and let a bitch know you ain’t playing. Nicki demands that her fans stay in school and get their education, she creates clean versions of her albums for younger listeners and speaks out about the double standards in society – “When I’m assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss.”
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Real name Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, M.I.A. is a rapper born in London, of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. Over the years, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Grammy Awards and the Mercury Prize. But M.I.A isn’t just a rapper; she is a songwriter, director, record producer, photographer, fashion designer and model. Her songs Paper Planes, Bad Girls and Y.A.L.A. are perhaps her most popular, and definitely some of my favourites. What really inspires me about M.I.A. though is not her sound or many talents; it is how openness in speaking about social issues and human rights abuses. A loud commentator on the oppression of Tamils, Palestinians and African Americans, M.I.A. has constantly drawn attention to both these issues and herself. Despite numerous media outlets attempting to silence or misquote her, M.I.A. continues to bring light to issues the mainstream media too often ignores or neglects.
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