The time has finally come for women to take control of the music industry. With Camila Cabello staying at the number 1 spot in the UK charts with her debut solo song ‘Havana‘ and Rita Ora in second with ‘Anywhere‘, Post Malone and Sam Smith are stuck in third and fourth. So, lets celebrate the women of the new music industry.
For decades, men have topped the UK charts and women were stuck behind them but 2017 is different. The charts have evolved and women are spending weeks on end at the top. Forget boy bands, women are growing out of their crushes and relating to girl bands instead. Just last year, Little Mix spent 3 weeks at number 1 for ‘Shout Out to My Ex‘.
When it comes to power, Beyonce and Taylor Swift both made the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017. Neither of the women released albums in 2017 with Swift actually being on hiatus but they both placed 50th and 85th. On the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, out of the 25 musicians, 11 of them are women compared to 2016’s 7.
On the Spotify Top 100 Most Played in October, the fifth, sixth and seventh place all belong to solo female singers. Camila Cabello, Sia and Dua Lipa have released music this year that has been huge successes for all of them. Katy Perry is the most followed person on Twitter with over 106 million followers (that’s more than Twitter’s account has!)
Women in the music industry aren’t caring about what everyone wants them to be. For example, Taylor Swift almost broke the internet when she returned to music with her song ‘Look What You Made Me Do‘, which has 720 million views on YouTube. The music video features a new, confident Swift who banishes away all her old reputations and at the end of the video, her old selves all mock each other in the way that the media has for her throughout her years of music.
With less than 2 months left of 2017, women are continuing to dominate the charts and win all the awards like at the EMA’s where 16 of the winners being women. Is the age of the woman domination? I believe it is.