An array of top female talents are dominating the charts, securing impressive festival slots and just being downright brilliant so far in 2016.
Here are eight women completely dominating the music industry this year.
A soul singer and songwriter from Birmingham, Laura Mvula is nothing less than the title of her latest release; a ‘Phenomenal Woman’. The second single from her upcoming album, the track oozes girl power, a theme emerging after the release of the similarly sassy ‘Overcome’ at the beginning of this year.
Open about her struggles with mental health, Mvula provides positive, up-beat tracks to her audiences, and is set to play this summer’s Glastonbury prior to the release of her sophomore effort, The Dreaming Room, on June 17.
Best known for her witty ramblings on the mundanities of day-to-day life, Melbourne indie-rock singer Courtney Barnett has stormed the music industry in Australia and beyond. Releasing two EPs and an album under her own label, Barnett has since gained worldwide critical acclaim, nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ at the Grammys alongside the likes of James Bay and Meghan Trainor.
Her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit received eight nominations at Australia’s prestigious ARIA Music Awards in 2015, including Best Rock Album and Album of the Year. Barnett was also nominated for International Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards 2016, and is set to play the main stage of Suffolk’s Latitude Festival under The Maccabees and Father John Misty in July; not bad for a bedroom start-up.
Yorkshire born Holly Fletcher aka Lapsley is a nineteen year-old singer-producer destined for big things. Beautifully infusing genres of electronica, alternative-R&B and ballad-pop, Lapsley released her debut album Long Way Home back in March, and was nominated for NME’s ‘Best New Artist’ of 2016.
A role model for aspiring female-producers everywhere, Lapsley is vocal about her experiences of being a woman in such a male-dominated environment; she’s “more than just a singer” and “more than just the face at the front of a band” – too right! The teen is set to perform at Lollapalooza in the States later this year.
This is a lady who requires absolutely no introduction. After making her much-anticipated comeback with third album, 25, soul superstar Adele went on to sell out her 2016 UK tour in matter of seconds, forced to add an additional eight dates in the process.
Along with huge successes in the U.S. and worldwide, in its first week of release in the UK, 25 sold more than 800,000 copies; that’s more than the next 86 albums in the charts at the time combined! With an estimated net-worth of £85 million and a Bond theme in the bank, Adele is the definition of bossing the industry.
At a mere 19 years old, 2015 saw Canadian singer-songwriter/producer Alessia Cara release first single ‘Here’, reaching number one in the U.S. R&B and Hip-Hop Chart, before her debut album Know-It-All hit the Top 10 in both the U.S. and Canada, while acquiring a Top 20 slot in the UK.
Taking on the pop-R&B genre, Cara’s sound is effortlessly cool, fresh, and has even landed her a performance for the First Lady, not to mention taking second place in the BBC’s ‘Sound of 2016’, making Cara the female voice of 2016. Get listening.
With the recent release of her sixth studio album, Lemonade, Beyoncé is back in the spotlight, this time with more sass than ever. A visual album described by TIDAL streaming services as “every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing”, and specifically of black empowerment, Queen Bey has earned her sixth number one album on the Billboard 200 Chart.
As rumours circulate that the record answers the alleged cheating of husband Jay-Z, Beyoncé has no-doubt been the most talked about celebrity since the trailer teased her fans. Publicity stunt? Maybe. Either way there’s no doubting that Beyoncé will continue to define the female music industry long into the future. ‘Who Run The World?’
Multi-talented Sia Furler is one-of-a-kind when it comes to female fame. Her signature ‘blond bob’ wig covers most of her face for each performance; somewhat refreshing and mysterious in an era of celebrity selfies and proud Insta-fame. Writing songs for some of the biggest names in pop (including Beyoncé and Adele), collaborating with the likes of David Guetta, Kanye West and Eminem, and gaining Top 10 chart positions with solo pop-hit ‘Chandelier’, Sia has truly taken over the pop world.
With the release of seventh studio album This is Acting, peaking at number four in the U.S., number three in the U.K. and number one in her home of Australia, there seems to be no stopping Sia, with new single ‘Cheap Thrills’ currently at U.K. number two.
Swedish dance-pop singer Zara Larsson has seemed to appear out of nowhere with her sweet pop vocals, and currently maintains two positions in the UK Top 10.
The eighteen-year-old, who has teamed up with the likes of Tinie Tempah (‘Girls Like’) and Grammy-nominated MNEK (‘Never Forget You’), has smashed through the UK music industry after seven years of young singing success in Sweden; her solo single ‘Lush Life’ gaining huge success at number seven. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the teen.