It’s definitely an exciting time for music lovers this year, especially for fans of their beloved female performers. Not in a long while have so many high profile ladies released their musical offerings in tandem, causing both competition and scrutiny to be immense. It almost harkens back to a time when icons such as Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Madonna all competed for that top spot.
While the past year has been an active period for female stars such as Ke$ha, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, the eyes of many glared longingly towards 2011. A year which would see Pop’s heavy-hitters Britney Spears, Lady GaGa, and Beyoncé vie -in tandem- for the pole position. It goes without saying that ‘singers’ in the vein of the Rihanna’s and co seem to pop up every year on the Pop music spectrum; yet, no three ladies have amounted the success or of a following as these ladies.
With the release of Britney’s ‘Femme Fatale’ this March, along with the impending releases of GaGa’s ‘Born This Way’ and Beyoncé’s new album, it definitely leaves the question: Thusfar, who has brought it?!
She was the best selling female artist of the 00’s and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Over the past few years, amidst personal mishaps, as well as dwindling album sales, she has still managed to accumulate several hits to her roster, and even had one of the best selling tours of 2009. Still, since 2004, Spears’ performances and videos have left many disappointed and wondering if she still has it.
Yet, while her latest project ‘Femme Fatale’ underperformed initially, it does seem to have established legs of some variety, with Stateside sales proving incremental at best and steady at worst. What’s more, despite her inabilities, Spears’ broke records with her #1 debut ‘Hold It Against Me,’ as well as her smash top 10 hit ‘Till The World Ends,’ which currently is smashing on both the Top 40 Mainstream and Top 40 Rhythmic formats.
Her days as a top performer may be well over, yet it looks like fans still want to dance until the world ends.
Heralded the Queen of the Digital Charts, Lady GaGa and has sold more than 75 million albums and singles in a mere 3 years. After two successful releases in 2008 and 2009 with ‘The Fame’ and ‘The Fame Monster,’ GaGa caused quite anticipation when she released her 3rd #1 on the Hot 100, ‘Born This Way.’ The song broke digital and airplay records, reaching #1 on every iTunes chart worldwide. Her latest release ‘Judas’ debuted in the top 10 on the Hot 100, with a quite impressive radio bullet of over +2200 on Pop radio. Clearly, in spite of the predictable backlash, the masses still have their paws up and are rocking with the 26 year old.
Frequently hailed as one of the best performers of all time, Beyonce has accumulated an astonishing 16 Grammy’s over the course of her 13 year career. The most recent of the 29 year old’s successes being her multi-Platinum 2008 LP ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’. Following an almost 18 month promotional run for the project, many were wondering if the Destiny’s Child st was becoming overexposed. Not one to want to hurt her name, the tour de force took some time off, creating forum for discussion as to whether she could simply pick up where she left off upon her return. Especially in light of heightened competition. While her comeback single, ‘Run The World (Girls)’, has underwhelmed on the digital charts, and airplay isn’t nearly as astonishing as GaGa’s and Britney’s were, we’ve all seen the singer redeem herself after a less than stellar start (See: ‘B’Day’ / ‘Irreplaceable’).
Now the real question is, what do you think?