The year 2020 will go down in history as the era of female pop sensation. With stunning back-to-back electric dance bops, Dua Lipa took us to the future, the past, and the club. Selena Gomez sang her life and heart out in “Rare,” evolving into a fully developed woman and songwriter after surviving a decade-long abusive relationship. After the quarantine 15, Megan Thee Stallion reminded us to appreciate our bodies and that there’s always some “Good News” to be found. Last year, we were blessed with albums from Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Kehlani, Blackpink, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Rina Sawayama (BENEE), Lennon Stella (BENEE) and Alicia Keys among many other artists.
That list gives the impression that women are almost entirely dominating the music business. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. If you look closely, you’ll notice that many of these albums have several things in common. One: At least one song is explicitly or implicitly about sexism. Two: The vast majority of songwriters and producers are males. Three: Because the majority of men don’t consider pop to be a genre, their audience is almost exclusively women and queer people. Despite our times being characterized by new and innovative female talent, misogyny is still the underbelly of popular music and culture, with women in pop consistently having to emphasize this.
Miley Cyrus discusses female empowerment in “Golden G Sreing,” one of the songs on her album “Plastic Hearts.”: “There are layers to this body | Primal sex and primal shame | They told me I should cover it so I went the other way | I was trying to own my power | Still I’m trying to work it out” She admonishes us to comprehend that she is not a sex object, but a person fighting against sexism who has been pushed about by males in the business. “Mad Woman” is the dedicated track on Taylor Swift’s “Folklore.”: “No one likes a mad woman | You made her like that | …You poke that bear till her claws come out | And you find something to wrap your noose around.” If a woman is “angry,” it’s because of some male using the gender power dynamic to his advantage. “Plastic Woman” is another one-of-a-kind approach by Lady Gaga on her latest album “Chromatica,” where she refers to herself as a plastic doll through vivid imagery: “I’ve got blonde hair and cherry lips | I’m state of art, I’m microchipped |…Am I your type?” Halsey’s “killing boys” and Dua Lipa’s “Boys Will Be Boys,” for example, are notable examples of women directly refuting men in their albums. However, “that one song” fighting patriarchy frequently takes the form of a tribute to the artists themselves, as well as a celebration of femininity and their sexuality. Ariana Grande’s “Just Like Magic,” Rina Sawayama’s “Comme des Garcons,” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Body” are all songs about femininity and body image, confidence, and self-reliance.
Despite the fact that female artists are continuously expressing these messages about misogyny, it isn’t reaching men’s ears. According to Spotify’s statistics, male subscribers listened to 94.2 percent male artists, according to a survey of five million users. Only 22% of popular artists are women, 13% of pop songwriters are women, and 3% of pop producers are women, according to a research study. It’s time we acknowledged that women and nonbinary individuals are still not receiving an equal voice in the music industry, and we must do more. This is a male-dominated industry, and the majority of the time, things aren’t very appealing on the business side; I’ve never heard of a female or nonbinary manager before. People who are not men or women are excluded from the room where the music is composed and created, as well as the area where promotion strategy is discussed and implemented after it’s released. That’s inexcusable.
Women and nonbinary musicians are most plentiful in the pop and indie pop scenes, as you can see. Many other genres, such as rap, rock, and country music, are still primarily male-dominated. You may also recall from the preceding information that straight guys don’t listen to pop music, female or nonbinary artists, or other music. Why don’t men listen to pop music? What is it about this type of music that causes it to be overlooked? It’s a tough question. I believe the answer lies in deep-seated misogyny, disguised as “a dislike for popular culture” (and, conveniently, female rappers and rockers). The story goes that from a very young age, boys are encouraged to play instruments while girls are not.However, owing to a culture of toxic masculinity, women are more attentive to their emotions than males. The ability to read music may be seen as a talent in many areas, but it is most often associated with songwriting and powerful vocal expression. In the end, music equated complicated instrumentation with male identity, while strong lyricism and songwriting corresponded with female identity.
It’s the most popular form of sexism in music: arguments and logic vs. passion and emotion. As a result, pop is considered feminine, rock is regarded masculine, and so on. Of course, the complexity of your music doesn’t define its quality. Pop wouldn’t be one of the most well-known and influential music genres of all time if it wasn’t. People don’t always want to hear 12 chords and random riffs; they may desire instead simple melodies that stick in their heads, ones that are relatable and they can sing along to. Melodies and lyrics that elicit an emotional response. In pop music, the melody takes precedence over the instrumentation. It’s not a case of “inferior.” It’s simply a form of musical expression with its own distinct style. Because of this chauvinistic framework, male fans are hard to come by for artists such as Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, and Harry Styles; their music is considered feminine and therefore inferior due to its pop structure. Of course, this isn’t the whole story. Many males disregard female rappers or rockers because they are women.
Misogyny is an inescapable truth in the music industry. Because of its assumed femininity, pop music is not valued as a genre at the meta level. Women are excluded from areas of power where music and decisions about it are made. Female musicians are turned into ludicrous stock characters who bicker incessantly with one another, go crazy, or engage in other insane behavior at the entertainment level. And on an individual basis, all women confront sexism on a daily basis. In almost every album, female artists are screaming it from the rooftops, yet many men still won’t listen. While it’s an exciting time for gender minorities in music (consider that list of albums from 2020), there is still a long way to go in terms of representation. If you’re a heterosexual guy reading this, consider why you might be ignoring bands that aren’t males. Please consider boosting the female and LGBTQ artists, songwriters, and producers around you if you’re a straight guy in the music business. It’s no surprise that for every exceptional album by a female artist, there’s at least one track that has to deal with sexism, and while I adore a feminist song as much as the next girl, I truly wish there wasn’t a need for “The Golden G String” or “The Plastic Doll.”
What Louis Tomlinson Thinks About A Possible One Direction Reunion
After breaking out in the media with hits such as “What Makes You Beautiful,” “Story Of My Life,” “Best Song Ever,” and more, 1D took the world by storm (via Digital Spy). However, in 2015, the boy band shocked their devoted followers when they announced that they will be taking a break. According to E! News, the group shocked their fans by announcing that they would go on hiatus in 2015. After Zayn Malik announced his intentions to leave 1D, the band decided to disband in order to focus on their own solo projects.
“They are great friends and fully support one another,” a source said of the group. “They are very aware that they are able to work on their own stuff as well as remain together. This is an exciting time for them creatively and as a group.” However, it appears that at least one member of One Direction was in opposition to the split.
Before the break, Tomlinson told The Guardian that he was feeling optimistic about the band. “In the last year of One Direction, I was probably the most confident I ever was,” he said. “And then it was: ‘OK, hiatus!'” He acknowledged that he struggled against it, but ultimately lost.
Since then, One Direction has yet to record any new music. The group’s future, on the other hand, appears promising.
Did Louis Tomlinson hint at a possible 1D reunion?
According to Cheat Sheet, since announcing the group’s hiatus in 2015, One Direction members have been working on their solo careers and other activities like beginning families. Louis Tomlinson recently spoke out about a possible reunion and left fans wondering if there could be hope for the group in the future, despite Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik all remaining quiet on the subject of a reunion.
In 2021, Tomlinson took part in the WIRED Google autocomplete challenge, answering queries about himself that fans most search for on the internet. He went through his tattoos, color of his hair, eye color, and more before finally getting to One Direction. When asked about the group he replied, “Good time in my life. Hopefully, we come back.” The return of an iconic logo inspired fans to believe that perhaps, just maybe, the band was reuniting. Fans also noticed that when Tomlinson referred to 1D as the band he “is” in before correcting himself to say “was,” he made a minor slip of the tongue.
Could Harry’s comments be hinting at a One Direction reunion? Despite the fact that it appears improbable for now, fans have not stopped hoping for the group to reunite and create new music in the future.
This Is How Elton John Got His Name
Elton John is one of the most famous names in modern music, with his distinctive appearance and voice, as well as instantly-recognizable songs. It’s difficult to find many individuals who haven’t heard Elton John, better known as “The Rocketman,” thanks to his signature song of the same name. In fact, the Elton John biopic film released in 2019 was called “Rocketman” because the word is so easily identifiable with John (via IMDb).
However, prior to his career as “The Rocketman” and even before he earned the moniker “Elton John,” he was known by a different name. He actually went by his birth name, Reginald Kenneth Dwight, and dropped out of school at the age of 17 to pursue a music career (via Biography). He eventually changed his name because he was becoming more successful, however even the film documenting his life didn’t get his change of name right.
Elton John chose a new name on the fly
The film “Rocketman” tells audiences that Reginald Kenneth Dwight changed his name to Elton John after meeting John Lennon, the famous Beatle. Lennon, on the other hand, had nothing to do with how Elton John got his name. Another singer known as John also existed.
According to a 1991 interview with Rowan Atkinson, Reginald Dwight was a member of the group “Bluesology” and decided to go it alone, hence the name change. He said he chose the name Elton after a saxophone player in the group because he wanted to branch out on his own. In a 1990 interview conducted after the release of his CD box set entitled “To Be Continued…”
“I was in Bluesology, and we were coming back from a Long John Baldry gig somewhere, and we got a bus from London airport to London and someone said, ‘We’ve made it now, so what are you going to call yourself?'” John said (via The Wrap). “The saxophone player in the band was called Elton Dean, a very good jazz sax player, and the only other Elton I could think of was Elton Hayes, who recorded the song ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.’ So I took ‘Elton’ from Elton Dean and ‘John’ from Long John Baldry. I wanted to choose a name that nobody had, and it was as quick as that.”
Fans Think Britney Spears Is Pregnant According to Them
When Britney Spears updated her Instagram Story, she may have started a rumour about herself. The singer and her partner Sam Asghari are relaxing on Maui, Hawaii at present. While posing for photos with her adoring public, Spears revealed that lately she hasn’t felt too well (via Fox News).
“I think I have a small bug … the only thing that is similar to this feeling is when I was pregnant…” the star wrote as a caption to the clip. She continued, “it’s the nausea that is the worst … It’s like I can’t wake up so I go to the gym trying to wake my system up !!!”
Spears continued her post by writing, “It’s like clockwork … I break my first sweat then I go to the bathroom and throw up… it’s absolutely horrible but then I stay at the gym because I don’t want to go home and lay sick in bed …. I keep going and [at] night I go dancing and my system starts to get clarity … Dude … this has been going on for a month and if someone has this you’re not alone !!!”
Following her return to Instagram, fans immediately started speculating about whether she is expecting again, with one user writing, “She’s pregnant again.” “Awwww baby on the way.” “Morning sickness my dear,” echoed another fan.
More Spears fans were reacting to her tweet about pregnancy on Twitter.
She has confirmed that she wants to conceive again
The celebrity’s message about being sick for a month caused Twitter to go wild. “Britney girl…your nausea has lasted for a month and the only other time you felt like this was when you were pregnant???? who’s gonna tell her?” asked one fan. “I think it’s time to get a pregnancy test PLS,” someone else tweeted.
The rumor mill was still in operation, with another individual adding, “Girls Britney is pregnant. Throwing up every morning for a month…. And she even said herself she’s never felt like this except when pregnant….”
Although she enjoyed her first title, Spears is still determined to have another kid. As the whole world heard during her conservatorship hearing as she tried to terminate it, Spears, who is a mother of two adolescent sons, wants to conceive another child. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” the pop star testified. “I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children,” she said (via Billboard).