Recently, Billboard has announced the top 7 most successful female artists of the past decade based on the number of discs sold, the ranking performance and the revenue from the tours. They are all outstanding faces in the Western music scene in particular and in the world in general who have acquired outstanding achievements in their careers.
Ranked in the first place was Taylor Swift. Referring to the “snake girl”, people immediately see a singer who dares to change herself as well as the genre that she is pursuing to be more successful with million-dollar hits such as: Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, “Look What You Made Me Do”. Swift’s Reputation Tour also broke many records to become the highest-grossing tour of a female artist in the past 10 years.
The second place went to Rihanna. According to Forbes report on June 4, 2019,Rihanna had a net worth of about $600 million. This achievement makes her become the richest female singer in the world. With more than 250 million copies sold, Rihanna has won 9 Grammy Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and held six Guinness records. Her most successful hits include “Work”, “Love The Way You Lie”, and “Diamonds”.
Right after Rihanna in the list is Adele. She is famous and loved for her likable personality and beautiful and powerful voice. The success of her debut album “19” saw Adele nominated for three Brit Awards in the categories of British Female Solo Artist, British Single of the Year and British Breakthrough Act. Then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown sent a thank-you letter to Adele that stated “with the troubles that the country’s in financially, you’re a light at the end of the tunnel”.
Katy Perry is ranked at the fourth on the list. Owning successful and impressive tours such as:”The Prismatic World Tour” or “Witness: The Tour”, Katy Perry has gradually asserted her position in the music market at present. During her peak period, Katy Perry released a series of hits including: “Last Friday Night”, “Part Of Me”, “Roar”, and “Dark Horse”.
2018 has been a very successful year for Lady Gaga. The soundtrack “Shallow” in “A Star Is Born” helps Gaga win an Oscar for the best soundtrack song. This is also the song that won the most awards of all time, with a total of 32 different large and small awards worldwide. Commercially, the soundtrack debuted at number one in the US, making Gaga the first woman with five US number-one albums in the 2010s, and breaking her tie with Taylor Swift as the most for any female artist this decade
Ariana Grande is a talent in the current US-UK music industry. She has received various accolades throughout her career, including one Grammy Award, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and eight Guinness World Records. Grande also holds several Billboard Hot 100 chart records; among the above, she is also the only artist to have five number-one debuts, to have their first five number one singles debut at the top spot, to have three number one-debuts in one calendar year, and to have all lead singles from each of her first six studio albums debut in the top ten.
The last person on the list is Nicki Minaj. Cited as one of the most influential female rap artists of all time, Minaj has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, making her one of the world’s best selling music artists. Throughout her career, Minaj has received numerous accolades, including six American Music Awards, twelve BET Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and two Billboard Women in Music Awards. She has also been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. Minaj was the highest-ranked female rapper on Billboard’s list of the top artists of the 2010s.In 2016, Minaj was included on the annual Time list of the 100 most influential people in the world.