Say hello our fave up-and-coming ladies of 2014!
We're not even two full weeks into 2014, so we still feel like we're allowed to talk about the new year like it's a "thing," Specifically, if the "thing" we're referring to is all the totally rad ladies that are slated to kill the pop music game in the next 12 months!
Just in case you're not totally clear, we're talking up-and-coming U.K. songstress Elli Ingram, Jhené Aiko and Tori Kelly, prolific singer-songwriter Kate Davis, and tons more of our favorite females poised to take over music this year.
So without further ado, we present our picks for the 15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop In 2014! Oh, and please see us after about signing our petition to officially designate 2014 as "The Year Of THE LADY!" Thx.
Who: Jhené Aiko
Where She's From: Los Angeles
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: Don't get us wrong -- 2013 was good to Jhené Aiko. Despite compulsively repeatable, brooding tracks like “The Worst," from her Sail Out EP, we're still waiting on this music industry vet's debut LP. Thankfully, that long-awaited collection will finally drop in 2014, and we're ready on every level.
+ Watch Jhené Aiko's "The Worst" video, and listen to "The Vapors" featuring Wiz Khalifa.
Who: Georgia Nott ofBROODS
Where She's From: Auckland, New Zealand
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with BROODS' utterly infectious brand of synth-pop (think if St. Lucia and Ellie Goulding became more than friends) then you're lucky we're here to help. Georgia Nott's pitch-perfect, ethereal lead vocals (is she always in an acoustically amazing church or shower?!) have already secured her a place in 2014's pop hierarchy.
BROODS' first single, "Bridges" debuted in the Top 10 on New Zealand's charts this month, and we'd be lying if we said we didn't also admire one of their famous fans: Lorde. The "Team" singer even tweeted about BROODS last year, which basically guarantees a pop culture groundswell.
+ Listen to BROODS' "Bridges."
Who: Mandy Lee ofMisterWives
Where She's From: The Bronx
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: We've already crowned MisterWives "the new golden children of pop music" ever since we developed an unhealthy addiction to trio's "Reflections," which, by they way, was just chosen as iTunes' "Single Of The Week. (Coincidence? Probably not.)
There's basically no way that this upcoming year won't be a doozy for gifted (and gorgeous) lead singer Mandy Lee and her dudes. Oh, and considering the troupe has plans to record their debut disc this year as well, it's possible that total world destruction may also be in the cards for 2015, too.
+ Listen to MisterWives' "Reflections."
Who: Kate Davis
Where She's From: Portland, Ore.
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: We first introduced you to this soulful vocalist when she debuted her heart-twanging cover of Katy Perry's "Roar" to a group of VERY ADOPTABLE Humane Society cats. But it's Kate's poignant and moving original records that are sure to catapult her to Lorde levels this year. Seriously, prepare to ugly-cry when you first hear "Phillip."
Kate's already been selected as one of three winners to be featured at the Lincoln Center and Prudential's "Invest In The Future Of The American Song" event, which is really just a high-falutin' way to say GET INVOLVED. NOW.
+ Listen to Kate Davis' "Smoke" and "Movie."
Who: Betty Who
Where She's From: Sydney, Australia
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: Betty was catapulted to fame when her euphoric pop gem, "Somebody Loves You," soundtracked that viral Home Depot proposal video in late 2013. Next thing you know, Betty had signed a major recording contract with RCA and begun her upward trajectory toward queendom!
Now, Betty's hard at work recording her debut album, which is set to drop later this year. 2014? Our prediction? Britney meets Robyn meets GOD JUST PUT THAT ALBUM OUT ALREADY!
+ Watch Betty Who's "You're In Love" video.
Who: Tori Kelly
Where She's From: Wildomar, Calif.
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: We've been Stanning hard for Tori Kelly ever since we buzzed about her way back in -- *wipes dirt off shoulder* -- 2012! Now, the one-time YouTube star is on the express train to fame.
Tori was signed to Scooter Braun's house of music royalty (Justin Bieber, Cody Simpson, The Wanted, basically EVERYONE) last year, and her Mariah Carey-meets-Jill Scott-meets-Lauryn Hill-caliber pipes helped her ink a major deal with Capitol Records.
She later released her Forward EP to critical acclaim, and if you can listen to "Paper Hearts" without bawling, then check yourself into the nearest hospital and have them run a CAT scan to find your missing soul.
+ Watch Tori Kelly's "Dear No One" video.
Who: White Sea
Where She's From: Los Angeles
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: Singer-songwriter Morgan Kibby, aka White Sea, has a serious knack for crafting songs with lush, Kate Bush-level landscapes that may or may not make you weep heavily in public. (Just us?)
And, if the incredible “They Don’t Know" is indicative of anything, it's that 2014 is gonna be The Year Of White Sea. Oh, and that you should throw a massive listening party/ White Sea shrine-building event (craft night!) when White Sea's full-length disc, In Cold Blood, drops this year via Mom + Pop.
+ Listen to White Sea's"They Don't Know."
Who: Angel Haze
Where She's From: Detroit
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: Angel Haze means business. After frustrations with her label, the "Echelon (It's My Way)" rapper intentionally leaked her debut studio album, Dirty Gold, which bumped her official release to an earlier date. We imagine that same chutzpah's gonna get Angel anywhere she wants to in 2014, which presumably is at the top of the damn game.
+ Watch Angel Haze's "Echelon (It's My Way)" video.
Where She's From: Southampton, England
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: True, Foxes (aka Louisa Allen) had a killer 2013. "Clarity," her collaboration with DJ/ producer/ wunderkind Zedd, put her on the map, but it's thanks to strong releases like "Youth" that have us all crazy-eyed for the March 3 release of Glorious, her full-length debut LP.
+ Watch Foxes' "Youth" video.
Where She's From: New Jersey
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: You might recognize the striking SZA from our "Buzz On" article this past March. (Look, Ma, cool points!) Or, perhaps you saw her perform with mentor Kendrick Lamar at the 2013 BET Awards. Either way, we're here to guarantee the success of SZA's forthcoming Z EP -- not to mention basically everything she ever puts out from this day forth. (Also, totally unrelated to SZA's astounding musical prowess, but... WE COMPLETELY DIE FOR HER HAIR.)
+ Watch SZA's "Ice Moon" video.
Who: Milly Pye
Where She's From: Northwich, England
Why She's Going To Rule 2014:In late 2013, One Direction'sLiam Payne tweeted about 17-year-old Milly Pye. Lo and behold, the gravely voiced singer with a budding rocker-chic sensibility is a hit amongst Directioners and industry sorts alike. Oh, and once more for emphasis, ONLY. SEVENTEEN. Wow.
+ Watch Milly Pye's "Nothing At All (Live)" video.
Who: FKA Twigs
Where She's From: Gloucestershire, England
Why She's Going To Rule 2014 : Haven't we always said that 2014 needs a flawless trip-hop artist!? (YES. DUH.) It's thanks to her ethereal and totally weird-in-a-good-way "Water Me" video, FKA Twigs started the year off right by being included on the BBC's coveted Sound Of 2014 list.
FYI, you might recognize FKA as one of Jessie J's backup dancers in the "Do It Like A Dude" video. Cool, but we're more than ready to see FKA Twigs step into the spotlight.
Watch: + Watch FKA Twigs' "Water Me" video.
Who: Taylor Jardine of We Are The In Crowd
Where She's From: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Why She's Going To Rule 2014:For We Are The In Crowd, 2014 means A NEW ALBUM! Led by the fierce (and always-flawless) Taylor Jardine, the Poughkeepsie crew are slated to release a brand-new LP on Feb. 18.
Although the album is called Weird Kids, the disc's second single, "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)," is a solid slice of pop-punk perfection! #CanWeSitWithYou
+ Watch We Are The In Crowd's "The Best Thing (That Never Happened)" video.
Who: Bridgit Mendler
Where She's From: Mill Valley, Calif.
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: While you might recognize Bridgit's gorg blonde locks and stunning FACE from her starring role in Disney's "Good Luck Charlie," it's her career as a solo artist that's landed her on this esteemed list. You've probably also jammed out to Bridget's song "Hurricane" (which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100), and girlfriend's already been named as one of Billboard's "21 Under 21."
Why does all this matter? (Aside from making you feel REALLY insecure about your non-accomplishments thus far in life?) Because you should DEFINITELY rev up for Bridget's brand-new album, scheduled to drop sometime this year.
+ Watch Bridgit Mendler's "Hurricane" video.
Who: Elli Ingram
Where She's From: Brighton, England
Why She's Going To Rule 2014: A 19-year-old British singer-songwriter, Elli Ingram began as many do -- posting cover versions of popular songs on YouTube! Her OOC interpretation of Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice" caught the eye of, well, the entire music biz, and she soon signed a major deal with Island Records.
While Elli released her Sober EP earlier this year, word on the street is that the sultry-piped chanteuse is spending 2014 hard at work on her debut disc -- which, in case you couldn't tell, THRILLS US TO NO END.
+ Watch Elli Ingram's "Mad Love" video.
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2014: The Year That All-Female Collaborations Ruled the Radio
Shortly before 11 p.m. on the first Saturday in August, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj released a remix of Beyoncé’s “Flawless” — a surprise they’d been plotting for months but that they uploaded that night with the conspiratorial, inside-jokey air of a Vine recorded at a slumber party still in progress. Beyoncé reportedly tapped the Queens-bred rapper to write a verse shortly before kicking off her recent tour, then, when it came time to record, visited a studio in New York to serve as Minaj’s ringside trainer (Nicki recalls Bey’s advice: “Do your thing! Don’t hold back! Go in!”). This brought out the best in Minaj; her “Flawless” verse contains some of the fiercest bars she’s spit since her star-making cameo on Kanye West’s 2010 track “Monster”—on which she famously upstaged West, Rick Ross, and, perhaps most obviously, Beyoncé’s husband.
To collaborate with Minaj is to risk being outshone on your own song, which means this tale of unequivocal encouragement and female camaraderie does not jibe with the ideas a lot of people have about Beyoncé — or, for that matter, Minaj. Although both are self-proclaimed feminists, both have been plagued by assumptions that they cannot share the spotlight with other women (Beyoncé with her revolving-door bandmates in Destiny’s Child, Minaj with her diss-track sparring partner Lil’ Kim or her former American Idol co-host Mariah Carey). Enough of all that, says the “Flawless” remix — watch the Queen of Rap and Queen Bey reign side by side. Menacingly chummy, the track is a corrective to the idea that when two powerful, gloriously egotistical women stand next to each other, they are simply a catfight waiting to happen; Bey and Nicki flash their diamond fangs not at each other but at anyone who fails to recognize that together they are even more flawless than the sum of their already flawless parts. The surprise Saturday-night drop worked for Beyoncé once again, and the “Flawless” remix was all anybody could tweet about the rest of the weekend. When Nicki called in to Hot 97 that Monday morning to debrief, she was asked a pressing but loaded question: “Why do you think it took so long for two of the biggest female artists in the game to be on a track together?”
It’s something I’d been wondering for a while, too. We live in a culture that gives us far too few images of genuine, uncompetitive female friendship, and just as the female buddy comedy has been a rare bird in Hollywood, the female buddy anthem had until recently been all but extinct from the airwaves. There was a time in the late ’90s and early aughts — that one last hyper-hetero cultural moment before Gaga and gay marriage — when there seemed to be an unspoken rule that two women could be on a track together only if (a) they were having a “The Boy Is Mine”–style sing-off over some dude; or (b) they made it seem like they were always one exaggeratedly sultry breath away from making out. (Bonus points if they were making out to impress the dude.)
Over the past few years, female artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift have conquered the charts, but by and large, their songs have communicated a sense of singularity, sometimes even isolation. The preferred pronoun is I rather than we; self-empowerment is held as a higher virtue than solidarity; the most blissful fantasy is the one where you feel like the only girl in the world. It’s not that members of this generation of female pop stars have never recorded together, but their collaborations have usually been footnotes in their discographies — they’re the bombed singles (Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s “Video Phone”; Madonna, M.I.A., and Nicki Minaj’s “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ”) and semi-obscure remixes (Britney Spears, Ke$ha, and Minaj’s apocalyptically awesome “Till the World Ends”). You got the sense the world wasn’t ready.
Mark 2014 down as the moment everything changed, so quickly and definitively that we’ve barely had a moment to make sense of it. Scan the radio dial right now and you are very likely to hit on a collaboration between two or more young female artists: There’s Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s “Fancy” (the popular choice for Song of the Summer); Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd’s “Really Don’t Care” (the Teen Choice Award winner for Song of the Summer); Ariana Grande and Azalea’s “Problem” (which reduces the track’s sole male voice, Big Sean, to a nagging, repetitive whisper); Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” (a creeping revenge ode with a Kill Bill–inspired video); and Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang” (a brassy, over-the-top walk-off that scans as an update of “Lady Marmalade 2004” with slightly more naturally hued eye shadow). Almost all of these artists performed at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (of the 13 artists who took the stage that night, nine were female), and suddenly pop’s overnight shift toward girl-on-girl collaboration was impossible to ignore. (One relevant factor: Azalea’s recent popularity marks the first time in over a decade, since the mutual reign of Eve and Missy Elliott, that there’s been more than one commercially successful female rapper.)
Many have been quick to reheat the term “Girl Power!” to make sense of the current pop landscape, but however well intentioned, this phrase already feels like a relic — insufficient to explain how this new generation’s vision of female strength differs from that of the girl groups they grew up with. What’s striking to me is the way these women-driven summer hits and award-show performances rejected hierarchical structures (the girl “group” with an obvious leader and a few poorly miked backup singers) or identities that insist they squeeze their femininities into given roles (“She’s the Sporty One, but I’m the Baby”). Last year, on New York’s the Cut, Ann Friedman wrote about what she dubbed “shine theory,” the idea that women shouldn’t feel threatened by intimidatingly cool/talented/powerful women but befriend them instead. Friedman cites her best friend’s advice as inspiration, I don’t shine if you don’t shine, and this new generation of female pop stars seem to operate by this mantra, too.
Still, good politics don’t always make good pop songs, and 2014’s crop of female-driven anthems is a mixed bag. A buddy track is only as good as the chemistry between its buddies, and — while I can easily imagine Azalea and Charli XCX trashing the same hotel room — that’s probably why the stilted “Bang Bang” leaves me cold. Something about Jessie J’s tireless attempts to outsing and outdiva her collaborators on the track just feels outdated. As one person very aptly wondered on Twitter recently, “Have Nicki and Jessie and Ariana ever actually spoken to one another?”
It’s worth asking, though, if universal female solidarity is always a good thing — isn’t this just another impossible expectation we hold for women and not men? Should Minaj’s feminist card be revoked because she questions the authorship of Azalea’s rhymes or because she beefs with Lil’ Kim? For better or worse, pop’s new version of female camaraderie strikes me as less “Yes All Women” and more “Yes, This Woman” — exploring female strength through individual bonds rather than wholesale “sisterhood.” But even these more localized images of one-on-one solidarity can have powerful ripple effects. Taylor Swift has recently spoken about how her highly publicized friendship with Lena Dunham has helped her embrace feminism — a shift in thinking that just might alter the songwriting perspective of her forthcoming album, 1989.
Though it’s more of a viral sensation than a bona fide hit, none of these songs capture the gushy, un-“ladylike,” and potentially revolutionary spirit of female friendship — I don’t shine if you don’t shine — like the “Flawless” remix. Nicki and Bey effectively bring out the best (and the weirdest) in each other throughout, but what really seals the deal for me is when, a few bars into Nicki’s verse, Beyoncé photo-bombs the frame to do her “Monster” impression: “Them bitches thirsty / I’m Hung-ar-i-an.” It’s a genuine but still too rare moment — one unapologetically powerful woman bowing down to the unhinged genius of another.
*This article appears in the September 8, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.
VULTURE’S 18-SONG PLAYLIST
SOME NOTES ON THE METHODOLOGY:
• This is not meant to be a complete list of every all-female pop collaboration ever made, merely a sampling of some of my favorites (along with all of the 2014 songs I mention in the piece) …
• … except for the “Flawless” remix, which Beyoncé has made hilariously difficult to access anywhere but her own website. Thus marking the 11,000th time I have wondered whether or not Beyoncé’s lawyer has mob ties.
• I wanted to keep things upbeat, so I avoided ballads (what do you think this is, the Prince of Egypt soundtrack?), but if you are so inclined, this one is obviously pretty good.
• Is “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be” the best Aretha song? It is not. Is it the best Whitney song? Hell to the no. Is it so fun to hear these two on a track together that it barely matters? Hell to the yes.
• Tragically not on Spotify: Lil’ Kim, Left Eye, Angie Martinez, Da Brat, and Missy Elliott’s “Ladies Nite,” which you should just listen to right now anyway.
• Nicki Minaj and Cassie’s glorious, bubblegum machine-gun of a duet “The Boys” very much deserves to be on this playlist, but Spotify only has the edited version, which means that Nicki’s razor-sharp verses end up sounding like unused Mad Libs. (Though, curiously unbleeped: the word testicle.) I’d highly recommend checking it out via YouTube anyway, because the video is great.
• By my count, how many of these 18 songs that past the Bechdel Test: 8
• I avoided girl groups for the most part because the piece focuses on solo artists, except (a) I couldn’t not include “Whatta Man”; (b) to my ears, no recent pop song captures the spirit of unconditional female friendship quite like Icona Pop’s transcendently corny Tupac rework “Girlfriend.”
• You may now call your girlfriend, assess the contents of the minibar, and crank this shit up.
The 14 Best Singles of 2014 Belong to Women
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for writers to start compiling their year-end “best of” lists. As I brainstormed my list of the best singles of 2014, one thing jumped out at me right away: all of the songs that I was coming up with were performed by women. Of course, that's not to say that male artists didn’t make an impact in 2014 (Sam Smith and last-minute entry D'Angelo, anyone?), but if you ask me, the year's best tracks definitely belong to women. After all, this was the year of Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Sia Furler, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor, and Charli XCX (just to name a few). Women ruled popular music in 2014. How awesome is that?
So, here it is: my list of the 14 best singles of 2014. It includes some familiar hits, but there are also a number of lesser-known gems that you may have missed. Believe me, this was a tough task! There were a number of memorable songs that just missed the cut (like “All About That Bass,” “Fancy,” and "Anaconda," for instance). What a fantastic year in music. I can't wait to find out what 2015 has in store!
Here we go:
#14. G.R.L. — "Show Me What You Got"
"Show Me What You Got" is pure pop bliss. Sadly, the music world was dealt a heavy blow in September when G.R.L. singer Simone Battle committed suicide. I hope that the group's four remaining members have been able to find comfort and strength in one another.
#13. Nabiha — "Animals"
"Animals" is one of the most daring and fun tracks that Danish singer Nabiha has released so far. It's currently No. 3 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Could it cross over to the Hot 100?
#12. Charli XCX — "Boom Clap"
"Boom Clap" proves that at 22 years old, Charli XCX knows her way around a massive pop hook better than many songwriting veterans in the music industry today.
#11. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj — "Bang Bang"
"Bang Bang" is a thrilling burst of energy. It's electric. Honestly, I never get tired of hearing it. Needless to say, I want Jessie J, Grande, and Minaj to collaborate again in the very near future.
#10. Eden xo — "Too Cool to Dance"
If you haven't heard "Too Cool to Dance" yet, please stop what you're doing right now and press play. The track has an irresistible groove and a wonderful, uplifting message. Keep an eye on Eden xo in 2015, folks.
#9. Ryn Weaver — "OctaHate"
Newcomer Ryn Weaver had the Internet buzzing when she dropped the mesmerizing and addictive "OctaHate" in June. It's one of 2014's most impressive debuts. (The music video is a trip, too.)
#8. Ariana Grande — "Break Free" (feat. Zedd)
"Problem" is a blast, sure, but "Break Free" is the Grande single that I'm going to be listening to for years and years to come.
#7. Taylor Swift — "Blank Space"
Ruthlessly catchy and endlessly clever, "Blank Space" is Swift's best single to date (until she releases "Style," that is).
#6. Tinashe — "2 On" (feat. SchoolBoy Q)
Tinashe exudes star power. She has so much natural charisma and swagger, it's almost unfair. Listen to "2 On" and you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about.
#5. Tove Lo — "Habits (Stay High)"
When I first heard "Habits (Stay High)," I was immediately captivated by Lo's unique voice and the song's vivid, and at times, disturbing imagery. The track grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. Admittedly, I'm kind of amazed that a single this quirky and bizarre was able to become a hit in the United States, but I'm not complaining. (Side note: You need to check out Lo's debut album, Queen of the Clouds, ASAP.)
#4. Jessie Ware — "Tough Love"
English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware is going to gain a lot of fans thanks to her haunting guest spot on Minaj's new album, The Pinkprint, but "Tough Love," the title track from her 2014 sophomore album, is the song that initially caught my ear. It's beautiful.
#3. Clean Bandit — "Rather Be" (feat. Jess Glynne)
Jess Glynne's sublime vocals on "Rather Be" are what make the song so special. Her voice has the ability to lift your spirit — even in the darkest moments.
#2. Sia — "Chandelier"
The juxtaposition of "Chandelier's" devastating lyrics and its soaring, anthemic chorus is nothing short of brilliant. Put simply, Sia is a musical genius. No, that's not an exaggeration.
#1. The Righteous Young — "Everything Burns"
Wynter Gordon, The Righteous Young's lead singer, delivers the most powerful vocal performance of 2014 on "Everything Burns." I could go on and on about how incredible the song is (and I have), but instead, I'll just say this: it sends chills down my spine and makes my heart catch in my throat. It's stunning.
Visit our Year In Review Explore page for more stories about the best and worst moments in 2014, and enjoy the best sounds of the year with this Spotify playlist.
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