Billboard – The First All-Female Top Five Ever!

For the first time ever, women hold the top five spots on Billboard Top 200 Chart!

Wow, it took long enough. It’s 2010 and we are now just getting the first female top five on Billboard? Even still, it is a great success! Women hold the top five spots for the week ending January 3, 2010.

The women who hold the top five spots on billboard  are:

  1. Susan Boyle -“I Dreamed A Dream”
  2. Lady Gaga -“The Fame”
  3. Alicia Keys -“The Element Of Freedom”
  4. Mary J. Blige -“Stronger with Each Tear” 
  5. Taylor Swift -“Fearless”

First, this is just awesome overall. Plus,  the fact that they are all strong, talented women, with I think equally powerful album titles is icing the cake. The last time women held this many spots on Billboard’s Top 200 was four, in 1990 with:

  1. Bonnie Raitt -“Nick Of Time”
  2. Sinead O’Connor -“I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”
  3. Janet Jackson -“Rhythm Nation: 1814”
  4. Paula Abdul -“Forever Your Girl”

If you remember, the early 90s was the time of Riot Grrrl, where many women and girls rebelled (not the first time though) against discrimination and devaluation in the music industry. The early 90s also saw a surge of women leading sales and singles. Even still, it was radio station policy not to play female artists “back to back” on the air. This was one of the reasons why Sarah Mclachlan started Lilith Fair in the first place. Yet, while “women in music” gets expose in waves, every few years it gets “trendy”, women/female artists still only make up a small percentage of artists in the music industry, and even less who chart singles/albums. Sure, a few get lots of exposure, but it’s mostly skin. Women are everywhere in music videos….as eye candy, not as active music makers.

So, I applaud this success of these five women, who all come from different genres, yet, come together in the charts to dominate the top five spots for January 3, 2010. I like all of them, and think all of them deserve all the praise that they get. I am just saddened that it took this long, and that even with this, women still get don’t get the R-E-S-P-E-C-T (ala Aretha) that they deserve as musicians.


Posted on January 7, 2010, in Quick Riffs - News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. this is great to see Alicia Keys is amazing

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