This was a bit of a fail… Not many of you voted but out of those who did, there were a few clear favourites.. Most mentioned were Lana Del Rey, Grimes, Fiona Apple, Azealia Banks and Missy Higgins.
I’ve picked a few out of the huge list I made that I personally think have had an awesome year, many of which i’ve noticed get a lot of ‘likes’ and ‘reblogs’. So here it goes.. (I’m not a great writer, so my apologies now)
There have a been a fair few breakthrough acts this year, some overrated and some underrated. Canadian Idol finalist Carly Rae Jepson broke into the mainstream with one of the best selling singles of the year five years after placing third in the talent show. But it’s the British ladies that have really impressed this year (this is probably more of a British orientated blog). Rita Ora is probably the one who has tried for the longest to break into the mainstream. She had appeared on two Craig David songs in 2007 and 2008 but her big break came when she had caught the attention of Jay-Z and was signed to Roc Nation in 2009. After being featured on DJ Fresh’s track ‘Hot Right Now’ early on in the year there was just no stopping her. She has had two number one singles and her debut album Ora also debuted at number one. Emeli Sandé has probably been the the most praised female artist of the year. She started off her fantastic year by winning the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Award. She is another act that has been trying for a few years to breakthrough and her debut album Our Version of Events has been hailed as one of the best of the year. She also had the huge privilege of performing at both the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies in London in the summer. There have been a few artists though who have quite quietly broken through which is always a good thing, it’s not always good to be hyped up! Jessie Ware is probably the most underrated of these. She has a fantastic voice and her debut album Devotion peaked at only number 5 in the UK chart. The album was, however, nominated for the Mercury Music Prize which is a great achievement. Lianne La Havas’ album Is Your Love Big Enough? was also nominated for the Mercury Prize. She was first a touring backup singer for Paloma Faith. She was then signed to Warner Bros Records in 2010 but spent two years developing her songwriting skills before releasing music publicly which has certainly paid off. Two other artists that have made a breakthrough, mostly in the indie scene are Charli XCX and Lucy Rose. Charli XCX has yet to release a full length album (it is expected February) but she has had a successful EP and two mixtapes to her name and Lucy’s debut album Like I Used To peaked at number 13 in the UK chart.
Hey guys, just for fun I’d like to ask you who your female musician of the year is and then I will compile a list of the most popular and do a little spam of the winner. Sound cool? I am also going to do a feature on who I predict to be the biggest women in music next year =)
SO… Who is your woman in music of 2012?
The 1990s indie pop zine chickfactor has been celebrating its 20th birthday this year with a marathon of anniversary shows in the U.S. The final celebration, in London November 16-18, is the For the Love of Pop! mini-fest featuring the Pastels, the Aislers Set, Tender Trap, Pipas, and many more.
chickfactor has also announced that after a decade-long printing hiatus, the magazine will have a new issue out soon, edited by co-founder Gail O’Hara. (The magazine’s other co-founder was Pam Berry of Black Tambourine/Slumberland Records.) That’s the cover, above, featuring Grass Widow. The publication is being funded via Kickstarter, and will include interviews with Corin Tucker Band, Bill Callahan, Black Tambourine, Frankie Rose, Sharon Van Etten, Grass Widow, and many more. It will also be for sale at the chickfactor website and various U.S. shops, like New York record store Other Music. (Taken from pitchfork.com)