Today is International Women’s Day.
In celebration, we’re looking at some of our favourite females in music.
With love, from XS Womanchester.
Founded by frontwoman Debbie Harry, Blondie were formed in New York, but their music went on to inspire a new wave of punk. Since the release of the band’s third studio album, Parallel Lines in 1978, the world was Harry’s, with Blondie going on to secure hits with ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Atomic’, ‘One Way Or Another’ and ‘Call Me’.
"I am proud to be celebrating International Women's Day 2018. The strength of character recently shown by women renews our history of standing up for our rights. Let's continue this progression and make women's lives better and better." - Debbie Harry— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) March 8, 2018
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Amy Winehouse died in 2011, but her music and talent will live on forever. Born in London, Amy was known for her stunningly soulful voice, with her music taking inspiration from multiple genres, including Rhythm and Blues and Jazz. Released in 2003, her first album Frank was nominated for a Mercury Prize, before Back to Black made her the first British woman to win five Grammys.
Formed in London in 1967, Fleetwood Mac went on to become one of the world’s biggest bands. After the overnight success of the band’s self-titled debut album, Fleetwood Mac have released 17 studio albums, with their 1977 offering Rumours being the band’s most revered. ‘Go Your Own Way’ was written by Lindsey Buckingham about her complicated relationship with fellow band member Stevie Nicks.
Chrissie Hynde formed The Pretenders in 1978 after moving to London in 1973. ‘Brass In Pocket’ was the band’s first big success, and achieved Number 1 in the UK Official Chart in January 1980, making it the first Number 1 of the 1980s. Inspired by the likes of The Kinks and The Clash, the band went on to release ten studio albums, the most recent being Alone in 2016.
Florence and The Machine
Renowned for her powerful vocals, Florence Welch formed Florence and The Machine in 2007. The band’s first album, Lungs, achieved huge commercial and critical success, boasting singles including the huge hits ‘Dog Days Are Over’, ‘Kiss With A Fist’ and their infamous cover of ‘You’ve Got The Love’.
Fronted by the formidable Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice formed as a four-piece alternative rock band in 2010. Ellie, Joel, Theo and Joff’s first record, My Love Is Cool, was released on independent record label Dirty Hit in 2015. The band’s 2017 offering ‘Visions Of A Life’ was sighted as one of the best releases of last year.