New UK chart data for 2018 shows that female artists have nearly closed the gap regarding the number of weeks spent in the charts.
The gender gap is closing in the world of British pop music, according to new statistics, with the likes of Jess Glynne and Dua Lipa ensuring that women in pop are seeing their success begin to match that of their male counterparts.
Data analysis from the Press Association found that five of the ten most popular acts of 2018 were female or female-fronted, notching up a total of 310 weeks on the UK charts, in comparison to the 328 weeks achieved by male artists.
That’s a dramatic shift from compared to just a year ago, with the 2017 statistics showing that female artists spent just 226 weeks in the UK charts, with 386 weeks for men.
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UK Music's Measuring Music said that British artists played a huge part in the health of the worldwide music industry in 2017.
A newly published report from UK Music’s Measuring Music organisation reveals that export revenues grew by 7% to an all-time high of £2.6 billion.
A pretty healthy picture was painted across the board. The biggest selling album around the world in 2017 was Ed Sheeran’s third studio LP Divide, powered by enormous hit singles in ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Perfect’.
The singer felt unwell due to an ear infection
Dedicated singer Dua Lipa was left in tears on Tuesday (26 June) after she had to cancel her performance for fear of causing permanent damage to her eardrum. The 22-year-old gave an audience in Denver, Colorado a rundown of her hit songs but had to cut the concert short after just three tunes for fears of risks to her health.
Dua Lipa had to cancel mid-performance
The Be The One hitmaker told the crowd she had to cancel the show in order to avoid 'permanent' damage to her ears after she contracted an ear infection earlier in the week.
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Stormzy and Dua Lipa both scooped two awards, while Sheeran lost out in all the big categories.
Indeed, it was the grime artist who took home two of the most prestigious awards of the evening, edging out the multi-platinum-selling Sheeran on both occasions to win British Male Solo Artist and the big prize of British Album of the Year for his debut LP Gang Signs & Prayer.
Having been nominated for five awards, the most of the evening and also a record for a female solo artist, 22 year old Dua Lipa took home two prizes, for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. However, her signature hit ‘New Rules’ was confusingly pipped to the post for British Single of the Year by the personality vacuum of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, whose ‘Human’ single was released all the way back in July 2016.
Continue reading: Dua Lipa And Stormzy Win Big At BRIT Awards 2018, Ed Sheeran Snubbed
Her chart-topper 'New Rules' also became the 100th music video in history to pass one billion views.
Dua Lipa has made music history, becoming the youngest ever female artist to register over one billion views for a YouTube video, for her signature hit ‘New Rules’.
The track, the sixth single from her self-titled debut album that came out last year, saw its music video pass the magic number on Wednesday morning (February 14th).
The 22 year old English singer took to Instagram to acknowledge the achievement, posting a picture of herself as a cute baby holding a phone. “I picked up the phone and found out I am the youngest female artist to hit 1 BILLION views on a music video,” she captioned it.
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The line-up includes just one female performer, Dua Lipa
It’s that time of the year again when award ceremonies for the arts roll around. We’ve already had the Golden Globes and the Critic’s Choice Award for films and the Grammys are BRITs are coming up for the music world. However, there is one artist who is not keen on the upcoming British music award celebrations and that is Paloma Faith.
Paloma Faith has criticised the performer line-up at February's BRIT awards
Speaking about the line-up of artists due to perform at the BRITs in February, the Only Love Can Hurt Like This hitmaker has hit out at the fact there is only one woman on the billing.
Dua Lipa has revealed she is inspired by her ''sad feelings'' when it comes to her music as those feelings ''linger in her mind the longest''.
Dua Lipa is inspired by her ''sad feelings''.
The 'Blow Your Mind (Mwah)' hitmaker prefers to take inspiration for her music when she is feeling down and those feelings ''linger in her mind the longest''.
Speaking in the Philippines, she said: ''I definitely find a lot more inspiration from sad things and sad feelings. And those are the things that linger in my mind the longest. When you're sad and heartbroken, it makes me good pop songs.
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Camila Cabello is ''excited'' to be joining Bruno Mars on his upcoming US tour.
The former Fifth Harmony singer is ''so excited'' to announce her debut solo concerts, which will see her join the 'Amazing' singer at some of the dates of his '24k Magic World Tour', beginning in California on July 20 and coming to an end in Pennsylvania on August 22.
And the 20-year-old singer is hoping she'll learn a lot from the 31-year-old performer.
Continue reading: Camila Cabello To Support Bruno Mars
Dua Lipa does a ''secret handshake'' before she goes on stage.
Dua Lipa does a ''secret handshake'' before she goes on stage.
The 21-year-old singer has admitted she has certain rituals she carries out with her team before she graces the stage to perform, which sees her carry out a choreographed greeting.
She told the Metro newspaper: ''Me and my band have a secret handshake that we do before we go on stage.''
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Dua Lipa claims ''a lot of people doubted'' her singing ability when she was younger, but the doubters have since praised her for her success.
Dua Lipa claims ''a lot of people doubted'' her singing ability.
The 21-year-old singer has admitted when she was first trying to break the music industry she had little support, and was regularly told her dream of being a successful musician wouldn't come true.
She told Grazia magazine: ''Before I had any music out, a lot of people doubted me when I said I was a singer.''
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22nd August, 1995