Gwen comes in on UK’s Stylist magazine’s list of the top 50 female pop pioneers. She actually appeared on the cover back in June of this year. We couldn’t agree with them more having Gwen on the list — she’s been such an innovator and icon to so many! The one thing I don’t like is that they don’t mention her career with the band and just focus on her solo career…
Stylist — Over the past five decades, female artists have brought energy and excitement to popular music, consistently infusing the genre with new looks, sounds and meanings. Following our profile of Adele in this weekâ€™s Stylist, we got to thinking: what is it that makes a pop star truly brilliant? Is it a distinctive voice like Bjorkâ€™s, empowering lyrics such as Beyonceâ€™s, or an incredible gift for song-writing (step up, Annie Lennox) â€“ or a mixture of all of these things?
From best-selling female singers to queens of reinvention and those whose voices canâ€™t help but move, we take a look at the greatest 50 female pop pioneers of all time in the gallery below.
Since going solo from No Doubt in 2004, Gwen Stefaniâ€™s ecclectic brand of pop won her instant critical praise â€“ confidently straddling genres as diverse as Ska, Hip-hop, Electro and 80s Synth. Her outlandish outfits and irreverant shows have drawn comparisons to Madonna and she has managed a successful transition in to fashion with her two lines L.A.M.B and Harajuku Lovers.
Greatest hit: Hollaback Girl
Vital stats: Having only recorded two studio albums, Love.Angel.Music.Baby and The Sweet Escape, her records have gone platinum 25 times worldwide and she is worth an estimated $80 million.