Pop Girls Through the Decades


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The birth of a pop star

With the dawn of each new generation emerges a wave of fresh faces, budding talent, and the rise of a new pop sensation that both fans and critics embrace wholeheartedly. Whether it's their unmatched vocal prowess, innovative songwriting skills, or simply their undeniable charisma and appeal, the ascent of new talent is a constant in the music industry, birthing numerous iconic female artists. These artists not only churn out chart-topping hits and albums but also engage in acting, electrifying performances, run their own businesses, and maintain enduring popularity.

They also redefine what it means to be an influencer in the digital age, using their platforms to advocate for social issues and connect with fans on a personal level. In this article, Hollywood Branded takes you on a journey through the decades, celebrating the achievements and unforgettable moments of pop's leading ladies, from the trailblazers of the late 90s to today's chart-topping icons.

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Ladies of the Late 90s-2000s

The late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed the meteoric rise of pop stars who left an indelible mark on music history. Among them, Britney Spears emerged as a global phenomenon, earning the title of the "Princess of Pop" and becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists. Her debut single "...Baby One More Time" catapulted her to superstardom at just 16 years old, symbolizing the pinnacle of the teen pop phenomenon. Her highly sexualized image dominated pop culture, with iconic music videos like "...Baby One More Time" becoming synonymous with the era of MTV. With her chart-topping song "Toxic," Spears also solidified her musical legacy, achieving six-time platinum status certified by the RIAA and amassing over one billion streams on Spotify.

BritneyPhoto Credit: Bustle

Christina Aguilera, another powerhouse of the era, captivated audiences with her powerful voice and versatility as a bilingual singer. Hits like "Genie in a Bottle" showcased her vocal prowess, earning her numerous awards, including multiple Grammy Awards. Aguilera's distinctive powerhouse vocals have propelled numerous hits, including "What a Girl Wants," while her role as a coach and mentor on The Voice further demonstrates her musical expertise. The artist is also known for her iconic fashion looks, both on and off the stage. Beyond music, Aguilera's philanthropic efforts, such as her work with AIDS awareness campaigns and humanitarian missions in Haiti, demonstrated her compassionate side and commitment to social causes.

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Avril Lavigne, another example of an iconic pop star and force in her own right, blazed a trail with her edgy style and powerful vocals. Her debut album "Let Go" propelled her to international fame, making her the youngest female musician to have a number one album in the U.K. Following the success of "Let Go," she continued to captivate audiences with her sophomore album, "Under My Skin," released in 2004. This album received similar acclaim, selling 10 million copies worldwide, achieving five-times platinum certification in Canada, and topping charts in Australia, Canada, Japan, the U.K., and the U.S. She further made history with her song “Girlfriend,” which was the first music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube. Lavigne's success extended beyond music, as she ventured into perfume brands and fashion lines, further solidifying her status as a cultural icon. With numerous award nominations and successful albums under her belt, Lavigne's impact on the pop music landscape of the late 1990s and 2000s remains undeniable. 

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pop stars of the 2010s 

The 2010s ushered in a new era of iconic pop stars, each leaving an enduring mark on music and culture. Katy Perry, renowned for her catchy tunes and bold persona, skyrocketed to fame with hits like "I Kissed a Girl" and "Roar." Her album "Teenage Dream" made history with five consecutive number one singles in the United States, solidifying her status as one of the best-selling female artists of all time. Notably, Perry's music videos, including those for "Roar" and "Dark Horse," garnered billions of views, cementing her as a trailblazer in the digital age.

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Meanwhile, Rihanna mesmerized audiences with her powerful voice and captivating presence. From chart-topping hits like "We Found Love" to her successful ventures in fashion and beauty, Rihanna's influence transcended music. Her business acumen was evident with the launch of Savage X Fenty, a lingerie brand celebrated for its inclusivity, and Fenty Beauty, which redefined standards of beauty with its diverse range of products and shades of makeup. Rihanna's recent iconic performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show also made history after officially becoming the most watched halftime performance of all time. 

RhiannaPhoto Credit: Vulture 

Lady Gaga, known for her theatricality and boundary-pushing creativity, became synonymous with pop culture in the 2010s. Hits like "Bad Romance" and "Born This Way" propelled her to superstardom and remained popular throughout the 2010s and beyond, earning her numerous awards and accolades. Gaga's versatility was evident not only in her music but also on the silver screen, where she delivered a critically acclaimed performance in the remake of "A Star is Born" with hit song "Shallow." Her achievements, including an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Awards, underscored her status as a cultural icon and a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

Lady GagaPhoto Credit: People 

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A new generation of pop

The newest generation of pop stars has captivated audiences worldwide with their talent and charisma. Sabrina Carpenter, known for her multi-faceted career as a singer, songwriter, and actress, first gained recognition through her roles on Disney Channel, for instance in Girl Meets World, showcasing her versatility on both the small and big screens. However, it's her music that truly shines, with hits like “Skin” and “Nonsense” resonating with fans globally. Carpenter's latest single, "Espresso," has taken the world by storm, topping Spotify's global charts and garnering millions of views on YouTube, solidifying her status as a rising star in the industry. Carpenter even performed as an opener for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour. 

SabrinaPhoto Credit: Reddit

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Olivia Rodrigo, another Disney alum, has quickly risen to prominence with her soulful vocals and relatable lyrics. Her debut single, "Drivers License," became an international sensation, catapulting her to stardom and earning her three Grammy Awards. With her album "Sour" and subsequent releases like "Guts," Rodrigo continues to captivate audiences with her emotive storytelling and raw talent, making her a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

OliviaPhoto Credit: Capital FM

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Tate McRae, a Canadian singer-songwriter and dancer, has made waves with her heartfelt ballads and infectious energy. From her beginnings as a dancer to becoming a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance," McRae's journey to stardom has been nothing short of extraordinary. Hits like "You Broke Me First" and "She's All I Wanna Be" have garnered global acclaim, with her latest single "Exes" continuing to showcase her undeniable talent and passion for music.

OliviaPhoto Credit: Billboard

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Madison Beer, propelled to fame after Justin Bieber shared one of her YouTube covers, has since made a name for herself as a formidable talent in the music industry. With her debut EP "As She Pleases" and studio albums like "Life Support" and "Silence Between Songs," Beer has proven herself to be a force in pop music, earning critical acclaim and a loyal fanbase along the way. 

MadisonPhoto Credit: Twitter

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Driving Trends

With each generation, a new wave of talented pop stars emerges, captivating both fans and critics with their distinctive vocal skills, charismatic performances, and versatile careers. From groundbreaking hits to ventures beyond music, these artists have not only defined generations but also shaped the music industry's landscape, continuously inspiring fans and driving trends worldwide.

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