Of course, Madonna’s status as the Queen of Pop is not to be replaced by anyone soon.
But every artists hit their peak and then start slowing down. The new millennium, a post-Baby One More Time world, shows that Madonna is no longer ruling the charts like she used to.
Many young female artists have since appeared, successfully achieving mega-commercial success and even breaking a little boundary here and there—which instead of being seen as threatening to Madonna’s throne, they are actually testament of Madonna’s mammoth impact on the music industry. All these artists, to one degree or another, are emulating Madonna.
Well, if we have to pass down the torch, who is the deserving one then?
Note: This analysis refers ONLY to the period spanning 2000-2013, from the new millennium to the time of writing. No, pre-2000 achievements are not counted here. That’s why it’s called Queen of Pop of “THIS” millennium.
Artists Eligible to be the New Queen of Pop
This is a HUGE list. In alphabetical order: Adele, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Nelly Furtado, Nicki Minaj, P!nk, Rihanna, Shakira, Taylor Swift.
I’ve included veterans such as Madonna and Mariah Carey. Technically, they belong on a more elite class with mega-divas such as Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. But unlike them, Madonna and Mariah Carey actually managed to rejuvenate their appeal to the new millennium, scoring mega successes in Confessions on a Dance Floor and The Emancipation of Mimi. Hence, I think it’ll be interesting to see how well they currently fare.
But of course, it’s a given that both of them will not win. Their best days reside in the pre-2000s eras, which unfortunately won’t count towards their ranking because this is a Queen of Pop of the New Millennium ranking.
All rules that I established during the introduction of my King of Pop series remain.
You may notice some omissions.
As much as I’d love to include queens-in-training such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande, unfortunately they haven’t made enough impact yet to justify their inclusion. Ditto to their predecessors (Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson).
Call Me Maybe was bound to be huge no matter who sang it. The song was clearly bigger than the artist, as Carly Rae Jepsen had failed to make a successful era out of it. Good Time was a duet, so no, she’s a one-and-a-half-hit-wonder.
Don’t even get me started on Nicole Scherzinger.
Jessie J sneaked inside Billboard Top 10 only once, so I’m still not convinced of putting her in. Same goes for Leona Lewis, but at least she hit #1 with Bleeding Love and her debut album was a blockbuster. Besides, Better in Time was a moderate success. Since I have to round up my list to 24 names—I hate odd numbers—guess she’s the most qualified. Expect her to be the completely Robin Thicke-d though.
Did I miss anyone important? Sound it out in the comment box.
All Posts on the King of Pop and Queen of Pop series:
- Introducing the New King of Pop – Part 1: Background
- Introducing the New King of Pop – Part 2: Success
- Introducing the New King of Pop – Part 3: Popularity
- Introducing the New King of Pop – Part 4: Quality
- Introducing the New King of Pop – Part 5: The Also-Rans
- Introducing the New King of Pop – Part 6: The Top Seeds
- Who is the Queen of Pop of This Millennium? Part 1: Background
- Who is the Queen of Pop of This Millennium? Part 2: Success
- Who is the Queen of Pop of This Millennium? Part 3: Popularity
- Who is the Queen of Pop of This Millennium? Part 4: Quality
- Who is the Queen of Pop of This Millennium? Part 5: Also-Rans
- Who is the Queen of Pop of This Millennium? Part 6: Top Seeds
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