‘Pon De Replay’ revealed Rihanna’s prowess as a hitmaker, but her debut album, ‘Music Of The Sun’, album proved she was a Caribbean queen in the making.
On the genre-merging ‘My Everything’ album, Ariana Grande moved away from the fizzy pop of her debut and started coming into her own.
No longer masking her ornate bravado with hip-hop samples, ‘Mary’ saw Mary J Blige follow her 70s muse and take a plunge into neo-soul.
From a string of surprise releases to her openly revealing public persona, Ariana Grande has redefined what it means to be a pop star today.
On ‘Queen’, crossover artist Nicki Minaj reclaimed the hip-hop crown with her most rap-oriented album yet, and demanded fealty from the newcomers.
When Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj joined forces on the powerhouse anthem “Bang Bang,” they proved three divas are better than one.
Armed with one of the most powerful voices in pop, Ariana Grande went from child star to cultural icon in no time. The best Ariana Grande songs reveal why.
With ‘Good Girl Gone Bad,’ Rihanna liberated herself from a predictable pop career and transformed into the fierce icon we know today.
‘Dangerous Woman’ found Ariana Grande moving into edgier territory and forging a new musical identity though genre exploration.
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With a PhD in emotional honesty, she keeps it street and soulful. The best Mary J Blige songs show why the singer remains a unique force in R&B.