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.
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With ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’, Rihanna liberated herself from a predictable pop career and transformed into the fierce icon we know today.
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