There’s a new wave of girl power hitting the music industry and this time, it’s infiltrating not just the stage, but the recording booth. Largely a male-dominated arena, pop music has a history of being written mostly by male songwriters, but thanks to the ground-breaking work of many female songwriters and singer/songwriters, that’s starting to change.
Not only are these women writing their own songs, but they’re also working with other artists, many of whom are also female, to help write some of the biggest and best pop hits of the year.
Releasing two new songs only months after leaving Fifth Harmony man seem fast, but in a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Camila Cabello explained that she spent the past few years writing songs in hotel rooms. Now ready to introduce the world to Camila Cabello; singer/songwriter, the pop star is proving she’s just getting started.
Does Charli XCX sleep? We’re not sure. When she’s not releasing her own albums and mixtapes, dropping four in as many years, she’s working with the biggest pop singers in the world. Writing with Camila Cabello, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Blondie and more, if you’ve danced to a pop song in the last few years there’s a good chance that Charli XCX’s fingerprints are all over it.
A true one-woman band, Canadian artist Grimes writes her own songs and directs her own videos, making history in a male-dominated field. Nominated for an incredible four iHeartRadio MMVAs this year, Grimes not only represents one of the most exciting artists of the past decades, but someone young musicians can look up to.
On the eve of releasing her sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey showcased some of her best writing on the single “Strangers” with Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui. Penning a love song for the LGBTQ community, Halsey continues to push boundaries and improve the music game with her work.
First-time iHeartRadio MMVA nominee Jessie Reyez just dropped her stunning debut EP Kiddo and released into the world an onslaught of raw, gritty and emotionally cathartic tracks about love, heartbreak and betrayal. With her raspy vocals and intuition for lyrics, we can’t wait to see how far this Toronto singer will soar.
Julia Michaels may be performing at the iHeartRadio MMVAs for the first time this year, but her music isn’t new to the annual award show. The singer has written for past performers Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Fifth Harmony. Now Michaels is preparing to release her debut album Nervous System, featuring her lead single “Issues.”
When Lorde returns to the iHeartRadio MMVA stage this year she’ll have just released her highly anticipated sophomore album Melodrama. Co-written with Jack Antonoff, the handful of songs Lorde has already shared show growth and evolution from Lorde’s stunning debut album.
Following the release of her innovative and experimental mixtape Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, the pop star has done a 180 with her new soft pop track “Malibu.” Penning the song about fiancé Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus has one again reinvented her sound while staying true to her personalized lyrics.
The Chainsmokers have been everywhere lately and a big reason why is thanks to singer/songwriter Rozes, who helped write their break-out single “Roses.” Rozes has been spending time in the studio with former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson and just dropped her single “Matches” with Cash Cash.
At only 26 years-old, Starrah’s list of credits include a dream line up including The Weeknd, Halsey, Rihanna, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Calvin Harris. Starrah reportedly hit the studio with former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello for her highly anticipated solo album and helped write Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj’s latest track “Swish Swish.”