Women are celebrated in the new publication Women In Pop, which celebrates the fearless females who have changed the landscape of music.
Edition 2 features Beyonce on the cover, and some fantastic features on Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders (who is touring Australia with Stevie Nicks later this year) and Alison Moyet, who’s just released her 9th solo album Other.
This edition also includes some reviews that I’ve written: Tina Arena‘s new Greatest Hits collection and LA-based artist Tanarelle’s soulful debut album 11:11.
Ms Arena once called me a very rude word (possibly the worst one imaginable) when I worked at MTV in the early 2000s, but that hasn’t stopped me from appreciating her as one of Australia’s finest singers.
Arena has experienced a tricky relationship with the Australian media and the record industry, most probably because she’s straight-talking, fiesty and has always marched to the beat of her own drum. As a woman in the music industry, her brashness is frowned upon.
Although she was finally recognised with an ARIA Hall of Fame Award in 2015, a typically mouthy Arena blasted the ageist, sexist radio programmers for their lack of support in a speech that has been hailed as one of the best in the awards’ history. Arena pleading with the powers-that-be to “continue to support Australian music and base your playlists on the quality of the song and not the age of the artist”, before adding in no uncertain terms, “we will decide when it’s time to stop.” Arena also acknowledged “the women in their forties still in the game in a big way”, name-checking Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox, imploring them to “keep doing what you’re doing ladies.”
She’s a cool chick, and you can read my review of her new collection in Women In Pop now. Enjoy!
Michael from Tea or Copy.