March 7, 2014
March is Women’s History Month and no one can deny the impact women have made on the music industry. From vocalists and dancers to writers and producers, women are an integral part of the music industry and its history. Let’s revisit five moments when female performers made their mark in music history.
1980: Donna Summer becomes the first artist to have three double albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts, with her release of “On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II”
1996: LeAnn Rimes becomes the first country music entertainer in history to win a GRAMMY for Best New Artist.
1997: The Spice Girls release their debut album, “Spice,” worldwide. Seventeen years later with over 75 million record sales, they are still the top-selling female group of all time.
2001: Whitney Houston’s recording of the “The Star Spangled Banner,” performed at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, becomes the first version of the song to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
2013: Beyonce’s self-titled release becomes the fastest-selling album ever on iTunes worldwide, with 828,773 albums sold within its first three days.