32 Influential Facts About the Women Who Stormed the Music Industry

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1Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

In 2010 British goat milk farmer reportedly discovered his goats made more milk when Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was played on a loop.

2. Christina Aguilera was criticized heavily for singing the wrong lyric when performing the national anthem at the World Series by the singer of Staind. 3 years later, he made the same mistake when he performed the anthem at the World Series.

3. Katy Perry’s parents wouldn't let her eat Lucky Charms as a child because the word “luck” was considered satanic.

4. Taylor Swift once released by mistake an 8-second song which was just white noise called “Track – 3,” which instantly became No. 1 on iTunes in Canada.

5. The French spoken words in the Beyoncé’s song “Partition” are almost word-for-word taken from a conversation in the French dub version of the film “The Big Lebowski.”

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6Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton gave each family who lost its primary residence in the 2016 Tennessee fires $1,000 a month for five months. When she arrived to help dole out the final payments, she brought the nearly 900 families an unexpected bonus – another $5,000 each for a total of $10,000.

7. Stevie Nicks wrote Stand Back while listening to Prince’s Little Red Corvette. Because Stevie wrote Stand Back using the exact music for Little Red Corvette, she called Prince to tell him about the song, and he showed up at her studio 25 minutes later to record the synthesizers for it.

8. Unprovoked, Courtney Love picked on Gwen Stefani saying “Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani.” After that quote, Gwen recorded her first solo album with the cheerleader anthem “Hollaback Girl.”

9. When Billie Holiday would perform “Strange Fruit” at gigs, the club owner would order the waiters to stop serving, and the room would be in complete darkness except for a single spotlight on her face. It would close her act and there would be no encore.

10. Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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11Like a Surgeon

Like a Surgeon

Weird Al Yankovic has never accepted any outside ideas or titles for a song, with one exception- Madonna herself asked when he was going to turn “Like a Virgin” into “Like a Surgeon.”

12. After her Super Bowl performance, Katy Perry’s lawyers tried (unsuccessfully) to copyright and trademark ‘Left Shark.’

13. In the 90s, Tina Turner left America and started living in Switzerland. She now is a Swiss citizen, lives permanently in a village in the Alps, and has stated: “I could not imagine a better place to live.”

14. Alicia Keys first appeared on the Men in Black soundtrack and was credited with writing her own song. She was only 16.

15. Dolly Parton’s father paid for her birth with a sack of oats! She is the fourth of 12 children born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton of Sevierville, Tennessee. Her family was so poor that grain was all her father had to give the doctor who delivered her.

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When Cher was in fifth grade, she directed a musical for her school. When the boys didn't want to participate, she acted the male roles and sang their songs.

17. Lady Gaga’s stage name came from Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga”. “One day when Fusari addressed a cell phone text to Germanotta under the moniker ‘Radio Gaga’ [and] his cell phone’s spellcheck converted ‘Radio’ to ‘Lady.’ Germanotta loved it, and ‘Lady Gaga’ was born.”

18. In 1962, at the University of Texas at Austin, Janis Joplin was voted “ugliest man on campus.”

19. Lady Gaga has been named godmother to Elton John and husband David Furnish’s baby son Elijah. The pop singer is already the godmother to John and Furnish’s 2-year-old, Zachary, and the couple were so impressed with her guidance that they doubled down on Gaga’s godmother duties.

20. Shania Twain divorced her husband after he cheated with her best friend. Later Twain married the ex-husband of that same best friend.

21Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” (later covered by Whitney Houston, and one of the bestselling singles of all time) on the same night.

22. Every single person that Madonna name-checks in the song Vogue is now dead. The song was released on 27 March 1990 by which time seven of the 16 had already died.

23. Katy Perry’s first album, a gospel album released under her given name, Katy Hudson, was a flop and sold less than 200 copies before her record label shut down.

24. The nation of Barbados has a Rihanna Day on February the 22nd to celebrate its most famous celebrity.

25. Aretha Franklin's voice was designated a natural resource by the State of Michigan in 1985.


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