Record companies are on the hunt for women stars. Adele, Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Pink have been outselling many of their male counterparts.
Here are a few names to watch.
The three Californian sisters and their drumming buddy in Haim have yet to release an album, but they are already hyped to the heavens -- deservedly so. Just last night it was confirmed that “Days Are Gone” will be out on Polydor on Sept. 30.
Songs on their “Forever” EP have some serious don’t-mess-with-me vibes: “I never wanna see you again/ With the beating of my heart witness/ I say no no no, I’m done.”
The comparisons with Stevie Nicks-style Fleetwood-Mac aren’t just lazy journalism in the year of a new tour by the veterans, who have a 35th-anniversary edition of “Rumours.”
Haim covers the fellow West-Coast-based group’s “Hold Me,” and rather well as it turns out. There are also echoes of Janis Joplin and some splashy guitar that would do Bob Seeger or Tom Petty proud.
Azealia Banks has also yet to release an album but her sets at the Governors Ball in New York and Glastonbury showed that the hit “212” will be far from the best thing on “Broke With Expensive Taste,” due later this year.
The wonderful Fatoumata Diawara from Mali also sounded great at Glasto, even though we hadn’t a clue what the words meant. Her CD “Fatou” helpfully includes translated lyrics.
Many people will already know of the new Adele. Her first name is really Adele, though she uses the rest of her name Emeli Sande.
For someone who’s only been going a couple of years, Sande has a lot of poise.
She comes teetering on in her big heels and higher Mohican hair and has the chutzpah to open her shows with maybe her best known song, “Heaven.” Oh, the confidence of a 26-year-old with the world at your feet. She keeps “Next to Me” for an encore.
Those who have missed out on the shows can catch up with the primer “Live at the Albert Hall.” It’s another parallel with Adele, who also did a live recording there.
In a little over a year, the former medical student has played the opening and closing shows of the Olympics, got married and had Britain’s biggest selling record, “Our Version of Events,” which is now available with extra tracks.
The commitment and quality of Eileen Rose’s performance last month at the Green Note in Camden, London, was the equal to any of the above shows. She was on a short European tour, playing to mainly small and packed venues, some of which presumably could have sold out many times over.
Roses’s “Shine Like It Does” was a stunning start in 2000 and she has hardly put a foot wrong since. It’s slightly beyond comprehension that someone this talented isn’t mega famous.
She’s moved to Nashville from Boston and teamed with the impressive guitarist, Legendary Rich Gilbert. In the show’s interval, the duo happily chatted with fans and signed their new CD, “Be Many Gone,” which has a warm, country flavor. It’s been on sale at gigs with general release soon.
Rating for all: ****.
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(Mark Beech writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)
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