Why spring 2024 could be the biggest diva season in pop history — from Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to Billie Eilish – New York Post

Why spring 2024 could be the biggest diva season in pop history — from Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to Billie Eilish – New York Post

Chuck Arnold


Beyond April showers, it’s raining pop divas this spring.

Since Ariana Grande kicked off the season atop the Billboard 200 with “Eternal Sunshine” — marking what was then the biggest opening week for any album in 2024 — while simultaneously landing a No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 with her current single “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love),” it’s one boss lady after another running the music game.

Indeed, before we even got to April Fool’s Day, we were also flipping our lace front wigs to new albums from Kacey Musgraves (“Deeper Well”) and, of course, Beyoncé (“Cowboy Carter”). And in the coming weeks, we will fall in love with the latest LPs from Taylor Swift (“The Tortured Poets Department”, released April 19) and Dua Lipa (“Radical Optimism”, due May 3).

As if that wasn’t enough to make us lick our lipstick, this week Billie Eilish – fresh off a Grammy for Song of the Year and an Oscar for Best Original Song for her ballad “Barbie” “What Was I Made For?” — announced that she will join the spring rush of pop’s leading ladies with her third studio album, “Hit Me Hard and Soft,” released May 17.

Kacey Musgraves and Beyoncé formed a country-pop combo at the 2024 Grammys ahead of their album release in March. Getty Images for Recording Academy
“Barbie” singers Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa reunited at the 2024 Grammys, where the former won song of the year. Getty Images for Recording Academy

Forget that total solar eclipse — the lineup of A-list starlets roaming our galaxy in female training is truly unprecedented.

In fact, with this half-dozen women boasting 31 No. 1 hits and an impressive total of 67 Grammys, this is shaping up to be the greatest diva season in pop history.

Certainly, Grande, Musgraves and Ms. Carter have already delivered three of the best sets of 2024, a trio of LPs that are sure to make the year-end Top 10 – and are already strong contenders for Album of the Year nominations. year at the 2025 Grammys.

Four years after “Positions,” Grande — who released six LPs between 2013 and 2020 — returned from her unusually long album hiatus with the shimmering sumptuousness (and brilliant vocal arrangements) of “Eternal Sunshine.”

Like Grande, Musgraves — topping “I Remember Everything,” her chart-topping duet with Zach Bryan — landed the coveted musical guest spot on “Saturday Night Live” last month. And following her previous album, 2021’s “Star-Crossed,” the country-pop darling returned to more vibrant territory on “Deeper Well.”

After a four-year hiatus, Ariana Grande returned with the shimmering sumptuousness of “Eternal Sunshine.” Katia Temkin/Universal
Beyoncé’s country opus “Cowboy Carter” was released to rave reviews and record streams on March 29. Beyoncé / Instagram

Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s country opus “Cowboy Carter” was the undisputed record of the 2024 event. Released to rave reviews (including mine) and smashing streams on March 29, the ambitious album lassoing the biggest opening of the year in his list. debuted on the Billboard 200 this week.

“Cowboy Carter,” the early favorite to ultimately win Bey the Grammy for Album of the Year, also made Queen B the first black woman to reign on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while simultaneously occupying the top three spots on the Hot Country Songs chart – led by his No. 1 single “Texas Hold ‘Em.”

The bar has been set high for Swift, but after the Empress of the Times just won a record-breaking fourth album Grammy for “Midnights” in February, are there any doubts about what she’s capable of when ” The Tortured Poets Department” will be released next week. ?

Taylor Swift won her fourth Album of the Year Grammy for “Midnights” in February. Getty Images for Recording Academy
Billie Eilish attended Vanity Fair’s Oscar party after winning her second Oscar for Best Original last month. AFP via Getty Images

Likewise, Eilish has been on a seemingly unstoppable run as the most important artist of her generation since the release of her influential debut album “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” five years ago – when she was 17.

It seems that Lipa is having the hardest time following this competition. Her first two singles from “Radical Optimism,” “Houdini” and “Training Session” failed to crack the Top 10, but it wasn’t long ago that she was there with her bop “Barbie” “Dance the Night”. »

Either way, there’s no doubt that in this diva season, the pop patriarchy has been toppled.

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