The Lights

 

Welcome to a tour of the highs (and some lows) of 21st century pop music by women.

  1. Introduction
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Beyoncé and Alicia Keys
  4. Avril Lavigne
  5. Gwen Stefani
  6. Rihanna
  7. Amy Winehouse and Adele
  8. Katy Perry
  9. Lady Gaga
  10. Nicki Minaj
  11. Epilogue

Also featured:

  • Madonna (Introduction)
  • Michael Jackson (Introduction, Chapter 3)
  • Lana Del Rey (Chapter 2)
  • Christina Aguilera (Chapter 2)
  • Janelle Monae (Chapter 3)
  • Emeli Sandé (Chapter 3)
  • P!nk (Chapter 4)
  • Kelly Clarkson (Chapter 4)
  • Nelly Furtado (Chapter 5)
  • Fergie (Chapter 5)
  • Florence Welch (Chapter 7)
  • Ellie Goulding (Chapter 7)
  • Charli XCX (Chapter 7)
  • Neon Hitch (Chapter 7)
  • Jessie J (Chapter 7)
  • M.I.A (Chapter 7)
  • Lily Allen (Chapter 7)
  • Marina and the Diamonds (Chapter 8)
  • Kesha (Chapter 9)
  • David Bowie (Chapter 9)
  • Prince (Chapter 9)
  • Iggy Azalea (Chapter 10)
  • Cardi B (Chapter 10)
  • Dua Lipa (Epilogue)
  • Taylor Swift (Epilogue)
  • Ariana Grande (Epilogue)
  • Sia (Epilogue)
  • Demi Lovato (Epilogue)
  • Selena Gomez (Epilogue)
  • Miley Cyrus (Epilogue)
  • Shakira (Epilogue)
  • Jennifer Lopez (Epilogue)
  • Camila Cabello (Epilogue)
  • Walt Whitman (Epilogue)
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Lady Gaga

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