For me, celine, mariah, madonna and whitney will be the remaining women to be recognized as legends still.
For the newer generation, rihanna will be considered a legend because in best selling music artists, she's already second to madonna (i know its unfair how units sold are counted these days but it is what it is now) and might prolly outsold madonna too. And i just want to point out that i consider rihanna a legend and not taylor who is next to her in terms of units sold is because there's a huge gap between the sales so Rihanna is like the new Madonna. Also, her records are usually second to Madonna. And she has 14 #1 singles in the us billboard hot 100.
Second is Justin Bieber. I see a good future for this young singer, already breaking records at a very young age. He might be mentioned along with michael jackson name as child prodigies. He is like a combination of mj and prince becaise like mj, justin is the top male artist of today and like prince, justin can write and play several instrumentst. And because he's already big and still very young, longevity is pretty much locked in. Because of his age, having one failed album is not gonna destroy his music career. People are usually focusing more on the mistakes/cpntroversies that he wnet through that they ignore that the guy can sing, can write songs, can play instruments and has been very successful since the start of his music career. Justin just needs to sell more units so his legendary status will not be questioned and i know he can. But if im wrong, then i myslef will question his legendary status in the future.
Beyonce is not going to be a legend, at least in my standards. Eventhough units wise she is being edged out by taylor, katy and lady gaga, beyonce songs are more likely to be played and sung in the future especially in singing contests, and she has been recognized to be a great performer, being the third female to have the best selling tour , bigger networth and most of all, has won a lot of grammys.
Beyonce does not deserve to be called a legend one day because after 50 years, eventhough she can dance, her big voice will be compared to the voice trinity which she doesnt stand a chance, her units sold will be compared which a lot fo female artists have outsold her, her networth may be bigger than her batch and the newer batch of music artists, but still small compared to the big 4 (i dont know whitney's networth but i think its comparable to either celines or mariahs). Her best selling tour is only third so most people even do not pay attention mich on who is second on things, how much more for just being third, and she may jave won a lot of grammys but we have multiple award giving bodies. But at least grammy awards is one of the most popular/known award giving bodies so some people might consider checking who has won more grammys. But again, with regards to top 1 singles, top 10 hits, top 20 hits, Rihanna has more than Beyonce. I, not sure though when it comes to comparing taylor swift, lady gaga and katy perry.
And again units sold, aside from the big 4, taylor, lady gaga, katy perry, barbra streisand and even janet and britney have sold more than beyonce. So not a chance.
For Taylor Swift, i think she will be considered a legend because her music and image is different from the others. But for now, she has to outsell the voice trinity so i can call her a legend. Can she?
Britney, katy and lady gaga are kinda in the footsteps of Madonna and they cannot surpass Madonna, not even Rihanna. That's why Rihanna gets the recognition.
As for Janet, huge thanks for being a michael jackson sibling because it also helped her popularity. like people remember her because she is the younger sister of mj. And as i said on another thread, we only have big 4 and not big 5 because the big 4 have something thay edges out the other.
I really cannot consider Janet as one of the big 5 especially that unit sales are just too low. A lot, like a lot of female singers have outsold her. And releasing music during those times should of help her sell a lot. But she was only in the music scene, not really breaking records. Barbra may have multiple outstanding achievements but it was heard well in the usa. Other parts of the world, she's not really known eventhough she sold a lot more than Janet is more known in the world than Barbra, especially that Janet is MJs sister.
For Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, yes they're pretty doing well. Ed may be doing well in album sales but he hasnt really proved to be a consistent huge album seller. So lets wait for the current and his next album if he can maintain a good album sales numbers, because Adele has already proven herself. Bruno may have sold more than 100 million units in just 3 or albums but his age could give us a hint that his popularity might not stay very long .
For Adele, being the biggest album seller by a huge difference against other artists, will sadly not matter anymore because after 50 years, people will usually just see who are the best-selling artists of all time and people will see celine, mariah, madonna, whitney and rihanna first before her name.
But she can still become one for as long as she stays consistent with sales especially album sales , for her next 4 albums. I however don think she can especially that she releases albums like every 3-4 years. At her peak, Adele should be releasing albums like every after 1 1/2 years and release a xmas album. It's the best time for her to take advantage of her popularity now or else, she wont outsell the voice trinity. So if she eill not be able to, what will make her special then, especially that the voice trinity have bigger voices.
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