How Do Musicians Learn to Improvise Songs?

When a musicians improvises, they let their creativity lead. They experiment with rhythm, melody, and learn to play by ear to create a unique, raw solo. Musical improvisation is done on the spot, but it’s a skill that comes with rules and requires practice.


Whether you’re a guitarist, pianist, singer, or songwriter; learning to improvise will make you a more rounded musician. Read on for a comprehensive guide on how to learn to improvise, whatever your level or field of music. 

What does it mean to improvise music? 

Musical improvisation is the technical term for when singers or musicians create/change music on the spot without any planning or preparation beforehand. 

Also known as musical extemporization, there are several ways an artist can improvise. A singer can change the lyrics, harmonies, or rhythms during their performance and an instrumentalist can alter notes, rhythm, and add riffs. 

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Musical improvisation 

Improvising can sometimes seem daunting, as it’s hard to know where to start. But as long as you follow the basic rules and keep it simple, you can’t go far wrong if you follow your creativity and let yourself just go with it.  

Why is musical improvisation important? 

Improvisation might sound like a last resort; something an artist would do if their performance went slightly off track and they had to cover up a mistake. But improvisation is actually a really valuable skill in the music industry and doesn’t deserve the bad rep it sometimes gets 

Musical improvisation has lots of important merits, for example: 

  • It draws out self-expression and emotion. 
  • It encourages creativity.
  • Everyone – including those who can’t read music very well – gets an equal chance to create and perform. 
  • It puts your own stamp on songs/musical pieces. 
  • It helps you explore your voice and ability, which means you can find who you are as a musician.

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Musical improvisation songs 

Improvisation isn’t just something amateur musicians use; even the biggest names in the music industry have improvised when performing – and creating – their tracks.  

These ten songs were written on the spot in around ten minutes by iconic popstars: 

1 .The Cave by Mumford and Sons 

2. Photograph by Ed Sheeran

3. Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

4.Yesterday by The Beatles 

5. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth

6. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns and Roses 

7. Just Dance by Lady Gaga 

8. Skyfall by Adele 

9. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes 

10. All Falls Down by Kanye West 

Learning to improvise 

The whole point of improvisation is to be free and spontaneous – so it might seem strange that you have to learn how to improvise. But improvising is a skill and takes even the best of musicians a bit of time and practice to learn.  

To improvise, you’ll need to tune into your musical imagination and be prepared to go with the flow – even if you sound a bit silly at first.  

You’ll need to learn how to “play by ear”; something you can do by learning the basics on your instrument and then learning some creativity-inducing exercises. 

How do you improvise? 

If you’re new to musical improvisation, it can be hard to know where to start with a spontaneous solo.  

You don’t have to go completely rouge; there are 3 basic guidelines you can keep coming back to whenever you improvise to give your solo a bit of structure: 

  1. Repeat notes and short patterns during your solo 
  2. Don’t feel like you have to play a note on every beat – experiment with holding notes and changing the dynamics 
  3. Don’t overplay; incorporate spaces and breaks in your solo 

How to Find Your Unique Sound as a Singer

As an artist looking to make a career out of music Sound , it is very tempting to fall into the trap of copying your idols. After all, why wouldn’t you want to emulate a musical style and sound that is proven to sell millions of records? However, finding your signature sound is a much better longterm strategy.


The world already has a Billie Eilish, a Shawn Mendes and a Drake – and their fans are unlikely to be interested in their lesser-known clone.  So, how do you discover your unique voice to set you apart from the competition? 

How to find your singing style 

Music fans don’t want to keep hearing the same old style of singer or artist time after time, they want something that is going to make them sit up and go ‘wow! This is really different’. This is why so many record labels are scouting through Spotify looking for unique sounding artists to sign.

Although labels will be looking at streaming numbers and follower counts, one of the things they look for the most is an artist who offers something a little bit different. Someone who sounds like they would fit in with the modern charts, but who is also instantly recognisable and who sounds like no other. This is no mean feat, but if you want success in the music industry, you must identify what your USP is. 

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How important is authenticity in music?

I’d probably be right in guessing that your musical idols are also likely to be authentic – you probably sense that they are creating music which they love and you can personally identify with that artist. It is this connection with artists that draws us into their music. If you can fuse uniqueness and authenticity as an artist, then you are already halfway there.  

Fans are more likely to be drawn to you if you are authentically you. If you are a copy of another artist, that doesn’t tell the fans who you really are and then you lose that connection from the outset. You need to be yourself. If you are yourself then people will be able to identify with you more and will want to learn more about YOU, the artist.  

How to find your sound as an artist

So what is ‘being unique’ all about? Well, it usually involves having an instantly recognisable singing voice, a unique musical style that pushes the boundaries or which combines one or more genres, and/or a unique image. The challenge is being unique whilst also being marketable at the same time. 

If you want to be as big as Ariana Grande, then you’ll need to strike that fine balance between developing your unique sound, but also offering something that is universally familiar and marketable.  

Let’s take a look at some of the steps you can take to find your own sound as an artist: 

#1 Create a signature sound by working with a producer 

Music Producers are often known for their signature sounds as much as the artists they produce, but they are also brilliant at taking your raw musical ideas and turning them into a polished record. Good, skilled producers are often well versed on chart trends and musical styles and will be able to help you create your own sound based on your influences and ideas.

#2 What makes a musician unique? 

As musicians, we are all influenced by the artists we love. They are probably the reason why we wanted to become artists in the first place. And being influenced by your favourite artists is totally fine….it’s healthy and it helps you work out what kind of music you want to create.

Being influenced by other artists without imitating 

Be inspired and influenced but don’t imitate those artists. Success as an unknown clone will be unlikely! You can strike this balance by creating music in a similar genre, but don’t try to imitate the vocal phrasing or styling of the singer and don’t write songs with the same chords, similar melodies, lyrical themes, and definitely don’t try and imitate their voice!  

#3 Don’t be afraid to experiment and do something different 

It can be daunting doing something different, but if you manage to pull it off, it can really help you develop your unique sound and bring in those fans. Doing something different in music could mean a whole range of things, but the most effective approaches could be using really unique effects on your vocals, or writing a song that has an unconventional structure, or doing what Billie Eilish did on ‘Bury a Friend’ and sample a Dentist’s drill to be used in place of a lead synth.

Think outside of the box. What would sound interesting and unique that hasn’t been heard before? There are endless possibilities.  

#4 Make the music YOU want to make, not what you think will sell 

This is incredibly important. Mainstream success in the music industry is ridiculously hard to achieve, and you won’t get there if you are not authentic. Plus, this could be your full-time job, your career – do you really want to be creating music that you don’t love? But, more importantly, fans can see right through fakeness.

#5 Listen to all types of music 

If you’re struggling a bit with ideas for creating a unique sound, try listening to other genres of music that you wouldn’t usually listen to. This can be really inspiring and can give you an insight into how different genres are produced. In fact, the most successful artists of today tend to fuse multiple genres together to create that ‘unique’ sound I’ve been talking about.

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#6 Write about personal experiences 

How to write a song from the heart

What you ultimately want to achieve as an artist is creating an emotional connection in the songs you write and in the way you perform them. Emotional performances are powerful and it is what your listeners will connect to the most as they can apply their own personal experiences to the lyrics in your songs. So rather than sitting down and writing a song about going to the club and putting your body on another body, try writing about a key moment in your life, or about a strong emotion you have felt.

#7 Work with a vocal coach 

Think of your voice like a fingerprint; you have a vocal tone that is uniquely yours. But it’s easy to fall into bad habits and sing like the artists we hear in the charts. An effective way of bringing out your own unique singing style is to work with a qualified vocal coach.

Finally…. do it for the love of music 

It’s worth mentioning that you should be in music for the love of it. Not only will it help you connect more with fans, but it will make it a much more enjoyable experience for you. It’s a fiercely competitive industry with so many talented musicians who are desperate to do this as a career. In the early days of an artist’s career it can be a challenge to earn any decent money from your music, but see it as an investment in you and your music ‘business’.


Trademarking Your Artist Name as a Singer

Trademarking your artist name as a singer or musician is worth considering. Especially if you’re going places in the industry. It gives you the exclusive right to create, record and release music in that name. This protects your brand and prevents duplicates.


Trademarking your artist name as a singer or musician

The music industry is a business. As such, if you’re ‘trading’ in the music industry, you may decide to register the right to use your business name. This protects your brand, which is especially useful if another singer comes along and tries to steal your thunder.

Or if someone pretends to be you. It means you also have the right to your name on social media and on websites – meaning you can campaign to have any duplicates that arise, shut down. If you do go ahead, you’ll be able to use the ® symbol next to your name to show that it’s trademarked.  

Trademarking is similar to copyright in that it’s about rights. But trademarks must be registered. Whereas copyright is automatically granted to the creator or owner of an original piece of work. Copyright protects artistic works, whereas trademarking applies to all industries.

And copyright lasts a lifetime whether or not the creator is still active in that field. However, the registered owner of a trademark must continue to use the name and brand, to be eligible to maintain registration. 

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Do you need to trademark your artist name? 

No. It is not compulsory to do so and many artists never do so. However, if you’re serious about a recording career and have your sights set on big success in the music industry, it may be a good idea. If you don’t and someone else comes along after you and trademarks the same name as yours, they may be able to stop you using your name to make music.

If you’ve already had thousands of downloads and garnered hundreds of followers on each social media channel, this is a problem. You may be made to stop using your name and fans will struggle to find you.  

So if you do decide to trademark your name, the sooner you do it the better. Depending on your name a duplicate scenario may be unlikely though. We’ll take a look at who should and shouldn’t be trademarking their name, shortly.  

Can two music artists have the same name? 

Yes. There’s nothing to stop this. But therein lies the problem. Imagine plugging away for years, building up and reputation and following, only to find another musician arrives on the scene with the same name. This would confuse your fans and may result in them being redirected to the other musician’s tracks and ticket sales. Worse still, if they act inappropriately, or offend influential people in the music industry, you may be tarred with the bad reputation too.  

You may have heard about actors having to change their name because someone else was already registered with the same one. This is because the British actors union, Equity, only allows one registration by each name. So if yours is already taken by a living member, you must create a new one to join.

But this is not the case for the Musicians’ Union, as not all members are working in the same field or genre. It doesn’t matter if you, as a rock singer, have the same name as a cellist for example.  

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Should an artist trademark their name? 

If you’re considering trademarking your name, here are the factors to take into account when making the decision.  

  1. Are you planning a high profile career by yourself? If, for example, you gig on a part-time basis and teach music the rest of the time, it may not be worth the hassle and outlay. 
  2. Are you a solo artist, or part of a band? If you’re part of a group, is it worth trademarking your name as an individual? Similarly, if your band is taking off, you should think about trademarking the band.  
  3. Can you afford it? There will be fees involved, which we’ll explain further into the article. 
  4. How unique is your name? If you have a super unusual name and self-manage a relatively low profile career, it’s probably not necessary.  
  5. Do you sell merch, have a domain name, and big streaming/album sales? If so, you need to protect your overall brand, of which name is a part. So a trademark is sensible. 
  6. What’s your role? If you’re a bassist in a band or a session guitarist, it may not be relevant to trademark your own name. Not all working musicians operate as a business brand in the way a solo artist or pop band would do.  

Trademark database – how to check if a business name is trademarked  

Before you can trademark your name, check if it’s already taken. The UK government website has a search tool for trademarks. As well as checking here, it’s worth researching whether any other – non-trademarked – artists are operating in your name. They may not have a copyright. But if they’re already out there and prolific in music, it may be worth changing your name to avoid confusion. When searching, also check similar spellings to yours (ie. Katy and Katie, Girls and Girlz). 


What are Record Labels Looking for in 2020?

To be discovered and singed as a singer, you need to generate some organic buzz around you that will grab a label’s attention. If you have aspirations of headlining Glastonbury festival one day you have got to begin building a fanbase for  yourself.


Let’s take a quick look at why singers want to be signed and learn what record labels are looking for in 2020 to give you the best chance of being discovered.

Record labels looking for artists

A good record label executive can be instrumental in kick-starting your career. These talent scouts will want to pick you up if they love your music and they believe you have potential to make it big.

Record labels are always looking for new talent and they have the resources to open up doors to potentially life changing opportunities. Being discovered will take you to heights that simply cannot be achieved alone.

What does a record label do?

Experienced record labels will be able to develop a long-term strategy to develop and nurture you as an artist. They will know how to turn you into a successful brand, and build a team around you. They’ll also take care of the planning and business aspects, so you can focus on music.

If you want to know how to become a famous singer, there are many ways to be discovered. It could be online or at a show. You might already even be on someone’s radar.

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What are the major record labels?

How to get signed to a record label

How do singers become famous? First and foremost if you want to know how to get discovered as a singer, quite possibly the most important thing to have is a love for singing and a passion to want to do it full-time. You should want to express yourself through music, and love doing it.

Music is one of the greatest art forms, and as long as you have a passion to share your voice with the world then you are on the right track for success. Most importantly you’ve got to want to make this your career.

Record labels and artists

If you want to know how to be a successful singer, you have to think about what makes you different. What separates you from the millions of other singers out there? These are the questions you may have to ask yourself. It’s a tough industry and record labels will want to sign singers that are special. Aim to communicate your own artistic voice, and find your own unique sound and style.

The music industry is always on the lookout for the next big thing. But talent scouts will avoid taking any risks with money and resources on the line. Knowing how to get discovered as a singer means that you need to think like a record label.

Here are song ways to get a record label’s attention.

#1 Write great songs

Music managers are looking for singers with talent. We all know this; it’s the reason why shows like ours, The  X-Factor, TeenStar and The Voice exist. An amazing ability to sing is an obvious requirement. But it’s not a deal-breaker. A dream signing for a manager or record label is a singer who can write hits.

You don’t want to be a one-hit-wonder and a quick flash in the pan. Maintaining a career in music is just as hard as breaking into it. If you can write great songs and you have a distinctive original sound you’re far more likely to be discovered as a singer.

#2 Perform with confidence

At one point in time, every singer has had to experience what it’s like to perform in front of an awkward and unresponsive crowd. People are often quick to judge live, and you’ve got to learn how to engage with a crowd through channelling your own charisma into the performance.

People go to shows to be entertained and this is very important to remember. If a crowd is uninterested, people start thinking they might want to be spending their time elsewhere. Prevent this from happening by owning the stage and having a good time with the crowd.

#3 Demonstrate good business sense

If you are able to demonstrate an understanding of sales, promotion and marketing then you show to a potential team that you are clued up with the business side of things. Music professionals will respect this and will be keen to work with those that understand the business model in the music industry.

Want to know what it takes to get a record deal? Your success will depend on your popularity and your ability to sell records, merchandise and tickets to shows. Knowing this will help show to those interested in working with you that you are on the same wavelength.

#4 Build a fan base

Record labels don’t want to take any risks when signing artists. The reason is because if things don’t go to plan, they might lose lots of money. You have got to try and think from their perspective. Labels want to sign singers who already have fans- ones that are ready to pay for music and queue up to see live performances.

Labels and managers must see enough potential in your music to be willing to invest the time and resources into building your career on the basis that you will eventually make them money. With this in mind, perhaps it’s time to learn how to leverage your fan base and create a demand. What you present to the world has got to have value.

#5 Get yourself out there

To get on people’s radar you need to be brave and present yourself to the world – both at live shows and also online. Music streaming statistics on digital platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, as well as view counts on YouTube are the key indicators talent scouts look at to measure an artist’s growing popularity. Most singers are discovered either performing live or through building online hype.

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#6 Invest in quality content

Focus on creating engaging visual content and and quality studio recordings to enable your music to reach its for potential for online success. To generate a buzz around yourself as an artist you need to get people talking.

#7 Keep your fans excited

Everyone knows building strong social media platforms is instrumental to success. But let’s take it one step further. It’s not just about being present on social media with regular posts. Knowing how to be a famous singer means you will have to engage with your audience in a way that keeps you on their mind, and keeps people excited.

#8 Network and build contacts

Networking is essential for building new relationships. I firmly believe that people do want to help each other succeed. And people will always prefer to help those they like and have established good relationships with. If you have a great attitude, you’re friendly, polite, charming and fun to be around you’ll have no problem making music industry contacts.

#9 Persevere

Throughout the course of your musical journey you are likely to face some criticism. But the last thing you want to do is let it knock your confidence. It helps to accept that not everyone will like your music or voice. Even the biggest artists on the planet have haters. You won’t be able to please everyone, but if you can accept this then you will not let negativity affect you.

Taking the next step

The music industry is always on the lookout for the next big thing. But talent scouts will avoid taking any risks with money and resources on the line. Knowing how to get discovered as a singer means that you need to think like a record label.


10 Best Sing-Along Songs 2020 | Catchy Song Playlist

Whether you’re an emerging artist or just love singing in the shower, you can’t beat a catchy tune. Sing-along style songs are generally best for beginners as they’re simple to grasp with a clear melody that can be copied without too much effort.


In this article we’ll be revealing some of the best new releases you can join in with at home, including everything from ballads, to novelty songs, to dance tunes.  

So which artists are trending and making a splash this year? 

  1. Lewis Capaldi. Scotland’s own funny guy, he has a cracking voice and some killer tunes which will feature in our list.  
  2. Billie Eilish. The US teen has a unique, soft style that has taken the industry by storm. Tunes penned with her brother Finneas are climbing the charts.  
  3. Stormzy. Most of the South London rappers songs are tricky for those trying to nail a simple topline, but he’s well worth adding to your listening list.  
  4. Dua Lipa. One to watch, she’s a hot new star that’s dazzling the world.  
  5. Eminem. The rapper’s back with a bestselling album. As per Stormzy, rap isn’t the easiest genre to copy, but some of Slim Shady’s toplines are very hummable.  

Catchy songs to sing along to

Songwriters know how to make a song catchy. There are a few components needed including:  

  • A great beat 
  • Repetition, especially in the chorus 
  • Alliteration in the lyrics (using the same consonants to create a rhythmic or poetic feel) 
  • A hook, riff or passage that catches the ear of the listener 
  • Emotion. People connect to feelings and messages As you’ll see as you read (and listen) through our list, there’s a theme emerging in 2020 already. Catchy, fun and light beat-filled pop tunes are mostly ruling the roost on streaming sites like Spotify just now. We predict more of this to come, and for a flourish of happy, feel-good tunes as this year continue.  

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Best sing along songs

#1 Stupid Love by Lady Gaga  

Here’s one from the queen of catchy, Lady Gaga. An enormously versatile performer and vocalist, some of her big ballads are more challenging, but this up-tempo number is bound to have you singing – and dancing – along. She’s been busy and high profile in 2020, organising the recently broadcast One World: Together at Home as a tribute to health and key workers everywhere. It’s a masterclass in the video link and virtual performances – so if you haven’t yet had a chance, do take a look.  

#2 Adore You by Harry Styles  

1D nailed catchy tunes and Harry Styles is still making waves in his own right as a solo artist. Don’t expect anything too groundbreaking from him. He continues to release easy listening pop numbers that don’t tax the voice, ideal for new vocalists and those who want something carefree to sing around the house or in the car.  

#3 I Dare You by Kelly Clarkson  

If you’re in need of a hope-filled, uplifting 2020 pop anthem, this is it. Repetition in songs makes them easy to join in and learn. This tune from Kelly (another artist who made her name in a singing contest – American Idol) features a straightforward chorus that you’ll pick up straight away. And you might just feel a little better after doing so.  

#4 What A Man Gotta Do by the Jonas Brothers 

This is a such a cute, feel-good song released by the US group in January, as the chief song for their sixth studio album and was performed live at the Grammys. In a heartwarming step, the guys chose to use their own wives in the video instead of actresses which makes us love them all the more. 

#5 Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish 

If you don’t yet have much of a vocal range, or great power, or technique, Billie’s songs are a great place to start. She and her brother Finneas create uber-cool, contemporary tunes that are left-field yet catchy. 

#6 Let’s Fall in Love for the Night by Finneas 

As we’ve just mentioned Finneas, here’s his recent release that premiered on March 19th. It’s a little less off-piste than the work he creates with his sister so unlikely to gain as much acclaim and hype. But it’s a chilled singalong number well-worth checking out and we’re sure that Finneas will carve out a high profile music career alongside his sibling’s songs.  

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#7 Before You Go by Lewis Capaldi  

While Lewis’ amazing husky tones sound incredible, his songs are great to sing along to, even if you can’t match his unique vocals. Lots of YouTube music videos are available with lyrics, making it even easier to sing along to your favourite tunes and learn the lyrics. He’s a reliable go-to for emotional ballads that blow away every audience.  

#8 Weird Times by Oscar Welsh  

If you want to catch a singer on the up, follow Oscar. The Suffolk based teen is getting noticed fast and has written a melodious tune that sums up the current feelings of the nation. It may be an indie track, but we predict we’ll see more of Welsh on the mainstream soon. Start singing his new tunes before everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. 

#9 Physical by Dua Lipa 

Back in the day, Olivia Newton-John released a catchy track by the same name. This contemporary take on that title is every bit as toe-tapping and has a super simple topline. The tune sits very comfortably in the mid-register, so you won’t strain your voice singing along to Dua Lipa’s latest hit. Get twice the benefit by using this as your daily workout, while singing. Be sure to breathe deeply to keep up the pace and support your voice.  

#10 Boyfriend by Mabel 

Mabel and Dua Lipa hit the music industry at around the same time and are rising stars right now. Both deliver catchy dancey tunes. This is another mid to low register tune that’s perfect to singalong if you haven’t got higher notes or a belt quality in your grasp.  


Is it Harder for Females to Make it into the Pop Industry?

Statistics consistently show that it’s harder for females to make it into the pop industry. Real-life stories from stars like Ariana Grande and Mabel reveal the huge gender gap in pop. But female singers shouldn’t be disheartened, as female empowerment in music is on the rise. 


It’s not just female vocalists who face hurdles trying to launch their singing career, but the odds are less in their favour. Hitting it big as a female artist can be hard, but it’s far from impossible. Knowing what you’re up against is the best way to beat sexism and join the surge of female empowerment in pop. 

Male to female ratio in music industry

It might seem like you hear female musicians on the radio all the time. But in 2019, the Inclusion in the Recording Studio report revealed the sheer size of the gender gap in music. Female singers only make up 21.7% of artists, and only 12.3% of songwriters are women.  

It’s estimated that there are four male singers to every one female singer.  

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Male vs female musicians 

Female singers appear to be doing really well at the moment. Billie Eilish was recently signed to record the new Bond theme tune and Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” has been in the charts for 32 weeks and counting. However looks can be deceiving.  

Women singers seem to have gained precedence in music and feature in mainstream music more than in the past. But statistics on the BBC actually reveal that the number of female singers doing well in music is no different now to what it was 12 years ago.  

In 2008, 30 female artists featured on the best-selling songs of the year. In 2018, that figure didn’t go up – it remained the same. But in the same year, male pop singers were three times as successful. 90 male singers featured on the top 100 most popular songs in 2018, leaving female artists in the shadows.  

History of sexism in the music industry 

The growing #MeToo movement has shone a light on sexism in the music industry. The gender gap may be closing, but there’s a long way to go before female singers are recognised for their talent. Women have a harder time releasing new tracks and sadly, history shows sexism goes deeper than chart ratings.  

Iggy Azalea

In a 2014 radio interview with Hot 97, Iggy Azalea opened up about how fans have tried to sexually assault her at her gigs. She revealed that fans take the lyrics of her songs as an invitation to make advances on her.  

Her ordeal was made light of by the radio hosts, however. They brushed over the seriousness of her sexual assault claims to instead talk about the “puffiness of her butt.” Watch the interview here. 


In 2016, #FreeKesha started circulating on social media. The TiK ToK singer had launched a case against her producer Dr. Luke in 2014, claiming he had physically and mentally abused her. Despite her claims, the court ruled she had to remain in her contract with the producer.

Support from fans and fellow musicians erupted online, but the case is still ongoing today.  

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Diversity in the music industry Music consumption by gender

The term “glass ceiling” refers to the barrier to success (which is sometimes invisible) that women face in their careers.  It is coined from a theory by Marilyn Loden, a diversity advocate, almost 40 years ago. Modernday pop is often slammed as having a glass ceiling and a lack of diversity. 

Female singers are often faced by the glass ceiling when they try to break into the pop music industry. This isn’t due to competition from male pop singers; it’s down to the overwhelming expectations and pressure that’s put on female pop stars.  

Female singers are typically expected to be more eclectic than male artists; they have to incorporate lots of different styles, genres, and ambiences into their music to stay popular and relevant.

That’s not to say that male singers don’t face pressures too, but it’s often more acceptable for artists like Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth to produce back-to-back hits in the same style than their female counterparts. 

Who dominates the music industry? 


Pop and R&B singer Mabel argues that getting into pop is much harder for females. Talking to the BBC, she explained: “as women, we get moulded into something that we don’t necessarily want to be, whereas as a boy I think you’re encouraged to just sort of figure it out and do whatever you want to do. I think it’s just about encouraging the younger generations to have fun with it.” 

Dua Lipa

Grammy award winner Dua Lipa has experienced first-hand how hard it can be for female artists to get acknowledged. “For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured,” she said in an interview with GQ“For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar.  

How bad is the music industry? 

Sexism was the hot topic of debate after the 2018 Grammy’s. When only one female artist walked away with an award during the entire event, the #GrammysSoMale thread exploded.  

This wasn’t a one-off occurrence; female singers are typically less likely to be recognised with an award in the music industry. At the Grammys, only 10% of the nominees were female between 2013 and 2019. That means 90% of the 899 nominees during that time period were male. 

The percentage was even lower than that for women singers nominated for album or single of the year.  

When challenged with these statistics, former Recording Academy president Neil Portnow responded: “Women need to step up because I think they would be welcome.”