Cardi B’s rambunctious
spirit and brave tongue garnered instant online popularity, rapidly increasing her fan base. She
has evolved into an entertainer and actress and a renowned rapper in just a short time. Cardi
has also risen to rap success and fame, releasing her debut studio album, the 3x platinum,
GRAMMY ® Award winning, “Invasion Of Privacy” in 2018. Cardi B continues to be at the top of her
game – she became the first woman with five simultaneous Top 10 hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Chart as well as the first female rapper with four Billboard Hot 100 #1s. Now a GRAMMY ® Award
winning rap superstar, Cardi B released her 3x Platinum selling debut album “Invasion Of
Privacy,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and won Best Rap Album at the 2019
GRAMMY Awards. “Invasion Of Privacy” – includes the 9x RIAA platinum certified classic, “Bodak
Yellow,” alongside the 3x platinum certified smash, “Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage),” standout
favorites like 3x platinum certified “Be Careful” and 8x platinum certified “I Like It,”
featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and a spectacular lineup of featured appearances from Chance
The Rapper (Platinum certified “Best Life”), SZA (Platinum certified “I Do”), Kehlani (2x
Platinum certified “Ring”), Migos, and YG. Additionally, all 13 tracks on “Invasion Of Privacy”
have been RIAA certified Gold or higher – making Cardi the first female artist to achieve this
feat. At the top of 2018, Cardi released her single, “Money,” which is now certified 4x Platinum
as well as her second collaboration with labelmate Bruno Mars, 3x platinum certified “Please
Me.” Most recently, Cardi released her Platinum certified smash single “Press,” along with a
Gold certified feature on Ed Sheeran’s “South Of The Border (feat Camila Cabello).”
Breakout single, “Bodak Yellow,” which is now certified 9x platinum, had an astronomical rise – earning the coveted #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks, making Cardi B the first female rapper to reach #1 without any accompanying acts since Lauryn Hill in 1998.
Cardi B has been nominated for numerous prestigious awards including – 8 GRAMMY nominations, 9 AMAs, 8 BET Awards (2019 + 2020), 9 BET Hip-Hop Awards (2018), 10 VMAs, 7 Teen Choice Awards, 3 People’s Choice Awards, 7 BET Awards (2018), 1 Kid’s Choice Award, 2 BET Awards (2017). Cardi has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard, The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, People En Espanol, CR Fashion Book, i-D Magazine, The Fader, Vogue, and ELLE. Additionally, Cardi B was named on Forbes “30 Under 30” list and was recently named Billboard’s 2020 Woman Of The Year.
Since 2017, Cardi has made a seemingly unstoppable series of appearances and live events including Jimmy Kimmel Live in Brooklyn, the MTV VMA pre-show, BET Awards post show, BET Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – where she was the first ever co-host – the GRAMMY awards, The Ellen DeGeneres show, Saturday Night Live, the VMAS, and the AMAs to name a few.
Her recent release, “WAP (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” proved to be yet another record-breaking smash, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The blockbuster track, RIAA certified gold in its first week, has quickly broken multiple records including the highest streaming first week by a female artist, the highest streaming first week of 2020, and one of the top 3 hip-hop streaming debuts of all time. The record-breaking single extends Cardi B’s own record as the female rapper with the most Hot 100 #1s, now four songs with the inclusion of “WAP (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion).” The track also makes Cardi the first female rapper to have a #1 on the Hot 100 in two different decades, and the 3rd female rapper to debut at #1 on the Hot 100 as a lead artist. “WAP (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” affirmed Cardi B as one of Apple Music’s most popular artists of all time, earning the platform’s highest ever debut by a female artist as well as the fastest song in Apple Music history by a female artist to peak at #1. The track’s chart-topping success marks Cardi’s seventh #1 track at Apple Music – the most by any female artist in the service’s five-year history. What’s more, the track makes Cardi the first female rapper to have two songs hit #1 on the global Spotify chart with DJ Snake’s 3x Platinum “Taki Taki (with Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B)” and “WAP (Feat. Megan Thee Stallion).”
Cardi B now returns with her most recent release: “Up,” produced by DJ SwanQo & Young Dza.
Kelsea Ballerini has consistently made history. With the release of her debut album she became the only female country artist to hit #1 with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album, attaining her fifth #1 in four years with the newly certified double platinum “Miss Me More.” Her critically acclaimed sophomore album Unapologetically marked her second Top 5 debut on the Billboard Top 200. Her debut and sophomore albums have both been certified gold, and she has a career total of nine gold and platinum singles certifications and total streams exceeding 2 billion to date. Ballerini has garnered two GRAMMY® Award nominations, won two ACM Awards, took home the iHeartRadio Music Awards honor for “Best New Artist” and received multiple career nominations from the ACM Awards, American Music Awards, CMA Awards, CMT Awards and People’s Choice Award. The artist’s most recent 2020 studio albums kelsea and ballerini were met with critical praise including by NPR who said, “Kelsea Ballerini is definitely one of the most influential women in country right now… she’s defining the sound of the genre.” She has also been welcomed as the Grand Ole Opry's youngest current member.Read More
On the swaggering "Let Me
Reintroduce Myself," Gwen Stefani makes her stance clear: "I'm still the original, original me."
The line doesn't just feed into the single’s celebratory vibe—it's a perfect affirmation of the
California native's boundary-crushing life and career. There's no one quite like her. Throughout
it all, Stefani has remained original, a trendsetting music and fashion icon with an impressive
array of honors—three GRAMMY® Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, an
American Music Award, a Brit Award—not to mention a rainbow-hued body of work that exudes
optimism, openness, and empowerment.
Stefani has continued to challenge herself creatively. As the charismatic frontwoman of ska-punk heroes No Doubt, Stefani encouraged generations to demolish gender stereotypes via relevant-as-ever anthems like "Just a Girl." which rails against the unfair expectations the world puts on women. With the four-times platinum Love. Angel. Music. Baby., she reinvented herself as a vivacious solo superstar—taking musical influence from hip-hop and '80s electro—and cemented her larger-than-life status with her equally chic and diverse clothing line, L.A.M.B. Her 2015 solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 thanks to its sophisticated, retro-inspired pop soundscapes. And in recent years, Stefani has, of course, branched out even further, recording multiple chart-busting country singles with country superstar Blake Shelton and mentoring future trailblazers as a coach on NBC’s The Voice.
Even as "Let Me Reintroduce Myself" kicks off the next chapter in Stefani’s musical journey, the 2020 single finds her reminding fans of what she does best: create vibrant, uplifting music that couldn’t be dreamed up by anyone else. “I wanted to make a record that is just very honest and real to who I am, but that other people can escape into,” says Stefani. Recorded in quarantine and co-written with Ross Golan and Luke Niccoli, the cut offers a sly callback: "I already gave you bananas," she sings playfully, nodding to the cheerleader chant on her 2005 Pharrell Williams-produced No. 1 hit, "Hollaback Girl." Sonically, "Let Me Reintroduce Myself" is also a full-circle moment, with a sound that nods to her roots with No Doubt and life-long love of ska and reggae.
Stefani discovered the genres in eighth grade and was galvanized to make music as a teen after hearing second-wave UK ska acts Madness and the Specials. As "Let Me Reintroduce Myself" was taking shape, she dug in and decided to research ska's originators, reading up on ’60s Jamaican bands like The Skatalites. All the same, as dubby beats and breezy acoustic guitars course under and around her laidback coo, Stefani confidently asserts her space in the modern musical universe: "In case you forgot—no, I'm not records on your shelf." "Let Me Reintroduce Myself" caps off a busy year for Stefani. In collaboration with fiancé Blake Shelton, she had two No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, "Nobody But You" and "Happy Anywhere." Her festive holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, was reissued in fall 2020 with two new songs, including an original written and produced by Ryan Tedder, "Here This Christmas." Stefani wrapped her fifth season as a coach on The Voice where she coached Carter Rubin to be crowned the season 19 winner. But across all projects, Stefani is guaranteed to innovate. After three decades of new ideas, color palettes, and creative ventures, you can count on Stefani to always do the unexpected—and never let others’ expectations dictate her career moves or get in the way of her imagination.
iHeartMedia and SeeHer launch a celebration placing gender equality center
stage. The first-ever one-hour special event will highlight three successful and influential artists in
music with interviews from Cardi B, Gwen Stefani and Kelsea Ballerini. The live one-hour streamed event will
dive into the lives of these three leading female artists - from their girlhood dreams and the mentors who
inspired them, to achieving those goals and becoming leaders and role models for future generations.
The special will share how these artists are using their music platform and social media presence to activate and encourage other women and will explore how although their experiences come from their lives in the music industry, the challenges they face are universal. “iHeartRadio Presents SeeHer Hear Her: Celebrating Women in Music” will also feature footage and interviews with other top women artists.
On March 8th, women take over the airwaves across all of iHeartRadio 600+ music stations, starting conversations about equality, inclusion, inspiration and what everyone can do to help get more women heard.
Listen on 600+ music stations as we celebrate female artists from 5-6pm local time, spinning your favorite anthems from women who rock.
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