This Woman's Work: In Celebration of Incredible Women in Music
In celebration with International Women's Day on Sunday 8th March, hmv are honoured to highlight the work of incredible women across music & film. Our stores have pieced together selected titles and artists that are special to them...
Halsey - Badlands
"There are many reasons why I choose Halsey: She rocks any look or hairstyle she likes. She is bisexual, biracial and an intersectional feminist. She's written her own music and lyrics for which she's won many awards. She is a role model for young people like her. And of course, she has an incredible name, Ashley Nicolette Frangipane."
Rebecca Merritt, Basingstoke
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
"Jagged Little Pill is just one of those albums that everybody needs to hear at one point in their life. Alanis is so cool and by listening to this album it somehow has the ability to bring out your inner rock star."
Ambre Finley-Day, Guildford
Madonna - Like A Prayer
"I can remember seeing the video to 'Like A Prayer' and even at 13 thinking what a brave, 'out there' lady Madonna must be. She provided much of the soundtrack to my teenage years and all of my adult life. A truly groundbreaking artist, performer and woman who fought the fight long before it was cool to do so."
Becky Finbow, Ipswich
P!nk - M!ssundaztood
"This album has held a special place in my heart from the day it was released, P!nk is a real influence! Her angsty lyrics on this album shaped my teen years, and her powerful personality continues to inspire to this day. Absolute queen!"
Lauren Moorcroft, Swindon
PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
"One of my all-time favourite female artists, this album, in particular, is a grunge classic in my eyes, heavy riffs, roaring vocals. A ferocious album which takes you on a ride from beginning to end. PJ Harvey's discography is vast and exciting, always managing to hold her own, especially with her early goth-punk masterpieces."
Cat Pickles, Leeds
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
"Kate takes full creative control and what a masterpiece! The fact that the album contains some of her most enduring singles, 'Running Up That Hill' and 'Hounds Of Love' is almost inconsequential to the unleashing of the mini conceptual piece of 'The Ninth Wave' on side two of the vinyl. A touchstone of many an artist!"
Racheal Everson, Norwich
Björk - Vespertine
"I could pick any of Björk albums as a recommendation, but Vespertine just pips it. Pagan Poetry alone and the accompanying video make it worth a listen. Lyrically, the album revolves around sex and love, assisted by the duo Matmos, she produced microbeats from various household sounds."
Tony French, London
FKA Twigs - Magdalene
"The closest thing we have to a modern-day Kate Bush. FKA Twigs is capable of producing huge, dramatic, epic songs about feminity, womanhood, loss, and vulnerability. Magdalene rips through your psyche with heartbreaking lyrics, beautiful landscapes of sounds and noise fuse to make for what is easily the last great record of the last decade."
Richard Bell, Sunderland