TAYLOR SWIFT, JONI MITCHELL, ANOHNI, KYLIE MINOGUE, SHAKIRA, LITTLE MIX, PARAMORE, RIHANNA, KAREN DALTON
"Maybe this thing was a masterpiece...," Taylor Swift sings in 'All Too Well' from her album Red and I would have to conclude that there is no maybe about it whatsoever. Watching the campaign for Red (Taylor's Version) unfold over the last few days has just been nothing short of jaw-dropping. The general rule for streaming is that shorter versions of songs get more streams - a bit like the radio edits of old. Not in this case. The '10 Minute Version' of 'All Too Well' which closes Red (Taylor's Version) is many millions of streams ahead of its next nearest rivals on Spotify. (Speaking of Spotify, last Friday, Red (Taylor's Version) broke the record for the most-streamed album in a day by a female artist and Taylor broke the record for the most streamed female in a day in Spotify history). And there is a short film version on YouTube which has 10 million streams more than the Spotify version as at the time of writing. And in fairness, it is utterly brilliant.
Kylie Minogue's 2020 studio album Disco is reissued with bonus tracks as Disco: Guest List Edition. Disco was Kylie's 8th UK number 1 album, making her the first female artist to have a UK number 1 album in five consecutive decades. As the name would suggest, it includes new duets (with Years & Years, Jessie Ware and Gloria Gaynor), as well as a host of remixes.
Shakira's Laundry Service turns 20 this week. Originally released on 13th November 2001, this was her fifth studio album, but her first where the songs were predominantly in English. The expanded Washed And Dried edition, has the mega-hits 'Whenever Wherever' and 'Underneath Your Clothes' in multiple forms, and including a new addition of her Super Bowl half time performance, was released digitally this week to mark the 20th anniversary. My favourite track on this album though is 'Poem to a Horse' which I have added to the Reissues By Women 2021 Spotify Playlist this week.
This year Little Mix were the first female group in the history of the Brit Awards to win the 'Best British Group' award, and this week they have released a new collection called Between Us which features all the hits (18 previous singles) plus 4 new songs (or 5 if you go for the deluxe!).
Paramore's debut album All We Know Is Falling has been pressed on silver vinyl as a limited edition reissue for the Fueled By Ramen 25th anniversary celebrations.
And Rihanna released a set of high-end coloured vinyl plus t-shirt box sets, suitably titled Rih-issues, for each of her studio albums.
Finally, Light In The Attic Records have been doing some really excellent catalogue releases by women this year, and this week announced the latest - a 50th anniversary reissue of Karen Dalton's In My Own Time which comes out in late March 2022. The first track to be released from the expanded super deluxe edition is an alternate take of 'Something On Your Mind'.
One more thing. Regular readers may have seen my Women In A&R: A Snapshot piece last week ahead of the UK's A&R Awards in London. For those interested in the outcome, the winners list is here. The headline is that no women won in any of the 'A&R Of The Year' categories...