Female Indie-Pop Artists on the Rise


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Seeing these women take over the typically white male-dominated and heteronormative genre is refreshing.

2020 was the year of Indie-Pop as the genre ruled the charts for a majority of the year. Going into 2021, let’s take a look at upcoming female artists who should be on your radar because they are conquering the Indie-Pop genre. It will be refreshing to see them gain recognition in the white male-dominated and heteronormative genre. 

Olivia Rodrigo

Released in January, Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single “Driver’s License” sent shock waves through social media. In a mere week, the song garnered 76.1 million streams and broke Spotify’s record for most streams on a song in a single week. It also debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100, which is impressive for a new artist. This single breaks away from her Disney star persona and showcases her voice more than previous Disney songs. After gaining much traction on the song, Rodrigo mentioned she is working on her first album, which fans are anticipating. 

Gracie Abrams 

21-year-old Gracie Abrams has started to gain a lot of traction in the Bedroom/Indie- Pop genre. Abrams’ “Minor” EP was released in July of 2020 and did relatively well. “Stay,” and “I miss you, I’m sorry,” soon became fan favorites and are now her most popular songs. With her talent, she is sure to gain more recognition this year. 

Arlo Parks 

Arlo Parks is on her way to becoming a prominent artist in the Indie scene. Her “Cola” and “Black Dog” singles earned her the title of “Breakthrough Act of 2020” in an annual poll of music critics. Parks is breaking barriers as a Black artist in a white dominated genre, not to mention her distinct and unique voice that sets her aside from other Indie artists. Her debut album, “Collapsed in Sunbeams,” is set to be released in the beginning of February. 

chloe moriondo

Chloe Moriondo has been writing and singing songs since 2014 on their Youtube channel; however, their music didn’t start gaining popularity until recently. Although she is constantly releasing singles, she only has one album out at the moment. “I Want To Be With You” is their latest single, and has garnered approximately 1 million views on Youtube. Chloe is an artist to look out for this year as she intends to release more music that is bound to be stuck in your head.