Today's top female artistes know exactly who to combine their musical prowess with to up their game.
It seems the music gods have declared 2014 the year of powerful female collaborations, with a string of successful singles featuring two or more divas dominating the airwaves. Here are six of our favourite female musical pairings so far:
1. Problem by Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
Leading the way is Ariana Grande’s Problem, of course. The mini Mariah took our breath away when she displayed her dynamite vocals on the song’s pre-chorus.
The only problem I have with it is when Iggy Azalea spews the track’s opening line, “It’s Iggy Iggs”.
Puh-lease. After Fancy, that girl needs no introduction.
Favourite line: “I got 99 problems, but you won’t be one” – KC
2. Fancy by Iggy Azalea
featuring Charli XCX
Now, don’t we just love lyrics that celebrate the glamorous and excess of life?
Fancy does just that by dropping brand names and telling listeners that both the Aussie rapper and British singer are living life in the fast lane.
While it is refreshing to hear Azalea’s brand of rap, it is the chorus – reminiscent of Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl – that makes Fancy the smash hit it is.
Favourite line: “I’m so fancy, can’t you taste this gold?; Remember my name, ‘bout to blow” – GK
3. Somethin’ Bad by Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood
We love it when Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood decide to put their wholesome country girl image on the backseat to paint the town red for just one night. Our earlier concern was that the singers, who have both been repeatedly crowned Female Vocalist Of The Year by the Country Music Association Awards, might overpower each other, but instead, the ladies have churned out something good.
Favourite line: “Bout to tear it up down in New Orleans, just like a real-life Thelma & Louise” – KC
4. Bang Bang by Jessie J, Ariana Grande
and Nicki Minaj
Between Jessie J and Ariana Grande’s powerhouse vocals and Nicki Minaj’s full throttle rapping skills, this song is like a Michael Bay blockbuster film – explosive from start to finish. Sassy, cheeky and full of attitude, Bang Bang shoots down the competition with its killer hooks and infectious rhythm.
Favourite line: “She might’ve let you hold her hand in school, but I’mma show you how to graduate” – GK
5. Black Widow by Iggy Azalea featuring
Clearly, we can’t get enough of Iggy Azalea, with the rapper making our list for the third time.
After showing us her glamourous side in Fancy, Azalea proves she can get pretty bada**, too, in the Black Widow music video with Rita Ora.
Dressed in skintight bodysuits (à la Kill Bill films), the two go after a misogynistic ex-lover with a sword in hand.
No prizes for guessing what happened next – they slayed ... the song.
Favourite line: “If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be stuck singing this song” – KC
6. Can’t Remember To Forget You by Shakira featuring Rihanna
Shakira and Rihanna couldn’t be more vocally different but that’s exactly why we love this track. We didn’t think it’d work at first but the former’s rich, smokey voice beautifully cushions the latter’s piercing and, at times, nasally vocals. And coupled with the senoritas’ steamy dance moves in its music video, we won’t remember to forget this track either.
Favourite line: “I can’t remember to forget you” – KC