March 8, 2019

Open call: The Art of Cecil Taylor

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falsepriest Celebrating International Women’s Day: Top 10 Best Selling Female Artists on Discogs

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In celebration of International Woman’s Day, we decided to do a top 10 list of most collected records from solo female musicians.

Digging through the most collected records on Discogs looking for female artists is quite a depressing exercise. With the exception of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac and Nico with The Velvet Underground, the top 50 most collected albums is devoid of female artists, and features not a single solo female musician. Compiling this top 10 list took me deep into the top 500 most collected albums. 500!

Gender disparity in music has been historically problematic. When looking at the top 250 most collected albums on Discogs, male solo artists outnumber female solo artists 4:1. In what is reminiscent of the gender disparity in American politics and business, there are almost as many male solo acts with “John” in their name as there are total female solo artists represented. It’s disheartening, but trends point to a narrowing of this gap. Looking at the most collected albums produced in the 2010’s, the ratio of male to female solo artists is closer to 2:1.

Despite being sparse among the most collected albums in general, The top 10 is a pretty decent list that spans eras and genres. And there’s a twist! Of course Madonna, Kate, Janis and Patti appear, but interestingly, Lana Del Rey nudges out Joni Mitchell out of the top 10. And why the hell are PJ Harvey and Grace Jones missing from this list? That’s a travesty.

When we pulled these numbers 2 years ago, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black was in just 21,301 Collections. That has more than doubled to 46,794 Collections. In fact, an album that is in 21,000 Collections would not even break into the top-10 this year. Despite this increase, 9 of the 10 top female solo artists remain on the list.

Honorable mentions go out to all the other women in music who totally kill it: Kim Gordon, Kim Deal, Tina Weymouth, Bilinda Butcher and Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine, Beth GibbonsPaz Lenchantin… the list goes on. We kept it focused on solo artists for this list for clarity, but all the women in music deserve a shout out.

Who have I missed here? Which records are you spinning in celebration of International Women’s Day?

Check out the top 10 best-selling solo female artists on Discogs:

Celebrating International Women's day with Amy Winehouse's album, Back To Black

1. Amy WinehouseBack To Black
Have: 46794, Want: 18622

Celebrating International Women's Day with Madonna's album, Like A Virgin

2. MadonnaLike A Virgin
Have: 41507, Want: 19398

Celebrating International Women's Day with Carole King's album, Tapestry

3. Carole KingTapestry
Have: 39361, Want: 25468

Celebrating International Women's Day with Sade's album, Diamond Life

4. SadeDiamond Life 
Have: 36127, Want: 21249

Celebrating International Women's Day with Janis Joplin's album, Pearl

5. Janis JoplinPearl 
Have: 33087, Want: 21906

Celebrating International Women's Day with Tracy Chapman's self-titled album

6. Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman 
Have: 32258, Want: 15140

Celebrating International Women's Day with Kate Bush album, Hounds Of Love

7. Kate BushHounds Of Love
Have: 26685, Want: 23329
The Kick Inside also deserves a mention here as a top seller.


8. BjörkDebut
Have: 25443, Want: 23293
Post and Homogenic also appear among the most collected albums

Celebrating International Women's Day with Tina Turner's album, Private Dancer

9. Tina TurnerPrivate Dancer
Have: 24064, Want: 3673

Celebrating International Women's Day with Patti Smith's album, Horses

10. Patti SmithHorses
Have: 23169, Want: 26345

Celebrate International Women’s Day the right way: buy more records, and support female musicians!

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Carla dal Forno launches new label and releases 7″

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Earth announce new album and share single

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CAS The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’ Poster

Check out this wicked poster designed by Carl Glover for The Flood Gallery to celebrate our play-back events taking place worldwide this month for the epic, fantastical, 10th studio album from The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.

Available to buy online here.

  • 18 x 24″
  • Gallery Quality Giclee print
  • 100% Cotton Rag Archival Paper Stock
  • Archival Inks
  • Edition of 70 Signed & Numbered
  • Commissioned for Classic Album Sundays
  • Unframed Price: £35 (Available in store and online worldwide)
  • Framed Price: £75 (Available in store and online in the UK only)

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Miami Presents The Flaming Lips ‘Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots’

This March, CAS celebrates The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots! Hear it like never before on some of the planet’s best gear, along with a presentation and curated selections of vinyl before and after the featured album.


Time and Date: Sunday March 31st 2019 5:00pm – 8:00pm


Deja Vu Audio South, 120 Northwest 25th Street, #Suite 302, Miami, FL 33127


Available Here


Lauren Reskin

Audio Menu

Audio Note T1 TurntableAudio Note 1Q1 cartridgeAudio Note M2 Phono PreamplifierAudio Note Conqueror SET AmplifierDeja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage SpeakersAudio Note Lexus Cables

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jfl In the US Catholic Herald: Sonatas to help you pray the rosary

Sonatas to help you pray the rosaryJens Laurson 7 March, 2019

Whether you listen to this as absolute music or as the background to deliberate contemplation, you have a
choice of some excellent recordingsCatholics who love the rosary may be unaware of an extraordinary aid to their prayer: the Rosary Sonatas, by the Bohemian composer and violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber.Biber was employed

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Freya Parr Leading arts organisations announce new scheme to support female conductors


Two new courses for female conductors, focusing on ballet and opera, have been announced today in a new scheme from the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Society and National Opera Studio. 

The announcement comes after a successful pilot programme in 2018. The idea was initially conceived by Alice Farnham, conductor and founder of the RPS Women Conductors Initiative. Both courses are offered free of charge, funded in full by the Oak Foundation, and are open to UK and non-UK applicants. 

The two-day ballet course gives women conductors the opportunity to work with dancers and an orchestra, with workshops led by the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s principal conductor Paul Murphy, alongside Alice Farnham and current Jette Parker Young Artist conductor Jonathan Lo. There are six places up for grabs, as well as three observer spots.

Also on offer is a week-long opera course for 12 female conductors (and six observers). The week will be led by Jessica Cottis, who recently conducted the world premiere of Gavin Higgins’s The Monstrous Child at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre. Joining her will be Mark Shanahan, head of music at the National Opera Studio, who will focus on Mozart's operas, while Cottis will introduce the conductors to contemporary works. 

The ballet course will be held on 18 and 19 May at the Royal Opera House’s Clore Studio and the opera course will run from 1-5 July at both the National Opera Studio and Royal Opera House. Apply here.


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