workout playlist on apple music
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At the start of 2017, I made a commitment to my health. I wanted to workout 2-3 times per week. Despite missing a few weeks here and there, I do feel like I achieved this minor lifestyle change, which also means that I should set a more challenging health goal for the upcoming year. If there's a health victory that you've achieved this year, please share your story in the comments. I would love to read how you've grown in 2017 whether it's eating habits, physical fitness, mental fitness, overall health and well-being, etc.
Due to working out more frequently, I started listening to different playlists to assist me in my new pursuit. I prefer to workout to the 'Hip-Hop Workout: Can't Stop, won't stop.' playlist because it's endless for the most part, whereas the 'Hip-Hop Workout: Apple Music Hip-Hop' playlist is barely thirty minutes. I also enjoy working out to the 'Latin Pop Workout: Apple Music Pop Latino' playlist, which is just under an hour. Another go to is 'The A-List: Hip-Hop' playlist. However, these playlists all have one thing in common and it's not the genre. Nearly all the songs on the playlist are by male artists.
I was running on the treadmill one day and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap" (featuring 2 Chainz) played. After the song ended, I pondered on why that was one of the few songs on the playlist that had a female lead. Even though Hip-Hop is a male dominated industry, I still felt like I was being gypped because women are phenomenal artists who should never be underrepresented.
Therefore, I made my own workout playlist mostly comprised of pop and hip-hop jams by women from the 90s to now. It's a little over 5 hours to give you variety every time you workout. I recommend you play it on shuffle. Let me know what you think. Click here to check it out!
WHERe do women rank ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS?
Per usual, I was plagued to do more research into the representation of women on the Billboard Hot 100 over the years. I looked over this week's current chart and noticed that it's dominated by male artists. In 2017, there have only been two women with numbers 1s, Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" and Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" (Click here to learn more). Contrarily, this year is not an accurate depiction of how female artists have ranked in prior years. Over the past three decades, women have increasingly topped the charts. But what does this mean and how is it determined?
Billboard along with their market research partners Nielsen BDS, Nielsen SoundScan and Next Big Sound track how fans interact with music through sales and downloads, touring, and radio airplay. They also track streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Vevo, Youtube, Twitter, Spotify, and other popular digital music hubs. Artists and their songs are ranked by these metrics.
The graph below details the percentage share of no. 1 hits on the hot 100 by decade for female soloists, all-female groups, and all-female collaborations. The gender barrier for no. 1 was first broken in 1960 by Connie Francis' "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". Since then, women have more regularly ranked on the Billboard Hot 100. Click here to learn more.
The reality is that I would love to see every decade mimic the 90s for no. 1 hits, top 10 hits, and top 50 hits. Despite women disproportionately ranking on the Billboard charts, it's clear that the data doesn't lie. While we do primarily listen to male artists, I think there's a behind scenes reason as to why women are not receiving the same opportunities, which has led to a misrepresentation within the music industry. It's also clear to me that as women, we have to support one another.
In the end, this is deeper than music and charts. This is about progress and ensuring that as women we're heard and that we stand up for one another. In 2017, I believe that we've seen a new community of women emerge that are woke, conscious, inspiring, courageous and ultimately activists for our advancement. We've always existed, but there's a boldness about us today that reminds me just how unstoppable we are. If you're lost, start by googling the 2017 Women's March. That's a great place to start.
Please share this playlist with a friend or two. Let me know if you would like any songs from your favorite female artists to be added. Wishing you many bomb workouts to my 'gal hits' playlist. Until next time, beYOUtiful, keep life sweet, and never stop feeding your soul. -xo
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