Yes, it is probable that one finds more specific reasons as to why female collaborations do not do well. Most high-profile collaborations (think Madonna, Shakira, Britney and Rihanna) are rarely promoted. Most of these do not even see the light of day when it comes to performances together. For every well promoted “Lady Marmalade” there is a “Can’t Remember To Forget You”, a “Me Against The Music” and a “Say Yes”.
One can cite the highs and lows of an artist’s career, whether or not the collaboration was a resurrection or happening during their most popular period. Or one could even question the quality of the music, lyrics, etc.
To put it in perspective, since 1990 (a year before Nielsen SoundScan began affecting the Billboard 200 and Hot 100) 41 male-male collaborations have hit number-one on the singles chart. Just for kicks; 40 male-female collaborations have hit number-one since 1990.
It should come to no surprise by now, that the amount for female-female collaborations has been a tenth of that amount. Only four female-female collaborations have hit the top of the singles chart since 1990. These are: “The Boy is Mine” in 1998, “Lady Marmalade” in 2001, “S&M” in 2011, and “Fancy” in 2014.
Before 1998, you have to go almost twenty years to 1979 when Barbara Streisand and Donna Summers hit the top for two weeks with [[“No More Tears (Enough is Enough)”]].
The facts, speak loudly. Music is still not a welcoming platform for women whether behind the scenes or out in the forefront.
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Shakira teamed up with Rihanna this year for [[“Can’t Remember To Forget You”]]. Despite Shakira’s high-profile seat on NBC’s The Voice and the catchy and sensual video, the song peaked at number fifteen, mostly due to video viewing and streaming. The music video is one of the most-watched videos this year, with over 300 million views. In the autumn of 2013, Billboard began allowing video-streaming to count toward the Hot 100. Unsurprisingly, the first song to benefit from it was “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, whose visuals have become well-known worldwide.
Rihanna and Nicki Minaj got together for the mostly forgettable [[“Fly”]]. The song peaked at #19 in 2011. And in 2011 her Britney Spears assisted remix of [[“S&M”]] is said to have pushed the song to the top. This is thanks to an appearance of the two at the Billboard Music Awards during the week of the release. In 2007 a song with Nicole Scherzinger, [[“Winning Women”]], was scrapped.
Spears turned to Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha, a co-writer of the song, to push [[“Till The World Ends”]] to the top, but it stalled at number three.
Minaj assited Ciara on her latest album when they released [[“I’m Out”]]. The song peaked at #44. Ciara had a modest hit in 2004 with Missy Elliot, when [[“1, 2 Step”]] peaked at number two.
This year, Miranda Lambert released [[“Something Bad”]] with Carrie Underwood. The song hit the top of the Country Songs Chart and number nineteen on the Hot 100.
In 2001, [[“Let Me Blow Your Mind”]], a song by Eve with Gwen Stefani, became the song of the summer. However, it never reached the top. It stayed at number two due to radio airplay. The two teamed up for [[“Rich Girl”]] in 2004, when the song hit number seven. This, too, was highly promoted, with a performance at the Billboard Music Awards that year. Eve stalled at number two with Alicia Keys when they released [[“Gangsta Lovin'”]] in 2002.
Most recently the pop world was stunned when Lady Gaga ditched R. Kelly amidst allegations of sex with a minor, and performed [[“Do What U Want”]] with Christina Aguilera on The Voice finale. The song was re-released as a single, and despite the huge raise of profile for both singers, a video never materialized. The song peaked at number nineteen, but it includes sales from R. Kelly’s version.
Adding to Minaj’s current buttocks homage, the trendsetter Jennifer Lopez is set to release a new music video for [[“Booty”]] for the remix version with Iggy Azalea. Iggy paired up with Rita Ora in their top ten hit [[“Black Widow”]].
In August of 2008, the charity Stand Up to Cancer released an all-female single titled [[“Just Stand Up!”]]. The track featured many artists like Carey, Rihanna, Underwood, Bedingfield, Crow, Ashanti, Etheridge, Beyonce, Mary J Blidge, Cyrus, and others. The song hit number eleven.