By Ilana Kaplan An eponymous album marks a major moment in an artist's career. For ladies, owning one's work, body, and artistry can be especially powerful, even political. During Women's History Month, MTV News is highlighting some of those iconic statements from some of the largest artists on the globe. This is Self-Titled. A few images have defined Britney Spears while in her car..

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By Jack Irvin because the musician’s star started to rise, Madison Beer had thought an enormous, extravagant party would toast the release of her debut album, Life Support. Although even before the coronavirus pandemic postponed its arrival nearly per year and prohibited such gatherings for the foreseeable future, she had already changed her mind about the grand soiree. "I don't th..

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By Dani Blum Billie Eilish loves The Office so much she sampled dialogue from the show on her debut album, bookending a song about desire with one of the sitcom’s in-jokes. Any time once she first met with filmmaker R.J. Cutler, known for making profiling documentaries like the Anna Wintour-chronicling The September Issue and The World According to Dick Cheney, Eilish mentioned she..

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By Brennan Carley In 1998, Britney Spears traveled to Stockholm to record songs for her debut album, ...Baby One More Time, with producers like Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. She was one of several stars at the time who ventured to the Swedish city to capitalize on the words and sounds of its burgeoning pop scene. Months later, at a dance school only a number of miles away, a team of re..

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It's been nearly three months since Taylor Swift gave fans an important update: Trim "recently begun re-recording my older music," an experience that, at the time, had "already proven to be both exhilarating and creatively fulfilling." We got to hear a bit of what, mention, "Love Story" might sound like if Swift were to record it right now whenever a snippet of it appeared in a commer..

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Once COVID-19 production shutdowns forced several musicians to record alone for the opening time, indie-pop ingenue Claud Mintz had a leg up. They started writing and releasing music in 2018 because the lead of Toast, a now-defunct lo-fi duo they formed as a college student with their best friend, producer Josh Mehling. Nevertheless they lived in the same city and attended university..

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BTS are no strangers to iconic MTV performances. Last August at the VMAs, they virtually spanned the globe for a neon-centric rendition of No. 1 hit "Dynamite," making the event a suit-and-tie affair as they moved through its three minutes of disco-pop. Their latest venture with MTV promises to be a little bit more stripped-down, however identically iconic. That's because few perfor..

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Even Daniel Craig would agree: The Weeknd hardly needs an introduction. On one of the world's biggest stages Sunday night (February 7), at the Super Bowl LV halftime show, he demonstrated why. In a career-spanning set that bounded from his early pop hits to his current smashes, Abel Tesfaye embraced his status as a world pop star by means of the a fancy, multi-part spectacle centered..

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Sophie’s music oversaturated, overtook, and in my earliest listenings, it stirred something within my body that I didn’t know existed or, perhaps, didn’t however have the courage to acknowledge. Even before the Glasgow-born producer introduced herself to the world, the sound she developed in anonymity, though entirely computer-generated, had a distinctly visceral quality: It sna..

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For Tayla Parx, everything is about the music. Any time you begin adding ego into [it], saying, 'Well, I have to write this,' that's not about the song, then. That's about you," she tells MTV News correspondent Dometi Pongo. And she would know. With dozens of songwriting credits to her name, and a pair of emotionally probing albums of her own, the singer-songwriter has fortified hers..

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Zayn’s most valuable asset has habitually been his voice. While in his four albums with One Direction, his falsetto memorably crested key moments of some of the band’s biggest singles, and “Zayn high notes” remains a popular YouTube search, yielding countless videos with millions (and millions) of views. His first solo album, 2016’s Mind of Mine, noticed him weaponizing that..

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Last April, Rosalía was waiting for Billie Eilish to send her vocal contributions for their much-teased group effort. "I feel like the production, the sound design, is essentially done," she told Variety at the time, "so I just need that Billie maybe sends the vocals and so they send me the ideas that they aspire to add because we are there." It might've taken a while to finalize, n..

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