Talk about star-studded lineups. Teenage Research Unlimited, based in Northbrook, Ill., last month released a study analyzing the habits and interests of teens and twentysomethings — including favorite musical artists based on familiarity and likability (2,000 teenagers ages 12 to 19 were polled on 63 names). WWD took a look at the favorite female artists. Most of the top 10 were nominated for Grammy awards this month. Several, such as Fergie, Gwen Stefani and Beyoncé Knowles, have broken away — some temporarily, some apparently for good — from their original bands to carve out solo careers. Among the missing were Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears.
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Breaking out on her own has benefited the lead singer of The Black Eyed Peas. Teens found 32-year-old Fergie to be one of the most familiar — and most likable — female singers. She released her debut solo album, "The Dutchess," last year. It features three U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and five top 10 hits, including "Glamorous" and "Big Girls Don't Cry," making it the seventh album from a female artist to spawn five top five hits, Billboard said. Fergie continues to receive accolades from the music industry. At the 2007 American Music Awards, Fergie won for Best Pop/Rock Female Artist, and she has been nominated for a 2008 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance — "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)." Fergie is Allure magazine's December cover girl.
Rihanna took the 2007 American Music Award for Best Female Artist last month and has recorded hits such as "Shut Up and Drive" and "Unfaithful." The 19-year-old trendsetter has showed off her fashion flair with different hairstyles and cutting-edge wardrobe choices. In addition to aligning herself with designers such as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Zac Posen, Rihanna walked the runway at the spring 2008 Dsquared fashion show in Milan to her hit single, "Umbrella," while wearing a Dsquared black slipdress. This year she signed on as the new face of Cover Girl Cosmetics, joining other musical icons such as Queen Latifah, Brandy and Faith Hill. She is Allure magazine's cover girl in January.