Ever the poet, Tori Amos is known for crafting meaningful songs that are filled with colorful imagery and that put women front and center. For her eighth studio album, this minister's daughter actually spent a lot of time hitting the books, researching things like how women's contributions to the Bible have been edited down to virtually nothing and studying up on historical figures like the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. She then weaved her new knowledge of these powerful women '- whom she calls queen bees '- into her music.
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We all know and love Gwen Stefani as the Adidas-clad embodiment of postmodern girl power. Whether she's hushing us in No Doubt's "Don't Speak" or lampooning backstage morons in "Hey Baby," she's as cool as it comes. And her last stint at her day job produced the album Rock Steady, which cemented her group's position in the pop pantheon. But now the singer has kicked out on her own.