Women in Music: News or Opinion?

While searching things on the internet, it can be tough to decipher whether an article is an opinion, or an actual piece of news being reported on.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, an editor from Forbes Magazine, wrote an article on The World’s Highest-Paid Women in Music 2019, and I would say that this is a news article, not an opinion piece. Taylor Swift was the top earner, and he went on to mention her nominations at the VMA’s, her new record deal, and her “Reputation” tour, and how they had all contributed to her success over this past year. This article also had a full list of the top ten earning women in music, with their earnings listed with them; the author stated only facts, and statistics about their earnings were present all throughout the article. The author also explained how they gathered their information and how they measured top earners, stating, “Our list of the world’s highest-paid women in music measures pretax income from June 2018 to June 2019. Fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted.”

Amy McCarthy of Yardbarker wrote the article 50 of the Most Groundbreaking Women in Entertainment, and while she states facts in the article, this is an opinion piece. She writes about 50 different women in entertainment, all with sections of facts about them and things they have accomplished over the years, ranging from career beginnings to activism moments. While all of these women are admittedly very influential and talented people, the author chose these women herself, and there’s no way to tell if these people are actually the most “groundbreaking” as she’s claiming. While describing Aretha Franklin, she writes, “Arguably the most powerful voice of all time and the undisputed queen of soul…”, which shows that this is more of an opinion than a piece of news.

Danielle Bacher of Elle Magazine wrote the article Camilla Cabello Loves Like Nobody’s Watching, and while it sounds like an opinion piece just by going off of the title, it’s more of a news piece. Bacher interviews singer Camilla Cabello about her personal and professional life towards the end of the article, but in the first half she goes over the singer’s life and career. She mentions that Cabello is now the second most streamed singer on Spotify, how she was nominated for two Grammy’s, and how she opened for Taylor Swift on her tour this past year. She states only facts about the singers life, and doesn’t mention anything personal about herself during any part of the article, or the interview itself.

Shannon Barbour of Cosmopolitan wrote the article Fans are Freaking Out About Miley Cyrus’ “Slide Away” Music Video and the Liam Hemsworth References”, and I would say this is an analysis/opinion piece. Barbour describes the music video, and all of the hidden easter eggs in the video that are supposedly about Cyrus’ ex-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. She mentions everything that fans of Cyrus, as well as herself, think may be clues that point to Hemsworth, such as how she looks really sad and how the music video gives really big break-up vibes, how the lyrics are obviously about Hemsworth, and even a 10 of hearts playing card that “100 percent represented her ten year relationship with Liam coming to an end.” She also uses the phrase “That’s probably what that was about,” which points to this article being an analysis, as this is not an actual fact.