With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," and with Spears having released a remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Ke$ha (the song's co-writer) and Nicki Minaj, all-female collaborations are enjoying a rare spotlight.
As reported in Chart Beat Thursday, "S&M" marks just the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 by solo women singing together, following Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and P!nk's "Lady Marmalade" (2001); Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine" (1998); and, Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" (1979).
Still, numerous all-female pairings have scaled Billboard charts in recent years. Here is a look at 10, ranging from pop, rock and dance to country, Latin and R&B/hip-hop.
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Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce
The superstars dialed up two No. 1s on Dance/Club Play Songs last year: this song, from Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster"; and, "Video Phone," remixed as a collaboration after first appearing as a Beyonce solo recording on her album "I Am ... Sasha Fierce."
Beyonce & Shakira
Before her turns with Lady Gaga, Beyonce teamed with Shakira. The single-named stars soared to No. 1 on Digital Songs, No. 3 on the Hot 100 and No. 10 on Latin Songs with this female-bonding boy-bashing anthem.
Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
"Let Me Blow Ya Mind"
Like Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Eve and Stefani have charted multiple collaborations. After this song rose to No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 2001, the rapper and singer traded lead and featured billings on "Rich Girl," a No. 7 Hot 100 hit in 2005.
P!nk featuring Indigo Girls
"Dear Mr. President"
After helping revive the soulful "Lady Marmalade," P!nk explored her folk-rock tendencies (both lyrical and musical) on this track from her 2006 album "I'm Not Dead." The song charted not where there's a president, but a prime minister: it peaked at No. 28 on in the Nielsen BDS-based Canadian Hot AC chart. [*Language in video below may not be appropriate for all audiences].
Barbra Streisand & Celine Dion
Donna Summer isn't Streisand's only prominent duet partner. This generation-spanning pairing of powerhouse vocalists climbed to No. 5 on Adult Contemporary in 1997. Streisand has also charted on AC with Kim Carnes; the pair's "Make No Mistake, He's Mine" clawed its way to No. 8 in 1985.