Sapphic Singers

Chappell Roan, Reneé Rapp, and Phoebe Bridgers are in a streaming contest on Spotify

The more sapphic music superstars, the better — but only one can reign supreme when it comes to streaming. Fans have noticed that despite being the latest to step into the spotlight, Chappell Roan is outperforming other favorites like Reneé Rapp and Phoebe Bridgers when it comes to bringing in listeners.

Roan has been on a meteoric rise over the past few months. At the start of March, she had around 1,600,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. By April, that number had nearly doubled, at 2,900,000. But that’s nothing compared to where she stands as of April 29: 11,338,293 monthly listeners.

Where did the sudden rise in Chappell fandom come from? She had a breakthrough hit with “Good Luck, Babe!,” which peaked at #6 on Spotify’s U.S. chart. Her performances for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and Coachella went viral, showcasing her out-of-this-world stage presence. She opened for Olivia Rodrigo’s GUTS World Tour. And as new fans decided to see what all the fuss was about, they recognized her 2023 album The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess for the pop masterpiece it is.

While Roan hovers above 11 million monthly listeners, Rapp has around 8 million and Bridgers has over 10 million. (Meanwhile, Bridgers’ supergroup with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, boygenius, has just under 5 million monthly listeners.) Of course, success for any queer artist is a win for queer visibility everywhere — but fans are still gagged at just how quickly Roan was able to rise to the top of the sapphic music scene.

It’s clear that Roan’s career is only getting started, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.

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