At the forefront of that charge are Perry, whose album "Prism" is due out Oct. 22, and
Slightly lower profile but no less energetic, the Swedish duo Icona Pop — known to American listeners for its gleefully profane electro-rave hit "I Love It" — has a U.S. debut set to arrive in stores Sept. 24 that includes at least one cut in which Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt threaten to "smash the club." In April, Icona Pop's London-based pal Charli XCX (who co-wrote and appears on "I Love It") released her own stateside debut, the lurid "True Romance"; on Nov. 4, she'll stop by L.A.'s El Rey Theatre, not long after Sky Ferreira, whose beguiling "Ghost" EP came out late last year, plays the same venue Sept. 29.
It's perhaps a mistake to lump these artists together, given their disparate views and varied sounds; Ferreira's mournful "Everything Is Embarrassing," for instance, feels about as far away from the chaotic merrymaking of "I Love It" as you're likely to get (at least until you hear Ferreira's folky singer-songwriter stuff). But with the kings of summer freshly dethroned, a womanly reign almost certainly awaits.