Nita Strauss Is The First Solo Female Artist to Crack Billboard’s Top 10 Mainstream Rock Songs In 26 Years

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We’re big fans of Nita Strauss, and rightly so. As an accomplished solo artist and Alice Cooper’s live guitarist, Nita has a lot to her credit, including her own fitness challenge, a place in Alice Cooper’s band, and a lineage going back to a brilliant classical composer. All that, and she can play through getting cracked in the head with a cane onstage. Now, it’s been revealed that Nita has accomplished yet another amazing feat: she’s the first lead female solo artist to break into Billboard’s Top 10 Mainstream Rock Songs in over a quarter of a century.

According to Billboard, the last time a female lead solo artist cracked the Top 10 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart was Alanis Morissette with “You Oughta Know” and Melissa Ethridge in December of 1995 with “Your Little Secret.” But now, Nita has cracked the top spots with “Dead Inside,” her new solo effort featuring Disturbed frontman David Draiman on vocals. The single landed at #10 on the chart.

“This is one of those sentences that I read over and over because it’s so surreal!!!!” wrote Nita via her Instagram. “THANK YOU @davidmdraiman@thejoshv, the team at @sumerianrecords, and most importantly, all of YOU for making this song what it is.”


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“Dead Inside” is Strauss’ first new material since 2018’s solo album Controlled Chaos. The song is the first from her upcoming new effort, which apparently features a number of renowned vocalists contributing.

“This is my first time releasing my own music with a vocalist, and I am so honored to take this step alongside a legend like David Draiman,” said Nita of the track. “David’s voice and powerful lyrics took this song to a level I could never have imagined! And we are so excited to unleash this song on the world.”

“Serendipity can be really cool,” said Draiman. “We’ve been friends for years. Nita sent me the track… I didn’t have time to work on it right away… then, in literally a couple of days, while killing time in Santa Monica, the whole thing just came together. Incredibly proud of how it turned out and honored to be a part of it.”

Check out the track below:

And catch Nita on her current Winter Wasteland tour at one of the following dates:

11/27 Denver, CO- HQ
11/28 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
11/30 Destin, FL- Club L.A.
12/1 Orlando, FL- The Haven
12/2 Atlanta, GA- Masquerade
12/3 Spartanburg, SC- Ground Zero
12/4 Greensboro, NC- The Blind Tiger
12/7 New York, NY- Market Hotel
12/8 Baltimore, MD- Ottobar
12/9 Pittsburgh, PA- Jergels
12/10 Harrison, OH- Blue Note
12/11 Flint, MI- The Machine Shop
12/12 Toronto, Canada – Horseshoe Tavern
12/14 Cleveland,OH- The Odeon
12/15 Chicago, IL- Reggie’s
12/16 Minneapolis, MN- Skyway Theatre
12/17 Milwaukee, WI- The Back Room @ Colectivo
12/18 Angola, IN- The Eclectic Room


Words by Chris Krovatin