Females always seem to be facing the equality issue.
Many country superstars are the ladies who have helped pave the way for today’s top female country singers.
So why are women discriminated against in this genre?
Some of the biggest selling and most popular singers in country music are women. With their heartfelt lyrics, strong vocal range, and magnetic personalities, these female country singers are the favorites for many country music fans. These are the top singersÂ from a lyrical and popularity standpoint. There should be more awareness for making it culturally acceptable for country music to be more welcoming to females in the male-driven country music industry.
Continue reading this article to understand this unfair balance.
At this point, the wordÂ â€œsexismâ€ has become synonymous withÂ country music. As the genre has slowly plodded through the decades, it has remained unfriendly to women, especially the female artists who are fighting for their own place on the charts and country radio. Last week, the â€œworldâ€™s leading authority on radio programmingâ€ confirmed this pervasive sexism byÂ arguing that,Â Â if country radio stations want to improve their ratings, theyÂ should avoid playing female artists.If you missed the controversial remarks, itâ€™s likely because you donâ€™t spend your time reading obscure country radio publications. In an interview with Country AirCheck last week, programming consultant Keith Hill gave his colleagues a pretty bold warning: â€œIf you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.â€ According to Hill, broÂ country faves like Luke Bryan and crooners like Keith Urban are the â€œlettuceâ€ of country radioâ€™s salad, and female artists are â€œthe tomatoes.â€
As infuriating as these smug and sexist assessments are, they are unfortunately based in reality. Country music has fundamentally changed over the past twenty years, especially where female artists are concerned. In the 1990s and early 2000s, country music was viewed as â€œchick musicâ€ as artists like Martina McBride, Faith Hill, and Trisha Yearwood dominated the charts while selling millions of records. Not only is Shania Twain country musicâ€™s most successful female artist, she also recorded the genreâ€™sÂ most successful album of all time,Â â€œCome On Overâ€ in 1997.
But as country musicâ€™s popularity boomed again — it is now the most popular genre in the United States — the presence of women on the radio has dramatically declined. Last year, Maddie & Tae became the first female duo in eight years to break into the country airplay top ten with â€œGirl In A Country Song,â€ ironically a critique of country musicâ€™s sexism. By Keith Hillâ€™s own analysis, the highest percentage of female airplay in the United States is a pitiful 19 percent. A survey of the Billboard Hot Country charts in the 1990s would indicate that percentage has declined dramatically in recent years.
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The lack of women on country airwaves has much to do with country musicâ€™s incredibly successful attempt to bring male fans back into the fold. To that end, the genre became markedly more masculine, in terms of both diversity and subject matter. In 2015, youâ€™re just as likely to hear about hunting, fishing, and mudding on country radio as you are truck-related personal tragedies. Love ballads and done-me-wrong heartbreak songs have been replaced with party anthems that overtly objectify and sexualize women. Justin Moore, 2014â€™s ACM New Artist of the Year, recorded a four-minute anthem to the Second Amendment, simply titled â€œGuns.â€
StreeXB Would like to extend special thanks to Noisey for thisÂ must readÂ article.