Sexism on Spotify

Playlist problems...

"Of all the playlists examined, Hot Country offered the lowest percentage of women artists overall. For the entire duration of time I studied, Hot Country only had four women artists on its fifty-one-track playlists: three as lead or solo artists (Carrie Underwood, Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini) and one as a feature (Tori Kelly on Chris Lane’s Track “Take Back Home Girl”). This amounts to 7.8 percent of songs either led by or featuring a woman and 92.2 percent featuring exclusively men. When the country music blog Wide Open Country reviewed Hot Country last year, their findings were even starker: only one out of the fifty-one tracks on a single playlist was by a female artist.

This—we can all admit—is a lot of men."

Read the full article by  Liz Pelly via The Baffler.

Lauren Alaina on Women’s Struggle in Country Music

‘It was never about a lack of talent...’

"It was such a struggle for women for such a long time, and honestly, comparatively speaking, it still is,” says Alaina, whose latest single, "Doin' Fine," is currently making its way up the chart. “If you really look at the Top 40 and look at how many men are in the Top 40 and how many women there are, it is still significantly less. I think even though it’s really better now and not nearly as scary as it once was, I think it is still difficult."

Read the full article by Tricia Despres via Taste of Country.

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Nielsen Study Touts Financial Power Of Women In Country

They really set the bar...

"Among specific attributes, country males and females are held in similar regard in such traits as likability, influence and social media savvy. But women score much higher in other fields, defeating men 46 to 32 in awareness, outranking guys 58 to 52 in the perception that they're successful, topping males 44 to 29 when asked if they're good-looking, and stomping men 34 to 21 on style.

The genre's audience seems to feel more positively about women than its gatekeepers think they do."

Read the full article by Tom Roland via Billboard.

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Women In Radio Programming Getting New Boost From Nielsen

1 in 10...

"Around one in 10 radio station programmers across the country are women — a number that the Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio Group is hoping to boost through a new partnership program with Nielsen Music...

“The radio industry’s success depends on creative content,” said Denyse Mesnik, the national spokesperson for MIW. “Women consume radio and women are major consumers of goods and services. With so many formats targeted specifically to women, who better to shape the brand and the content of many of these stations than women program directors?"

Read the full article by Melissa Daniels via the Forbes.

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In the Wake of #MeToo, Harassment in Nashville's Music Industry Is Exposed

Wherever men have power...

"Those stories have started coming to light here as well, in our very own industry town. And although they've been hard to miss, one can sometimes miss the scope of the thing when all the news comes separately. The country music industry is as rife with sexual harassment, assault and bad male behavior as any other, it seems. And the evidence has come from all corners of business...

All this takes place, of course, in an industry that is still dominated by men and generally in thrall to the songs they sing, despite comparable — and in many cases, better — work coming from female artists. That being the case, we haven't seen the last of these stories."

Read the full article by Steven Hale via the Nashville Scene.

As festivals boom, a push to include women

Lagging behind...

" With the festival scene booming across the Western world, driven in no small part by millennial-generation women, female representation is lagging behind -- an imbalance that has become especially glaring in the age of the #MeToo movement for gender equality."

Read the full article by  Shaun Tandon of AFP via Yahoo!

Tracking the Gender Balance of This Year’s Music Festival Lineups

Glaring gender disparity...

"Even a quick scan through this year’s festival lineup posters reveals a gender imbalance, with female artists scarce among the larger font sizes. To look even deeper, we converted those lineups into data—logging the nearly 1,000 artists booked at 20 of this year’s biggest multi-genre festivals (primarily focusing on American fests) and ranking them according to their placement on each poster.

When we ran the numbers on music festivals last year, the gender disparity was glaring: Only a quarter of artists booked across 23 of the summer’s biggest fests were female or groups with at least one female member."

Read the full article by  Rob Mitchum and Diego Garcia-Olano via Pitchfork.

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Sexual Harassment Was Rampant at Coachella 2018

They had all been harassed...

"Of the 54 young women who spoke to Teen Vogue for this piece during the weekend-long event, all of them had a story of sexual assault or harassment that occurred this year at Coachella. Many of these accounts reveal patterns of predatory behavior harassers exhibited throughout the festival, and many of the reports I collected sound nearly exactly the same."

Read the full article by Vera Papisova via Teen Vogue.

Hear an extended conversation on the report here.

Songs That Say 'Me Too'

One out of every six...

"One out of every six women has been subject to an attempted or completed rape during her lifetime. Countless more endure other forms of assault, abuse or harassment.

Artists, activists, writers and musicians have told the stories of violated women across time — particularly since the 1990s, when popular music and feminism powerfully intersected in the pop mainstream and the musical underground. Here's a list of twenty songs in which women said "me too" — without shame."

Read the full article and hear the songs by Ann Powers via NPR.

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Half of music festival attendees are women. But on stage, the numbers tell a different story.

Festivals fail females...

"Ultimately, the problem with getting more female-led acts onto festival stages is the same problem all industries face in trying to make women more visible players: Sexism is systemic and often subtle. And more often than not, you can’t solve a systemic issue from the top down."

Read the full article by Alanna Vagianos via Huffington Post.

“Not technically beautiful, she has an engaging laugh”: 35 years of being described by men

We're not laughing...

"That’s the trouble, isn’t it? You miss things when you leave women out, or view female characters through the prism of their attractiveness, or when you take for granted that you’re at the centre of every story, every lyric."

Read the full article by artist and author Tracey Thorn via NewStatesman.  

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From the Kitchen to the Tailgate: Country Music’s Struggle to Define Women

For women, words matter...

"’s important to recognize that words matter — especially when they are being shared on a platform as massive as country radio.

It’s time for country music to let women speak for themselves. If we are going hear another song about a man’s sudden discovery of just how complicated women are, we should also hear another five songs about how that experience really is from the women who live it every day."

Read the full article by Lorie Liebig via Wide Open Country.

"Diane" Singer Cam Talks Sexism In Country Music

Ending the myths...

"Just because we can see the problem fully, means now we can address it. There are a lot of people who one, don’t want to talk about it because you risk something when you start calling out people who have power, and you risk your position. Me being a part of the system, and calling out the flaws in it, makes people uncomfortable."

Read the full article by  Kaitlin Reilly via Refinery 29.

Watch Cam's full interview with Emily Curl from Refinery 29"s The Mention.

Learn more about the Cam's appointment to the Recording Academy’s New Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

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Radio, Record Reps & Harassment

Unwanted advances, touching and innuendo...

"When you’re in it you don’t realize how bad it is," says a male former label executive who asked not to be named. "But it’s bad. And it goes deeper than anyone probably wants to admit."

Read the full article by  Jess Wright and Chuck Aly via Country Aircheck.

Meet the Women Behind the Music

End of the boys club?

"In February, 21 female execs signed a letter calling for the resignation of Grammy's chief Neil Portnow after he told women in the industry to "step up." Five weeks later, the Recording Academy named Time's Up confounder Tina Tchen chair of its newly formed task force to tackle diversity. Is this the end of the Boys' Club in music? The answer is maybe. Meet six leaders raring to turn that maybe into a yes."

Read the full article by Kaitlin Menza via Marie Claire.

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Men make the music: Study reveals that women’s voices are missing from popular charts

Voices are missing...

"The voices of women are missing from popular music,” said Professor Smith. “This is another example of what we see across the ecosystem of entertainment: Women are pushed to the margins or excluded from the creative process."

Read the full article released by the Communications and Marketing Staff of the  USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Download their full report on Inclusion in the Recording Studio.

Female Songwriters In Nashville Share Stories Of Sexual Harassment

A co-write isn't consent...

"As the #MeToo movement ricochets through Hollywood and into other industries, Nashville musicians and legislators alike appear to be coming to terms with the country music industry's role in dealing with sexual harassment."

Read the full article by Emily Siner via NPR.

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Inside Country Radio's Dark, Secret History of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct

The secret is out...

"Over the course of four months, Rolling Stone Country spoke with more than 30 sources, including artists, managers and radio reps, who confirmed a climate of harassment and misconduct in the world of country radio. They reveal an environment where artists and other music professionals – especially women – are expected to be overly accessible and use sexuality as currency when visiting stations and meeting with certain program directors, or attending industry events, in the hope of having their song added into rotation "

Read the full article by Marissa R. Moss via Rolling Stone.

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Lori McKenna is the First Female ACM Songwriter of the Year Winner in 52 Years, But…

Humble and Behind...

"Of course all of this begs the question of how the Academy of Country Music could go 52 years without naming at least one female Songwriter of the Year before 2017. Is sexism in country music that rampant? And how was this overlooked for so long?"

Read the full article via Saving Country Music

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Cam Is the Feminist Powerhouse That Country Music Deserves

Renaissance revisited...

"People come up to me and they're like, 'Oh, aren't you so happy about the renaissance that's happening of women? There's so many women artists. There's so many female artists,'" she says. "When you have one female artist in the top 50 on a chart, that is not a renaissance. When you have such a small number of program directors working in radio that are women, that tiny number, that's not a renaissance. When you have the heads of labels not being women, that's not a renaissance.

"There's a weird myth that's one of the excuses: 'Women don't like listening to other women.' That's a thing that they say," she continues. "Program directors, hopefully all of them are not there anymore, very recently they were told, 'Don't play two women next to each other in the playlist,' and some of them, 'Don't play two in an hour.' ... People will say, 'No, that's not recent' and then one of the gals sitting at one of the stations is like, 'Nope, under so-and-so that was the rule.'"

- Cam

Read the full article by Sophie Schillaci‍ via ET Online

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