"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.