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The Women of Nashville’s Music Scene Are Calling Time’s Up

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Jessica Hopper, writing at Elle:

    In the past few years, the number of female artists on country radio has been steadily declining. According to trade publication Country Aircheck, in 2016 female artists made up 13 percent of radio play; by 2017, that figure was down to a meager 10.4 percent. The country radio programmer quota–cum–excuse that fuels this inequity is that “one woman an hour” is plenty. In response, labels have grown reluctant to sign female talent, knowing that radio won’t support them. Festival and tour promoters excuse the dearth of female country acts on lineups by pointing fingers at radio and labels, insisting that there are not enough bankable female artists to draw from—just superstar headliners like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

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  2. Phil507

    Resident NYC snob Supporter

    Interestingly enough, a SPIN article on rock/modern rock radio in 1998 cited the same issue, stations would usually only play one female-fronted artist an hour to not alienate male listeners.
  3. SuNDaYSTaR

    Regular Prestigious

    It's funny you should say that because I read something recently about the fact that female artists tend to alienate female listeners as well because what men put out is more generally viewed as "universal" and "normal", whereas what women put out is regarded as having a "female perspective" to it.