Women seem to be taking a hit all around the world today. From elective positions to basic human right needs, women are having a hard time getting their fair share of the shake-up, and that has translated into the music industry. For the first time since Feb. 11, 1984, no woman has a song on Billboard’s Top 10 list.
Billboard’s Top 10 list:
- Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
- That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
- Humble – Kendrick Lamar
- Sign of the Times – Harry Styles
- Something Just Like This – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
- iSpy – KYLE feat. Lil Yachty
- Mask Off – Future
- XO TOUR Llif3 – Lil Uzi Vert
- Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt
- Paris – The Chainsmokers
Billboard’s Gary Trust on the website’s letters page wrote: “Boys have hung a no-girls-allowed sign on this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.”
But to look on the bright side, no matter how shocking this statistic might come across, women have historically been well represented on the chart.
Women have had a huge presence and produced a large number of artists who have dominated the top positions. From the likes of Janet Jackson and Madonna in the 80s to Mariah Carey, Pink, Fergie, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston in the 90s. A time in which Billboard describes as the “pinnacle” of female representation on the chart with 49 percent of the number 1 songs coming from women.
You cannot forget the superstars of recent time which include Adele, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga who have ranked on Billboard’s Top 10.
Gary Trust went on to provide some sort of explanation citing the recent departures of Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” and Zayn and Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” from the chart which gives provision for the men to take over.
It was also noted that superstars like Adele, Ariana Grande and Sia have completed the singles runs of their latest albums, with the men now doing their run-ins.
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Another notable factor would be the dominance in airplay and streaming of the traditionally male-dominated hip-hop/rap genre. And if it helps, for the most part of the chart, the men are singing about women.
There is, however, hope for women around the corner. Female artists occupy numbers 11, 12, 13 and 14, on the Hot 100 list. By this time next week, normalcy will be restored and women will go back to ranking high on the Billboard’s Top 10 list.