For the first time since 2013, the country radio airplay chart top 10 boasts tracks from three solo female artists. In addition to Maren Morris’ former No. 1 hit “The Bones,” which is at No. 9, the Mediabase chart also features Ingrid Andress’ “More Hearts Than Mine” at No. 7 and Gabby Barrett’s “I Hope” at No. 8.
The last time three women were in the top 10 came on February 23, 2013: Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again” topped the chart, while Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” (No. 6) and Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” (No. 10) were also charting.
“I am cautiously optimistic about what we’re seeing on the charts over the last couple of months,” Dr. Jada Watson, who has studied the gender disparity on country radio, tells Variety. “There has been a slow increase not just in the number of current singles by women on the Mediabase airplay reports and weekly charts, but also in the number of spins accorded to songs by women.”
For example, she notes that the percentage of daily spins from female artists is, on average, 14.4 percent since January 2020, while in 2019 it was just 10.1 percent.