NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey of pop charts over the past six years finds that men overwhelmingly dominate the ranks of artists and songwriters.
University of Southern California researchers released a study on Thursday that shows women comprised just 22.4 percent of artists and 12.3 percent of songwriters on the Billboard’s singles charts. The study also finds that 2017 represented a six-year low for female artists.
Researchers examined 600 songs appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 end-of-year charts from 2012 through 2017. A total of 1,239 solo performers, duos, and bands were included.
Some of the biggest gender disparity data was shown last year. In 2017, a mere 2 percent of producers of 300 popular songs were female and only four female producers worked on the 100 top songs.