Survey: Being a female artist in pop is a 'lonely' field

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Survey: Being a female artist in pop is a 'lonely' field
This combination photo shows music artists Rihanna, from left, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. A new survey of pop charts over the past six years finds that men overwhelmingly dominate the ranks of artists and songwriters and that 2017 represented a six-year low for female artists. University of Southern California researchers released a study that shows women comprised just 22.4 percent of artists and 12.3 percent of songwriters on the Billboard’s singles charts. (AP Photo)

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.