The numbers don’t lie, and from the looks of ’em, female solo artists don’t have a lot to celebrate this week.
In the Top 60 spots on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, only five solo female artists—Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini and Brooke Eden—are represented, while 40 solo male artists made the cut. The remaining 15 spots are occupied by seven male duos, six male groups and two male/female groups. Three female artists—Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Lauren Alaina—are featured on songs by solo male artists.
The highest charting solo female artist this week is Carly Pearce, whose “Every Little Thing” is No. 24.
As a reference, last year at this time (June 25, 2016), seven solo female artists—Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Jennifer Nettles, Cam, Brandy Clark, Clare Dunn and Cassadee Pope—had singles in the Top 60 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as well as one female duo, Maddie & Tae.
If you want to go back 10 years ago to June 30, 2007, 13 solo females artists had singles in the Top 60, including Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood, Sarah Buxton, LeAnn Rimes, Sarah Johns and Sara Evans. In addition, Sugarland, Little Big Town and The Wreckers had songs on the chart. Faith Hill was represented again on “I Need You,” a duet with Tim McGraw.
Here’s the complete breakdown from this week.
Solo Male (40): Blake Shelton (No. 2), Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris (No. 3), Sam Hunt (No. 4), Dylan Scott (No. 5), Brett Young (No. 6), Luke Combs (No. 7), Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood (No. 10), Justin Moore (No. 12), Cole Swindell (No. 13), Billy Currington (No. 15), Chris Lane (No. 18), Dustin Lynch (No. 19), Kip Moore (No. 21), Jason Aldean (No. 22), Jon Pardi (No. 23), Brett Eldredge (No. 26), Garth Brooks (No. 28), Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina (No. 29), Kenny Chesney (No. 30), Drake White (No. 31), Aaron Watson (No. 32), Easton Corbin (No. 33), Eric Church (No. 34), Chris Janson (No. 35), Mogan Wallen (No. 36), Brad Paisely (No. 37), Adam Craig (No. 41), Jake Owen (No. 42), Todd O’Neill (No. 43), Russell Dickerson (No. 46), Chris Young (No. 47), Lee Brice (No. 48), Luke Combs (No. 49), Ronnie Dunn (No. 52), Michael Tyler (No. 53), Devin Dawson (No. 54), Scotty McCreery (No. 55), Granger Smith (No. 56), Gary Allan (No. 57), Jordan Davis (No. 60)
Male Duo (7): Florida Georgia Line (No. 1), Dan + Shay (No. 9), Brothers Osborne (No. 20), Locash (No. 25), Big & Rich (No. 39), High Valley (No. 44), Walker McGuire (No. 45),
Male Group (6): Rascal Flatts (No. 8), Midland (No. 14), Old Dominion (No. 16), Zac Brown Band (No. 17), LanCo (No. 38), A Thousand Horses (No. 58)
Solo Female (5): Carly Pearce (No. 24), Maren Morris (No. 27), Miranda Lambert (No. 40), Kelsea Ballerini (No. 50), Brooke Eden (No. 51)
Male/Female Group (2): Lady Antebellum (No. 11), The Railers (No. 59)
photos: Blake Shelton by David LaChapelle/NBC; Brett Young courtesy BMLG; Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini and Brooke Eden photos by Jason Simanek; Luke Combs photo by CK Photo; Justin Moore by Jason Myers/Aristo PR; Billy Currington by Joseph Llanes/UMG; Jason Aldean by James Minchin/The Greenroom PR; Jon Pardi by David McClister/UMG; Carly Pearce by Nick and Chelsea Photography/Monarch Publicity; Maren Morris by LeAnn Mueller/Sony Music