Carrie Underwood ranks highest, at No. 22, with “Love Wins,” climbing 25-22, according to Nielsen Music. Among the total 60 positions on Country Airplay, seven other female artists appear: Mindy Smith (featured on Kenny Chesney's "Better Boat," at No. 27); Kelsea Ballerini ("Miss Me More," No. 32); Hillary Lindsey (featured on Randy Houser's "What Whiskey Does," No. 40); duo Maddie & Tae ("Friends Don't," No. 41); trio Runaway June ("Buy My Own Drinks," No. 44); Lauren Alaina ("Ladies of the '90s," No. 47); and Carly Pearce ("Closer to You," No. 53), according to InsideRadio citing Billboard.
"Unfortunately, I wish I could say I'm shocked by this statistic, but I'm not," says Johnny Chiang, director of operations, Cox Media Group Houston, which includes country “93 Q” KKBQ. "It's sad, really. In all other aspects of life, we're seeing women thrive by becoming CEOs, film directors, best-selling authors, etc. In country music, we really don't have the female talent to compete? That's just ridiculous."
He adds, "The disparity on the country charts just doesn't make sense and doesn't reflect the female talent we have in our midst. I don't know whose fault it is, but everyone needs to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they're contributing to this issue."