Miranda Lambert calls out sexism in the music industry: 'I had to sing with someone with a penis to get a No 1'
Lambert mentioned how she hadn't had a song in the Top 20 in a long, long time and then suddenly with Jason Aldean her song goes number 1. She says, 'because it's a dude'.
Calling out the inherent sexism and skewed gender representation in the music industry, country music star Miranda Lambert has candidly revealed the real reason why she currently has a No. 1 song on the charts. In an interview with Washington Post, Lambert said, “Yes, I had to sing with someone with a penis to get a number one." Talking about her single 'Drowns the Whiskey' with musician Jason Aldean, the country-music songstress believes that the reason the song hit number one was there was a male singer featuring on it. She continued, “It is interesting that I haven’t had even a Top 20 in a long, long time. And then it goes No. 1 because it’s a dude."
Despite her opinion, Miranda does not have any bad blood with Aldean, in fact, she considers him a close friend. “I do like this person, Jason Aldean, a lot . . . so it was a great song with an old friend," she added. Even though the singer has not had a No.1 hit in a few years, she is no stranger to success. The Nashville powerhouse has won 23 Academy of Country Music Awards and 13 Country Music Association Awards, her albums have sold millions of copies worldwide. At this year's CMA's she was nominated for three awards. Lambert is aware that her record sales are always top notch and she does not need a No.1 hit to stay relevant. She says, “But you know — if we went and looked at how many singles or records were sold for the Top 10 songs right now, I’d probably triple it on record sales. So it doesn’t matter.”
The Country Music industry has had a long-standing gender imbalance. People reports that conversations around this pressing subject were reignited in 2015 when a male radio consultant, Keith Hill, compared female artists to “tomatoes” in a “salad” of male artists. Hill also urged radio stations to play fewer songs by female country musicians if they wanted to boost their ratings. Lambert had even responded to Hill on Twitter, strongly condemning the radio consultant's opinions.
"If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,"- Keith Hill— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) May 28, 2015
This is he biggest bunch of BULLSHIT I have ever heard.
I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) May 28, 2015
Many musicians have spoken out against this continued imbalance in representation. In the podcast, 'Women Want to Hear Women', country singer Carrie Underwood spoke about the situation. She said, “I feel like shutting that door on ‘women don’t want to hear women’ because that’s BS." She continued, "Even when I was growing up, I wished there were more women on the radio. And I had a lot more than there is today. Think about all of the little girls that are sitting at home saying, ‘I want to be a country music singer.’ What do you tell them? What do you do?”
In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, the existence of such a phenomenon in the country music industry is a matter of great concern. But what is also important is that stars as famous as Lambert and Underwood are speaking up about the injustice, which could lead to a positive change in the future.
Here's the video of her latest single with Jason Aldean: