Are women in Country getting the short end of the stick? According to Carrie Underwood, women in Country music have way too hard of a time trying to break through a seeming male dominated genre and even when they do, it's like there is room for only one or two female artists at a time.
"You would think that we would be farther along in the thinking about women in country music. I like to think things are getting better, but then I see stats like and realize that women really do seem to get the short end," Underwood shared recently. "There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business. But there seems to be only room for only a few… There seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of them."
Underwood's words come just days after Billboard announced that just three of the top 25 artists on its Top Country Songs chart were solo women in both 2012 and 2013. In addition to Underwood, that top 3 included Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. Everyone else on the list was a male artist.
According to the "Before He Cheats" singer, "American Idol" really gave her a boost. If not for the hit reality competition, Underwood says she'd still be trying to break through the male dominated market.
"We see new male artists have their first single reach No. 1 on the charts, but it generally takes a female a lot longer to build momentum, Underwood told Billboard. "I know that I am an exception to this, but I [also] know that if I hadn’t made my place in country music via 'American Idol,' I probably could have tried to make it for the rest of my life and never made any progress."