08 9 / 2012
Just thought you might find it interesting? Moyles is leaving Radio 1 for Grimshaw… also talks about the people that choose the music. Although Fearne Cotton is to blame for her show.
10 7 / 2012
Last one before we accept the statistical inevitability…Radio One, Ferne Cotton show playlist this week: 77 musicians on 34 tracks, only 10 of which are female, the percentage is about the same, 16-17%, again less than a quarter!!!
Another related issue is the choice of artists: the females here are mianly such luminaries as Katy Perry, Adele, Rhianna and Nikki Minaj - only 2 of the 10 females are obscure, relatively new. The male artists are While She Sleeps, Alt J, Medoen etc etc, I count 12 male acts I have never heard of ( out of 34, so more than a third) The bias is therefore compounded by not promoting new female in anything like same degree . This bias is detectable in the John Holmes playlist as well - if one can be bothered to rake through it.
There is also what might be called the Richard Hawley effect. Hawley gets played on R1, R2, 6, Jools Holland, you name it, he’s there on a playlist somewhere and yet he sells no records to speak of, can’t sing and writes boring songs - how can this be? Gaga has to sell 100 million to get that kind of exposure, what’s goin on?
Submitted by Chris
10 7 / 2012
In the continuing random survey of sexist playlists i would like to nominate John Holmes’ 6 music Saturday morning show, 7/7/12, as typical of the poor representation of female artists in the media. The music chosen is also regressive in that it falls back into over-familiar ‘Capital gold’ style programming - a third of the tracks are more than 10 years old and of the 97 musicians (approx) on the 33 track playlist, exactly 16 are female - that’s 17% female!! x
Submitted by Chris
26 6 / 2012
I live on the central coast in New South Wales of Australia. Now in my house we are lovers of good old fashioned rock and roll, so of course we listen to the old rock station. I have noticed though there are very very few women in these countdowns, now this upsets me cause down here in oz one of the biggest rockstars of the 70’s and 80’s was suzi quatro I mean she was huge we still love suzi went to her sold out show last year! She was number one numerous times yet the shun her for the likes of pretty much any and all male bands. Why? she is one of the best rockers around along with Joan Jett who was huge too, lita ford, the bangles, chrissie hynde, Stevie nicks,Debbie Harry,the runaways, patty smith,the go-gos and Australia’s own diviynls these people were big so why don’t we hear them?
Submitted by Jade
26 5 / 2012
Submission by chrisdoveton:
Here are some typically sexist stats based on a quick analysis of playlists on Spotify
For instance : Various Artists - Best of British, 2011
20 artists listed on this double CD
Only 2 female artists: Joan Armatrading, Dusty Springfield
so the percentage of females is 10%
But if we analyse the total number of musicians/ band members credited:
( eg: rolling Stones = 5 members, all male
Paul McCartney and Wings = 5 members, 1 female member) we get another percentage
Totals are approximate for band members!
Male musicians: 136 musicians
Dusty and Joan
Helen O’Hara (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley (Human League)
Alabatross, Fleetwood Mac classic is before female presence in that band!
So total female musicians credited: 6
Which is 6 out of 142 total , now the percentage drops to about 4%!!!
That’s 4%…this is too easy x