Miranda Lambert is gracing the cover of the November issue of Redbook and she’s not holding back on all things Miranda.
The 33-year-old singer, who is a tell it like it is kinda gal, talked to the magazine about music, men and the music industry—essentially the disparity between men and women played on radio.
It’s a well known fact that women in country music have a much harder time getting a record deal or being played on radio. Ask a female artist how many times they’ve heard the sentence, “we have too many women already,” or “we can’t play women back-to-back on radio.” The number will probably be too numerous to count.
As far as radio, the evidence is in the charts. The only female artists that have seen consistency on the charts are superstars Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert and they still have to fight for their spots. Carly Pearce has been able to sneak in with the vulnerable hit, “Every Little Thing,” currently at No. 7 on Billboard Country Airplay chart. Very recently we’ve been seeing female artists such as Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris and Lauren Alaina find some success, but they are few and far between.
When uber-talented artists like Maggie Rose, Lindsay Ell, Cassadee Pope, Brandy Clark and a list too long mention can’t get airplay, there’s a problem and Miranda isn’t holding back on the issue.
“It’s B.S., straight up! Carrie Underwood still struggles, and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie Freakin’ Underwood,” Miranda told Redbook. “I tell them at the radio stations, ‘Just play one of us; it doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more.”
We couldn’t agree more.
Redbook on stands Oct. 24