Kacey Musgraves & Kelsea Ballerini call out Country Radio For Not Playing Women Back To Back
Recently on twitter, Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini expressed their thoughts on women not being played back to back on country radio stations. Other female artists, such as Shania Twain, have also spoken out about similar concerns with unfair treatment to women country artists in the past.
To all the ladies that bust their asses to have half the opportunities that men do, I’m really sorry that in 2020, after YEARS of conversation of equal play, there are still some companies that make their stations play by these rules. It’s unfair and it’s incredibly disappointing https://t.co/95CtnVLlHh— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) January 16, 2020
And yet, they can play 18 dudes who sound exactly the same back to back. Makes total sense.— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) January 16, 2020
Smells like white male bullshit and why LONG ago I decided they cannot stop me. ✌🏼 https://t.co/Ln6461sICt— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) January 16, 2020
I have a lot of thoughts on those tweets and on the subject in general, but they kinda contradict each other. I think of reasons for both sides when writing an article like this so bare with me. I never really see anyone give their opinion or reasoning as to why women aren't played as much, so I'm going to try to think of a few. For starters, the above tweet from radio station 98 KCG explains that the reason women aren't normally played twice in a row, is because the number of songs by males outnumber females. Which is actually true if you think about it. That may bring up a new argument, however; that women aren't signed or given chances as easily as men. As stated from Kacey Musgraves herself, they "play multiple dudes who sound the same". It's true but I'm not sure if that helps her argument because we're talking about country radio here. A lot of the men DO sound the same... putting out the same old shitty music you continue to get from Nashville and country radio.
But does it always have to be sexism or "white men and their bullshit?" Some of it is just because it's a business. Trust me, if women in country were making massive hits and selling out the ass all day, these stations would be playing them back to back to make money. Another thought: Do you ever pull up to a red light, only to look over and see a guy in his pick up truck blasting Kelsea Ballerina or Kacey Musgraves? Probably not. But women LOVE male country artists. So men play men, and women play men. I want more women who are talented and for more to be played, but I don't want awards associations to just start giving away awards to women over men who don't deserve them. I know that's not their argument in this case, but there are some reasons for this, whether they are bullshit or not. One thing I'll say is..women clearly have to stand out more, because the same shit from men with no talent keeps getting recycled.
Side note: The best country song from a female on radio right now is "More Hearts Than Mine" by Ingrid Andress. Well done, Ingrid.
I would also advise some of these women complaining, and men...mostly fucking men, to start actually making COUNTRY music. Maybe just make better music in general. In response to Kacey's "white male" comment, I'm just not going to go there.