New study finds British female artists are underrepresented on UK radio

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Dua Lipa is one of the most played female artists on UK radio

The Gender Disparity Data report is a damning glimpse into gender inequality on British radio.

British female artists are significantly underrepresented on UK radio, according to a new study. The Gender Disparity Data report found that only 19 percent of the top 100 songs by British acts on the UK airplay chart between 1 January and 15 August were by female artists, compared to 51 percent by males and 30 percent by mixed-gender collaborations.

The study also found that across the 100 tracks, only 3 percent of producers were female. Meanwhile, just 19 percent of credited songwriters on the surveyed tracks were female, 1 percent were non-binary and 80 percent were male.

The report also analysed the top 20 songs by British artists across 31 UK stations. Female artists made up 10 percent of the most played songs on Radio 1 and Radio 6. Absolute Radio and Kerrang! had no female artists among their top 20 most played songs by British acts.

Speaking to The Guardian, songwriter and producer Kamille said: “To see that women feature so low across the board in this industry is devastating and something I feel every day working in music. This needs to change. We need more support for women. Our voices, creativity and talent need to be heard and seen just as loudly and visibly as our male counterparts.”

The report was compiled by music industry consultant, Linda Coogan Byrne, and Women in CTRL founder Nadia Khan.