Country singer Martina McBride is calling out Spotify for its lack of female representation. She used Instagram stories to call out the music service for the very limited selection it has for women in country music.
McBride chronicled her attempt to make a playlist of country music on Spotify. She declared the recommendations for songs was 14 pages of only male artists in the genre.
Ironically McBride chose to make an all-female playlist after listening to Sara Evans’ ‘I Learned That From You’ because the song moved her to tears.
“And THIS is what came up. ALL MALE. Come on Spotify, you can and should do better,” she captioned the stories.
— A L L I S O N (@jimisfairchild) September 11, 2019
The singer went on to inform Spotify the country music scene has recently had four high-profile singles all from women. She included images from Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Kelsea Ballerini, and The Highwomen.
McBride got her point across by stating when she was searching all she typed in was country music, but only male songs came up under the genre.
“I have no words. My heart is pounding. I can’t remember when I’ve been this mad. Can somewhat at Spotify please explain this to me?” she continued to express in her Instagram stories.
The songstress also made it clear to Spotify and her followers that her rant was not about her coming up on a list. McBride knows she is unlikely to make country music female recommendation list.
However, that isn’t stopping her from speaking out on behalf of all women in country music. She is not only frustrated for other female’s in music but also little girls, who don’t have the opportunity to hear voices like theirs. It is a disservice to girls dreaming of making in the county music world to not have female artists as a recommendation on Spotify.
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Some of you may have seen my story yesterday about the lack of women being recommended on Spotify. For those of you who didn’t you can check out the link in my bio for details. Just wanted to give you a little update. @spotify reached out to me and we sat down this morning to discuss how we can work together to fix the problem. But I want to say, it’s a much bigger issue than just Spotify. It’s an industry wide issue. Many people shoulder the responsibility within this industry. And I will be speaking my thoughts on that in the coming days. As I said yesterday, a female perspective is so important…and has ALWAYS been important…to the narrative of country music. We have an entire generation of teenage girls that have a limited example of female perspective on their radio station. And as I said in my post, if they aren’t hearing women, who is going to show them that they can also dream big dreams of being onstage and on the radio just like I did when I was a kid looking up to Reba and Patty and Loretta and Dolly and so many others? (Kathy, Suzy, Wynonna, Tanya) Music should be inclusive and it’s up to all artists and industry gatekeepers to come to the table now and work together. Yes it might mean someone taking a chance, taking a risk, doing a little extra. But let’s keep this conversation going. Part of the issue is that the gatekeepers say that listeners, especially women listeners, do not want to hear women artists. I’m not making this up. It’s been said over and over. So I want your help in making a kickass female playlist for Spotify. In my Instagram story I’m going to put an “ask anything” box for you to put in your “requests”. You can also leave them in the comments below. Tell your friends! Let’s make a difference! xo Martina #fairplay
After posting on her stories, Martina McBride chose to write a very lengthy Instagram post detailing her message. She even asked fans for their favorite female country song.
McBride showcased several photos of her and famous ladies in the country music world. Her post has gained a lot of attention from her fellow artists. She was praised by fans and her colleagues for taking a stand.
Spotify has yet to respond to the Instagram message. What are your thoughts on McBride’s words?