The Persistent Glass Ceiling of Music

Billboard’s “Hot 100” Since 1951

The percentage of male, female, and mixed artists in Billboard’s year end chart, 1951–2015. Data: Billboard, Gracenote.

2016 Must Be More Gender-Equal, Right?

The percentage of male, female, or mixed artists in the top 10,000 most-streamed songs on Spotify U.S. from May through September 2016. Left: all releases. Right: only 2016 releases. Data: Spotify, Gracenote.

But, women do chart more often than male artists

The male (blue) and female (red) artist with the most songs on each year’s Billboard year-end list from 1951–2015. Graphic by Diego Garcia-Olano. Data: Billboard.

Pop, rock, metal: How do genres stack up?

The percentage of male, female and mixed artists for the top 10,000 most-streamed songs on Spotify U.S. from May through September 2016, broken out by genre group. Graphic by Diego Garcia-Olano. Data: Spotify, Gracenote.

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