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General News / November 16, 2020

New Gender Disparity Report shows further inequality in Irish charts

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General News / November 16, 2020

New Gender Disparity Report shows further inequality in Irish charts

Words: Katie Gartland

The report shows shocking statistics of the disparity in Irish music charts. Of the 73 albums in the Irish music charts since 2018, only 17 were by female acts.

The second Gender Disparity Report of the year has been released today, it has focused on the inequality of Irish Charts. A report earlier in the year caused outrage among Irish female artists, it looked at disparity in Irish Radio.

Today’s report was compiled by Cian Sullivan of the Why Not Her campaign and Linda Coogan Byrne. It focused on Irish music charts from 2018 to 2020.

The report showed wide margins between male and female acts in the charts. Of the 73 albums in Irish charts if the last two years, only 17 were female artists. The report also saw no female acts hit a top 10 single since 2016.

The number one album spot has been held by a male artist since Lisa Hannigan’s ‘At Swim’ in 2016.

This report came after an initial study of the gender disparity in Irish Radio stations this June. It showed that female artists were played for less than 10% of the time of their male counterparts on the majority of Irish Radio stations.

Read today’s full report here.