Irish Examiner Covers The 20 Year Irish Singles Chart Data Report

Irish charts and radio “largely ignore” women and people of colour, according to the latest gender disparity report of the music industry.

The report, compiled by the Why not her? Collective, examined how female artists have fared in the Irish single charts over a 20-year period, with some years not featuring any women artists at all.

The report was compiled through an examination of weekly charts from the Official Charts Company, from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2019.

Over the 20-year period, there were 138 female chart entries achieved by 89 acts, compared with 966 male chart entries achieved by 418 acts.

For each female act that reaches the chart, 4.6 males artists reach the chart, while for each week spent on the chart by a female act, a male act spends 11.5 weeks, the report found.

– SHAUNA BOWERS, Irish Examiner

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