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Pop music’s growing gender gap revealed in the collaboration age

Left-right: Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Drake, George Ezra, Keala Settle, Jess Glynne, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande

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Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Drake, George Ezra, Keala Settle, Jess Glynne, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande had big hits last year

Three times as many male as female pop stars appeared on last year’s biggest hit singles, BBC research has found.

Ninety-one men or all-male groups were credited on the Official Chart Company’s top 100 most popular songs of 2018 – compared with 30 female acts.

And despite the success of singers like Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande, the gender gap has grown over the past decade.

Thirteen of the most popular 100 songs of 2018 were credited only to female acts – down from 35 in 2008.

Singer Mabel, who is currently in the top 10, said she isn’t surprised by the gender gap, telling BBC News: “No, I think we still have a lot of work to do.”

Rita Ora and Bebe Rexha’s manager Sarah Stennett said:

Article source: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47232677

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