Martina McBride ‘frustrated’ by Spotify’s lack of female representation

Martina Mcbride was left “frustrated” when she found Spotify’s Recommended Songs list contained no female artists.
The Independence Day hitmaker addressed the music streaming service on her Instagram Stories on Monday (09Sep19), sharing a series of clips that highlighted the disproportionate ratios of male and female performers on the list.
The musician, 53, became aware of the disparity when she was trying to make a “Country Music” playlist on the site. After praising the title track from Sara Evans’ 1997 album Three Chords and the Truth, the star noticed recommendations that came up were all songs by male artists – including Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line.
“Come on Spotify, you can and should do better,” she wrote.
She then claimed she refreshed the recommendations 14 times before she found a song by a female act, when country superstar Carrie Underwood finally popped up.
“And this on a week when we had four stellar releases by women,” she added, citing new albums and singles by Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, The Highwomen, Kelsea Ballerini and Sheryl Crow.
Martina went on to reflect on the cause of the issue, writing in a frustrated note to fans: “Is it lazy? Is it discriminatory?
“I’m not doing this for me obviously. I’m sure I won’t show up on any recommendations anytime soon after today,” the Concrete Angel star continued. “I’m frustrated for my sisters. For all the great female artists who are making fabulous music. For all the female writers. And most of all, for every little girl out there who doesn’t hear this music and doesn’t know that she can grow up and do it.”