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Why is country music so male-centric right now?
For the first time in nearly 12 years, the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week is all male artists. And there's nary a woman to be found in the Top 20. For all of Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert's success, it is a man's world at country right now, dominated by songs about dirt roads, pick-up trucks and grabbing your best girl in a skirt and boots by the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Florida Georgia Line. Maybe it's that in these difficult times, people gravitate toward feel-good, simple songs, whereas many of the women are singing about weightier matters. These things are cyclical, of course, but the more that men prosper on the charts and women falter, the less likely labels are willing to sign strong solo females. Plus, most of the songs refer to women as "girls," which further strips them of power.