The female artists are enjoying their best performance at the top of the official UK Singles Rankings in more than 10 years, new analysis reveals.
ngos performed by either female solo artists or all-female line-ups topped the charts in 21 of the past 52 weeks.
This is the highest proportion (40%) in any 52 week period since November 2009.
This represents a major shift in the gender balance of UK number one hits, starting from a low point in autumn 2018 which saw all-female actresses take the top spot in just one. of the previous 52 weeks.
The analysis, carried out by the PA news agency, shows that the resurgence of women at the top of the charts over the past year has been driven by a mix of old and new stars.
Current number one Olivia Rodrigo has now held the No. 1 spot for eight straight weeks with her song Driver’s License.
Ariana Grande had a six-week spell at number one at the end of 2020 with Positions, plus a week at the top in June with her duet with Lady Gaga, Rain On Me.
Cardi B, starring Megan Thee Stallion (three weeks), completes 21-week tally of top women in the past 52 weeks; Little Mix (one week); and Mariah Carey, who took first place two weeks in December with her 1994 festive favorite All I Want For Christmas Is You.
The current strong streak of all-female UK number ones is a far cry from the week ending September 13, 2018, when they represented just one of the previous 52 weeks on the charts: Jess Glynne and her song I’ll Be There.
When calculating the numbers for all-female numbers one, the AP did not include songs performed by combinations of male and female artists, including mixed groups and ensembles.
Responding to the results, Emma Banks, founding agent of the Creative Artists Agency, told the PA News Agency: “I have never seen a time when women artists were so empowered to create their music.
“It’s fantastic that they are now getting the recognition they deserve and to see that reflected in the rankings.
“The recent triumph of women in the charts has been largely worn by established artists, but over the past year my team and I have signed so many spectacularly talented young women and it gives me real hope. for the continued growth of female talent in our industry. “
The last time all-female acts topped the charts for 21 out of 52 weeks was in the week ending November 21, 2009.
The female artists responsible for these 21 weeks were Lily Allen, Beyonce, Alexandra Burke, Kelly Clarkson, Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis and Pixie Lott.
In the early years of the 2010s, Adele, Katy Perry, Ellie Goudling and Little Mix ensured that all-female artists periodically took the top spot – though rarely for more than a third of weeks or so in a 52-week period. .
But long spells at number one in the 2015-18s for solo male stars such as Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Drake, and Lewis Capaldi tipped the scales further for female artists.
Since the start of the 21st century, there have been only a small number of occasions – all in the spring and summer of 2009 – where all-female artists have dominated the charts for more than half of the previous 52 weeks. .
If Olivia Rodrigo manages to continue her current run at number one, or is replaced by other all-female acts in the coming months, that feat could be repeated in the near future.
Lucy Spraggan, currently in fifth place on the official UK Albums Chart, told the PA: “I am absolutely delighted to join such a powerful list of women in the music industry at this time. Olivia Rodrigo’s Driver’s License is an amazing song that deserves to be there.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s a tough industry for women, but there have been some spectacular glimmers of hope recently.
“I would love to see festivals start to properly level the number of acts not only female, but across the bill as well. We tried to do some research this week, but it looks like I’m the only British solo lesbian to have top 10 albums since 2003.
“You don’t see a lot of women, so you in turn don’t see a lot of lesbians. I notice the lack of both everyday.