Recently, so-called country radio expert Keith Hill made some controversial remarks against country music’s women. In the statement made to ‘Country Aircheck’, Hill asserts that if a country radio station wants ratings, they need to remove female artists from their roster.
“If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,” he told Country Aircheck. “The reason is mainstream country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75 percent, and women like male artists.
“The expectation is we’re principally a male format with a smaller female component. I’ve got about 40 music databases in front of me, and the percentage of females in the one with the most is 19 percent. Trust me, I play great female records, and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”
The slam on female country artists threw social media in to a frenzy with many coming to the defense of the ‘tomatoes’. Not only were fans fuming, but artists such as Martina McBride posted via Facebook in response to Hill’s comment…
and Jennifer Nettles tweeted…
making their feelings known and were followed up country music’s pistol, Miranda Lambert who was furious with Hill, and rightly so!
Not a good move, Hill…not good.