After the Ke$ha scandal of 2016, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume that music bosses and representatives have been stepping on eggshells when it comes down to the treatment of female music artists in the industry.
However, the recent disclosures from female artists this year highlight that this assumption is far from the case, leading to the conclusion that in-fact, a lot more needs to be done when it comes to women’s equality in the musical world.
Lily Allen, Annie Mac, Dua Lipa and Ke$ha herself include those involved in the expose’ of inequality in the business, all publishing statements about being ‘minorities’ and not receiving the same treatment as their male counterparts.
In March 2018, Dua Lipa spoke to GQ about the issues in the music scene, she said: ”For a female artist, it takes a lot more to be taken seriously if you’re not sat down at a piano or with a guitar, you know? For a male artist, people instantly assume they write their own music, but for women, they assume it’s all manufactured”. It is a shame that some of the highest profile performers feel it necessary to still discuss these issues and it is almost bizarre that the most respected musicians are still facing disrespect in the industry based on their gender.
The need for increased equality in the industry can be displayed in the unfair and unequal ratios of male to female line ups within the festival scene this year. ‘Reading and Leeds’ festival are just one of the events in the firing line of the public, with 32 male-dominated acts due to perform this year in comparison to a staggering seven acts with a female front-man.
Lily Allen confronted ‘Wireless’ festival back in January this year when she erased all the male names from the line-up poster which left only three female acts on the list. She then published this over twitter with the caption ‘The struggle is real’.