Country star Maren Morris’ album ‘Girl’ has been a decent hit on streaming services in the US, with nearly 24m on-demand streams in the US in the week of its release. But Morris has delivered a warning to streaming service about the diversity (or lack of it) in their big country playlists, in an interview with Billboard.
“My biggest fear is that streaming platforms become like country radio and only playlist men. They’re falling into that same corporate bulls**t trap that country radio is so desperately trying to get out of,” said Morris. “On some of the most popular country playlists, the first 15 songs – which is all people are ultimately in the car long enough to listen to – are all dudes.”
What better time to check how Spotify and Apple’s flagship country playlists are doing on this count? At the time of writing, Morris is the first woman you’ll find on Spotify’s ‘Hot Country’ playlist, with her album’s title track placed sixth (not including videos). The next woman is… also Maren Morris, down in 33rd spot with ‘The Bones’. Ouch. The latter track is placed second on Apple’s ‘The A-List: Country’ playlist at the time of writing, with tracks by Gabby Barrett, Hailey Whitters and Lauren Alaina also lower down the top 20.