Music Industry: More Inclusion, More Dievrsity than Hollywood

The latest USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative study, titled Inclusion in the Recording Studio? was released today, authored by Dr. Stacy L. Smith.

Among its findings:

Female songwriters now count for 14.4% of the most popular songs, up from 11.6% in 2018.

More than half (56.4%) of the 800 songs examined by the study did not credit one woman as a songwriter.

Less than one percent of all 800 songs featured only female writers.

Of producers, women number 2.6 percent, half of the previous year, with eight out of 1,093 producing credits going to women of color.

Looking over a period of eight years, the top two male songwriters (Max Martin and Drake) have twice as many songwriting credits than the two top female songwriters (Nicki Minaj and Rihanna — though as artists, Minaj and Rihanna are second behind Drake across genders with 21 songs each).