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Carrie Underwood Looking for More Women in Country Radio

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Carrie Underwood didn’t intend to be a pioneer in country music, but that seems to be the path she is taking. The songstress is one of a few females who have found consistent success at country radio, but she says that’s all about to change.

“I would love to see that a little more equaled out, but it will happen,” Underwood tells CMT about the male-dominated charts. “We’ll get there.”

Indeed, of the top 25 songs on Billboard’s country chart, only Taylor Swift and Cassadee Pope have secured spots (at No. 21 and 25, respectively), while Miranda Lambert’s duet with Keith Urban, ‘We Were Us’ is at No. 16, and Blake Shelton‘s ‘Boys ‘Round Here,’ which includes guest vocals by the Pistol Annies, is at No. 19.

Thankfully, it seems radio isn’t necessarily an indicator of how well women are doing in country music overall. The nominees for the 47th annual CMA Awards include plenty of women in the all-genre categories, including Swift for Entertainer of the Year, Kacey Musgraves for New Artist of the Year, and Underwood, Swift and Musgraves all vying for Album of the Year.

But while Underwood might be the shining light in this era of country music, she says the credit really goes to artists like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, who paved the path for other female artists.

“I think it took all those people to pave that for us,” she says. “I still think we have a long way to go.”

Underwood’s latest single, ‘See You Again,’ landed at the top of the charts. She is currently spending time in New York city, rehearsing for the live televised performance of ‘The Sound of Music,’ which will air on NBC on Dec. 5.

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