Dua Lipa and Jess Glynne are female acts topping UK charts the most

Dua Lipa and Jess Glynne are the female acts topping the UK charts as they help stamp out gender equality

It’s been a year in which women across the entertainment industry have joined together to help stamp out gender inequality.

And it certainly seems to have paid off in the UK music charts as the gender gap between those artists who spent the most time in the top 40 disappeared almost entirely in 2018.

Thanks to the success of musicians such as Dua Lipa, 23, and Jess Glynne, 29, 49 per cent of the tracks that spent the most time in the charts featured female vocalists this year, compared to just 35 per cent in 2017.

Bridging the gap: Thanks to the success of musicians such as Dua Lipa, 23, 49 per cent of the tracks that spent the most time in the charts featured female vocalists this year

Female artists spent 310 weeks in the top 40 in total, which is not far behind the 328 weeks achieved by male artists.


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Rapper Cardi B, 26, spent the most time out of any female artist, in the UK charts this year, having clocked up an impressive 77 weeks with tracks including Girls Like You and I Like It.

Dua spent the second longest in the charts with 67 weeks, followed by Jess on 59 weeks and Ariana Grande, 25, on 58.

Making it: Dua spent the second longest in the charts with 67 weeks, followed by Jess on 59 weeks and Ariana Grande, 25, on 58

Drake, 32, is the artist who spent the most time in the UK charts this year, with his songs clocking up a total of 102 weeks inside the top 40.

The rapper also achieved the most number one singles of the year with God’s Plan in February, Nice For What in April and In My Feeling in July.

Back in 2017, songs by male artists dominated the charts with over 59 per cent thanks to the success of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

Jess Glynne broke the record for the most number one singles by a British female soloist this year, surpassing Cheryl, with whom she had previously been tied.

Champ: Cardi B, 26, spent the most time in the UK charts this year, out of all the female artists, having clocked up an impressive 77 weeks with tracks including Girls Like You and I Like It

In March, she topped the chart with Rudimental, Macklemore and Dan Caplen on These Days and then in June she hit the top spot with I’ll Be There.

The fastest-selling album of 2018 was Take That’s reimagined greatest hits Odyssey, which had a combined sales of 106,000 in its first week.

At the beginning of 2018, Grammys producer Neil Portnow came under fire for responding to the lack of female nominees at this year’s ceremony by telling women to ‘step up.’

Alessia Cara was the only standalone female artist to win a Grammy in the Best New Artist category, prompting an outcry from across the industry. 

At the top: Drake, 32, is the artist who spent the most time in the UK charts this year, with his songs clocking up a total of 102 weeks inside the top 40

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