01/25/2018 01:28 EST | Updated 01/25/2018 01:40 EST

Survey: Being a female artist in pop is a 'lonely' field

NEW YORK — A new survey of pop charts over the past six years finds that men overwhelmingly dominate the ranks of artists and songwriters.

University of Southern California researchers released a study on Thursday that shows women comprised just 22.4 per cent of artists and 12.3 per cent of songwriters on the Billboard's singles charts. The study also finds that 2017 represented a six-year low for female artists.

Researchers examined 600 songs appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 end-of-year charts from 2012 through 2017. A total of 1,239 solo performers, duos, and bands were included.

Some of the biggest gender disparity data was shown last year. In 2017, a mere 2 per cent of producers of 300 popular songs were female and only four female producers worked on the 100 top songs.

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