While we now see many girl bands and women singers reaching the top of the charts around the world, they are still outnumbered by the guys. So is it that there is an imbalance in music business equality, or is there a more simple explanation?
When you look at it from an outsider standpoint, you might be tempted to wonder if there is a problem with opportunities going to many more guys that girls, but the truth is more down to earth. The simple fact is that there are many more guys going into the music industry as musicians, boy bands and serious rock bands than girls.
There is what appears to be a fairly obvious explanation for this. It may all come down to the natural desires of the male of the species to attract a mate and they do it by showing off how good they are at certain things.
We all know which three major traits are most attractive to the opposite sex:
When it comes to opportunities to achieve any of those three potent characteristics, power and money tend to be the toughest to acquire (although it has never stopped the real achievers going for them). Money comes through good business sense while power comes through political success or great wealth.
But fame can come to anyone who goes after it with enough determination and persistence when they enter either the acting profession or the music profession. As many feel it is easier to sing or play a musical instrument than it is to act (at least well enough to secure a commanding presence in that arena), many young men choose to try their luck as band members, singers or performers.
The spoils of musical fame come to guys in the form of girls (often in great abundance) as well as money, fame and often notoriety. When you boil it down to fundamentals, it is the girls that most guys tend to want to become music stars (see webmusicstar.com for more on that).
Women are far less driven to attract a mate through any of the above three achievements. For a woman, it is less attractive to go into an industry that will certainly attract male admirers.
So it seems that because of the fundamental differences between men and women, it is far less desirable for a woman to be going after men in this way as it would be for a man going after women.
It is not that there is inequality in the music industry so much as there is an imbalance of desire to be a famous musician or singer between men and women. This is what accounts for the far greater numbers of male musicians and singers than females appearing in the charts and at live stadiums around the world.