Prior to last year, only five all-female collaborations had reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart’s 62-year history. In 2020, however, four all-female team-ups — “WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, “Say So” by Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj, “Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce, and “Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande — reached No. 1 on the Hot 100.
So what caused this shift? And what could this mean for the future of women in music?
Watch the latest episode of Billboard Explains to find out why all-female collaborations have recently been dominating the Hot 100 chart, including a breakdown of “WAP’s” major debut, recent history made by women at the Grammys, and more.
After the video, catch up on more Billboard Explains clips and learn how Grammy nominees and winners are chosen, why songwriters are selling their publishing catalogs, how the Super Bowl halftime show is booked and why Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” was able to shoot to No. 1 on the Hot 100.