Before you eat that salad for lunch today, you may want to put your fork down and read this.
It seems radio consultant Keith Hill used lettuce and tomatoes as a metaphor to explain how fans would rather listen to male country artists.
"Trust me, I play great female records and we've got some right now; they're just not the lettuce in our salad," Hill told Country Aircheck. "The lettuce is Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females," he explained.
Well, that definitely left a bad taste in country music star Martina McBride's mouth.
McBride, who has sold over 14 million albums in the United States, used Facebook to respond to the view that women are just tomatoes in the salad.
"Wow.....just wow. Just read this from a major country radio publication. How do you feel about this statement? I especially want to hear from the females. Do you not like to hear other women singing about what you are going through as women? I'm really curious," she wrote. "Because to me, country music is about relating. Someone relating to what you are really going through on a day to day basis in your life. Did you girls (core female listeners) know you were being 'assessed' in this way? Is this how you really feel? Hmmm...."
The 48-year-old singer also included more of what Hill said for some further food for thought.
"If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out," Hill asserted. "The reason is mainstream Country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75%, and women like male artists. I’m basing that not only on music tests from over the years, but more than 300 client radio stations. The expectation is we’re principally a male format with a smaller female component. I’ve got about 40 music databases in front of me and the percentage of females in the one with the most is 19%."
Hmm, McBride's song, "This One's For the Girls" has never sounded so meaningful.
McBride's fellow female country artist Miranda Lambert told ET why girls actually are taking over country music. Watch below.: