Latin music has long been dominated by male artists, and, oddly, during the past few years their sway has increased. There hasn't been a single female voice on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart for the past 21 weeks, and no female lead artist has been No. 1 in three years. And while nine female acts have topped the Latin albums chart since 2010, all of them, except for Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis, are veterans like Shakira and Thalia; two of them, Selena and Jenni Rivera, charted posthumously.
So why is the gender gap bigger than ever in 2015?
"Latina artists are definitely breaking boundaries, but not in the Latin market," says Gloria Trevi, who in September became only the second female act to have a No. 1 album in 2015, out of a total of 22. "After all the hard work of recording an album, you have to work even harder. Media is not simple anymore: We depend on word-of-mouth, Facebook, Twitter, streaming services. In the American market, new generations are leading and there's huge female presence."