Spotify's Hot Country playlist has 3 songs by women--3 out of 51. Seems dreadful until you realize that Country Gold has ONE song by a woman, out of 51, but SIX by Florida Georgia Line alone. I wish Spotify would address this--how are songs chosen for these playlists and why are women being shut out? While it is shameful how few songs by women are played on country radio, there are currently many more singles out by female artists that would be right at home on these playlists.
I have flipped back and forth between the paid tier of Spotify and Apple Music but honestly this issue is a dealbreaker for me with Spotify, even though I prefer Spotify's pop and work out playlists to Apple's. The representation of women is certainly a big issue in country music with a lot of causes but it's terrible to see Spotify discriminate against women in the genre more than even terrestrial radio.