Miranda Lambert On Her Latest Hit: “I Had to Sing with Someone with a Penis to Get a Number One”

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Miranda Lambert is never shy about voicing her opinion. The country star recently spoke with The Washington Post about the struggles females have at country radio. While she hit No. 1 on the country charts as a duet partner to Jason Aldean’s “Drowns the Whiskey” earlier this year, it has been four years since her ascent on the charts with “Automatic” in 2014.

“Yes, I had to sing with someone with a penis to get a number one,” Miranda told The Washington Post. “I do like this person, Jason Aldean, a lot . . . so it was a great song with an old friend.”

“It is interesting that I haven’t had even a Top 20 in a long, long time. And then it goes No. 1 because it’s a dude,” she said. “But you know — if we went and looked at how many singles or records were sold for the Top 10 songs right now, I’d probably triple it on record sales. So it doesn’t matter.”

While Miranda’s latest album, The Weight of These Wings, sold 122,000 copies in its first week, its singles failed to come close to No. 1. The Post reports that “Vice” hit No. 11 while “We Should Be Friends” peaked in the mid-20s. The album’s standout single, “Tin Man,” hit No. 22.

The singer is taking it all in stride, though. She’s still a beloved artist to country fans and recognized at the awards shows each year. She is nominated for three trophies at the CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 14).

“At this point, music’s just an in-betweener for advertisements on radio. But that’s fine, whatever. I’ll take both,” she continued. “But there’s so many other ways to find music, I feel like people can find us and find all these artists that they love in other facets besides radio.”