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Denise Chaila becomes Ireland's highest-charting female soloist for 2020 so far

It comes as radio stations across the country have come under fire for overlooking female talent.


Denise Chaila has become Ireland's highest-charting female soloist this year.


The 27-year-old Irish-Zambian rapper dropped her latest single Chaila earlier this summer in June.


The track, which pokes fun at the mispronunciation of her surname, peaked at number 8 on the Official Irish Homegrown Chart.


In the past month alone, entries by women to the chart's Top 20 has grown by 300 percent with 8 entries, compared to 2019. However, men still dominate the chart.


Fia Moon and Aimée, have seen their latest tracks Better Days and Naked, enter the chart also.


Supergroup Irish Women in Harmony, which features both women along with 37 other Irish female musicians became the first-ever female single to reach number one on the homegrown chart.


The single, Dreams, a cover of The Cranberries 1993 hit, raised €215,000 for SAFE Ireland who supports domestic abuse survivors.



It comes as a recent report has shown that Irish women in music are played on radio 90 percent less than their male counterparts.

The report highlighted how women in music are not getting ample opportunities to showcase their talent as music from Irish male musicians is favoured by radio stations across the country.


RTÉ Radio One was the only station to have a 50/50 split of male and female musicians in their top played songs for the last year.

WLR in Waterford, as well as Dublin's FM104 and LMFM, both owned by Wireless Media Group, all had zero women in their Top 20.


Denise recently performed on televised charity fundraiser, Songs From An Empty Room.


The show saw a host of Irish acts take to the stage at venues across the country, and will support two fantastic live events industry initiatives; Minding Creative Minds and the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) Hardship Fund.

Read more: Female musicians played 90 percent less than male counterparts on Irish radio

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Read more: Aimée, Soulé, Fia Moon, Lyra and more to perform live for a televised fundraiser

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