Miranda Lambert: 'I had to sing with someone with a penis to get a No. 1'

Miranda Lambert says she "had to sing with someone with a penis to get a No. 1" hit.

The country superstar's duet with Jason Aldean, "Drowns the Whiskey," was released in May and hit the top spot on Billboard's Country Airplay chart -- and No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart -- by the end of the summer. It was her first No. 1 song since 2014's "Automatic," and Lambert was very candid about why she thinks the song was able to top the charts.

"Yes, I had to sing with someone with a penis to get a No. 1," she 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," she went on. "And then it goes No. 1 because it's a dude. 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."

Indeed, Lambert's latest album, "The Weight Of These Wings," went platinum, but failed to produce a Top 10 hit.

The discrepancy between men and women in country music has been a hot-button issue for years. The Tennesseean reported that just 10.4 percent of songs on the country radio charts were sung by female artists, which was a decrease from 13 percent the year before, the Washington Post notes.

Lambert and Aldean are set to perform "Drowns the Whiskey" at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, where there are zero female nominees in the night's top category, Entertainer of the Year.

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