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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

May 11, 2019

Written for music industry professionals and fans. Contents provide news, reviews and statistics for all genres of music, including radio play, music video, related internet activity and retail updates.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Prometheus Global Media
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look what taylor swift and brendon urie made ‘me!’ do

TAYLOR SWIFT’S “ME!,” featuring Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, makes the biggest vault in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, blasting from No. 100 to No. 2, after it debuted a week earlier based solely on its first three days of airplay.“ME!” launches as Swift’s record-padding 16th No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, with 193,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The sum is the best since Swift’s own “Look What You Made Me Do” sold 353,000 in its first week (Sept. 16, 2017). “ME!” opens at No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 50.7 million U.S. streams and flies 27-13 on the Radio Songs list (54.1 million in airplay audience, up from 36.9 million during its first three days).The 98-spot leap for “ME!” — which…

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billboard

Hannah Karp EDITORIAL DIRECTORRobert Levine INDUSTRY EDITORIAL DIRECTORIan Drew CONSUMER EDITORIAL DIRECTORNick Catucci EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MAGAZINEFrank DiGiacomo EXECUTIVE EDITOR, INVESTIGATIVE AND ENTERPRISE REPORTINGSilvio Pietroluongo SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARTS AND DATA DEVELOPMENTRoss Scarano EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MUSICDenise Warner EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITALChristine Werthman MANAGING EDITORJennifer Martin Laski PHOTO AND VIDEO DIRECTORMelinda Newman EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WEST COAST/NASHVILLEJason Lipshutz SENIOR DIRECTOR, MUSICDan Rys NEWS DIRECTORLeila Cobo (Miami) VICE PRESIDENT/LATIN INDUSTRY LEADGail Mitchell EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R&B/HIP-HOPThom Duffy EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POWER LISTSEDITORIALFEATURES EDITOR Rebecca Milzoff • SENIOR EDITORS Danica Daniel, Lyndsey HavensCOPY CHIEF Chris Woods • INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Alexei Barrionuevo • AWARDS EDITOR Paul GreinSENIOR CORRESPONDENT Dave Brooks (Touring/Live Entertainment) • SENIOR EDITOR/ANALYST Ed Christman (Publishing/Retail)COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT Annie Reuter • SENIOR COPY EDITOR Christa Titus • COPY EDITORS Catherine Lowe, Silvija Ozols, Diane SnyderSENIOR NEWS EDITOR, WEST…

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tiktok: on the clock

VIDEO-SHARING APP TikTok, which consumers use to post their own takes on viral dance challenges and memes, helped propel Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, where it has remained for five weeks in a row. But just as the music industry is embracing the service as a valuable promotional vehicle, some of its most important licensing deals are expiring — and labels and publishers are trying to negotiate new ones that will generate more revenue.Most digital services arrange their licensing deals with major labels to ensure they don’t all end at the same time. But until recently, TikTok used deals that were grandfathered in when it acquired the startup Musical.ly in late 2017, and they have expired, according to industry sources. The…

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sony/atv reigns again; concord breaks into top 10

In the first quarter of 2019, Sony/ATV widened its lead as the top publisher among the 100 most played radio songs, growing its market share to 22.52% from 21.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018. It also posted an increase in the number of radio songs with 58, up from 56 last quarter, led by the No. 1 track for the period, Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes.”This quarter, Billboard also looked at publisher market share for the Hot 100, which factors in streaming and sales as well as airplay; Sony/ATV was also the leader there, with a 21.35% market share. In fact, the top six publishers held the same spots on each list.For the second quarter in a row, Universal Music Publishing Group ranked second, with a 17.05% market…

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’stock crash

WITH THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF the world’s most famous music festival approaching in August, Woodstock Ventures partner Michael Lang recently found himself in the same predicament he faced in the summer of 1969: running out of time to pull off the show.A week after tickets were supposed to go on sale on April 22 (Earth Day), local and state permits for the concert site in Watkins Glen, N.Y., hadn’t been approved, and Superfly, the company that investors had hired to produce Woodstock 50, wanted to cut attendance in half for safety reasons — from 150,000 to 75,000 — which would make it nearly impossible for the event to turn a profit. Meanwhile, Dentsu, the Japanese firm financing the 2019 festival, was getting increasingly nervous about the $30 million that it…

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lucas keller

IT’S A FUNNY NAME FOR A GENTILE from the Midwest,” says Lucas Keller with a laugh, referring to his 5-year-old company Milk & Honey Music. Named with a nod to the biblical promised land, Keller’s A&R- and marketing-driven management firm has become a serious contender in the music business, but with a rare twist: It has never signed a single contract. “The whole thing is done on a handshake and trust,” says Keller. “I always wanted to design the perfect management company.”With 15 employees across offices in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville, and a London offshoot opening later this year, Milk & Honey represents 48 artists, songwriters, producers, DJs and mixers — including David Hodges, Oak Felder, Sir Nolan, Charlie Handsome and DJ Oliver Heldens — whose work appears…

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