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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

November 14, 2020

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.

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4 min.
‘mood’: better with a view from the top

MOOD,” BY 24KGOLDN FEATURING IANN DIOR, REBOUNDS for a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100. The song drew 84.2 million radio airplay audience impressions and 19.2 million U.S. streams, and sold 7,000 downloads in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The single also rules the multimetric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for an 11th week each and Hot Rap Songs for a fourth week. It’s the first title to have led all three lists. “I think our generation grew up listening to different types of music. We don’t think about genre instinctively,” 24kGoldn recently told Billboard. “Back in the day, it was like, ‘Well, you want to be a rock star? You want to be a rapper? Or, ‘You want to be an R&B…

1 min.
billboard 200

Grande Goes For Five Ariana Grande nets her fifth Billboard 200 No. 1 as her semi-surprise studio album, Positions, debuts atop the tally. She teased the set on Oct. 14 and released it Oct. 30. It earned 174,000 equivalent album units in the United States in the week ending Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Positions is Grande’s third No. 1 in less than two years and three months (following thank u, next on Feb. 23, 2019, and Sweetener on Sept. 1, 2018), the quickest accumulation of three No. 1 proper studio albums ever by a woman. Male soloists and groups have racked up three chart-toppers faster, including Young-Boy Never Broke Again, Future and BTS. Grande is the latest female pop star to drop a No. 1 album with little notice, following…

1 min.
billboard global 200

51 MICHAEL JACKSON “Thriller” The classic surges with gains of 95% to 17 million streams and 63% to 10,000 sold worldwide in the Oct. 30-Nov. 5 tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It’s one of five Halloween-themed hits haunting the chart, followed by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers’ “Monster Mash” (No. 89; 10 million streams, up 125%), Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” (No. 119; 9.6 million, up 107%), AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” (No. 160; 9.7 million, up 21%) and Danny Elfman’s “This Is Halloween” (No. 170; 7.4 million, up 81%). 84 DUA LIPA FEAT. ANGÈLE “Fever” The English- and French-language track by the United Kingdom’s Lipa and Belgium’s Angèle debuts with 14.4 million streams and 9,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 5, following its Oct. 29 release. Angèle (full name: Angèle Van…

1 min.
songs for sale

FOR YEARS, THE VALUE OF PUBLISHING CATALOGS HAS BEEN growing, along with paid streaming. Now, even amid the economic uncertainty of the pandemic, investors are buying due to historically low interest rates, creators who need to compensate for revenue they usually make on tour and the prospect of tax changes (see story, page 24). On Dec. 3, Billboard Pro will host a Spotlight event — a day of panels, presentations and insights — with guests including Primary Wave founder/CEO Larry Mestel, plus an interview with Merck Mercuriadis, the founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund, the public company behind some of the biggest deals. Along with it, Billboard Pro will offer a Deep Dive on the subject — available Nov. 30 at billboard.com/deep-dive — with information on how to sell rights and…

5 min.
club culture

TUNE IN TO THE audio-only app Clubhouse on any given Wednesday and you’ll find a music-business panel with the likes of Scooter Braun, Parkwood Entertainment president Steve Pamon or interim Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason Jr., like a laid-back, A-list executive conference call. You could listen along as 21 Savage plays a Black Jeopardy trivia game or discusses relationships with industry figures and fellow rapper Meek Mill, their headshot profile pictures forming a grid across the minimalist iOS app. Elsewhere there are conversations about politics, sneakers and more. Since launching in March during the pandemic, Clubhouse has stepped in for those missing real-world conferences, VIP rooms and happy hours, captivating and capitalizing on the music industry’s attention. In May, Forbes reported the company was valued at $100 million in a $12…

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sale away

JOE BIDEN’S WIN IN THE U.S. presidential election has some songwriters rushing to sell their publishing rights before the end of the year. The Internal Revenue Service generally treats income from the sale or exchange of “self-created musical works” as a capital gain, currently subject to a top federal tax rate of 20%, rather than personal income. During his campaign, Biden proposed doubling to 40% the top federal tax rate on capital gains, or taxing them as personal income, which is currently subject to a top rate of 37% — although Biden has talked about raising that, too. For songwriters selling major catalogs, such a change would raise tax bills considerably. “There’s always a want-to-do by the end of the year,” says attorney Erin Jacobson, who has done deals involving the catalogs…