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Billboard Magazine November 7, 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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grande ‘positions’ herself back at no. 1

ARIANA GRANDE EARNS HER FIFTH BILLBOARD HOT 100 NO. 1 with the arrival of “Positions.” She extends her record for the most chart-topping debuts on the tally as all five of her leaders have blasted in at the summit. She pulls further ahead of Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Drake and Travis Scott, each with three No. 1 starts. Grande also becomes the first artist with three such Hot 100 debuts in a single year as “Positions” joins “Rain on Me” (with Lady Gaga) and “Stuck With U” (with Bieber) as her three 2020 chart-topping entrants. “Positions,” which arrived Oct. 23 as the title track to Grande’s new album (released Oct. 30), premieres with 35.3 million U.S. streams, 19.9 million radio airplay audience impressions and 34,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Meanwhile, Grande…

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billboard 200

Combs Back At No. 1 Luke Combs’ What You See Is What You Get returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second total week following its deluxe reissue on Oct. 23 (with a handful of new songs) — and sets a new weekly streaming record for a country album. The set, which debuted at No. 1 on Nov. 23, 2019, earned 109,000 equivalent album units in the United States during the week ending Oct. 29 (up 399%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that figure, streaming-equivalent album units comprise 76,000 (up 289%). That equals 102.26 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs — a new record for a country album, beating the record set by the album’s debut-week tally of 74 million. What You See Is What You Get is…

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billboard global 200

35 TWICE “I Can’t Stop Me” The song from the South Korean group’s second Korean-language album, Eyes Wide Open, released Oct. 26, debuts with 34.4 million streams and 9,000 sales worldwide in the week ending Oct. 9, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It debuts at No. 35 on the Global 200, where it’s the act’s first entry, and No. 20 on the Global Excl. U.S. survey, where the collective’s 2019 single “Feel Special” charted for a week in October. 72 LITTLE MIX “Sweet Melody” The third in a line of singles released in advance of the British group’s Nov. 6 album, Confetti, was streamed 18.3 million times and sold 11,000 downloads around the world in the first week, following its Oct. 23 release. The quartet, which formed in 2011 on its way to winning the…

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return of the mac

NATHAN APODACA’S cran-raspberry-sipping skateboard video, set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” became a hit on TikTok soon after he posted it on Sept. 25 — but the 22-second clip didn’t really go viral until after the band’s managers and record label juiced it. Within days, the band shared the video on its Twitter account (“We love this!”) and its label, Warner Music, began paying social influencers to spread the word. Warner started with what Kevin Gore, president of global catalog for recorded music, calls “basic blocking and tackling”: hitting up radio stations and streaming services for airplay and playlist exposure. The label also hired the Nashville startup Songfluencer, which companies employ to pay social media influencers to “add a little kerosene to the fire,” says co-founder/CEO Johnny Cloherty. Soon, a TikTok user…

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game on

IN 2019, AMAZON’S LIVESTREAM platform, Twitch, a hub for competitive gamers, was barely on music executives’ radar. Then the pandemic brought a surge in popularity — 17.5 million average daily visitors, with artists like Diplo and Mike Shinoda using it to connect with fans and bring in revenue — as well as a burgeoning licensing dispute with major-label executives that became public in late October. Twitch doesn’t have licensing deals with Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Music Group or any of their respective publishing divisions. Users stream music in their videos, and Twitch isn’t liable for any resulting copyright infringement as long as it responds to rights holders’ takedown requests, in compliance with the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. On Oct. 20, Twitch responded to a new flurry of notices…

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in a tough spot

SPOTIFY’S OCT. 29 third-quarter earnings call was full of good news. The service now reaches 320 million monthly users with 144 million paid subscribers (up from 299 million and 138 million in the previous quarter, respectively), and its advertising business “returned to growth” after a pandemic-related decline. “There’s a significant pent-up demand for Spotify around the world,” said co-founder/CEO Daniel Ek, “even in places where our service has yet to launch.” The rest of the month wasn’t so sunny. Two days earlier, podcaster Joe Rogan had right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his Spotify-exclusive podcast; Jones ranted about how Bill Gates was trafficking in vaccines that spread polio (which he’s not), angering Spotify staffers who had already spoken out about previous Rogan episodes that they considered transphobic. It’s a rare public relations…