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Billboard Magazine

July 17, 2021

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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2 min
song of the year

Olivia Rodrigo, Dan Nigro “drivers license” This would be the first nomination in this category for both writers. Nigro, who produced or co-produced all of the tracks on Sour (and co-wrote all but three of them), is the former lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band As Tall As Lions. SZA, Carlos Muñoz, Carter Lang, Christopher Ruelas, Jacob Collier “Good Days” This mesmerizing neo-soul ballad reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, SZA’s highest-charting noncollaborative single. This would be the second nod in this category for SZA, who was nominated three years ago for co-writing the Black Panther smash “All the Stars.” Collier was a surprise album of the year candidate last year. Giveon, Sevn Thomas, Maneesh Bidaye, Varren Wade “Heartbreak Anniversary” This would be the first nod in this category for all of these…

7 min
the guitar hero

EVEN AMONG THE TREES AND THICK shrubberies lining the pathways outside Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, it’s easy to find Omer Fedi. His hair, dyed a siren red last year, makes for a blinding follicular flash that, combined with his rainbow manicure and heavy chain necklace that jangles loudly when he gets animated — which is often — immediately announces his presence. Ensconced behind the sound board at Conway’s Studio C, Fedi gives a one-word explanation for his hair inspiration: “Kurt” — as in grunge icon Kurt Cobain, who went rouge in 1992 and whose style Fedi is also invoking today, despite the 75-degree weather, in a brown and yellow cable-knit sweater. He elaborates: “I was looking around, like, ‘Nope! No one else has red hair. Might as well be me!’” It’s…

2 min

No. 3 PEAK ON BILLBOARD’S R&B/HIP-HOP AIRPLAY CHART One night in February 2020, following a high-level security shift as an officer in the Marines, Mooski went home and wrote a would-be hit in under three hours. He posted the result, titled “Track Star,” on YouTube and soon after noticed celebrities such as La La Anthony and Halle Berry playing and promoting the song on social media. By the end of the year, he started to receive calls from nearly every major label, but a six-month-long courtship by Capitol Records helped make his decision an easy one. “I’ve been counted out my whole life, and I’ve always been successful because I work hard,” he says. “I didn’t need anybody in my corner — I wanted them in my corner.” Capitol Records CEO…

5 min
the sound of (history-making) music

WHEN THE NOMINA TIONS for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced last November, Beyoncé became just the second artist in Grammy history, following Pharrell Williams, to receive two record of the year nods in the same year. And Post Malone became the first artist since Steve Winwood in the ’80s to receive a record of the year nod three years running. Who’s likely to make history when the 64th annual Grammy nominations are revealed later in 2021? From Olivia Rodrigo to BTS, here’s a closer look at the potential record-setters. BRUNO MARS Mars could land his sixth record of the year nomination for “Leave the Door Open,” his homage to ’70s soul that he recorded with Anderson .Paak as Silk Sonic. Mars would become just the third artist in Grammy history to…

2 min
streams up 11%, vinyl sales double in first half

AS THE PANDEMIC ENDS, THE recorded-music business has continued to thrive: Overall, on-demand streams in the United States grew 10.8%, to 555.3 billion, in the first half of 2021 compared with the same period of 2020, according to MRC Data, with audio-only streams increasing 15% to nearly 483 billion. Globally, audio streams jumped 27.3% to 1.3 trillion. Not all the good news is digital. Vinyl sales, which have grown for the past decade, more than doubled between January and June, up 108.2% to 19.2 million from 9.2 million in the first six months of last year. Even CD sales, which have been steadily declining, posted a modest 2.2% gain, to 18.9 million units. The only serious loss was in digital sales: Album downloads fell 26.8%, to 12.9 million, while track sales…

6 min
‘we’re the thread, but each suit is custom-tailored’

WHEN MARY J. BLIGE listened to her recording of “Spinnin” for Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis’ new album, Jam & Lewis Volume One, she asked Jam (birth name: James Harris) to convey a message to his partner: “‘You tell Terry that he killed me on that vocal, but it’s amazing,’” he recalls her saying. Blige was referring to the number of takes Lewis had her do for “Spinnin” to get a performance that packs a lasting emotional wallop. While some producers use Auto-Tune to tweak vocals, Lewis says, “Tuning instead of takes is blasphemy. I’ll do that with any artist because you’ve got to move me.” The version of “Spinnin” on Volume One, which BMG released July 9, does that. “Whenever I play Mary’s song now, I always run the bridge…