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Billboard Magazine December 19, 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
carey’s ‘christmas’ back atop the highest bough

MARIAH CAREY’S “ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song, originally released on her 1994 album, Merry Christmas, and which first led for three weeks last holiday season, adds its fourth frame at the peak. It matches the reign of the only other holiday song to have topped the chart: “The Chipmunk Song,” by The Chipmunks with David Seville, which spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1958-59. “Christmas” leads the Hot 100 with 31.4 million U.S. streams (up 19%), 27.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 11%) and 7,000 downloads sold (up 8%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It posts a seventh week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and crowns the multimetric Holiday 100 for a 43rd…

1 min
billboard 200

Mendes Goes Four For Four Shawn Mendes keeps up his perfect score atop the Billboard 200 as Wonder arrives at No. 1. It’s his fourth leader, and all four of his full-length studio albums have debuted at the summit. The set earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the United States during the week ending Dec. 10, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Mendes began his chart career with The Shawn Mendes EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Aug. 16, 2014-dated list. He followed it up with his debut full-length studio set, Handwritten (No. 1 on May 2, 2015), and his second full-length, Illuminate (No. 1, Oct. 15, 2016). He then charted two live albums outside the top 40 before his self-titled third studio set bowed atop the list dated…

1 min
billboard global 200

70 SHAKIN’ STEVENS “Merry Christmas Everyone” Originally released in 1985, the song surges by 30% to 15.6 million streams and by 40% to 2,000 sold globally. The track from the Welsh singer-songwriter originally topped the Official U.K. Singles chart for two weeks beginning Dec. 28, 1985, becoming his fourth and most recent leader on the list. It currently bounds 14-6 on the ranking, while Stevens’ collection Singled Out ranks at No. 13 on the Official U.K. Albums chart. 180 GROVER WASHINGTON JR. WITH BILL WITHERS “Just the Two of Us” The classic by Washington and Withers (above), which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981, increases by 17% to 10.3 million streams and by 24% to 1,000 sold worldwide. Helping spark its resurgence was the appearance of co-writer William Salter on TikTok…

5 min
the song streams remain the same

MUSIC STREAMING services have continued to add subscribers in the United States this year, according to MIDiA Research, growing by 11 million paying users from January to September, to 117.9 million. But in a potentially troubling sign for the recorded-music business, the number of total streams has remained the same. Since August, audio music streams have averaged 17.5 billion a week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. That’s up slightly from the early-March pre-pandemic peak, before the lockdown cut music listening by 13% to a year low of under 15 billion streams, as consumers stopped commuting and obsessed over the news. Streaming gradually rebounded, increasing 15% by the end of June — but has plateaued since then. This could actually be good news for streaming services, which for the past two years have…

3 min
setting the stage

OWNERS OF INDEPENDENT music venues across the United States have been waiting since July to see if long-delayed federal coronavirus relief funding might include support for their struggling businesses. After Congress’ attempts to pass a second round of COVID-19 stimulus have repeatedly stalled, leaders at the National Independent Venue Association are exploring how to leverage its 3,000 members for an advantage once concerts resume. NIVA has already taught some small promoters the value of collaboration with organized campaigns to raise awareness for the Save Our Stages Act, which would establish a $10 billion federal grant program to support indie venues, promoters and booking agencies. A May survey found nine out of 10 indie venues faced permanent closure by year’s end without federal support, but so far, the worst hasn’t happened: Fewer…

3 min

WHEN YOU SEE BAD BUNNY IS the most streamed artist on Spotify, people wake up and see dollar signs,” says Interscope Geffen A&M executive vp Nir Seroussi. “But it’s a very unique space.” Seroussi, the former president of Sony Music U.S. Latin, joined Interscope in 2019 to launch what he calls “the first full-fledged Latin operation within a major label,” as opposed to the Latin divisions that operate independently of their major-label parent and generally dominate the business. Interscope is only one of the mainstream labels that now want in on Latin music. Over the past year and a half, Caroline, the independent distribution/label services division of Capitol Music Group, has signed deals with Puerto Rican trap/reggaetón artists Brytiago and Omy de Oro and Bronx-based Dominican rap crew Sie7eTr3. Also this year,…