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Billboard Magazine January 16, 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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6 min
ajr hits top 10 with a ‘bang!’

AJR CRASHES THE BILLBOARD HOT 100’S TOP 10 FOR THE first time as “Bang!” pushes from No. 11 to No. 9. The song ascends with 52.5 million airplay audience impressions, 8.6 million U.S. streams and 11,000 sold in the tracking week, according to MRC Data. The brother trio from New York — named after Adam, Jack and Ryan Met — charted three Hot 100 entries prior to “Bang!,” reaching a No. 65 best with “I’m Ready” in 2014. The group’s “Sober Up” (featuring Rivers Cuomo) topped Alternative Airplay for two weeks in 2018, and AJR has since logged three more top 10s on the chart, including “Bang!,” which climbed to No. 2 in June 2020. “Bang!” also continues scaling Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40, where it is the act’s…

5 min
streaming grows as records set record

NOT EVEN A PANDEMIC could slow down U.S. recorded-music business growth last year: Overall audio consumption increased 11.6% to 756.8 million album consumption units in 2020, according to MRC Data. Once again, that growth was driven by on-demand audio streams, which increased 17% to 872.6 billion; when video streams are included, on-demand listening topped 1 trillion streams for the second straight year. (Album consumption units count albums and other music, with 10 tracks equal to one equivalent album, as are 1,250 paid on-demand streams or 3,750 ad-supported streams.) Overall, streaming accounted for 84.3% of the year’s total album consumption units, up three percentage points from 2019, while sales shrank from 18.2% in 2019 to 15.8% in 2020. Just over half of those sales were physical, which accounted for 8.5% of total…

4 min
the black box battle begins

ON JAN. 1, THE Mechanical Licensing Collective officially began operations to collect and distribute mechanical royalties under a blanket license for streaming services. The Nashville-based nonprofit, led by CEO Kris Ahrend, contracted with companies to build technology to track ownership of 17.65 million musical compositions, developed a system to check the accuracy of its information and participated in 100 online conferences to explain it all. In April, the MLC plans to start paying royalties to over 8,000 rights-holder members, who by spring should be able to review their ownership data and register new compositions through an online portal. It turns out that may have been the easy part. Two questions now loom over the MLC, dividing the industry stakeholders that came together to lobby for the 2018 Music Modernization Act (MMA)…

2 min
at labels, technology hurts the radio stars

RADIO PROMOTION executives have always been the titans of T&E, jetting around the country to convince programmers from Miami to Milwaukee to play the new single they’re working. “It used to be, ‘Can we bring in the artist and put him on a Ferris wheel with the morning show?’” says Skip Bishop, a former Sony promotion executive in Nashville who now owns his own consultancy, Studio2Bee Entertainment. “But it’s not about that anymore.” There just aren’t as many programmers anymore. The pandemic has supercharged radio consolidation, and iHeartMedia, Entercom and other big radio companies are gradually replacing local personalities with syndicated shows and remote DJs recorded elsewhere. That could mean label promotion departments will focus on fewer programmers, mostly in big cities. Labels “still need promotions people, but when you get to…

2 min
having singles — in multiple

LAST JUNE, SCOOTER Braun played over a dozen new songs by his client Justin Bieber for Def Jam executive vp/head of promotion Nicki Farag and proposed a new kind of release strategy. “‘No album just yet — a single release every month,’” Farag remembers him saying. “I’m like, ‘You’re out of your fucking mind. Who’s going to want to consume that much Bieber in such a short amount of time?’ So far, though, the gambit is paying off: Since September, Bieber has released four singles in a row that have reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, and “Anyone,” his latest, debuts at No. 6 on the Jan. 16 chart. All four are now in the top 25 of the Pop Airplay chart, which suggests there’s room for more…

5 min
france’s music industry faces sex-abuse reckoning

MONTPELLIER, FRANCE As French actress-singer Lola Le Lann prepared to release her debut album in October 2020, she learned that several women had accused one of her collaborators of sexual assault. She and her label, Sony Music’s Columbia France, decided to delay the project’s release indefinitely, and by November, the Paris public prosecutor had launched an investigation into rapper Yohann Malory, who had written a song for Le Lann’s album. “With lyrics from such a person it would be a bit like slipping a snake down your throat while trying to sing in tune,” wrote Le Lann, 24, on her Instagram, without mentioning Malory by name. Malory denies the allegations. In France, Le Lann’s decision to delay her album has forced a reckoning over sexual misconduct that the music industry didn’t…