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Billboard Magazine January 30, 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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olivia rodrigo accelerates at no. 1

OLIVIA RODRIGO’S “DRIVERS LICENSE” PARKS AT NO. 1 ON the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, after speeding in atop the tally a week earlier. Rodrigo’s first leader scored 59.7 million U.S. streams and 21.5 million radio airplay audience impressions and sold 27,000 downloads in its second frame, according to MRC Data. The track adds a second week at No. 1 on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts and enters Radio Songs at No. 36. It also revs 31-20 on Mainstream Top 40 and 37-24 on Adult Top 40. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter-actress initially broke through with roles on Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark in 2016 and Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series in 2019. Her background helped spark the song’s high profile, which has also been boosted by…

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billboard 200

Wallen Wows In Week 2 After Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album arrived at No. 1 with 265,000 equivalent album units earned on the Jan. 23 chart — the biggest week for a country album since 2018 — the set holds atop the list for a second week, earning 159,000 units in the week ending Jan. 21, according to MRC Data. With that hefty second stanza, Dangerous is the first country set to log two weeks of at least 150,000 units since the Billboard 200 began ranking titles by equivalent album units in December 2014. Dangerous is the first country album to spend two weeks in a row at No. 1 since Chris Stapleton’s Traveller in 2015 (on the charts dated Nov. 21 and 28), and the first country set to spend…

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billboard global 200

40 SELENA GOMEZ “De Una Vez” Gomez’s Spanish-language single starts with 28.9 million streams and 9,000 sold globally in the week ending Jan. 21, following its Jan. 15 release. It enters the U.S.-based Hot Latin Songs chart at No. 4 with 5.6 million streams and 6,000 sold. Gomez lands her second hit on Hot Latin Songs after her featured turn with Ozuna and Cardi B on DJ Snake’s “Taki Taki,” which led the list for 13 weeks beginning in October 2018. 150 ANNE-MARIE x KSI x DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS “Don’t Play” This team-up from the three English acts arrives with 1.4 million global streams. It launches at No. 2 on the Official U.K. Singles chart, where it’s Anne-Marie and KSI’s sixth top 10 each; KSI achieves his highest rank, while Anne-Marie earns her second-best, after…

2 min
a letter from the editor

AROUND THIS TIME EVERY YEAR, BILLBOARD CELEBRATES THE MOST powerful people in the music industry. Since publishing our first Power List in 2012, we’ve chronicled the influence and achievements of each year’s top music executives, invited them to an exclusive pre-Grammy gathering and then braced ourselves for impassioned “feedback” that ranges from agony to ecstasy. This year, however, the Grammys have been postponed, and the music business is admirably more focused on far more urgent matters than who’s more powerful than whom, as it struggles to survive the ravages of the coronavirus and confront its role in our society’s legacy of racial inequity. So we decided to press pause on the Power List — and all of the politicking it prompts — to highlight a broader swathe of the individuals…

6 min
the next stage

NOT EVEN JENNIFER Lopez could liven up an empty Times Square this New Year’s Eve, when she headlined the annual ball drop for a handful of shivering crew members and front-line workers. The real party was online, where a parade of flashy pay-per-view livestream concerts rang in the new year around the world: Justin Bieber marked his first performance since 2017 with a Beverly Hills, Calif., show in partnership with T-Mobile; KISS broke two Guinness World Records by setting off $1 million worth of pyrotechnics in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and BTS headlined Big Hit Labels’ three-hour celebration in South Korea with guests Halsey and Lauv. It was a fitting way to cap the year that livestreaming transformed from a niche business to an essential, eight-figure industry amid the coronavirus…

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small-island records

MINNEAPOLIS. Seattle. Atlanta. Guernsey? Most music executives probably don’t know much about the island, a 25-square-mile British Crown Dependency in the English Channel that’s best known for dairy cows and tax avoidance. But the way financial regulations there allow music publishing ventures to organize their assets and operations into separate companies has made it a surprising hot spot, and home to some prominent recent entrants in the business: Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited and Tailwind Acquisition Cor Well, sort of. Those companies don’t have real offices on the island, and their top executives aren’t among its 63,000 inhabitants. In fact, those executives are technically employed by the investment advisory firms that work with those companies: The Family (Music) Limited (which works with Hipgnosis), Round Hill Music and…