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Billboard Magazine April 3, 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.

United States
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7 min
feeling peachy: bieber makes history atop hot 100 and billboard 200

JUSTIN BIEBER BECOMES THE FIRST SOLO MALE TO DEB UT AT No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 simultaneously as “Peaches” (featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon) launches atop the Hot 100 and parent album Justice enters at the Billboard 200 peak (see page 6). Bieber joins only BTS and Taylor Swift in having concurrently debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, an honor Swift has achieved twice. She became the first artist to pull off the feat when “Cardigan” and folklore began atop the respective charts dated Aug. 8, 2020. BTS joined the elite club when “Life Goes On” and Be soared in at the top of the tallies dated Dec. 5, and Swift repeated the feat with “Willow” and evermore on the…

3 min
world music

A MID A DEVASTATING global pandemic that put the world on pause and shut down entire industries, the recorded-music business didn’t just survive — it thrived, up 7.4% to $21.6 billion in its sixth consecutive year of growth. As usual, that increase was driven by gains in streaming — up 19.9%, as measured by record-label revenue, according to IFPI’s 2021 Global Music Report. That more than compensated for declines in downloads, mobile and other digital products (down 15.7%) and physical music (4.7%) — plus pandemic-fueled falloffs in revenue from performance rights (10.1%) and synchronization (9.4%). The top five countries, as measured by revenue, stayed the same, with relatively modest changes: The United States grew 7.3%; Japan declined 2.1%; the United Kingdom grew 2.2%; Germany grew 5.1%; and France declined 1.2%. Outside…

2 min
streaming model under scrutiny in u.k. hearings

LONDON — THE U.K. PARLIAMENTARY Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee opened hearings on the economic impact of streaming last fall. Now that the first stage of the inquiry is complete, the major labels’ power in the streaming market has emerged as a significant subject, with digital and culture minister Caroline Dinenage saying — when pressed — that she would support a referral to the Competition and Markets Authority, the U.K.competition enforcer. “The inquiry has shown that there is strong support for reform to keep the dominant multinational labels in check, provide transparency where there is little and provide our musicians with sustainable incomes,” said Ivors Academy CEO Graham Davies after the final hearing on March 22. The academy, which is an association of songwriters, has advocated for services to pay more…

3 min
sonic youth

EARLY LAST YEAR, executives at the New England music chain Newbury Comics were discussing pulling back on vinyl, thinking the format’s comeback might have run its course. Then, during the pandemic, sales picked up, thanks to a new kind of customer: young people. “The pandemic totally remade who the vinyl customer was,” says Carl Mello, Newbury’s brand engagement director. “Teenagers who haven’t had to move yet don’t know the pain of moving vinyl, so they’re the perfect people to collect it.” Increasingly, they seem to be collecting the kind of music they also listen to on streaming services: Last year’s best-selling vinyl albums were Harry Styles’ Fine Line (231,553 copies) and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (195,679), according to MRC Data. Overall, U.S. vinyl unit sales…

2 min
organized music

Independent label company Secretly Group announced March 25 it plans to recognize a newly formed employees union, the first such organization in recent years that involves workers at a label, as opposed to musicians. The nascent union told Billboard that it hopes to inspire employees at other labels to follow its example. How this goes could depend on what happens in the technology business, where in January employees at Google’s parent company formed the Alphabet Workers Union, and on March 29, workers at a Bessemer, Ala., Amazon warehouse voted on whether to unionize at a company that has aggressively resisted organized labor. “If we see a win on Amazon or whether it’s close, you’re going to see workers get inspired across industries,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research for…

3 min
hey, big spenders!

TIM KANG, A 28-YEAR-OLD software engineer from Los Angeles, became wealthy by investing early in the cryptocurrency Ethereum. But he sees more potential in blockchain, the digital-ledger technology that enables the existence of cryptocurrencies. “I’ve been waiting so long,” he says, “for something that communicates to the world that it’s about more than just cryptocurrency.” Kang found that something in NFTs, the nonfungible tokens that use blockchain as authentication and have become digital collectibles — as well as a booming new business for musicians. And he’s putting his digital money where his mouth is: So far, he estimates that he has spent about $2 million on art and music NFTs, which he does not intend to sell. His collection includes one of the 33 NFTs that mark the third anniversary of…