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Billboard Magazine May 15, 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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7 min
the kid laroi & miley cyrus’ ‘without you’ vaults to top 10

THE KID LAROI AND MILEY CYRUS’ “WITHOUT YOU” BLASTS from No. 23, its prior best, to No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 following the April 30 release of its remix with Cyrus. It hits the top 10 with 12.5 million streams (up 54%) and 8,500 sold (up 254%) in the week ending May 6 and 43.5 million in airplay audience (up 9%) in the week ending May 9, according to MRC Data. The track marks its first week in the top 10 on Digital Song Sales, surging 50-5, and jumps 13-6 on the Radio Songs chart. On Streaming Songs, it reenters at No. 21, likewise a new high. The Kid LAROI posts his second Hot 100 top 10 — and first in a lead role — after his featured turn, with…

1 min
pride issue

On June 5th, Billboard will publish its 3rd annual Pride issue honoring culturally moving and influential people who have contributed to the community’s history and its current landscape. Year-round Billboard and Rolling Stone celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community through the lens of music, amplifying the culture of the proud LGBTQIA+ community across our editorial channels, including Billboard Pride. Building on this platform, Billboard and Rolling Stone will be joining together for the entire month of June to celebrate love, acceptance, diversity and what it means to be queer in music. All month long, Billboard and Rolling Stone will be the go-to destination for music and entertainment Pride content. Leveraging our iconic voices within music and culture, Billboard and Rolling Stone will curate a mix of engaging video and social content featuring thought-provoking…

1 min
indie label power players

On June 5th, Billboard will publish its fourth annual Indie Label Power Players List. This special feature in advance of Indie Week (6/14-6/17) and the 10th Anniversary Libera Awards will profile leading executives at top independent record labels, publishing companies and distribution companies. Positioning themselves as the driving force behind the success of independent music, these executives contribute to the independent music sector and to the world of music at large. Take this opportunity to advertise and congratulate this year’s 2020 Indie Label Power Players. CONTACTS Joe Maimone 201.301.5933 | joe.maimone@billboard.com Lee Ann Photoglo 615.376.7931 | laphotoglo@gmail.com Cynthia Mellow 615.352,0265 | cmellow.billboard@gmail.com Marcia Olival 786.586.4901 | marciaolival29@gmail.com Ryan O’Donnell +447843437176 | rodonnell@pmc.com ISSUE DATE 6/5 | AD CLOSE 5/26 | MATERIALS DUE 5/27…

5 min
rock the vote

AFTER DECADES OF having “secret” review committees determine Grammy Award nominations in an ever-increasing number of categories, it’s majority rule again at the venerable awards show. So the nominations for the 64th annual Grammys may look a bit different when they’re announced later this year: Expect fewer surprise omissions of records that met the usual benchmarks for commercial and artistic success and cultural impact, and fewer head-scratching inclusions of projects that didn’t make a significant impression. And when the next outrage does inevitably occur, the Recording Academy can now skirt blame by pointing to an easy-to-understand nomination process that puts power back in the hands of the 11,000-person voting membership. The academy board of trustees’ April 30 vote to disband nomination-review committees — whose membership, but not existence, was kept secret…

2 min
luxury listening

THIS YEAR, MORE BIG streaming services are offering a new way to listen to music that makes it sound richer than it has in ages. The question is, How many people will pay a premium for it? Early results from Amazon Music, which launched its “high-quality, lossless audio” high-definition service in 2019, are promising. The company says that HD subscriptions ($12.99 a month for Prime members, compared with $7.99 for its standard Unlimited tier) have grown 100% globally year over year as of March. Amazon is also seeing a bump in engagement from customers upgrading to its HD option: Those subscribers streamed, on average, 11% more overall and 16% more on albums in the first 30 days after switching, and both the hip-hop and rock genres’ global market shares are 20%…

4 min
coming subtractions

THE PANDEMIC ISN’T just hurting performers who make money touring — public performance royalties have fallen as stores, clubs and concert venues close for various lengths of time. Among those affected most seriously: film composers. In nearly every major country except the United States, composers and songwriters whose work is used in movies are paid a “cinema royalty,” a special public performance fee for theatrical showings that can, in some cases, add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The fees — collected by performing rights organizations, which in turn pay creators and publishers — are pegged to box-office revenue in most territories. (They’re not collected in the United States because of a 1948 antitrust ruling against ASCAP.) Last year, however, amid pandemic lockdowns, they declined “between 50% and 90%” in…