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Billboard Magazine June 5, 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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4 min
smooth start: bts’ ‘butter’ bows at no. 1

BTS’ “BUTTER” ROLLS IN AT NO. 1 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100, marking the superstar South Korean septet’s fourth leader on the chart. With all four No. 1s banked in the last nine months, dating back to the fellow chart-topping debut of “Dynamite” on Sept. 5, 2020, BTS completes the quickest accumulation of four initial leaders since Justin Timberlake in 2006-07. Among groups, BTS has landed its first four No. 1s the fastest since The Jackson 5 in 1970. The Beatles hold the overall record by having notched their first four over four months in 1964. Released May 21, “Butter” drew 32.2 million U.S. streams and 18.1 million radio airplay audience impressions and sold 242,800 downloads in the tracking week, according to MRC Data. The single also starts atop the Digital Song Sales…

2 min
billboard 200

Sour’s Sweet Start Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, Sour, captures the biggest week of 2021. It arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 295,000 equivalent album units earned in the United States in the week ending May 27, according to MRC Data. It surpasses the year’s previous high, when Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) debuted at No. 1 with 291,000 units on the April 24 chart. Sour nabs the largest week for an act’s debut charting album since the Billboard 200 switched from an album sales-only ranking to a units-based list (with the chart dated Dec. 13, 2014). It beats Cardi B’s debut studio set (and first entry), Invasion of Privacy, which opened at No. 1 on April 21, 2018, with 255,000 units. Of Sour’s 295,000 units, 218,000 are streaming-equivalent units —…

1 min
billboard global 200

26 MÅNESKIN “Zitti E Buoni” The Italian quartet’s track blasts onto the Global 200 as the newly minted winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The competition’s finale was held May 22, helping propel the song’s worldwide streams to 30.1 million (up 869%) and sales to 10,600 (up 2,942%) in the week ending May 27, according to MRC Data. “We love rock arrangements but also like to match them with [lead vocalist] Damiano [David]’s melodic, pop-oriented lines or with hip-hop elements,” says bassist Victoria De Angelis. “We have such diverse musical influences that our music reflects all of them.” 148 BARBARA PRAVI “Voila” The first runner-up in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 enters the Global 200 at No. 148 (and the Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 70). The French singer-songwriter’s track arrives with 8.5…

1 min
how vinyl got its groove back

The vinyl boom only accelerated during the pandemic, generating $626 million in revenue in 2020 in the United States, where it became the No. 1-selling album format — and so far this year, sales have almost doubled compared with the same period in 2020, according to MRC Data. In a special Deep Dive report, “How Vinyl Got Its Groove Back,” Billboard looks at what’s driving the market for vinyl, as well as the problems that could threaten it. While limited editions and exclusive pressings have become new forms of merchandise drops, supply-chain issues have exacerbated pre-pandemic pressing-plant delays. Can green manufacturing help? A Billboard Pro Spotlight with the same title, sponsored by the RIAA, looks at both the format’s remarkable comeback and its post-pandemic future, with panels about what’s on…

5 min
a whole lotta letters

OVER THE PAST SIX months, artists and producers have been rushing to sell their royalty streams in unprecedented numbers as investors pour into music assets and drive prices to heady new heights. So at least two artist representatives became concerned in May when they received messages from different executives at Universal Music Group about its “corporate policy” on the so-called “letters of direction” that artists have long sent their labels, publishers and performing rights organizations when they sell their royalties — notes that instruct the company to pay the artist’s royalty buyer directly. According to one of several such emails reviewed by Billboard, received mid-May by a representative of an artist who had recently sold a royalty stream on a recording: “UMG has instituted a new policy where we are not…

3 min
jam on

WHEN THE JAM BAND Goose kicked off its five-night Bingo virtual tour last June, the Connecticut quartet wanted to mix things up beyond improvising through changing setlists every show. So it introduced a bingo machine that spit out balls with musical and aerobic challenges for the band — maybe covering Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From the Storm” or running a lap around the barn where they filmed the series. “They’re always looking for ways to make each show feel different,” says Ben Baruch, Goose co-manager and owner of management company 11E1even Group. Such spontaneity helped Goose gross nearly $500,000 in ticket sales at $15 per night or $50 for all five shows. Jam bands have quietly become the surprise earners of the pandemic thanks to devoted fans and compelling livestreams, and are now…