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Billboard Magazine July 17, 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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1 min
it’s time to love an album again.

When’s the last time a new record became one of your all-time favorites? It’s probably been a while. Hey, growing up happens. You can’t keep up with everything new that comes your way. That’s why you still listen those trusty old classics. John Mayer kept listening to them too, until one day he had an idea: why not make a record that feels like those unforgettable albums we grew up loving? It’s not easy to do. You’d basically have to be John Mayer to pull it off. But he is. And he did. The result is ‘Sob Rock,’ a collection of instantly catchy and satisfying tunes, played by world-class musicians and painstakingly produced to make every note count. Just like they used to. So whether you’re mending a broken heart or hitting the…

7 min
aaron lewis flies flag for country

AARON LEWIS, FOUNDING MEMBER AND LEAD V OCALIST OF Staind, bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 14 — and scores his first No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart — with “Am I the Only One.” Released July 2, the song arrives with 4 million U.S. streams and 59,300 sold in the week ending July 8, according to MRC Data. Valory Music will begin promoting it to country radio on July 26. Lewis adds his fourth Hot Country Songs entry, besting a prior No. 39 high with “Endless Summer” in 2012. He has two No. 1s among four total top 10s on Top Country Albums: his first country release, the EP Town Line in 2011, and Sinner in 2016. Staind has hit a No. 5 best on the Hot 100,…

5 min
global money makers

ALTHOUGH THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS an increasingly global enterprise, reliably measuring the income of artists who are popular on an international scale remains an inexact science. The September 2020 launch of Billboard’s global charts, which are based on digital track sales and streaming reports from over 200 territories, has made the process more accurate, but many key metrics, such as authoritative physical and digital album sales, are currently not obtainable. In order to determine sound estimates of music’s top global artists for 2020, Billboard employed a multistep calculation process. To estimate global sales, we compared the RIAA’s physical and digital revenue report for last year with IFPI’s global revenue statistics and found that domestic physical sales made up 30.6% of total global sales (physical music video sales were not counted), while…

2 min
streams up 11%, vinyl sales double in first half

AS THE PANDEMIC ENDS, THE recorded-music business has continued to thrive: Overall, on-demand streams in the United States grew 10.8%, to 555.3 billion, in the first half of 2021 compared with the same period of 2020, according to MRC Data, with audio-only streams increasing 15% to nearly 483 billion. Globally, audio streams jumped 27.3% to 1.3 trillion. Not all the good news is digital. Vinyl sales, which have grown for the past decade, more than doubled between January and June, up 108.2% to 19.2 million from 9.2 million in the first six months of last year. Even CD sales, which have been steadily declining, posted a modest 2.2% gain, to 18.9 million units. The only serious loss was in digital sales: Album downloads fell 26.8%, to 12.9 million, while track sales…

5 min
that’s the ticket

COVID-19 HAS DEVASTATED THE concert business for over a year, but all signs point to enough pent-up demand that the touring industry could soon see a post-pandemic boom. Consumers who attended shows regularly before the pandemic seem eager to return to concert venues: Less than 15% of ticketholders requested refunds to events that weren’t canceled, according to Ticketmaster. And research shows that a significant percentage of fans who bought tickets to some of the first shows amid lifted pandemic restrictions — including tours by Bad Bunny and The Weeknd, as well as Rolling Loud festivals in Miami and New York — will be attending either their first concert ever or their first show in two years. New data compiled by Billboard reveal that new fans are entering or re-entering the market for…

7 min
nelson albareda

THE BEGINNING of 2020, Loud and Live — the Miami-based agency that combines independent promotion, brand marketing and content development — was poised for expansion. In addition to readying an in-house production studio, the company had launched a joint venture with Move Concerts, one of Latin America’s largest promoters, to expand its reach across North and South America. And Loud and Live’s slate of Latin tours — expected to net over $20 million in ticket sales — included Soda Stereo, Ricardo Montaner and Gilberto Santa Rosa. When the pandemic shut down touring, “we had all this money out on the street in artist deposits, marketing, venues,” says CEO Nelson Albareda, 45. “We went into crisis mode. ‘How do we reschedule? How do we make amends with all these artists and these…