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Billboard Magazine September 18, 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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5 min
drake dominates with record nine of top 10

DRAKE BOASTS ONE OF THE MOST TRIUMPHANT WEEKS in the 63-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, as he becomes the first artist to claim nine of the top 10 positions in a single frame. Among his Hot 100 haul, the superstar holds the entire top five, a feat previously achieved only by The Beatles on the chart dated April 4, 1964. “Way 2 Sexy,” featuring Future and Young Thug, launches at No. 1 with 67.3 million streams, 7.7 million in airplay audience and 7,000 sold in its first week (ending Sept. 9), according to MRC Data. It’s Drake’s ninth leader, Future’s first and Young Thug’s third. In total, Drake debuts 21 songs on the Hot 100, all from his new album, Certified Lover Boy, which enters at No. 1 on the Billboard…

3 min
world news: global charts highlights, year one

THE BILLBOARD GLOBAL 200 AND Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts launched with the lists dated Sept. 19, 2020. The two surveys are based on worldwide audio and video streams and download sales. Now, a year later, Billboard recaps the biggest and newest artists from around the world with the Global Music and Chart Report: A Year in Review. The weekly Global 200 is a ranking of songs measured by worldwide data, while the Global Excl. U.S. chart excludes U.S. data. Both collate sales and streaming data (as aggregated by MRC Data) from over 200 countries, with rankings based on a weighted formula that incorporates only official streams on the subscription and ad-supported tiers of leading digital service platforms and downloads from online music retailers. For the past 18 months, the world has…

1 min
star-studded latin music week and a wards return live

Billboard’s 31st annual Latin Music Week returns live to Miami in what will be the event’s first weeklong edition. Encompassing live nightly concerts featuring acts like Rauw Alejandro, Natti Natasha, Jay Wheeler, Justin Quiles and Anitta; three days of exclusive panels, conversations and experiences featuring Karol G, Daddy Yankee, Farruko, will.i.am, Maná and over 30 other A-list artists and executives; plus the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Sept. 23 (televised on Telemundo), the week reflects the Latin music industry’s optimistic outlook. Panels and conversations will take place at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, including a live filming of reggaetón star Nicky Jam’s The Rockstar Show and an episode of Billboard’s new video series, Cultura Clash, featuring a discussion on social justice. Presented by Samsung Galaxy, all of the week’s…

5 min
what’s a song worth?

IN SOME WAYS, THERE has never been a better time to be a songwriter. The creators of pop hits enjoy a visibility they haven’t had since before the singer-songwriter era, and companies like Hipgnosis Songs Fund, fueled by capital from outside the music industry, have helped create a thriving market for writer shares. The U.S. publishing business took in $4.08 billion last year, a nearly 10% rise over 2019, according to the National Music Publishers’ Association, with the majority of that going to songwriters — whose deals, on average, let them take home 75% of the revenue their songs generate, according to NMPA president/CEO David Israelite. Many songwriters aren’t cheering this windfall, though — in part because it pales in comparison with the money going to the recording business. The Copyright…

3 min
crossing country’s borders

AS MORE COUNTRY artists lean toward pop and listeners care less about genres, Nashville record companies are increasingly partnering with coastal counterparts to push their acts to a wider audience. The latest example is Kacey Musgraves, whose breakout 2018 album, Golden Hour, helped Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan realize the artist would need a pop partner moving forward. “That way, she could go anywhere on her creative whims,” he says. As Musgraves negotiated a new contract, she and her team picked Universal Music Group’s Interscope to partner with UMGN in a 50/50 deal to promote her new album, star-crossed, which arrived Sept. 10. This kind of arrangement is growing more common to the point that every big Nashville label now works with a pop counterpart. Sony Music Nashville has teamed…

5 min
going up!

IN 2013, WHEN THE JAPANESE technology company Softbank offered to buy Universal Music Group for $8.5 billion, some analysts were surprised that UMG parent company Vivendi declined what was characterized as a generous offer. That was before the streaming boom. In late 2019, Chinese company Tencent Holdings agreed to buy up to 20% of UMG at a price that valued the music company at $33 billion, which seemed optimistic But based on current analyst sentiment about UMG, which is preparing for a Sept. 21 spinoff from Vivendi, Tencent may have scored a bargain. In August, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Holdings hedge fund bought a 10% stake in UMG for $3.95 billion, which implies a valuation for the music company of almost $40 billion. And a dozen equities analysts have valued the…