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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

November 2, 2019

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Prometheus Global Media
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lewis capaldi hits no. 1 with ‘someone you loved’

AFTER TOPPING MULTIPLE CHARTS GLOBALLY, INCLUDING the Official U.K. Singles survey for seven weeks beginning in March, Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” crowns the Billboard Hot 100. The song by the 23-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter takes over at No. 1 on the tally (dated Nov. 2) with 105.6 million radio audience impressions, 25.2 million U.S. streams and 24,000 sold in the latest tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. The track’s profile was boosted further when it was played during a routine on the Oct. 21 episode of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Concurrently, parent set Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent hits a new No. 21 high on the Billboard 200, upping its count to 388,000 equivalent album units earned to date. The fact that a piano ballad rules the Hot 100 without the…

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HANNAH KARP EDITORIAL DIRECTOR ROBERT LEVINE INDUSTRY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR IAN DREW CONSUMER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR FRANK DIGIACOMO EXECUTIVE EDITOR, INVESTIGATION ENTERPRISE SILVIO PIETROLUONGO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARTS AND DATA DEVELOPMENT DENISE WARNER EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL CHRISTINE WERTHMAN MANAGING EDITOR JENNIFER MARTIN LASKI EXECUTIVE PHOTO AND VIDEO DIRECTOR ALEXIS COOK CREATIVE DIRECTOR MELINDA NEWMAN EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WEST COAST/NASHVILLE LEILA COBO VICE PRESIDENT/LATIN INDUSTRY LEAD GAIL MITCHELL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R&B/HIP-HOP THOM DUFFY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POWER LISTS JASON LIPSHUTZ SENIOR DIRECTOR, MUSIC REBECCA MILZOFF FEATURES EDITOR EDITORIAL SENIOR EDITORS Colin Stutz (Industry News), Sarah Grant (The Market), Lyndsey Havens (The Sound), Nolan Feeney (Features), Danica Daniel (The Players) INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Alexei Barrionuevo • AWARDS EDITOR Paul Grein SENIOR DIRECTOR Dave Brooks (Touring/Live Entertainment) • LEAD ANALYST Glenn Peoples • SENIOR EDITOR/ANALYST Ed Christman (Publishing/Retail) • SENIOR WRITER Dan Rys SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Claudia Rosenbaum • COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT Annie Reuter • EDITORS AT LARGE Steve…

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spotify basks in the black

FOR YEARS, MUSIC AND technology executives have wondered how a standalone streaming service can turn a profit. If so, how big must it become? In the case of Spotify, the answer is revenue of $1.92 billion in one quarter and $5.44 billion over nine months. In third-quarter 2019, the music streaming giant turned a $60 million operating profit on $1.92 billion of revenue and has eked out a $4.4 million operating profit over the first nine months of the year. Investors were impressed by financial gains, subscribers growing to 113 million and monthly active users reaching 248 million. Spotify’s share price jumped 19% on Oct. 28, adding $4 billion of market capitalization — even as its shares still trade 16% below the price at which the company debuted on the New…

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podcasts hit the road

IN LATE 2016, FORMER Obama White House staffers Jon Favreau, Daniel Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor decided to retool their podcast Keepin’ It 1600 to do some good, since Donald Trump was going to be president. The revamped show, called Pod Save America, now draws an average of 1.5 million listeners per episode and in August hit a somewhat improbable milestone: a live taping at an amphitheater better known for concerts by Ringo Starr and Kacey Musgraves. At the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, the four hosts invited musical guests such as Maggie Rogers, Best Coast and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James to perform onstage. “You have to have a show,” says WME agent Kevin Shivers, who works on the Pod Save America tour. “People don’t want to show…

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sony/atv rules again in q3

SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING WAS THE No. 1 publisher among both the top 100 radio songs (22.96% share) and Hot 100 songs (23.96% share) for the third quarter of 2019. That marks the eighth straight quarter it topped the radio songs list, while it wrested the top spot among Hot 100 songs away from Universal Music Publishing Group (22.93%), recording the highest market share since Billboard started tracking shares of those songs at the beginning of this year. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” was the No. 1 Hot 100 song, while Khalid had the No. 1 airplay song with “Talk” and was also the top writer for that list in the third quarter. Sony/ATV had a share in 56 of the top 100 radio songs, including “Talk,” in which UMPG —…

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passman updates music biz tome

WHEN IT COMES TO THE MUSIC business, Don Passman has seen it all — and written the book on it. The attorney is best known for his seminal All You Need to Know About the Music Business (Simon & Schuster), a detailed handbook with engaging anecdotes and humor, which will be rereleased in its 10th edition on Nov. 2. (The first was published in 1991.) Passman is also known for writing three fiction novels. “In a novel, you’re trying to make people feel something,” he says. “In the music book, you’re trying to make people not feel bored.” It has been four years since the last update, not the usual two or three. Why now? Because the industry changed so radically [that] it was a moving target to get this thing current.…

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