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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine June 29, 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Prometheus Global Media
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taylor swift, drake debut in the top 10

TAYLOR SWIFT’S “YOU Need to Calm Down” bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 2. It’s her 24th top 10 and follows “ME!” (featuringBrendon Urie), which reached its No. 2 high on the May 11 chart. The songs are from her seventh LP, Lover, due Aug. 23 — and both have been blocked from the summit by Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus). Swift’s new single opens atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 79,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music, marking her record-extending 17th No. 1 (ahead of runner-up Rihanna’s 14); No. 3 on Streaming Songs (39 million U.S. streams); and No. 50 on Radio Songs (24.2 million in airplay audience). At No. 7 on the Hot 100, Drake debuts with “Money in the Grave” (featuring Rick…

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billboard

Hannah Karp EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Robert Levine INDUSTRY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Ian Drew CONSUMER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Nick Catucci EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MAGAZINE Frank DiGiacomo EXECUTIVE EDITOR, INVESTIGATIVE AND ENTERPRISE REPORTING Silvio Pietroluongo SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARTS AND DATA DEVELOPMENT Ross Scarano EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MUSIC Denise Warner EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL Christine Werthman MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Martin Laski PHOTO AND VIDEO DIRECTOR Melinda Newman EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WEST COAST/NASHVILLE Jason Lipshutz SENIOR DIRECTOR, MUSIC Dan Rys NEWS DIRECTOR Leila Cobo (Miami) VICE PRESIDENT/LATIN INDUSTRY LEAD Gail Mitchell EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R&B/HIP-HOP Thom Duffy EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POWER LISTS EDITORIAL FEATURES EDITOR Rebecca Milzoff • SENIOR EDITORS Danica Daniel, Nolan Feeney, Lyndsey Havens COPY CHIEF Chris Woods • INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Alexei Barrionuevo • AWARDS EDITOR Paul Grein SENIOR DIRECTOR Dave Brooks (Touring/Live Entertainment) • SENIOR EDITOR/ANALYST Ed Christman (Publishing/Retail) COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT Annie Reuter • SENIOR COPY EDITOR Christa Titus • COPY EDITORS Catherine Lowe, Silvija Ozols, Diane Snyder SENIOR NEWS…

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when you listen, they watch

WHEN SPOTIFY USERS “pre-save” certain albums or singles, labels can get enough control over their accounts to track what they listen to, change what artists they follow and potentially even control their music streaming remotely. To pre-save music, which adds a release to a library as soon as it comes out, Spotify users click through and approve permissions that give labels far more account access than the streaming giant normally grants them. This allows labels to harvest more of the consumer data that streaming companies usually guard for themselves. Labels also ask for far more permissions than they need. Spotify users who, for example, tried to presave the Little Mix single “Bounce Back” from links shared by the act or its label, Sony Music, were prompted to agree that Spotify could allow…

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elliot roberts

We met Elliot Roberts for the first time in 1999, at a club called The Starfish Room in Vancouver. Elliot had flown up from Los Angeles to see us play after hearing our first album,Under Feet Like Ours. Elliot had managed Neil Young for decades, and they ran a Santa Monica, Calif.-based label, Vapor Records, which was then distributed by Warner Music. He was interested in signing us, and we were beside ourselves. We were 19. After the show we went with Elliot to a bar. I remember feeling giddy and ordering a drink that came in a neon plastic cup. Over the next few hours Elliot regaled us with stories about his current and former clients — Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Joni Mitchell, to name a few…

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streams rise; lil nas x marks top spot

The pace of streaming growth in the United States continues at a gallop, with overall on-demand streams year-to-date rising to 507.66 billion, up 31.6% from 385.75 billion during the same period last year. But not even streaming is immune from the laws of math: As the base gets bigger, it’s harder to maintain exponential growth, and its increase so far this year is 10 percentage points lower than the 47% growth recorded at midyear in 2018 over 2017. So far in 2019, on-demand audio Lil Nas X streams reached 333.5 billion — up 27.8% from 261 billion during the same time period in 2018 — while on-demand video plays totaled 174.2 billion, a 39.6% increase over 124.7 billion in 2018. Overall, audio and video album consumption units climbed to 351.65 million,…

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umg faces class action over fire

On June 21, a putative class action lawsuit was filed against Universal Music Group on behalf of artists whose master recordings are believed to have been destroyed in a 2008 fire on the Universal Studios backlot where they were stored. The main issue: To whom did the masters belong? That suit — brought by attorneys representing Soundgarden; Hole; Steve Earle; Tom Petty’s ex-wife, Jane Petty; and Tom Whalley (on behalf of the Afeni Shakur Trust, which oversees the estate of Tupac Shakur) — seeks half of UMG’s proceeds from a legal settlement and a reported insurance payment relating to the fire, plus half of whatever value they didn’t cover. The case will come down to “good old American property rights,” says an attorney who works for several legacy acts and estates…

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