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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine July 27, 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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horse power: ‘old town road’ ties record at no. 1

LIL NAS X’S “OLD TOWN Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) rides into history on the Billboard Hot 100 as the song spends a 16th week at No. 1, matching the mark for the longest reign in the chart’s six-decade history. Two hits previously reached this milestone: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” (featuring Justin Bieber), in 2017, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” in 1995 and 1996. “Road” rules the Streaming Songs chart — also for a record-tying 16th week (equaling the domination of “Despacito”) — with 86.2 million U.S. streams, up 22%, in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music. Helping power its surge is a new remix with Young Thug and Mason Ramsey that arrived July 12. The track additionally tops Digital Song…

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billboard

Hannah Karp EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Robert Levine INDUSTRY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Ian Drew CONSUMER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Frank DiGiacomo EXECUTIVE EDITOR, INVESTIGATIVE AND ENTERPRISE REPORTING Silvio Pietroluongo SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARTS AND DATA DEVELOPMENT 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 EDITOR, WEST COAST Colin Stutz • ASSOCIATE EDITOR…

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‘it’s always a fight’

WHENEVER A PERFORMER appears on another artist’s track — like Justin Bieber with Ed Sheeran on “I Don’t Care” or Maroon 5 and Cardi B on “Girls Like You” — the stars and their labels inevitably haggle over royalties. Then comes another discussion that’s often more contentious: how the track affects the market share of the labels involved. What percentage of the sales of “I Don’t Care” are allocated to Bieber’s label, Def Jam, and how much goes to Atlantic, which has Sheeran? “It’s happening every time, and it’s always a fight,” says a record-label source. “It’s happening every day with every label, and everyone’s being super petty.” The still-unreleased “Don’t Call Me Angel,” from the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack due this fall, is performed by Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus, featuring Lana…

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reopening the asylum

Since joining Warner Music Group’s newly relaunched Asylum Records as GM last October, Gabrielle Peluso has been quietly signing artists and hiring staff. Her mission: to firmly establish the iconic label, originally founded in 1971 by David Geffen and Elliot Roberts, as a streaming-focused imprint dedicated to R&B and hip-hop. In its original ’70s incarnation, Asylum built its reputation on albums by such pioneers as the Eagles, Joni Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt. In 2004, under former Def Jam executive Todd Moscowitz, the label was revived as a home for hip-hop acts like Waka Flocka Flame, Cam’ron, Gucci Mane, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Bun B. Now, “we’re not so much revamping Asylum as reimagining it,” says Peluso. “Emerging artists are able to incubate and grow, with creative control and flexible contracts, plus…

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a major indie

Ten years ago, German media giant Bertelsmann enlisted veteran music executive Hartwig Masuch to launch BMG with three employees and the rights to a few recordings that were held back when the parent company sold its music business to Sony. Since then, the new Bertelsmann Music Group has grown to more than 850 staffers — and become the fourth-biggest recorded music and publishing company in terms of revenue, right behind the three major labels. BMG prides itself on being a different kind of music company, where many artists own their masters (and license them to the label), deal structures are less beholden to the past and costs are managed with more discipline. It was built during a decadelong corporate buying spree that started when music valuations were low. But Masuch, an…

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bmg’s big moves

MAJOR ACQUISITIONS 2014 Primary Wave (majority interest); Virgin Music Publishing (selected catalogs); Famous UK Publishing; Mute; Sanctuary 2015 S-Curve Records; Rise Records 2016 2017 BBR Music Group 2018 World Circuit Records; RBC Records MAJOR SIGNINGS 2015 RECORDED MUSIC Dave Stewart, Janet Jackson, Silbermond, Katie Melua, Emerson Lake & Palmer 2016 RECORDED MUSIC Blink-182, Rick Astley, A Perfect Circle PUBLISHING Roger Waters, Pitbull, Jamiroquai 2017 RECORDED MUSIC Nickelback, Morrissey, Avril Lavigne, Kylie Minogue, rapper Kontra K PUBLISHING Chrissie Hynde 2018 RECORDED MUSIC Dido, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards PUBLISHING Ringo Starr, Juice WRLD 2019 RECORDED MUSIC Zac Brown Band, Huey Lewis & The News, Sugar Ray PUBLISHING Cage the Elephant, Cassadee Pope…

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