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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine August 10, 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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‘ran$om’ notes: lil tecca lands first top 10

LIL TECCA TALLIES HIS FIRST BILLBOARD HOT 100 top 10 as “Ran$om” roars from No. 19 to No. 10. With its official video directed by Cole Bennett, the first Hot 100 entry for the 16-year-old Queens-based rapper (real name: Tyler Sharpe) continues its sprint up the Streaming Songs chart, climbing 7-4 with 38.5 million U.S. streams, up 36%, according to Nielsen Music. The track gains by 59% to 6.1 million in airplay audience and 50% to 4,000 downloads sold. It’s also another big week for Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus), which spends a record-extending 18th frame atop the Hot 100. A week earlier, it bested “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (featuring Justin Bieber) and “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men,…

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a letter from the editors

From blues pioneers to riot grrrl bands to pop superstars, queer artists have been shaping the most popular music for generations. In this issue you’ll read about some of these early mavericks who made room for others like them, as well as current acts expanding the public’s perception of what queer artists look and sound like. As Hayley Kiyoko told Tegan Quin in our roundtable discussion, “I would listen to Tegan & Sara in my car on a road trip and be like, ‘If they can do it, I can do it.’ If you can inspire hope and give light when people are in that darkness, they will help you make this world a better place.” Billboard’s second Pride Issue is a celebration of these leaders and the power of their…

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billboard

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 Jason Lipshutz SENIOR DIRECTOR, MUSIC Dan Rys NEWS DIRECTOR Leila Cobo (Miami) VICE PRESIDENT, L ATIN 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 • SENIOR NEWS EDITOR Sarah Grant • COPY CHIEF Chris Woods • 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 CORRESPONDENT Claudia Rosenbaum • COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT Annie…

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copyright chaos?

FEW MUSIC EXECUTIVES flinched after a lawsuit over “Blurred Lines” resulted in a ruling of copyright infringement — and more than $7 million in damages — for Marvin Gaye’s estate against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams: It was just one jury verdict against songwriters who came off as unsympathetic in testimony. Then an appeals court upheld the verdict with damages lowered to $5.3 million. And on July 29, a jury ruled that Katy Perry and her co-writers had taken a six-note sequence from the song “Joyful Noise” and awarded $2.78 million to the Christian rapper Flame. $2.78M Amount a jury determined that Perry and her “Dark Horse” co-writers owed for infringement Now publishers and songwriters are beginning to worry that juries might hear copyright infringement in an increasing number of hits, boosting…

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how the divide tour conquered

On Aug. 2, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) tour became the top-grossing trek of all time, according to Billboard Boxscore. After over two years and 246 performances — with nine left to go — Sheeran has taken in $737.9 million, surpassing U2’s 2011 record of $736.4 million. At the time, U2 was a touring juggernaut that had released 12 albums over three decades — and it took the record from The Rolling Stones. How did Sheeran — a 28-year-old solo artist with three albums and just one previous arena tour — do it? “A combination of math and marketing strategies,” according to Patrick Ryan, co-founder of leading ticketing company Eventellect. “No artist has ever played in front of that many seats during one consecutive tour. So it was a matter of filling them.”…

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sony/atv, umpg post strong quarters; kobalt comes in third

Sony/ATV Music Publishing was the No. 1 music publisher of the top 100 radio songs for the seventh quarter in a row, improving its market share to 24.07% in the year’s second quarter from 22.52% in the first, with a share of 52 of those 100 tracks, down from 58 last quarter. But in Billboard’s second-ever rankings based on Hot 100 songs, rather than radio songs, Universal Music Publishing Group snatched the top spot for the quarter ending June 27, surging over 6 percentage points to a 22.62% market share and a stake in 51 of the quarter’s Hot 100 songs, including the top track, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus). For the third straight quarter, UMPG ranked No. 2 in market share for the top 100 radio…

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