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Billboard Magazine September 28, 2019

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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
MRC Media, LLC
29 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
ariana, miley and lana’s heavenly ascent

ARIANA GRANDE, MILEY CYRUS AND LANA DEL REY’S “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” launches at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The all-star single starts with 26.3 million U.S. streams, 7.5 million airplay audience impressions and 26,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The track previews Charlie’s Angels, due in theaters on Nov. 15. Based on the 1976-81 ABC TV series, the film is the property’s third movie version, following Charlie’s Angels (2000) and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003). The first film also yielded a hit by three women: the 11-week leader “Independent Women Part 1” from Destiny’s Child. Atop the Hot 100, Lizzo lands a fourth, and historic, week at No. 1 with “Truth Hurts.” The song claims the longest reign for a rap leader by a female artist…

4 min.
alexa, take center stage

FIVE YEARS AGO, when Amazon first introduced its voice-activated Echo smart speaker, it was advertised as a product that could make a grocery shopping list, tell users the weather — and play music from Prime Music or iHeartRadio. But as the smart speaker market grows, music is becoming the focus for device owners. Music engagement through smart speakers has grown overall: Earlier this year, the Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research stated that 77% of U.S. smart speaker owners use them to play music every week. This year, 17% of U.S. music listeners say they play music through smart speakers in a given week, up from 15% last year, according to Nielsen Music’s new 360 2019 U.S. report, provided exclusively to Billboard. The biggest growth has been among Gen…

3 min.
robert hunter 1941-2019

ROBERT HUNTER — the lyricist, poet and songwriter who died on Sept. 23 at the age of 78 — wasn’t a member of the Grateful Dead in any traditional sense. But as the band’s “in-house lyricist,” he helped write the majority of its most memorable songs — from the poetic “Dark Star” and the autobiographical “Truckin’” (which included the signature line “What a long, strange trip it’s been”) to its lone hit single, 1987’s “Touch of Grey.” Jerry Garcia, with whom Hunter usually collaborated on songs — and with whom he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015 — called him “the band member that doesn’t come out onstage with us.” Hunter shaped the Grateful Dead as much as any of its musicians, giving a band known for…

3 min.
the tide is hi

IN MID-SEPTEMBER, Amazon became the most high-profile company to launch a high-resolution version of its music streaming service, a move that may mark a turning point in the music industry. And with the impending adoption of 5G technology — which, while still some years away, will make it much faster to stream larger audio files — audio quality may start improving for a large portion of music listeners for the first time since CDs gave way to digital downloads. There are two options when it comes to high-quality audio: 16-bit, commonly referred to as “lossless” or “CD-quality,” which is playable on most smartphones and sound systems; and 24-bit, usually branded as “hires” audio or “Ultra HD,” as Amazon has begun calling it. “Until we came into the market, the only way…

2 min.
case act gaining steam

TWO MONTHS after it passed the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act passed the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee earlier in September — clearing it to come to a vote this year. The bill, which has bipartisan support, would create a copyright claims board within the U.S. Copyright Office that could rule on cases of copyright infringement that are too impractical to bring to federal court. The bill would give independent creators a practical way to enforce their rights without the expense of federal copyright litigation, which costs an average of $397,000, according to the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Cases would be decided by a three-judge panel of experts, with statutory damages limited to $15,000 per work and overall damages limited to $30,000 total. Although…

1 min.
sylvia rhone earns city of hope honor

EPIC RECORDS CHAIRMAN/ CEO Sylvia Rhone will make history as the first African American woman to receive the Spirit of Life Award from medical research foundation City of Hope at its annual gala, set for Oct. 10. Rhone follows 2018 recipient Jon Platt, now chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, joining a lineage of honorees that also includes industry legends Mo Ostin, Clive Davis and Quincy Jones. Stars and industry leaders alike will gather to celebrate the executive at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Alicia Keys and Sara Bareilles will sing a special duet, and Yolanda Adams—whose career Rhone helped launch while in charge of Elektra Records in the 1990s — will perform hits from her gospel repertoire. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will present Rhone with the prestigious…