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Billboard Magazine October 12, 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.
raising ‘hell’: lizzo resurrects second hit

LIZZO EARNS HER SECOND TOP 40 HIT ON THE BILLBOARD Hot 100 — and it’s her second to take a scenic route to the tally. “Truth Hurts” reigns for a sixth week, up 2% to 122 million airplay audience impressions, 1% to 27.8 million U.S. streams and 19% to 30,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. Meanwhile, “Good As Hell” surges 43-30, gaining by 50% to 24.1 million in radio reach, 10% to 11.4 million streams and 16% to 12,000 sold. “Truth” was originally released in September 2017, but received renewed attention thanks to a synch in the Netflix film Someone Great, which premiered in April. The song was subsequently added to the deluxe version of Lizzo’s 2019 LP, Cuz I Love You, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in September.…

5 min.
one year after the mma, challenges remain

A YEAR AGO, WHEN President Donald Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, publishers and streaming services agreed on how to build a mechanical licensing organization. Now they’re debating how much it’s going to cost. If digital service providers like Spotify and Amazon Music and the publisher-run Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) created by the MMA can’t reach an agreement on how much it will cost to build and operate the agency by Feb. 18, 2020, the two sides will head to a Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) fee-assessment proceeding. Both sides are now preparing for that, even as they adhere to a timeline constructed to help facilitate settlement negotiations. The MLC will officially begin operating on Jan. 1, 2021. In order to make that possible, the MLC board is requesting $37.25 million in startup…

3 min.
ginger baker 1939-2019

GINGER BAKER, WHO died on Oct. 6 at age 80, is best known as the drummer in the late-’60s British rock band Cream, where he showed that a drummer could be a star, as well as a soloist. And after achieving a level of fame few drummers had at the time, he moved to Nigeria and played with Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, became a formidable polo player and earned a reputation as one of rock’s more cantankerous characters. Peter Baker — nicknamed Ginger for his red hair — grew up in South London, the son of a bricklayer who died in World War II. Baker started drumming as a teenager and in his early 20s began his career in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, where he replaced future Rolling Stones drummer Charlie…

3 min.
cirque aims to score with soccer-themed messi10

THE FIRST STRAINS of Pharrell Williams’ 2015 single “Freedom” play on the stage of Cirque du Soleil’s new show Messi10, where a faceoff between two groups of performers begins. As jersey-clad teammates encourage the audience to clap to the music, three soccer players dribble and spin balls on a stage that revolves and rises, while four human jugglers mirror the freestylers’ moves — only instead of balls, the acrobats toss one another in the air. Messi10, based on the story of soccer superstar Lionel Messi, premieres on Oct. 10 in Barcelona, where Messi and his club team reign over popular culture, positioning Sony Music to score big as well. The country is also home to many Cirque fans — Spain is the Montréal-based troupe’s second-biggest market, after the United States. Following…

3 min.
travis forges ahead

WHEN RANDY TRAVIS suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2013, it was doubtful the country superstar would ever sing again. But his manager, Tony Conway, had a plan. After seeing the Nashville Symphony perform the music of Led Zeppelin, Conway organized what became The Music of Randy Travis, a tour of mostly theaters featuring Travis’ original eight-piece band. The Voice contestant James Dupré, who appeared with Travis in the 2015 film The Price, agreed to step in, while Travis, 60, watched from the front row. “If [Randy] wants to get up and throw an ‘amen’ in there, he has the opportunity to do it,” his wife, Mary Travis, told Billboard weeks before the scheduled tour. “But it wouldn’t put him on the spot.” On Oct. 7, all but three of the dates were…

1 min.
global head of music, spotify

Spotify is looking for a new executive to lead the teams and global strategy for editorial, programming, catalog, talent relations and more. (Nick Holmstén, who previously held the role, moved to an advisory position in September.) The new head of music will guide the streaming giant as it expands its global paying subscriber base. Spotify expects to have more than 1 billion paying subscribers by 2030, up from 108 million announced in July. REQUIREMENTS A background in music and technology is a must. Ideal candidates will have proven managerial skills and leadership experience because this role oversees more than 100 employees, a number of different teams and more than 5,000 Spotify-owned playlists. A flair for innovation is also key, as the global head of music is one of the most industry-facing positions…