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Billboard Magazine February 15, 2020

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
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MRC Media, LLC
Frequency:
Biweekly
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4 min.
good ‘bones’: maren morris earns rare crossover success

MAREN MORRIS’ “THE BONES” BECOMES HER FOURTH NO. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart — and joins an exclusive club of crossover hits in the process. The song, which breaks into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 20 (rising 21-18), lifts 2-1 on Country Airplay and holds at its No. 10 high on the all-genre Radio Songs chart, up 11% to 60.8 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Fueled by crossover play — it bullets at No. 7 on Adult Top 40 — the song is the first by a solo woman and no accompanying artists to rule Country Airplay and reach the Radio Songs top 10 since Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” in 2009. Only five previous hits achieved the feat: Swift’s “Love Story” (2008-09), Carrie Underwood’s “Before…

5 min.
selling shares in sheeran

ON FEB. 6, IN A MOVE that took both Wall Street and the music business by surprise, Warner Music Group filed plans to make a public stock offering underwritten by Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. The news came just over a month after WMG competitor Universal Music Group (UMG) finalized plans to sell 10% of its equity to a group led by Tencent Holdings, in a deal that valued the music company at $33.6 billion. WMG, which had been a public company a decade ago, was purchased by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries in 2011 for $3.283 billion, and it’s thought to be worth far more now, at a time when the valuations of recording and publishing catalogs are rising across the board. The smallest of the three major labels,…

3 min.
dolby’s new direction(s)

IN A BLACKED-OUT THEATER in Hollywood, “What’s Going On” is playing — but Marvin Gaye’s voice is coming from above. The effect comes from a version of the recording remastered for Dolby’s Atmos Music format. Dolby lets audio engineers create an immersive experience using proprietary software and speakers that have Dolby technology. For all the changes in how consumers listen to music, stereo has been the standard for 40 years, in part because 5.1 surround sound and other such formats require additional speakers. But Dolby, the San Francisco audio company that licenses audio formats to theaters and consumer electronics companies, believes 3D sound is the future of music — and has convinced two of the three major labels, plus artists like Post Malone (who tells Billboard, “It was the coolest thing…

4 min.
coronavirus paralyzes china’s live sector

HONG KONG — At the 2010 World Expo, AEG unveiled its stunning new Shanghai arena. The 18,000-seat venue, now called the Mercedes-Benz Arena, was designed to be China’s version of Los Angeles’ Staples Center and a showcase for the concert giant. Jackie Chan and Andrea Bocelli christened the building, making it abundantly clear that the company — and its competitors — believed the future of the live business was in the East. A decade later, the deadly coronavirus is threatening those plans. On Jan. 24, the Chinese government closed the Mercedes-Benz Arena indefinitely. The venue’s promoter and its joint-venture partner, a media group owned by the Shanghai government, have postponed over a dozen shows until the virus is contained, and when that will be is alarmingly unclear. So far, the deadly…

4 min.
the lizzo lift

SONY/ATV FINISHED 2019 strong, holding on to the top spot in market share for both the Top Radio Airplay and Hot 100 Songs charts, thanks to Lewis Capaldi and Post Malone. During the fourth quarter, Sony/ATV had a whopping 24.93% market share of the 100 songs on the Top Radio Airplay chart — six percentage points higher than Universal Music Publishing Group at 18.81%. Sony/ATV and UMPG each owned a stake in the publishing of 54 tracks on the chart, but Sony/ATV had stakes in the top five songs, including both the No. 1 and No. 2 hits, Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” and Post Malone’s “Circles,” respectively. On Hot 100 Songs, the competition was much closer. Sony/ATV had a stake in 46 titles, including the No. 1 “Circles,” while UMPG beat that…

6 min.
christine lepera

WHEN JAY-Z AND TIMBALAND needed to defend their use of a sample in the 1999 smash “Big Pimpin’,” Christine Lepera was at the ready. Her argument was so airtight that the suit was dismissed before it even went to a jury. Legal victories like that have made Lepera one of the most sought-after copyright litigators in the music industry. In January, Lepera won a copyright infringement case for Drake, who was sued over the use of a spoken-word passage in his song “Pound Cake.” Most recently, Lepera successfully argued that the pop singer Kesha defamed her client, superstar music producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, in a text message to Lady Gaga. The ruling was a major victory for Lepera’s team in a contentious legal dispute that has been going on since…