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Billboard Magazine July 25, 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
Publisher:
MRC Media, LLC
Frequency:
Biweekly
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4 min.
juice wrld joins drake and the beatles in top 10 history

JUICE WRLD LANDS FIVE SONGS IN THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 TOP 10, joining Drake and The Beatles as the only acts ever to claim at least half of the top spots at once. All five tracks are from the rapper-singer’s posthumous set Legends Never Die, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the biggest week, in terms of equivalent album units, of 2020 (see page 8). The album arrives just over seven months after Juice WRLD died of an accidental drug overdose at age 21 on Dec. 8, 2019. “Come & Go,” with Marshmello, bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 2, with 36.4 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, along with “Wishing Well” (No. 5); “Conversations” (No. 7); “Life’s a Mess,” with Halsey (No. 9); and…

2 min.
billboard 200

WRLD Record Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die makes a smashing debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, capturing the largest week of 2020 for any album. The late star’s release earned 497,000 equivalent album units in the United States during the week ending July 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It beats the year’s previous high that The Weeknd’s After Hours logged when it bowed at No. 1 with 444,000 units on April 4. The debut of Legends Never Die is powered by 283,000 streaming equivalent album units (equating to 422.63 million ondemand streams of the album’s tracks; the largest streaming week of 2020 and fourth-biggest ever), 209,000 in album sales (boosted by over 100 merchandise/album bundle offers) and 3,000 track-equivalent album units. Legends Never Die is Juice WRLD’s second No. 1…

4 min.
‘we all must speak from one united voice’

WHAT’S IN A NAME? A lot more than many music executives realize. Since the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, record labels, prompted by organizations like #TheShowMustBe-Paused, have been tackling racism and systemic bias within the music business. At a time when the importance of Black culture keeps growing, both in terms of the rising market share of R&B/hip-hop (28.51% of audio album consumption units in the first half of 2020, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data) and the influence of those genres on pop, these renewed efforts are raising questions about what to call these genres, and — more importantly — how to ensure that the artists and executives who make them so successful are treated more fairly. On June 5, Republic Records announced…

2 min.
2020 so far: streaming up; lil baby rules

HALFWAY THROUGH 2020, U.S. music fans have consumed 361.2 million album units of music — 9.4% more than they did during the first six months of last year. Physical sales have taken a 20.3% hit during the pandemic, but audio streaming growth remains robust: up 16.2% to 419.82 billion streams from 361.14 billion at the same time in 2019. The top album so far in 2020 is Lil Baby’s My Turn, which racked up 1.467 million consumption units, while Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” is the top song, with nearly 1.07 billion streams. Five albums have surpassed the 1 million album consumption-unit milestone, compared with three during the first half of 2019. Universal Music Group’s U.S. market share dominance grew slightly, up to 38.16%, as measured by distributor ownership. Sony Music followed with…

8 min.
richard busch

I COME FROM A FIRM THAT doesn’t have connections at the record labels,” says King & Ballow partner Richard Busch, whose law firm specializes in entertainment business litigation. “When people come to me, they know they have 100% of my loyalty because I have no loyalty to anyone but my client.” That attitude often pits Busch, 53, against what he sees as the industry establishment, in the form of major labels, publishers and household-name performers. He’s best known for representing two of Marvin Gaye’s children in securing a ruling that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” infringed the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give It Up” and jury-awarded damages of $7.4 million. (That amount was reduced to about $5 million by a judge, then the ruling was…

5 min.
brace for impact

THERE’S ONE WORD THAT BEST SUMMARIZES the 2020 midyear touring charts: zero. That’s how much money the concert industry has generated since mid-March, when the world’s two largest concert promoters halted touring. It’s also how much promoters, venues and artists are forecast to make through the end of the year. Three quarters with zero revenue will be devastating for the live-music business, but the impact isn’t fully visible on the current midyear charts due to the delayed reporting window — Billboard’s midyear period covers Nov. 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020. Nearly all touring shows were pulled off the road on March 14 because of the coronavirus, meaning the midyear charts include six weeks with zero ticket sales, with most venues showing a year-over-year drop around 20% to 25%. If these charts…