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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine March 23, 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Prometheus Global Media
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pop is back on top after rap’s record reign

RAP DEFINED THE SOUND of 2018. Now, pop music has staged a dramatic comeback atop the Billboard Hot 100. Rap titles led the list for a record 34 consecutive weeks — 29 of them by Drake — from Feb. 3 through Sept. 22, 2018. But in 24 of the past 26 weeks, pop has commanded the chart, with Ariana Grande at No. 1 for exactly half that span. Her first chart-topper, “Thank U, Next,” ruled for seven weeks, while “7 Rings” returns to No. 1 on the March 23 chart for a sixth total week at the summit. The genre’s resurgence atop the Hot 100 began with Maroon 5’s seven-week leader “Girls Like You” (featuring Cardi B) and, in addition to Grande’s No. 1s, has continued with Halsey’s “Without Me” (for two…

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billboard

Hannah Karp EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Robert Levine INDUSTRY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Ian Drew CONSUMER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Nick Catucci EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MAGAZINE Frank DiGiacomo EXECUTIVE EDITOR, INVESTIGATION/ENTERPRISE Silvio Pietroluongo SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARTS AND DATA DEVELOPMENT Ross Scarano EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MUSIC Denise Warner EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL Christine Werthman MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Martin Laski PHOTO AND VIDEO DIRECTOR Melinda Newman EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WEST COAST/NASHVILLE Jason Lipshutz SENIOR DIRECTOR, MUSIC Dan Rys NEWS DIRECTOR Leila Cobo (Miami) VICE PRESIDENT, LATIN INDUSTRY LEAD Gail Mitchell EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R&B/HIP-HOP Thom Duffy EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POWER LISTS EDITORIAL FEATURES EDITOR Rebecca Milzoff COPY CHIEF Chris Woods INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Alexei Barrionuevo • AWARDS EDITOR Paul Grein SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Dave Brooks (Touring/Live Entertainment) • SENIOR EDITOR/ANALYST Ed Christman (Publishing/Retail) COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT Annie Reuter • SENIOR COPY EDITOR Christa Titus • COPY EDITORS Catherine Lowe, Silvija Ozols, Diane Snyder SENIOR EDITOR Lyndsey Havens • ASSOCIATE EDITOR Bianca Gracie • REPORTER Tatiana Cirisano • ASSISTANT…

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spotify’s strategic offensives

EARLY ON MARCH 13, SPOTIFY GENERAL counsel Horacio Gutierrez spoke on a call with journalists to explain the antitrust complaint it had just filed with the European Commission about the way Apple sets, and changes, its App Store practices. “We’ve consistently tried to play by the rules,” said Gutierrez, focusing on the fee of up to 30 percent that Apple levies on digital services using the company’s payment system for subscriptions and the restrictions it imposes on apps that don’t use it. “It’s clear why [the rules] changed: Spotify is a competitor to Apple Music. All these actions by Apple have made it untenable as a competitor.” In regulatory terms, this amounted to a declaration of war. So did Spotify’s decision in February to launch in India despite a legal injunction…

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no country for old, or young, women on tour

In January, Live Nation announced this summer’s Country Megaticket, an annual promotion that offers consumers discounted admission to a slate of eight big country tours at their local amphitheater. For the first time in a decade, none of the headliners on the Megaticket shows are women. Of the 27 support acts, only three are women, and six of the tours — by Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and Chris Young — exclude female talent altogether. The exceptions: Jason Aldean will feature Carly Pearce on his summer run, and Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack will appear on Dierks Bentley’s Burning Man Tour. The low figure reflects the difficulty women are having at country radio, with programmers saying labels don’t sign enough women and labels saying radio won’t play…

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the greatest hit of all

Eight months before HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary raised new questions about Michael Jackson’s legacy, executives at the late pop star’s record label and estate were pondering another unexpected — and unrelated — development involving his business. Jackson’s 1982 album, Thriller (33 million copies sold), had just lost the status it held for almost a decade as the best-selling album of all time in the United States, ceding the title to the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971–1975 (38 million), according to the RIAA. Though the two albums have jockeyed for the top spot since the 1980s, trading the lead five times, executives from both Jackson’s estate and Sony Music were stunned by the news that Their Greatest Hits had gained nine new platinum certifications in a single day from the RIAA for…

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rebecca allen

WHEN REBECCA ALLEN joined Universal Music Group (UMG) as a press assistant in 1999, she never dreamed that she would end up running one of its most prestigious labels. “I’ve always lived in the moment and have never really looked beyond that,” says Allen, 45, who became the first female president of Decca Records Group U.K. in May 2017. That trail-blazing status — and the responsibility it brings — is something she doesn’t take lightly. “When I became president, I started to think, ‘How can I help women manage their lives and careers so they have the same opportunities I had?’” says the married mother of two young children. “It’s something I feel passionate about.” Allen’s passion for music was ignited at an early age by her parents, both of them choir performers who…

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