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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine April 20, 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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‘old town road’ shatters weekly streaming record

BILLY RAY CYRUS CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL. After the country-chart veteran joined for a remix of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” released April 5, the song logs a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 20), surging by 207% to a record 143 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music. The sum (combining the original and the remix) blasts past the record previously held by Drake’s “In My Feelings”: 116.2 million (July 28, 2018). “Road” also roars to 124,000 sold (up 454%), marking the biggest weekly total since Drake’s “God’s Plan” debuted with 127,000 (Feb. 3, 2018). “Road” additionally jumps by 142% to 28.8 million radio audience impressions. Since the week’s streaming and sales were driven by the remix, Cyrus now…

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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 REPORTING 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 • SENIOR EDITORS Danica Daniels, Lyndsey Havens 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 NEWS EDITOR, WEST COAST Colin…

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the big distro gamble

ON MARCH 27, DOWNTOWN Music Holdings announced that it was acquiring CD Baby’s parent company, paying a reported $200 million — the latest in a string of music company acquisitions of distributors. $70M Funding UnitedMasters raised ahead of its November 2017 launch Last October, Spotify announced that it would take a minority stake in, and integrate with, DistroKid to make it easier for acts that upload music to the service directly and distribute their tracks to other services as well. In February, SoundCloud announced its own version of that strategy, partnering with FUGA to offer wider distribution capabilities for SoundCloud Pro artists who own the rights to their catalogs. That same month, Universal Music Group purchased Ingrooves. And over the last few years, venture capital firms have poured tens of millions of…

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latin in the house

For most contemporary artists, the road to Coachella’s main stage typically begins as an opening act, runs through small clubs and then theaters, and ends with a commanding view of pink-hued mountains and tens of thousands of fans. Colombian trap and pop star J Balvin, who headlined Coachella with a visually mind-blowing set on April 14 — a historic first for a Spanish language artist — traveled the same route as fellow headliners Childish Gambino and Tame Impala. He just did it a lot faster. And he’s not the only one. Balvin and pop-reggaetón breakouts like Bad Bunny and Ozuna have gone from selling out 1,000-capacity clubs to 20,000-seat arenas in under three years, a breakneck pace for any artist — let alone one who sings and raps in Spanish. Recognizing…

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can the cantopop biz be saved?

Jolland Chan is one of the most prolific songwriters in the history of Cantonese pop music, with over 1,000 titles to his name, including two of the most popular karaoke songs of 2018, “Can Never Say Goodbye” and “Half Moon Serenade.” In all, six of the top 10 karaoke songs in China are Cantopop, most from the Hong Kong-based genre’s golden age of the 1980s and ’90s. It’s an era that Chan and other music industry executives in Hong Kong long to resurrect, but fear may be too late. Since the British handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, the fate of the once-prominent form of Chinese pop music has become inextricably linked with efforts by the government in Beijing to marginalize Cantonese in favor of Mandarin, mainland China’s official…

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jennifer d’cunha

LATIN MAY STILL BE SMALL, BUT it is Apple Music’s fastest-growing genre by number of streams. For 2018, the genre accounted for 69% more total streams on the service than in 2017 in the United States, outpacing the overall growth in streams of Apple Music (up 57%), Latin music on-demand (up 37%) and the U.S. music industry as a whole (up 43%), according to Nielsen Music. The trend is continuing this year. In the first quarter, Latin music grew by a greater number of streams over the same period of 2018 — 44% — than any other genre. This success came on the heels of Apple Music’s appointment of Jennifer D’Cunha to the newly created post of head of U.S. Latin business in October 2017. The intent was to focus on the…

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