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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine December 21, 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.

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29 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
wish come true: carey’s ‘christmas’ hits no. 1

COMPLETING A CLIMB 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING, Mariah Carey’s 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You” crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, jingling 3-1. Originally released in 1994 on her album Merry Christmas, the track tops the Streaming Songs chart for a second consecutive week (and third total frame, after a week at No. 1 last holiday season), up 27% to 44.6 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. It also takes over at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, surging by 185% to 27,000 sold (after leading the list on Dec. 24, 2005). On the Radio Songs tally, the track climbs 32-27, gaining by 11% to 34.4 million in all-format airplay audience. The song is only the second holiday No. 1 in the Hot 100’s…

2 min.
billboard 200

Ricch Rules Rapper Roddy Ricch starts straight in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his debut studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial. The set bows with 101,000 equivalent album units earned in the United States during the week ending Dec. 12, according to Nielsen Music. Of Please Excuse Me’s overall start, streaming equivalent album units comprise 98,000 (equaling 130.7 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs), along with 3,000 in album sales, and under 1,000 in track equivalent album units. The 21-year-old made his Billboard chart debut only a little over a year ago with the Feed Tha Streets II mixtape (debuting at No. 68 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 17, 2018). He claimed his first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with his featured…

1 min.

Jose Alejandro Quintana Diaz, better known by his fans as "Kingtana" is a pop-urban singer-songwriter, born in Maracay Edo., Aragua Venezuela. Since childhood, Kingtana knew his lifelong dream was to create and produce music. Entrepreneur from an early age, Kingtana created successful businesses, which has assisted him with the rise of his current success. As a bodybuilder, Kingtana represented his country both nationally and internationally, which led to his realization of his dream, thanks to the help of his son, Gregory Q who is an artist as well. He motivated his father to achieve his dream and finally Kingtana’s notebook of secret compositions would become real songs. In 2019 Kingtana created his label “Quintana Records” which has produced star musicians such as Juan Magan, Belinda, Nicky Jam, Maluma and many more.…

5 min.
dude, where’s my music?

IT’S EARLY DECEMBER and Matt Jencik can’t find any copies of A Charlie Brown Christmas. The buyer for Reckless Records, which owns three stores in Chicago, says that at this time of year the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack would normally sell a few copies a day — but Reckless can’t sell records it can’t stock. “There are holiday records I couldn’t get that have always been good sellers, like titles by Stevie Wonder, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin,” he says. “We were at a holiday fair last week and barely had anything to offer.” Since April, record stores and labels have been plagued by a distribution bottleneck that began when Warner Music Group moved its physical product to Direct Shot Distributing (DSD). The change made DSD, which also has contracts with Universal…

3 min.
tom joyner

IN 1968, A GROUP OF people protested a Tuskegee, Ala., radio station for not playing soul music. When the station owner offered the protesters a regular Saturday afternoon slot, 19-year-old Tom Joyner volunteered to DJ. He would remain behind the radio mic for over 50 years. As host of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, one of the first nationally syndicated black radio programs, his mission was to entertain, educate and empower African Americans. Now 70, Joyner’s influence was so profound that when he announced his retirement on Dec. 13, surprise call-ins to his show included Lionel Richie and former President Bill Clinton. In the mid-’80s Joyner was known as “the hardest-working man in radio” because he hosted a morning show in Dallas and an afternoon show in Chicago — flying back and…

6 min.
the fight for their rights

IN OCTOBER, NEARLY 90 music composers from countries around the world traveled to Budapest, Hungary, to attend the International Council of Music Creators General Assembly and discuss an urgent matter: streaming services’ efforts to upend the decades-old structure of how they’re compensated for their work. Traditionally, composers receive royalty payments each time their music is performed in a public setting; e.g., onstage, at a bar or in a TV series — including those viewed on streaming services. But Netflix routinely pushes to buy out those public performance rights, paying composers a one-time fee for all or most of the rights to their work, and precluding them from earning any future royalties, according to the more than three dozen composers, agents and lawyers interviewed for this story. Composers say these buyouts threaten…