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Billboard Magazine January 11, 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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29 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
post malone ‘circles’ back to no. 1, bieber set to bow

POST MALONE’S “CIRCLES” RETURNS TO THE TOP OF THE Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 11) for a third total week at No. 1, reigning with 102.1 million in all-format radio airplay audience, 24.2 million U.S. streams and 23,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. Boosting the song’s profile during the tracking week, the singer-rapper performed it live on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. “Circles” resurges after a four-week interruption by The Weeknd’s “Heartless” (one week at No. 1) and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (three). Next, Justin Bieber’s “Yummy” is set to launch on the Jan. 18 Hot 100. Released at midnight ET on Jan. 3, his first solo material since his 2015 album, Purpose, starts at No. 38 on the Radio Songs chart…

4 min.
live domination?

ON DEC. 20, 2019, THE U.S. Department of Justice released the terms of its settlement with Live Nation. It found five separate instances in which the concert promoter allegedly violated the terms of the consent decree governing its 2010 merger with Ticketmaster, paving the way for a possible federal lawsuit against the company. But instead of suing Live Nation, assistant attorney general for the antitrust division Makan Delrahim announced he reached a settlement with Live Nation. The consent decree would be extended five more years and Live Nation would face stiffer penalties if it retaliated against venues that didn’t use its ticketing service or made threats to withhold content. But the law didn’t prevent Live Nation from bundling concerts with ticketing deals or giving preference to venues that use Ticketmaster, taking…

2 min.
can the carlyle group shake it off?

IN HER SONG “BLANK Space,” Taylor Swift sings the line, “I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream” — a fact the new owners of her recordings are learning the hard way as she uses her pulpit to warn the music industry of “potentially harmful” private-equity companies. The object of her scorn: Ithaca Holdings chief executive Scooter Braun, who bought her former label, Big Machine, for $300 million with financing from private-equity companies including The Carlyle Group and other parties. Her criticism of private equity highlights the sector’s percolating interest in publishing and recorded-music rights, now spurred by a fast-growing music business and low interest rates that are driving record amounts of money to private markets. In 2018, private-equity firms invested $1.4 trillion overall, slightly higher than prerecession levels and up 75% over…

2 min.
2019 nielsen music report

TOP ALBUMS For the second straight year, Post Malone was the only artist to land two albums among the top 10 of the year, as 2019 LP Hollywood’s Bleeding led all others and 2018 release beerbongs & bentleys came in at No. 6 after finishing at No. 2 overall last year. TOP ON-DEMAND STREAMS Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” not only set a record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019 (19), it also blew past the competition in terms of overall streams, becoming the only song that reached 1 billion in both audio and video streams. MARKET SHARE BY DISTRIBUTION OWNERSHIP UMG and WMG fell slightly as Sony and indies picked up. MARKET SHARE BY LABEL OWNERSHIP* UMG and Sony gained ground as indies ruled once again. Billie Eilish’s…

2 min.
streaming in the trillions

IN 2019, U.S. ON-DEMAND streams crossed the 1 trillion threshold for the first time ever in a calendar year and logged double-digit percentage increases across nearly every category, save for overall album and track sales (though vinyl sales grew 14.5% to 18.8 million). Music streaming overall was up 29.3% from 2018, while on-demand video streams earned a bigger uptick, 40.7%, than on-demand audio streams, which rose 23.8%. Nielsen Music/MRC Data, now owned by the same company as Billboard, also unveiled global figures: Worldwide on-demand streams will hit 5.13 trillion, with audio and video to reach 1.72 trillion and 3.4 trillion, respectively. Lil Nas X rode to the front of the streaming race with his viral “Old Town Road,” which reached 2.5 billion on-demand streams (1 billion from audio and 1.5 billion…

2 min.
indie venues seek help

ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, SAN FRANCISCO independent space Mezzanine hosted its final show after its landlord declined to renew its lease in order to convert the property into commercial office space. The club’s closure followed the loss of fellow local indie venues Hemlock Tavern and Elbo Room, and helped prompt the city’s Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution in July 2019 that would require approval before a nighttime entertainment venue could be designated for other uses within 18 months after its closure. The legislation mirrors a nationwide trend of local governments and nonprofits intervening to help protect indie venues as rising rents, gentrification and industry consolidation push owners to seek assistance and assert their value. In 2019, New York officials released a study concluding that the city’s nightlife industry supports…