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Billboard Magazine February 1, 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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4 min.
justin bieber’s perfect 10, thanks to ‘10,000 hours’

JUSTIN BIEBER’S FIRST FORAY ONTO BILLBOARD’S Country Airplay chart results in not only his first leader on the list, but also his latest multiformat triumph. “10,000 Hours,” with Dan + Shay, spends a second week at No. 1 on Country Airplay, with 36 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The track rebounds 7-6 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 4 high in October, and rules Hot Country Songs (which employs the same streaming-, airplay- and sales-based formula as the Hot 100) for a 16th week. Bieber has now topped 10 radio airplay charts in his career: Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, Country Airplay, Dance/Mix Show Airplay, Latin Airplay, Latin Pop Airplay, Latin Rhythm Airplay (the three Latin charts thanks to his featured turn on Luis…

5 min.
where do the grammys go from here?

NOW THAT THE JAN. 26 Grammy Awards are behind the Recording Academy, the bruised organization must figure out how to move forward in the wake of embattled president/CEO Deborah Dugan’s allegations of voting irregularities, board conflicts of interest and financial improprieties in her Jan. 21 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint. The biggest obstacle for Dugan, according to her EEOC filing: the academy’s 44-person board of trustees, which the organization’s top executive reports to. The board must approve most major changes the top executive wants to make. Dugan’s account paints a picture of an intransigent board that “is doing everything it can to destroy Dugan for the sole reason that she posed a threat to the ‘boys club.’” The first decision the board faces is who will lead the 63-year-old organization. One academy…

2 min.
music awards’ big winners: superlawyers

HE RECORDING Academy has been under intense scrutiny since chief executive Deborah Dugan was put on leave earlier in January, and she has since alleged, among other things, that the nonprofit paid “exorbitant” legal fees to law firms including Greenberg Traurig, where the entertainment practice is led by power broker Joel Katz. But the academy isn’t the only music organization that puts on an awards show that Katz is involved in. The Atlanta-based lawyer also serves as special counsel to the Country Music Association and represents the Latin Recording Academy, which in 2018 he helped negotiate a 10-year TV contract with the Univision network valued at over $250 million, according to Greenberg Traurig’s website. (Neither the CMA nor the Recording Academy has a general counsel on staff.) Katz also serves on…

4 min.
eilish’s awards come amid interscope’s hot streak

BILLIE EILISH’S GRAMMY Awards sweep was “a culmination,” says John Janick, founder of the influential independent label Fueled by Ramen and chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group’s Interscope Geffen A&M Records. And not only for Eilish, whose sales, including streaming equivalents, jumped 109% in the two days after the ceremony. On the Feb. 1 Billboard 200 chart, Interscope has half of the albums in the top 10 — including sets by Eminem (No. 1), Selena Gomez (No. 6) and DaBaby (No. 8) — and its market share rose from 7.4% in 2016 to nearly 10% in 2019, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. “Billie has become the biggest star in the world,” says Janick in a late-night phone interview, during which he also credits the other members of Eilish’s team, especially his…

2 min.
how big can billie get?

BILLIE EILISH IS ALREADY the music industry’s biggest breakout star: Her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, has earned 2.7 million equivalent album units and sold 701,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. But her surprise sweep of the four major Grammy categories could catapult her from an alt-pop success to a bona fide global superstar — green hair and all. It would have been impossible to predict her historic win, but she’s already set up to capitalize on it: Eilish is performing the theme song to the next James Bond movie (out April 2), a gig traditionally reserved for a star of the moment, from Duran Duran (A View to a Kill in 1985) to Adele (Skyfall, 2012). Eilish’s performance on…

4 min.
brexit throws eu copyright directive into doubt in u.k.

LONDON — As the United Kingdom edges closer to leaving the European Union, fears about Brexit’s negative impact on the British music industry continue to swirl. The current conundrum: whether one of the world’s biggest recorded-music markets will miss out on the hard-fought gains rights holders won under the EU Copyright Directive, which will hold online platforms like YouTube liable for unlicensed content. In March 2019, when the European Parliament passed the directive — despite fierce lobbying against it from Google and other tech companies — the law was hailed as a landmark victory for creators and rights holders. The directive would essentially end the “safe harbor” immunity of sites like YouTube in Europe — and thus require them to reach “fair remuneration” deals with rights holders. In business terms, that…