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Billboard Magazine March 28, 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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in this issue

4 min.
‘adore’-able: harry styles scores second solo top 10

DRIVEN BY HIS STRONGEST RADIO PERFORMANCE YET, Harry Styles vaults into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 with “Adore You,” which ascends from No. 16 to No. 7. The single from his December 2019 album, Fine Line, becomes Styles’ first top five hit on the Radio Songs chart, where it lifts 6-4, up 8% to 76 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 10.7 million U.S. streams and sold 6,000 in the tracking week. Boosting the song’s profile, Styles’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert premiered March 16, with the track closing the four-song set. Styles adds his second solo Hot 100 top 10, after “Sign of the Times,” which debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2017. He also made six trips to the region, in 2012-15, as a…

4 min.
necessity becomes the mother of promotion

ON MARCH 16, WHEN Atlantic Records employees officially began working from home because of concerns about the coronavirus, the label created a virtual notebook so staffers at all levels could suggest ways artists could connect with fans without touring and most other forms of promotions. “Getting our technology straight so people could work from home was the first thing,” says Atlantic Records GM/executive vp Paul Sinclair. Then came the notebook. “We update it every day with ideas from around the company — there are well beyond 150 specific ideas” including content, partners, charity, gaming, wellness and livestreaming. Amid a shutdown that makes most promotion impossible, labels and managers are adapting swiftly — and under considerable pressure — to keep their artists in front of fans. The situation is especially urgent for acts…

3 min.
what’s in store for physical retail

IN THE WEEK ENDING March 19, Niall Horan sold 26,000 physical copies of his album Heartbreak Weather — which made it both the most popular physical album of the week and a sobering sign for the future of physical music. Stores are shutting down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and in mid-March Amazon announced it would not restock records and CDs until at least early April. As CD sales continue to decline and the high-margin vinyl business faces manufacturing and distribution problems, can the physical business survive? Retailers were already having a rough year. Problems at Direct Shot Distributing made it hard for stores to get releases promptly, and in February a fire destroyed the Apollo Masters plant in Banning, Calif., one of just two facilities that make the…

3 min.
the live-business forecast from china: this too shall pass

AS EUROPE AND THE United States cope with spiraling numbers of coronavirus cases, Jim Wong has a message from China for his Western counterparts: There’s light at the end of the tunnel. For over two months, Wong, the managing director of Live Nation Electronic Asia, operated under a China-wide lockdown that shuttered Live Nation’s offices in Hong Kong, where he works, and Shanghai. The measures, which were more extensive in mainland China, not only restricted everyday life but completely shut down the live-music business. Fortunately, they seem to have contained the virus in China: The government recently reported no new locally transmitted cases in a 24-hour period for the first time. The improved situation allowed Live Nation — which promotes about a dozen festivals a year in China, as well as…

1 min.
low money, more problems

JUST DAYS AFTER LIVE NATION and AEG suspended all of their concerts in North America, over 40,000 people attended the Vive Latino pop and rock festival in Mexico City. Both the city’s mayor and the president of Mexico said that the concert could go on because the pandemic was in “phase one.” Around that time, Colombia closed its borders as the value of the dollar rocketed by 50% relative to the Colombian peso. As the coronavirus ravages the live business, Latin American promoters, who rely on international acts, are preparing to face another problem: currencies that are falling relative to the dollar. Although devaluation is worst in Colombia, most regional currencies are down, making it costlier to pay U.S. acts. “Devaluation worsens the situation,” says Henry Cárdenas, chairman/CEO of CMN, the largest…

3 min.
musicares raises millions for music biz workers

WHEN CORONAVIRUS related concert and festival cancellations began to descend upon the livemusic business in early March, Recording Academy chairman and interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr. realized the situation was going to get out of control — and fast. “I thought, ‘We’re going to have to do something extraordinary to keep up,’ ” he says. So on March 17, the academy and its philanthropic arm, MusiCares, each donated $1 million to launch the COVID-19 Relief Fund for music professionals adversely affected by the virus. Administered by MusiCares, the fund raised $4 million in under a week through donations from Amazon Music, Facebook, SiriusXM and Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL and YouTube Music, plus fundraising efforts from musicians like Alicia Keys and Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin. That money will go directly to industry professionals,…