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Billboard Magazine December 14, 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.

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
MRC Media, LLC
Erscheinungsweise:
Biweekly
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4 Min.
the weeknd’s big week: ‘heartless’ hits no. 1

THE WEEKND VAULTS FROM NO. 32 TO NO. 1 ON THE Billboard Hot 100 with the R&B-leaning “Heartless” and bounds in at No. 11 with the synth-infused “Blinding Lights.” Both songs are expected to appear on his forthcoming LP. Following its first full week of tracking, “Heartless” reigns with 30 million U.S. streams, 26.2 million in all-format airplay audience and 58,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The song is The Weeknd’s fourth Hot 100 leader, after “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills” in 2015 and “Starboy” (featuring Daft Punk) in 2017. “Blinding Lights” bows with 24.8 million streams, 885,000 airplay audience impressions and 24,000 sold. Of the two new tracks, Republic Records is officially promoting only “Heartless” to radio, but both ranked among the top 20 most-played songs on Mainstream Top 40…

2 Min.
a letter from the editor

HERE’S THE THING ABOUT THIS issue: There are many more remarkable women working in music today than we could do justice to in the pages that follow. So how does Billboard choose which artists and executives to recognize for their impact each year? It’s a tough editorial decision that we don’t take lightly: Our team of journalists spends months gathering data, feedback and insight from every part of the music industry, and we take it all into consideration as we strive to spotlight new faces and represent women with a wide range of backgrounds who are shaping this business — as well as the entire culture. We celebrate some women paving the way for others through active mentorship of their female colleagues. We spotlight others who are leading by example. We…

1 Min.
new solo pro

Get inspired with Solo Pro wireless headphones. To deliver sound how you want it, Solo Pro features two listening modes: Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and Transparency. Beats’ Pure ANC gives you the space to create with fully immersive sound, while Transparency mode helps you stay aware of your surroundings. Every detail of Solo Pro has been carefully considered, right down to the intuitive way the headphones turn on and off via folding. The ergonomic design delivers exceptional comfort for extended wear and sleek style. And with up to 22 hours of battery life, you can keep the music going no matter where your day takes you.…

5 Min.
onboarding pandora

OVER THE LAST DECADE, SiriusXM has been home to a number of artist-specific channels, such as the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen. But in November, SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer revealed that details of the company’s forthcoming partnership with Drake, by some measures the world’s biggest streaming artist, would be announced in the first quarter. The reason Drake signed on: SiriusXM’s February acquisition of Pandora, which would let the company reach a combined 100 million listeners, for $3.5 billion. During a July earnings call, Meyer said a deal with Drake was only possible for SiriusXM after the merger. President/chief content officer Scott Greenstein added that the partnership will have more content and marketing components than others: “It is unequivocally the deepest we’ve ever gone on any artist deal.” The…

3 Min.
you oughta bundle

JAGGED LITTLE PILL, THE musical inspired by the 1995 Alanis Morissette album of the same name, opened on Broadway on Dec. 5. The album has sold 15.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Music. And now, the Broadway show is the first to bundle its cast recording album with tickets to its performances. Fans eager to see the classic LP come to life can pay an additional $2 per ticket for a digital copy of the cast album, released the same day as the show’s Broadway premiere. With just over 425 seats at the Broadhurst Theatre eligible for the offer per show, the album bundles could bring in over $10,000 in sales through the end of the year and serve as a promotional tool for Pill’s Broadway debut.…

3 Min.
exit interview: charles caldas

AFTER MORE THAN 12 YEARS AS the first CEO of indie rights nonprofit Merlin, Charles Caldas will step down on Dec. 31. During his tenure, Merlin distributed over $2 billion to its 900-plus members, including more than 20,000 labels and distributors in 66 countries that make up 12% of the global digital recorded-music market. Caldas made early licensing deals with Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud, Pandora, Facebook and Tencent. He also pursued copyright infringement actions against a number of digital services and played an important role in the Warner Music/Parlophone divestment. The 2018 sale of its equity shares in Spotify netted Merlin’s members a further $130 million. “When you are running this hard for so long, you don’t tend to pause and look back at what you achieved,” says the executive.…