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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

May 23, 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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‘stuck’ in first gear: grande & bieber bow

WE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING FUN THAT ALSO makes people feel less alone,” Ariana Grande told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on May 13 of “Stuck With U,” her new duet with Justin Bieber. Net proceeds from the song’s streams and sales (for its first year of release) will benefit the First Responders Children’s Fund amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We wanted to put music out because music is the thing that speaks most to people’s spirits.” Released May 8, the single debuts atop the Billboard Hot 100 with 28.1 million U.S. streams, 26.3 million airplay audience impressions and 108,000 sold — the best sales total in over a year (aided by physical/digital offers, including autographed copies) — according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The duet launches as Grande’s third Hot 100 No. 1…

2 min.
billboard 200

NAV Makes Good NAV nabs his second No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as Good Intentions (XO/Republic) starts atop the tally with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 73,000 are in album sales, nearly all from 100 merchandise/album bundles sold via NAV’s web store. NAV notched his first No. 1 in 2019 with Bad Habits. Good Intentions is the second No. 1 for XO Records in 2020 following The Weeknd’s After Hours. The latter opened atop the April 4 chart with the year’s largest week earned for an album, 444,000 units (with 275,000 of that sum in album sales). Like Good Intentions, After Hours also had merch/album bundles on its side in its first week (over 85 by the…

2 min.
africa now

ADMIT IT: YOU’VE BEEN WORKING from home for over two months, as music companies slow spending and stop traveling, and you’re going a little stir-crazy. So in this issue, we wanted to take you to the world’s most exciting music market, where the industry’s momentum has only accelerated — even under lockdown. In late April, Apple Music announced its expansion into 25 African countries while Warner Music Group partnered with South Africa-based digital distributor Africori. In May, Downtown Music Holdings acquired South Africa-based Sheer Publishing. And Universal Music Group is now launching Def Jam Africa and a new joint-venture label, Afroforce1, after inking a deal with Nigeria’s Aristokrat Group. Africa has always been rich with talent, of course, but for years much of its music was marketed in the United States as…

6 min.
peak streaming: are we there yet?

IN 2019, RECORDED music-industry revenue increased 8.2% — a figure that sounds substantial, but that nonetheless left some analysts and executives fretting that the business’ streaming-fueled growth rocket might now be coming down to earth. After four years of booming expansion, last year’s gains were down 1.5 percentage points from the 9.7% growth that IFPI reported for 2018. And that was before the coronavirus pandemic halted touring, shuttered record stores and convinced some of the world’s biggest artists to postpone releasing music. But a closer analysis of IFPI’s 2019 Global Music Report, which was released earlier in May, suggests the industry’s future is actually brighter than it appears — and reveals some surprising trends that could shape the way artists and labels will market their music in the years ahead. CHINA’S BIG DEBUT One…

4 min.
umpg tops hot 100, sony/atv rules radio

SINCE THE ADVENT OF the Hot 100 publisher rankings in the first quarter of 2019, Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group have been fighting fiercely for market share with the former coming out on top three out of the last four times. In the first quarter of 2020, however, UMPG beat its rival for the second time since the chart launched, with a 20.93% share, compared with Sony/ATV’s 18.81%. Sony/ATV extended its dominance among the quarter’s top 100 radio airplay songs, however, ranking No. 1 for the 10th consecutive quarter on the Top 10 Publishers (Radio Songs) chart. (It has been No. 1 in 30 of the last 31 quarters.) Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” is No. 1 on the Top 10 Publishers (Hot 100 Songs) chart, with the most points for the…

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little richard

IT WAS THE SHOUT heard ’round the world: “Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bam-boom.” Billboard was there to hear it, but didn’t yet realize its significance. In an Oct. 29, 1955, roundup-style “reviews of new R&B records,” we called the breakthrough hit from Little Richard (né Richard Penniman), who died of bone cancer on May 9 at the age of 87, “a cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words.” It didn’t get the kind of praise reserved for Piano Red’s “Gordy’s Rock”: “The Solid South should cast its ballots for this typical pile-driving instrumental jump boogie.” Within a year though, Billboard warmed up to the red-hot hitmaker, one of the original architects of rock. THE PEN OF PENNIMAN For decades, labels and artists have celebrated big wins with ads in Billboard, but Little Richard’s “open letter” in the…