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Billboard Magazine February 16, 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.

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29 Numéros


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marshmello makes fortnite-fueled flight to no. 2

MARSHMELLO’S TRIP TO the virtual Pleasant Park video-game location leads to a real-life leap on the Billboard Hot 100. The EDM DJ played a set inside Epic Games’ Fortnite on Feb. 2, the first of its kind on the gaming platform, and his Bastille duet, “Happier,” which closed the performance, vaults 8-2, hitting a new peak on the Hot 100. (The song reached No. 3 last November.) The full 10-minute concert was uploaded to Marshmello’s YouTube channel, along with other related clips, while he released an extended mix of the set to Apple Music (and avid gamers uploaded portions of the performance to their channels). “Happier” surges 11-2 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 120 percent to 51.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 7, according to Nielsen Music, more than…

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where do the grammys go now?

THIS WAS THE FIRST CHINK in the armor,” says a label executive about the recent Grammy Awards, where a hip-hop track won both record and song of the year for the first time and more women than usual appeared onstage as both honorees and performers a year after Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow famously suggested they needed to “step up.” It says something about the perception of the awards that at least some in the industry see it as an edifice that’s protected — perhaps, in some cases, from the kind of performers or music they work with. But the consensus among industry executives is that the 61st Grammy Awards represented a significant step in the right direction toward a telecast that reflects a modern music business dominated by hip-hop —…

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kacey’s ‘golden’ radio hour has arrived

Could Kacey Musgraves’ four Grammy wins, including the coveted album of the year award for Golden Hour, lead to country radio finally embracing the singer? Executives at Musgraves’ label, MCA Nashville, think so. On Feb. 11, the day after the Grammy Awards, the company serviced the new single “Rainbow,” which Musgraves performed on the show, to country, adult contemporary, adult top 40 and Triple A radio. With 53 stations adding the song, according to MCA Nashville vp promotion Katie Dean, “Rainbow” is Musgraves’ highest first-week add total in her career. While Feb. 11 served as the official add date, enough country stations began playing it in anticipation of her Grammy performance that the song debuted at No. 58 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart posted the same day. Radio has not always supported Musgraves:…

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music mastering goes online

As Gwen Stefani prepared to debut the video for her single “Make Me Like You” at the 2016 Grammy Awards, her team needed the track mastered — fast. Facing a 24-hour turnaround, Stefani’s label, Interscope, consulted the web-based mastering program LANDR, known for the algorithm it uses to create professional-sounding masters within minutes. “At that level, no one would drop anything through a website,” says LANDR creative director Rory Seydel. “They sent it to [the LANDR executive team]; we ran it through the site and sent it back to them. They were super happy, and we saved the Grammys.” For decades, engineers have used their ears and experience to take mixes and adjust the levels of various sounds to create more polished “master recordings” that serve as templates for manufacturing physical…

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streaming fuels latin’s big year

Ozuna’s record 23 nominations for the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards underscore a significant moment for Latin music in the United States. The genre is not only at the forefront of pop culture — the Grammy Awards telecast opened with Camila Cabello, J Balvin and Ricky Martin — it’s seeing outsize success with streaming, urban music and collaborations. Ozuna is competing against himself in a variety of categories. For the top Latin album of the year, his 2018 LP, Aura, goes head-to-head against 2017’s Odisea; for hot Latin song of the year, he’s featured on “Taki Taki” and “Te Boté,” a trap/reggaetón who’s who that also includes Nicky Jam and Bad Bunny. Meanwhile, “Te Boté” and “El Farsante,” his duet with Romeo Santos, are both nominated for streaming song of the…

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joel katz

JOEL KATZ IS WIDELY KNOWN AS one of the top attorneys in the entertainment industry. As it turns out, the founding chairman of the global entertainment and media practice at Greenberg Traurig also officiates weddings — including marrying Sandbox Entertainment founder Jason Owen and his husband, Sam Easley. “I do a great wedding,” says Katz. “Believe me, you’d cry.” It’s a wonder that Katz, who starts his day at 5:30 a.m., has time to handle nuptials, given that he represents many of the top executives in the music business, as well as The Recording Academy, Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s Hitco, the Chinese conglomerate Alibaba and the Michael Jackson estate, for which he is co-general counsel. In 2018, he took 47 trips, roughly 25 percent of them out of the country, and brokered…