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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine August 24, 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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4 min.
billie eilish’s ‘bad guy’ hits no. 1, dethroning ‘old town road’

BILLIE EILISH EARNS her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Bad Guy” — and conquers the longest-leading ruler in the chart’s history: Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus), which spent 19 weeks at the summit. “Bad Guy” reigns after spending nine total weeks in the runner-up spot, the most for any title before reaching No. 1. It passes The Weeknd’s “Starboy,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and OutKast’s “The Way You Move” (featuring Sleepy Brown), each of which withstood eight-week waits at No. 2 before leading at last in 2017, 2016 and 2004, respectively. “Bad Guy” rises to the top with 93 million airplay audience impressions, 39.1 million U.S. streams and 20,000 sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music, aided by the Aug. 15 arrival…

5 min.
putting politics aside

ON THE MORNING OF July 26, Christian hard-rock band Skillet gave an interview to and performed on Fox News channel’s Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series in Midtown Manhattan. For the next few hours, the group was the most-searched act on iTunes — and preorders for its album Victorious, due out the following week, doubled. Other acts have seen similarly impressive boosts. Scotty McCreery, the American Idol winner turned country star, has played the series a few times, most recently in 2018, and has “always seen sales results from the television broadcast,” according to manager Scott Stem. “It definitely moved the needle for him.” Fox News’ showcase doesn’t get the mega-superstars that appear on the summer concert series of Good Morning America (GMA) or Today, which this season featured the likes…

3 min.
will lover conquer all?

When Taylor Swift’s Lover album comes out Aug. 23, many in the music business will be watching closely to see if she can once again hit the industry’s iconic benchmark for success: 1 million U.S. sales in the first week. The last time an artist sold 1 million copies of an album in the United States in a single week was in 2017, when Swift’s reputation sold 1.2 million in the period ending Nov. 16, according to Nielsen Music. Her three previous releases — 1989, Red and Speak Now — also sold over 1 million, making her the only artist in history with four albums to cross the million-sales mark in his or her first week (or any week). In this business climate, the only other act who could probably do…

3 min.
live nation goes to mexico

IN LATE JULY, LIVE NATION announced that it intends to acquire a controlling stake in the Mexican concert promoter OCESA from Grupo Televisa and Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento in a $445 million deal that could change the North American touring business. Control over OCESA would strengthen Live Nation’s lock on North America, giving it a touring map that stretches 5,500 miles, from the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland, to the Estadio Beto Avila in Cancún, Mexico. Now the deal needs approval from regulators in the United States, Mexico and Colombia, where OCESA’s South American headquarters are located. The U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division has yet to block a Live Nation acquisition, however, and since Live Nation and OCESA have co-promoted concerts for a decade, the deal would change little…

3 min.
consent decree review moving fast

By the end of this year, performing rights organizations could find themselves with the most negotiating power they have had since 1941 — or the biggest lobbying fight of their lives on Capitol Hill. In the next few months, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will decide whether the consent decrees governing PROs ASCAP and BMI should be changed, left alone or perhaps even “sunsetted” — terminated at a future date. ASCAP and BMI would like to see the decrees terminated, since that would let them negotiate more aggressively on behalf of publishers and songwriters, plus let them compete on an even playing field against their rivals, SESAC and Global Music Rights (GMR), which aren’t subject to such regulation. It’s more likely that the decrees will be changed. But it’s also possible…

6 min.
rich isaacson

SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HIS career in the music business, Def Jam Recordings executive vp/GM Rich Isaacson’s “unwritten mission statement” has been to elevate the underdog. So in 1991, at age 27, he left his position at an esteemed Manhattan law firm to pursue his dream job. He co-founded Loud Records with childhood friend Steve Rifkind, looking to provide a platform for up-and-coming hip-hop artists. Isaacson’s approach paid off in 1993, when Wu-Tang Clan leader-producer RZA started to use his group’s street buzz to shop for record deals. RZA wanted to maintain creative control over the act’s music and give individual members the freedom to sign solo deals with other companies, a then-unprecedented contract point that had scared away other labels. But Loud agreed — and Isaacson and Rifkind got one…