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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine September 19, 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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United States
Langue:
English
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MRC Media, LLC
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Biweekly
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4 min.
cardi b’s ‘wap’ is winning at radio

WHEN A SONG HAS A TITLE THAT INCLUDES A WORD THAT is far from FCC-friendly, it might not be a likely bet for widespread radio airplay. But when the song scores record-setting streaming numbers and pop culture domination, an edit can entice programmers. Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week. It debuted at No. 1 (Aug. 22) with 93 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the most ever for a track in its first week of release — and leads the Sept. 19 chart with 48.2 million streams and, notably, 27.3 million radio airplay audience impressions, up 11%, in the tracking week. “WAP” bounds from No. 9 to No. 5 on the Rhythmic airplay chart, up 24% in plays, and…

5 min.
risky business

LIKE RECORD LABELS, concert promoters have long operated on a model in which they offer advance payments against a percentage of sales — with artists getting paid more when shows do well and often keeping the guarantee when they don’t. In addition to bankrolling the business, in other words, they bear most of the risk. But the concert business that’s expected to return at some point in 2021 won’t only look different, due to having at least some coronavirus precautions in place — it will almost certainly operate in some new ways as well. There will be fewer venues and more negotiating leverage in the hands of giants Live Nation and AEG — and a major push on the part of promoters to shift risk toward artists. Restarting a concert business…

3 min.
independents, together

WHEN CONCERTS RESUME AFTER the pandemic, independent venues will bear the brunt of the economic crunch. Nine out of 10 of them are expected to close by the end of 2020 without government assistance, according to the National Independent Venue Association, a new trade group that formed in April. But they’ve learned something that could help: There’s strength in numbers. “Such a significant amount of our members are actively engaged and know each other now,” says NIVA executive director Rev. Moose. For the past six months, NIVA — a collective of 3,000 venues around the country — has been lobbying for federal aid, most recently in the form of the Save Our Stages Act, co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and introduced into the Senate in July, which…

4 min.
poll positioning

IN AUGUST, WHEN PRINCE Royce performed “Stand by Me” at the Democratic National Convention and Bad Bunny’s “Pero Ya No” soundtracked a Joe Biden campaign ad, it wasn’t just more evidence of Latin artists hitting the mainstream. It showed the urgency that many of them feel about politics during the run-up to an election that could be the most important in a generation — especially for a group that has often been on the receiving end of President Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and policies. While in the past Voto Latino had to convince artists to participate in its nonpartisan voterregistration campaigns, performers and labels are now reaching out to ask how to get involved, according to the organization’s president/CEO, María Teresa Kumar. “In the Latino community, the levels of anxiety are…

3 min.
a pandemic boom in publishing deals

THE CORONAVIRUS IS DEVASTATING the concert business, as well as the overall economy, but the market for music publishing deals is hotter than ever. In September alone, Hipgnosis Songs has already acquired the publishing and writer’s share of Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde’s catalog, as well as the publishing company Big Deal Music. Over the summer, Hipgnosis made another 17 purchases — of publishing or the writer’s share, or both — of songs by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, producer Ernest Dion Wilson (aka No I.D.), Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, and Barry Manilow, among others. Other buyers have been busy since the pandemic started, too. Round Hill Music bought the publishing rights of the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik in April for a price said to be about $18 million, Primary Wave…

2 min.
an faq on the crb

What happened? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated a February 2019 decision that would have resulted in a 44% pay hike for publishers and songwriters and remanded the case to the Copyright Royalty Board, the three-judge panel that sets certain rates for music — including, in this case, what interactive streaming services like Spotify pay to publishing rights holders. What did the court decide? The circuit court rejected the CRB’s “adopted rate structure and percentages,” specifically its decision to remove a royalty ceiling in conjunction with a rate increase. It also denied the National Music Publishers’ Association’s (NMPA) appeal to eliminate the lower royalty structure some services use for discounted family and student plan subscriptions. The case will almost certainly go back to the CRB. What does that…