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Billboard Magazine December 15, 2018

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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‘next’ up: ariana sets streaming record

AFTER BEING HONORED AS BILLBOARD’S 2018 Woman of the Year on Dec. 6, Ariana Grande further pads her résumé as “Thank U, Next” returns to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 with the largest streaming week ever for a song by a female artist. Following the Nov. 30 arrival of its official music video, an ode to early-2000s movies such as Bring It On, Mean Girls and Legally Blonde (with the lattermost film’s Jennifer Coolidge making a cameo), the song rebounds for a fourth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with 93.8 million U.S. streams, up 121 percent, in the week ending Dec. 6, according to Nielsen Music. The sum is the seventh-biggest for any song and the top total among women, passing the 84.5 million that Taylor…

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#1 Billboard 200 Album #1 Top Current Album #1 Digital Album #1 Top Album Sales #1 Internet Album “Superb songcraft meets extreme drama. The pop star’s songwriting smarts and lyrical prowess are impossible to deny on her sixth album.” Alexis PetridisThe Guardian “Reputation is pure pop magic.” Mesfin FekaduAssociatedPress “It’s Swift’s refusal to have to choose between delightfully effervescent sonic values and raw, classic candor that makes reputation the pop album of the year.” Chris WillmanVariety “…her most sonically adventurous album to date.” Mark SavageBBC “Swift’s sixth album shows the darker, deeper side of the pop mastermind. Reputation is the Most Intimate LP of Taylor’s Career.” Rob SheffieldRolling Stone “Taylor Swift’s talent remains intact on reputation, her most focused, most cohesive album yet.” Randy LewisLA Times “ pop star of the modern era has communicated the contours of her disappointment with such emotional…

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need tickets? brokers go first

COUNTRY STAR Eric Church and his management team are known for pushing back against ticket scalping; on his 2017 tour, they canceled the tickets of brokers and those they suspected were professional resellers. But this October, a little over a week before Church’s upcoming Double Down Tour stop at Staples Center in Los Angeles went on sale to the public, secondary ticketing firm DTI emailed ticket brokers to notify them of a chance to buy Church tickets for resale, asking for minimum orders of 60 seats at $137 a pop — the same price that would be offered to fans. “Exclusively for active DTI members, I have a small window to help you acquire Eric Church,” wrote Jason Lai, vp partnerships at DTI Management, in the email. Lai cautioned that “due to the…

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country radio’s gender issue

For the first time since the 1990 launch of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, the tally dated Dec. 8 included no female acts in the top 20. Then history repeated itself on the Dec. 15 chart. Female-artist representation on country radio has been dismal for the last few years, and Billboard’s 2018 Country Airplay Artists year-end chart reflects the bleakness. Coming in at No. 14, Maren Morris is the only woman in the top 20, marking the lowest showing for women on the tally in the past five years. Carrie Underwood, the highest-ranked woman on the year-end Top Country Artists chart at No. 13, only reached No. 33. In 2017, four women made the yearend Country Airplay Artists tally. “It’s disappointing not just for female artists, but for an audience that values a…

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pete shelley

Remembering Buzzcocks co-founder and lead singer Pete Shelley, who died Dec. 6 at age 63. Punk liberated Pete Shelley before most people knew they needed either punk or liberation. In June 1976, he and his friend Howard Devoto arranged the legendary Sex Pistols show in Manchester, England, that Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis saw. But Shelley was already over rock. In 1974, he made Sky Yen, an album created to be woolly and abrasive, with synthetic tones and organs jacked around as if nothing mattered. It’s funny and ugly and not very good, but a better thing to do in 1974 than, like, be in a rock band. Except that so many people wanting to be in rock bands found their way because of Shelley and the Buzzcocks. Kurt Cobain’s love of…

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the mexican sun rises again

The past few years have not been kind to Luis Miguel. The Mexican crooner, once widely recognized as Latin music’s biggest star and one of the top vocalists of his generation, had canceled shows at the last minute, backed out of a proposed tour with Alejandro Fernandez and in May 2017 was arrested in Los Angeles in a case involving a dispute with his former manager. Now, El Sol de México — “The Mexican Sun,” as he is known — is once again rising. The 48-year-old singer’s México Por Siempre Tour ends 2018 as Billboard Boxscore’s highest-grossing Latin tour since the chart launched in 1990, generating $64.9 million from 613,000 tickets. “I wish I could tell you there was a magic formula,” says Alejandro Soberón, founder/chairman/CEO of Miguel’s promoter Ocesa-CIE. “He took this…