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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine June 3-9, 2017

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 Issues


3 min.
california girl: miley’s ‘malibu’ coasts to top 10

MILEY CYRUS NOTCHES HER FIRST TOP 10 ON THE Billboard Hot 100 since 2013’s “Wrecking Ball” as “Malibu” vaults from No. 64 to No. 10 following its first full week of tracking. Released May 11, the single rockets 22-2 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 77,000 sold in the week ending May 18 (after selling 29,000 on May 11), according to Nielsen Music. It concurrently enters Streaming Songs at No. 11 with 21.5 million U.S. streams. “Malibu,” which Cyrus performed live on national TV for the first time at the Billboard Music Awards on May 21, marks her ninth Hot 100 top 10. She has earned eight under her own name; her former Disney alter ego, Hannah Montana, was credited as the artist on 2009’s No. 10-peaking “He Could Be…

6 min.
tragedy in manchester

THE HOUSE LIGHTS HAD just come on when the chaos began. At 10:33 p.m., moments after Ariana Grande finished her final song at the United Kingdom’s Manchester Arena, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in the foyer of the 21,000-capacity venue, just as fans were flooding toward the exits. Twenty-two people died, including an 8-year-old girl, and 59 were injured, in what the city’s chief constable, Ian Hopkins, called “the most horrific incident we have had to face in Greater Manchester.” Grande, who escaped the blast unharmed along with her touring team, wrote on Twitter that she was “broken.” Two days later, the singer’s management canceled her upcoming shows in London, Belgium, Poland, Germany and Switzerland and also suspended the remainder of her Dangerous Woman Tour, which had already…

1 min.
an attack on women and music

While much is still unknown about the May 22 Manchester Arena suicide bombing following an Ariana Grande concert and the motives of 22-yearold British attacker Salman Adebi, the Islamic State has claimed the perpetrator as one of its own. That may mean no more than the Manchester man had spent too much time watching ISIS propaganda on the internet. But the fact that Adebi chose the foyer of a concert hall, and a performer known for her feminist stance and sexual confidence, seems unlikely to have been a coincidence. A hatred of Western pop music, combined with viciously medieval ideas of female virtue and vice, has been central to the rise of the Islamic State since its inception. The Islamic State’s war on Western music began long ago. Almost as soon…

3 min.
a strong city’s proud music history

MANCHESTER AFFECTS ME DEEPLY. WE MUST HAVE PLAYED Manchester Arena 10 times; we must be one of the bands who played there the most. And it could’ve been us, it could’ve been our fans. You feel connected when it’s your hometown and places you know and people you know who were there. I know the security, I know people who work there, I know the promoters. It’s got incredible memories for us. The city [molded] James in many ways. At first, we weren’t selling music — not enough to be interesting — but our audiences were in Manchester, and our audiences were growing. The city had such a vibrant music scene, and the bands looked after each other. It was a really rough city in the ’70s and ’80s — just…

4 min.
‘i thought we were going to die’

Jeni Wardley My little girl, Roxi-Blue, loves Ariana Grande so much, but it was a big deal to get her to go because she is autistic and doesn’t like big crowds and loud noises. We were seated in the disability area next to the exit where the bomb went off. It happened just after Ariana Grande walked offstage; the lights came up, and then there was a really loud bang. You felt the building shake, and then there was silence for a couple of seconds while everyone was just, “What was that?” Then there were screams. The scary thing is, because Roxi has autism, we kept going in and out [of the arena] to get fresh air and not be crowded by all the people. We were near the foyer five minutes…

3 min.
pete tong

FEW IN DANCE MUSIC successfully wear as many hats as Pete Tong. As a BBC Radio 1 curator, the Dartford, England, native helped launch the careers of many of dance music’s elite, from Daft Punk to deadmau5. And as a co-founder of both William Morris Endeavor’s electronic-music division and the International Music Summit conference — which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and has added events in Los Angeles and Shanghai — Tong has extended his influence far beyond its original radio reach. He also runs his FFRR label and plays shows as a DJ. “I’ve straddled that weird existence between artist and executive,” says Tong, 58. “I see both sides of the story. Sometimes I feel the artist side has suffered over the years.” This year, Tong donned a new hat:…