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Billboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine

October 17, 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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when november ends

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION “While there is no shortage of issues that differentiate Trump and Biden, music is generally not one of them,” says Daryl Friedman, chief advocacy officer for the Recording Academy. “Both candidates have a record of pro-music politics and accomplishments.” The most important policy issue in the music business right now is copyright, which both tickets have been strong on. President Donald Trump has a reputation for taking a transactional approach to intellectual property issues in treaties, but Vice President Mike Pence has been what one music lobbyist calls a “go-to back channel” for issues that affect creators and rights holders. Pence has been “incredibly supportive of creators’ rights,” according to RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Glazier. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who for eight years served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,…

3 min
back on track

AC/DC’s 2015-2016 Rock or Bust tour was a bumpy one. Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young had left the group to get treatment for dementia (he died in 2017) and was replaced by his nephew, Stevie Young, while drummer Phil Rudd was serving a home-detention sentence for methamphetamine possession and threatening to kill a former staff member. Before the trek finished, vocalist Brian Johnson left because of hearing problems (he was replaced for the last 22 shows by Axl Rose), and bassist Cliff Williams had announced his retirement. That left lead guitarist (and Malcolm’s younger brother) Angus Young alone with “a lot of demos and ideas” he had recorded over the years with Malcolm in the latter’s home studio. “The two of us would get together and work so when one project was…

2 min
eslabon armado

FROM Patterson, Calif. AGES 17-19 LABEL DEL Records FOUNDATION Pedro Tovar (18, lead vocalist and songwriter), his brother Brian (17, bass and bajoloche player) and friend Gabriel Hidalgo (19, harmony and background vocals) first started playing together as Eslabon Armado in 2019. The Tovar brothers kept running into Hidalgo, who was in another band at the time, at a handful of hometown tocadas (gigs), playing mostly weddings and quinceañeras. After learning that Hidalgo was familiar with their music, they asked him to join, and the trio soon started recording its 10-track debut album, last April’s Tu Veneno Mortal, in the Tovars’ home garage. DISCOVERY That same month, the rising regional Mexican trio signed a recording contract with DEL Records and, as a result, graduated from its makeshift studio. The group traveled 300 miles south…

17 min
romance language

LAST OCTOBER, MALUMA WAS in the middle of a sold-out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden when he brought out a surprise guest: hometown hero Jennifer Lopez, who looked quite literally like the queen of the city in a spiky golden gown and headpiece that matched Maluma’s glittery blazer. They duetted on “No Me Ames,” a song from her first album — a meeting of two Latin superstars at the height of their powers. Maluma was touring in support of 11:11, his third consecutive No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, while Lopez had completed her own arena tour earlier that year — her first trek since her blockbuster Las Vegas residency launched in 2016. Fans with camera phones in hand weren’t the only ones recording the moment. The…

4 min
‘the real change starts with us’

On June 2, eight days after George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, Sony Music Entertainment held a series of meetings for employees and artists to discuss their perspectives on racism. One of them was led by Gloria “Goyo” Martinez and Tostao of Afro-Colombian hip-hop group ChocQuibTown, who opened up about the discrimination they had faced in and outside the industry. “I had never talked openly with my label about the racism I’ve experienced in Colombia, but it seemed like they were never interested to know my story either,” says Martinez today. “Telling our stories is the first step toward change.” By the end of June, Martinez — along with over 100 Latin artists and executives — launched Conciencia Collective, an alliance against racial and social injustice that hosts…

2 min
local inspiration, global stage

Carlos Vives, the first Colombian artist to truly take his country’s traditional rhythms to the world, will be honored at the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Oct. 21 for his career of breaking musical boundaries and promoting music education. He has found a kindred spirit in Gustavo Dudamel, the dynamic music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; a product of Venezuela’s El Sistema, which gives children the opportunity to learn an instrument and play in orchestras, the maestro has sparked a revolution of his own by bringing classical music together with jazz, rock, gospel and rap. “Dudamel has popularized something that’s very sophisticated, and I’ve sophisticated something very popular,” says Vives during the conversation. Dudamel, who has helped replicate El Sistema around the world, calls music “a powerful agent…