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Billboard MagazineBillboard Magazine

Billboard Magazine May 25, 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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United States
Language:
English
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Prometheus Global Media
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ed sheeran and justin bieber take ‘care’ to no. 2

ED SHEERAN AND JUSTIN BIEBER’S “I DON’T CARE” SOARS onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 2 as it opens atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 77,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The duet also launches at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (34.1 million U.S. streams) and charges to No. 13 on Radio Songs (49.1 million impressions). Bieber tallies his 15th Hot 100 top 10, and Sheeran scores his seventh. Though they chart their first song co-billed as artists, Sheeran co-wrote Bieber’s “Love Yourself” (No. 1, February 2016) and Major Lazer’s “Cold Water,” featuring Bieber and MØ (No. 2, August 2016). Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) tops the Hot 100 for a seventh week. With 103.1 million U.S. clicks in the tracking week (before…

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Hannah Karp EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Robert Levine INDUSTRY EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Ian Drew CONSUMER EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Nick Catucci EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MAGAZINE Frank DiGiacomo EXECUTIVE EDITOR, INVESTIGATIVE AND ENTERPRISE REPORTING Silvio Pietroluongo SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHARTS AND DATA DEVELOPMENT Ross Scarano EXECUTIVE EDITOR, MUSIC Denise Warner EXECUTIVE EDITOR, DIGITAL Christine Werthman MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Martin Laski PHOTO AND VIDEO DIRECTOR Melinda Newman EXECUTIVE EDITOR, WEST COAST/NASHVILLE Jason Lipshutz SENIOR DIRECTOR, MUSIC Dan Rys NEWS DIRECTOR Leila Cobo (Miami) VICE PRESIDENT/LATIN INDUSTRY LEAD Gail Mitchell EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, R&B/HIP-HOP Thom Duffy EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, POWER LISTS EDITORIAL FEATURES EDITOR Rebecca Milzoff • SENIOR EDITORS Danica Daniel, Nolan Feeney, Lyndsey Havens COPY CHIEF Chris Woods • INTERNATIONAL EDITOR Alexei Barrionuevo • AWARDS EDITOR Paul Grein SENIOR DIRECTOR Dave Brooks (Touring/Live Entertainment) • SENIOR EDITOR/ANALYST Ed Christman (Publishing/Retail) COUNTRY CORRESPONDENT Annie Reuter • SENIOR COPY EDITOR Christa Titus • COPY EDITORS Catherine Lowe, Silvija Ozols, Diane Snyder SENIOR NEWS…

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rolling in the aisles

THE CONCERT BUSINESS has found a new cash cow right under its nose: the humble aisle seat. Taking cues from the travel industry, Live Nation has recently begun to offer aisle seats at select shows at a surcharge of between $5 and $30 a pop. Now labeled as “premium aisle seats,” the seat at the end of each row and as many as three additional seats further into the row are being promoted on Ticketmaster as an option for fans who are looking to “enjoy the convenience of easy access to refreshments, restrooms and venue exits.” “Lots of artists are doing it — people will pay more for them. You look at the seat map and the aisle seats are all sold,” says Paradigm agent Larry Webman, who helped book Sara Bareilles’…

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podcasts face the music

Perhaps nothing competes more closely with music for fans’ ears these days than podcasts — so now the music industry is cranking out its own. On May 15, Sony announced a joint venture with WNYC veteran Laura Mayer and NPR’s Planet Money co-founder Adam Davidson to produce original podcast series. Universal Music Group in April announced a partnership with independent Dirty John podcast producer Wondery to develop new programs around UMG’s artist roster. Warner Music Group began podcasting with Atlantic Records’ What’d I Say and Inside the Album and a Rhino Records catalog-specific podcast last year, and has more on the way. Each of the major record companies is now looking at developing podcasts in collaboration with artists, though none have launched. The major-label podcast push comes as Spotify readies to…

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kobalt cracks the latin code

Four years ago, Kobalt’s Latin business didn’t exist. Nestor Casonú, previously CEO of EMI Latin America, had signed on as managing director after six months as a consultant, and for a year, “I stared at the wall,” remembers the Miami-based executive. “We didn’t even have an office.” But recently the company signed publishing agreements with some of the biggest names in Latin music, from urban newcomers Ozuna, Anuel AA, Karol G, Brytiago and Natti Natasha to known acts like pop duo Jesse & Joy, bachata/tropical star Prince Royce and producer-songwriter Ovy on the Drums. In 2018, Kobalt logged 29 of the top 100 performing titles on Billboard’s year-end Hot Latin Songs chart, up from 12 the year before. So far in 2019, the publishing house is on pace to top that…

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your song, your way

When Elton John takes the stage at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on June 8 for the first of two dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, each fan may hear a different version of the show. That’s because ticket holders can rent a wearable receiver and earbud, paired with a mobile app, that will allow them to tailor the concert’s sound to their liking in real time. For €10 ($11), attendees can boost John’s piano on “Bennie and the Jets,” enhance his vocals on “Your Song” or turn up the guitars on “The Bitch Is Back.” “Ninety-nine percent of those that used the system come away with a ‘wow’ moment,” says Graham Tull, co-founder/chief technology officer of PEEX, the London-based startup behind the device, designed by Danish developer RTX. “It’s a technology where…

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