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.
Feeling Peachy: Bieber Makes History Atop Hot 100 And Billboard 200
World Music • The worldwide recording business grows 7.4% — its sixth increase in a row — driven by streaming in Latin America, subscriptions in China and CDs in South Korea
Streaming Model Under Scrutiny In U.K. Hearings • Major-label market power emerges as subject in Parliament probe
Sonic Youth • YOUNG FANS FUEL DEMAND FOR POP RECORDS: ‘THE VINYL BUYER IS NOT JUST A 55-YEAR-OLD WHITE GUY’
ORGANIZED MUSIC • SECRETLY GROUP EMPLOYEES ARE UNIONIZING. WILL OTHERS FOLLOW?
Hey, Big Spenders! • Over the last month, musicians have sold millions of dollars’ worth of NFTs. Who’s buying?
ON SPOTIFY, WINNERS TAKE ALL • DATA RELEASED BY THE STREAMING SERVICE SHOWS THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS AS HIT-DRIVEN AS EVER
Physical Attraction • Japan has had an enduring love affair with CDs, and labels love the profits ensured by the country’s “saihan” system. But streaming is finally taking off
FROM THE DESK OF KRIS AHREND • CEO, Mechanical Licensing Collective
ONE NIGHT IN HISTORY • How six of this year’s Oscar music nominees won before the show even started
ON WITH THE SHOW
MUSIC THAT DEFINED US • Breaking down this year’s Oscar best original song and score nominees and why, in their own words, a nod means more to them than ever after a trying 2020
Pulling Double Duty • A few major Oscar contenders got their standout songs from unexpected contributors — including the stars of the film
THROUGH THE YEARS • Since the first scoring category was introduced in 1934, it took nearly 30 years for a Black composerto be nominated. Now, for the first time, two Black composers are in the running
Oscar Campaigning… On Clubhouse? • How an unusual awards season has prompted studios and distributors to test new methods for connecting with voters and fans alike
Stick That In Your Country Song • When ERIC CHURCH says he lives for the road, he means it. With a triple album and a fall arena tour planned, he’s asking his fans across the political spectrum to consider a COVID-19 vaccination their way back to his shows: “You’ve got to get needles in arms”
Back To Live • With the constant rescheduling of tours and a tangled web of conflicting state laws, music fans and industry pros would be rightfully confused about when — and how — concerts will return. Look no further: Your burning questions about how to protect your health (and bank account) as the pandemic’s end draws near are answered here
Save The Date • As COVID-19 cases continue to decline, a full-scale recovery for the live business looks ever more possible in the near future. Watch these dates to track the comeback of concerts in the United States
The End Times Aren’t Nigh!
DOLLARS AND SENSE • Without advertisers or major investors, Bandcamp turned a profit helping musicians at all levels make a living. Now, as payment models in the streaming era come under scrutiny, will its influence grow?
Top Music Lawyers 2021 • THE BEST LEGAL MINDS IN THE BUSINESS WERE TESTED IN THE PAST YEAR BY A LAND RUSH OF NEGOTIATIONS, NEW BUSINESS MODELS FROM LIVESTREAMING TO NFTs AND THE ONGOING NEED TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR CLIENTS — AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
The works are now on view at the Texas museum. • THE MOST FREQUENTLY CITED ALMA MATERS OF THE 2021 CLASS OF HONOREES
2021 INTERNATIONAL POWER PLAYERS • On April 24th, Billboard will publish its annual International Power Players list. This issue will profile the leaders in the global music...