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.
Reigning ‘Rapstar’: Polo G Notches First No. 1
FAIR Play? • Artists and managers are pushing a California law that would let acts get out of recording contracts after seven years without penalty, reviving a decades-old legislative battle
GENE SMITH • 1932-2021
Sonic Boom? • BAD BUNNY JUMP-STARTS THE CONCERT BUSINESS
Live Tonight: The Jabs • A few promoters are using their expertise to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations, giving the global effort a shot in the arm
‘An Afterlife Of Tragedy’ • BILLIE HOLIDAY’S ESTATE WENT TO HER ABUSIVE THIRD HUSBAND, THEN HIS WIDOW. NOW IT’S OWNED BY CONCORD, WHICH IS BENEFITING FROM NEW FILMS
A Tale Of Two Europes • Brits could be going to concerts as soon as this summer, but it’s still the worst of times for continental promoters struggling with pandemic restrictions
FROM THE DESK OF ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM • Chairman/CEO, Motown
THROWING A CHANGE-UP • After six years spent battling anxiety, Porter Robinson turned his outlook — and sound — around to finish his anticipated second album
Girl In Red
ELENA ROSE • SONGWRITER
THE GLOW-UP • With a string of chart-scaling singles and showstopping performances, DOJA CAT didn’t just ride out the pandemic — she proved an internet weirdo can become a pop star
PRESCRIPTION RENEWED • The women of Prescription Songs have taken Dr. Luke’s publishing company into a new era — and are finding innovative ways to fight for songwriters
Inside A $1.5 Billion Hit Factory • AS PUBLISHER PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC OBSERVES ITS 15TH YEAR IN BUSINESS, FOUNDER/CEO LARRY MESTEL DISCUSSES GIVING A SECOND LIFE TO ICONIC HITS BY KURT COBAIN, WHITNEY HOUSTON AND BOB MARLEY
NATALIA NASTASKIN • PARTNER/CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER
ADAM LOWENBERG • PARTNER/CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
JUSTIN SHUKAT • FOUNDING PARTNER/PRESIDENT, PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING
2021 INTERNATIONAL POWER PLAYERS • BILLBOARD PAYS POSTHUMOUS TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL GUDINSKI, FOUNDER OF AUSTRALIA’S MUSHROOM GROUP, AS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR, AS WE RECOGNIZE INDUSTRY LEADERS AT OVER 100 COMPANIES WHO ARE DRIVING THE SUCCESS OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS OUTSIDE THE U.S.
Where Royalties Flow
The Latin Boom
The Leaders Of Live
The Top 10 Hottest Songs Outside The U.S.
HOW VINYL GOT ITS GROOVE BACK