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Lil Nas X And Jack Harlow — And Kanye — Hit No. 1
For Your GRAMMY® Consideration
BILLBOARD GLOBAL 200
Heavy Pedal • Bike with Beyoncé! Duck and weave to Drake! A year and a half after Peloton’s publishing settlement warmed up the business, fitness-tech music licensing is shifting into high gear
FIT PARADE • Peloton proved there was a big market for high-tech home fitness — and that music could play a major role in it. Now other companies are jumping, running, lunging and even dancing in to compete with their own soundtrack strategies
The Fests And The Rest • As the concert business tries to stage a comeback, big outdoor festivals are selling out while headline tours lag
Money, Money, Money • Three of the biggest players in private equity plan to invest in music — to the tune of $1 billion each
SELLING OUT • LIVE NATION STOCK IS TRADING OVER $100. IS ITS FUTURE THAT BRIGHT?
Better Late Than Never • Growing demand for vinyl, along with manufacturing delays, is boosting albums back up the charts months after release
U.K. Touring Can’t Keep On Truckin’ • Will post-Brexit “cabotage” rules and a shortage of live-music haulers leave the European concert industry by the side of the road?
JOSH GRUSS • Co-Founder/CEO, Round Hill Music
BOSSED UP • Since Phoebe Bridgers launched her independent label in 2020, artists have flocked to Saddest Factory Records for what they call her “marketing genius”
Taking Care Of Business • Why more independent behind-the-scenes creatives are seeking and benefitting from management
SECRET TO SUCCESS
Indies Just Wanna Have Fun(ding) • How three companies are helping finance independent artists — no strings attached
DIY TIP YE ALI • The R&B/hip-hop singer, songwriter and producer has worked with Doja Cat, Jack Harlow and Kehlani — and supports his solo career through modeling partnerships with major sneaker and apparel companies.
AGAINST ALL ODDS • How $uicideboy$ became a multimillion-dollar brand all on their own
¡Viva Indies! • Regional Mexican music is growing at a rapid rate — and is dominated by independent artists
DIY TIP KELLY ZUTRAU • After releasing two albums on Columbia starting in 2016, the Brooklyn-based trio Wet left the major and released its third album, Letter Blue, independently — a move that frontwoman Kelly Zutrau describes as a “trade-off”
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
MEET YOUR Heroes • Halsey spent her life admiring Nine Inch Nails from afar. Now Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are the artist’s collaborators on their most ambitious album — and, just maybe, best chance for long-awaited Grammy glory
The Year Of Olivia • With the “drivers license” singer seemingly a shoo-in for best new artist, how will labels approach the category?
Doja Cat’s Worldwide Web • WITH THE SUCCESS OF HER GENRE-HOPPING PLANET HER ALBUM (AND THE UNLIKELY LONG TAIL OF 2019’S HOT PINK), THE RAPPER-SINGER RULED A VARIETY OF FORMATS — AND COULD BE OMNIPRESENT AT THE GRAMMYS
Too Big To Fail? • Morgan Wallen’s industry standing is still in limbo. But the Grammys may not be able to ignore his album — or him
The Extra Mile • Award-winning producer D’Mile says his work with supergroup Silk Sonic pushed him to a new level of perfection
Lessons From A Pandemic Telecast • AFTER HAVING TO REINVENT ITSELF UNDER EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES, THE 2021 CEREMONY BECAME ONE OF THE RECORDING ACADEMY’S BEST-REVIEWED...