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.
Summer Time: Still Over It Opens At No. 1
Greatest Of All Time HOLIDAY CHARTS • Mariah Carey and the Vince Guaraldi Trio — as well as Charlie Brown — are the respective leaders of Billboard’s historical seasonal surveys
A Preventable Tragedy? • Astroworld had a setup ill-suited for a raucous crowd and little if any oversight from Live Nation’s most experienced festival executives
Concerts And Courtrooms • Lawsuits are mounting against Astroworld organizers. What will the attorneys need to prove?
MANAGING THE MASSES • At general admission festivals, “crowd control is what happens when crowd management fails”
What’s Next For Travis Scott?
WILL ASTROWORLD WORSEN THE RAP AGAINST HIP-HOP CONCERTS?
SHORT ON SECURITY • Nearly one-third of U.K. security staffers have left the live industry in the past 18 months, putting concertgoers at greater risk as touring ramps up in 2022
SONY’S QUARTER IS SWEET WITH SOUR • Company leads both publisher rankings with songs performed by Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, and Justin Bieber and The Kid LAROI
From The Desk Of… Jon Loba • PRESIDENT OF RECORDED MUSIC BMG NASHVILLE
GOING FOR THE GOLD • Early predictions, a conversation with Hans Zimmer, diversity initiatives and more are included in this year’s Oscar music preview ahead of the March 27 ceremony that returns home to the Dolby Theatre
Back To The Future • Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer reconnected with his teenage self to score Dune
AT LONG LAST?
Come One, Come All • As Hollywood pushes for diversity in film scoring, these composers are helping pave the way
WATCH THE THRONE • “Blinding Lights” is now the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song of all time. The Weeknd and his collaborators reveal just how they made history
The Hot 100’s GREATEST OF ALL TIME • 1958-2021
EVERYONE WANTS ABLETON • Gerhard Behles and his partners wrote the code that makes modern pop sing — and makes investors drool. But they’re not selling
Grupo Firme At 10: ‘We Are On Top Of The World’ • Regional Mexican hitmakers Eduin and Jhonny Caz discuss emerging from the pandemic with a Billboard Hot 100 hit and record live crowds
‘IT WAS IN MY BLOOD’ • Manager and label head Isael Gutiérrez reflects on making history with Grupo Firme
How Boyarski Fritz Rode Music’s Tech Boom To Success • The entertainment law firm’s founders, Jason Boyarski and David Fritz, talk their first decade in business — and steering deals for the Prince estate, Joan Jett and Marc Anthony
‘THE WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE IS STAGGERING’ • Boyarski Fritz’s music executive and artist clients share what makes the entertainment law firm stand out most
Things I wish I had known…
CKay • The Nigerian artist remixed his hit for different regions of Africa — and became a global star