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3 “Cruel Summer” Taylor Swift
20 WEEKS ON CHART 127
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Tainy’s Top 10 Return
Babyface’s ‘Fact’ Finds No. 1
TobyMac Ties No. 1 Record
Williams’ Rocking Return
CAN HE GET AN ENCORE? • Years before he declared in “Empire State of Mind” in 2009 that “now I live on Billboard,” Jay-Z had already built a portfolio on the Billboard charts that many of his peers could only envy. For hip-hop’s 50th anniversary, Billboard reviews the record-setting feats, box-office business and top-tier collaborations that have made Hov, by many measures, the greatest of all time
Hot 100 Hit-Makers Are Phoning It In • BandLab’s 60 million registered users have posted hundreds of millions of music videos on TikTok, and some are landing label deals
WHY BANDLAB USERS LOVE THE APP • “It’s getting to the point where there’s pretty much nothing you can’t do,” says one artist
SPOTIFY GAINS 103% ON PODCAST-OFF • The streaming service was the largest factor in the Billboard Global Music Index’s 13% growth
A Fix For Festival Cell Hell • Refractive antennas from MatSing are making lost calls at big shows a thing of the past
BIG-TECH LOBBYISTS TAKE AIM AT COPYRIGHT PROTECTIONS IN EU AI ACT • They accuse Europe of “overregulating” the sector and are working behind the scenes to water down provisions to protect creators and rights holders
From The Desk Of... Cécile Rap-Veber • CEO, SACEM
NOW PLAYING • WHY TAYLOR SWIFT AND SZA ARE LIKELY TO DOMINATE THE 2024 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS, PLUS OTHER BIG FOUR PREDICTIONS — AND AN EARLY PREVIEW AT HOW THE LATIN GRAMMYS COULD SHAKE OUT
Big Four Predictions • When the nominations for the 66th annual Grammy Awards are announced Nov. 10, Taylor Swift and SZA are each likely to receive nods for album, record and song of the year. It will be a bit harder to crack the Big Four categories than it was the last two years: The Recording Academy is cutting the number of nominees in each of those categories from a bloated 10 to eight, which was the magic number from 2018 to 2020. (Before that, it was generally five.) And this year’s eligibility period closes two weeks earlier than usual, running from Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 15, 2023. Following are Billboard’s best bets for who will be in contention.
Best Alternative Jazz Album
Best African Music Performance
Best Pop Dance Recording
Betting Big On Regional Mexican Music • During a year of unprecedented growth for the genre, will the Latin Grammy Awards catch up?
Making (More) Space For Songwriters • So strong and deep is the tradition of the cantautor, or singer-songwriter, in Latin music that the Latin Recording Academy is carving out more space for such multifaceted artists. This year, it debuts its best songwriter of the year category as part of the also newly created songwriting field. As with the mainstream Grammy Awards, the category recognizes songwriters credited as writers or co-writers on at least six tracks where they are not the performer, producer or engineer. In addition, another new category, best singer-songwriter song, will fall under the singer-songwriter field (which has existed since the inception of the Latin Grammy Awards almost 25 years ago and has included the best singer-songwriter album award). To be eligible for this new award, at least 51% of the lyrics on singles or...