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Carey onstage during her All I Want


for Christmas Is You Tour at Madison
Square Garden in New York on Dec. 15.

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#1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey


SAL
Carey’s ‘Christmas’ Hits No. 1
6
1 1 WK W.AFANASIEFF, M.CAREY COLUMBIA/ 1 35
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CIRCLES Post Malone
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OMPLETING A CLIMB 25 YEARS IN THE MAKING, A.R.POST, A.FEENY, W.T.WALSH, K.GUNESBERK)

Mariah Carey’s 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You”


3
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 3 30
crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, jingling 3-1. O.BRADLEY (J.MARKS) DECCA/MCA NASHVILLE/UME

Originally released in 1994 on her album Merry Christmas, the


4
SOMEONE YOU LOVED Lewis Capaldi
1 31
VERTIGO/
track tops the Streaming Songs chart for a second consecutive week
LLC AND NIELSEN MUSIC, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

TMS (L.CAPALDI, ROMANS, B.KOHN, P.KELLEHER, T.BARNES) CAPITOL

(and third total frame, after a week at No. 1 last holiday season), up 27% to GOOD AS HELL Lizzo
5 3 16
44.6 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. It also takes over at RICKY REED (E.B.FREDERIC, M.JEFFERSON) NICE LIFE/ATLANTIC

No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, surging by 185% to 27,000 sold (after leading the ROXANNE Arizona Zervas
list on Dec. 24, 2005). On the Radio Songs tally, the track climbs 32-27, gain- 6 94SKRT, JAEGREEN (A.ZERVAS, ARIZONA ZERVAS/ 5 6
J.JENNINGS, J.GREENSPAN, L.LARUE) COLUMBIA
ing by 11% to 34.4 million in all-format airplay audience.
MEMORIES Maroon 5
The song is only the second holiday No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 61-year history, 4 5 7 A.LEVINE,THE MONSTERS & STRANGERZ (A.N.LEVINE,
M.R.POLLACK,J.D.BELLION,J.K.JOHNSON,S.JOHNSON,J.K.HINDLIN)
222/
INTERSCOPE
4 12
joining The Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song” (with David Seville), which
ruled for four weeks in 1958-59. 8
LUCID DRE AMS 5 Juice WRLD
2 47
N.MIRA (J.A.HIGGINS, N.MIRA, STING, D.MILLER) GRADE A/INTERSCOPE
It’s also Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, extending her record for the most
among soloists and pushing her to within one of The Beatles’ overall record 9
DANCE MONKEY Tones And I
9 10
K.KERSTING (T.WATSON) BAD BATCH/ELEKTRA/EMG
(20). “I have to thank the Lambily — they are the best fans in the world,”
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA

A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS Burl Ives 10 13


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says Carey (see cover story, page 88). “[Going] to No. 1, it’s just making 10 M.GABLER (J.MARKS)
DECCA/MCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS/GEFFEN/UME
me feel ecstatic.” —GARY TRUST

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BAD GUY Billie Eilish
1 37
FINNEAS (B.E.O’CONNELL, F.B.O’CONNELL) DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE

22
PANINI 3 Lil Nas X
5 25
TAKE A DAYTRIP, DOT DA GENIUS

LEE: L AUR A ROBERTS/INVISION/AP/SHUT TERSTOCK. ST YLES: WILL HEATH/NBC/GET T Y IMAGES.


(M.L.HILL, D.M.A.BAPTISTE, D.C.M.BIRAL, O.OMISHORE, K.COBAIN) COLUMBIA

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TRUTH HURTS 2 Lizzo
1 32
RICKY REED, TELE (E.B.FREDERIC, NICE LIFE/
M.JEFFERSON, S.CHEUNG, JESSE SAINT JOHN) ATLANTIC

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LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW Dean Martin
20 6
L.GILLETTE (J.STYNE, S.CAHN) CAPITOL/UME

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HIGHEST IN THE ROOM Travis Scott
1 10
OZ, NIK D, M.G.DEAN (TRAVIS SCOTT, CACTUS JACK/GRAND
O.YILDRIM, N.FRASCONA, M.G.DEAN) HUSTLE/EPIC

3
BRENDA LEE
“Rockin’ Around the
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LAST CHRISTMAS
G.MICHAEL (G.MICHAEL)

TRAMPOLINE
SHAED, A.MENDOZA (C.LEE,
S.ERNST, M.ERNST, A.MENDOZA)

WOAH
QUAY GLOBAL (D.JONES, C.ROSSER)
Wham!
COLUMBIA/LEGACY

SHAED
PHOTO FINISH/
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QUALITY CONTROL/
25

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12

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MOTOWN/CAPITOL
Christmas Tree”
LEGENDS Juice WRLD

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(J.A.HIGGINS, D.C.M.BIRAL, D.M.A.BAPTISTE) INTERSCOPE

The 75-year-old Atlanta native’s


biggest seasonal hit first entered the 30
EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 8 5
FINNEAS (F.B.O’CONNELL, B.E.O’CONNELL)
DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE
Hot 100 on the chart dated Dec. 12,
1960. As it now reaches the top three,
and top five, it completes the longest 31
RAN$OM Lil Tecca
4 28
N.MIRA, TAZ TAYLOR (T.J.A.SHARPE, N.MIRA, TAZ TAYLOR) GALACTIC/
REPUBLIC
climb ever to each region from a song’s
chart debut: 59 years and nine days.
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THE CHRISTMAS SONG (MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU) Nat King Cole 11 19
L.GILLETTE (M.H.TORME, R.WELLS) CAPITOL/UME

You recorded “Rockin’ ” When did you realize you What were your holiday
33
HOT Young Thug Feat. Gunna
11 17
WHEEZY YOUNG STONER
when you were 13 years old. had a hit on your hands? traditions growing up? (J.L.WILLIAMS, W.T.GLASS, S.G.KITCHENS) LIFE/ATLANTIC/300

How did that happen? Somebody called me and said, When I was little and we were
34
FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano
29 7
The song came to me through “Have you seen the [1990] mov- very poor, the only time we got R.JARRARD (J.FELICIANO) RCA/LEGACY

a publisher, Al Gallico — he ie Home Alone? You ought to, fruit was at Christmas. We got
was friends with [my produc- because they’ve got ‘Rockin’ ’ what my mom could afford. I 35
ADORE YOU Harry Styles
35 1
KID HARPOON, T.JOHNSON ERSKINE/
(H.STYLES, T.HULL, A.R.ALLEN, T.JOHNSON) COLUMBIA
er] Owen Bradley. Apparently, really featured in it.” That’s when remember the first gift I was
[songwriter] Johnny Marks knew it really took off with the young- so excited about was a bike, 36
FALLING Trevor Daniel
36 4
KC SUPREME,CHARLIE HANDSOME,TAZ TAYLOR INTERNET MONEY/
Al and wanted me to have it. The sters. I knew it was special, but but Christmastime to us wasn’t (T.NEILL,TAZ TAYLOR,CHARLIE HANDSOME,K.CANDILORA II) ALAMO/INTERSCOPE

song was magic, and how could you never know what’s going about gifts — it was about
37
SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
26 5
PHIL SPECTOR/EMI BLACKWOOD/
it not be with the Anita Kerr to be a hit — if you did, we’d all family. I always used to carol — P.SPECTOR (L.ANDERSON, M.PARISH) LEGACY

Singers and Bradley producing? have hits every day. It has been [now] we carol with “Rockin’.”
38
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER Gene Autry 16 6
It’d be pretty hard to mess it up. a wonderful gift. —JOE LYNCH A.SATHERLEY (J.MARKS) COLUMBIA NASHVILLE/LEGACY

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OLD TOWN ROAD 10 Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
1 41
YOUNGKIO, M.T.REZNOR, A.M.ROSS (M.L.HILL,
K.ROUKEMA, M.T.REZNOR, A.M.ROSS, B.R.CYRUS, J.A.DONALD) COLUMBIA

TITLE CERTIFICATION LOVER Taylor Swift


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BOP DaBaby
11 11 41
ONE MAN BAND Old Dominion
20 16
JETSONMADE, STARBOY SOUTHCOAST/
(J.L.KIRK, T.MORGAN, A.M.MENDO) INTERSCOPE S.MCANALLY (M.RAMSEY, T. ROSEN, B.F.TURSI, J.OSBORNE) RCA NASHVILLE

BANDIT Juice WRLD & YoungBoy Never Broke Again DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa
12 STM N.MIRA (N.MIRA, J.A.HIGGINS, K.GAULDEN)
GRADE A/
INTERSCOPE
10 10 42 I.KIRKPATRICK (C.AILIN, I.KIRKPATRICK, E.W.SCHWARTZ, D.LIPA) WARNER
30 6

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LOSE YOU TO LOVE ME Selena Gomez 1 8 43
HAPPY HOLIDAY / THE HOLIDAY SEASON Andy Williams 43 2
MATTMAN & ROBIN (S.GOMEZ, JULIA MICHAELS,

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INTERSCOPE R.MERSEY (I.BERLIN, K.THOMPSON) COLUMBIA/LEGACY
J.D.TRANTER, M.LARSSON, R.FREDRIKSSON)

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10,000 HOURS Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber 4 10 44
ONLY HUMAN Jonas Brothers
18 26
D.SMYERS (D.SMYERS, S.MOONEY, WARNER MUSIC
LLC AND NIELSEN MUSIC, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

J.J.DILLON, J.REYNOLDS, J.D.BIEBER, J.BOYD) NASHVILLE/WAR/WARNER SHELLBACK (J.JONAS, P.K.JONAS II, N.J.JONAS, SHELLBACK) REPUBLIC
HARRY STYLES
“Adore You”
15
JINGLE BELL ROCK Bobby Helms
8 28 45
ON CHILL Wale Feat. Jeremih
22 18
O.BRADLEY (J.BEAL, J.BOOTH) DECCA/MCA NASHVILLE/GEFFEN/UME MAYBACH/
T.MOORE, VA (O.AKINTIMEHIN, J.P.FELTON, E.BELLINGER) WARNER

Styles scores his third SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello EVEN THOUGH I’M LEAVING Luke Combs
16 ANDREW WATT,BENNY BLANCO (S.MENDES,K.C.CABELLO, SYCO/ISLAND/ 1 25 46 S.MOFFATT (L.COMBS, RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA 11 15
top 40 Hot 100 hit A.WOTMAN,B.J.LEVIN,A.TAMPOSI,C.E.AITCHISON,J.PATTERSON,M.A.HOIBERG) EPIC/REPUBLIC W.B.DURRETTE, R.FULCHER) NASHVILLE

as the track from his HEARTLESS The Weeknd THE BOX Roddy Ricch
second solo album, Fine 17 AIR METRO BOOMIN, THE WEEKND, ILLANGELO
(A.TESFAYE, L.T.WAYNE, ILANGELO, A.E.PROCTOR)
XO/REPUBLIC
1 3 47 30ROC (R.W.MOORE, JR., S.GLOADE) BIRD VISION/ATLANTIC
47 1
Line, arrives with 16.7 mil-
18
BALLIN’ Mustard Feat. Roddy Ricch
16 21 48
GRAVEYARD Halsey
34 13
lion in airplay audience, MUSTARD, GYLTTRYP (D.I.MCFARLANE,
S.R.KHAN ZAMAN KHAN, R.W.MOORE, JR., D.JONES)
10 SUMMERS/
INTERSCOPE
J.BELLION,L.BELL,OJIVOLTA,THE MONSTERS & STRANGERZ
(A.R.ALLEN,J.D.BELLION,L.B.BELL,A.FRANGIPANE,J.K.JOHNSON,S.JOHNSON,M.WILLIAMS) CAPITOL

15.2 million U.S. streams


NO GUIDANCE Chris Brown Feat. Drake ROBBERY Juice WRLD
and 13,000 sold. 19 VINYLZ,J LOUIS,40,T.WALTON (C.M.BROWN,A.GRAHAM,A.HERNANDEZ,
CBE/RCA
5 27 49 N.MIRA (J.A.HIGGINS, N.MIRA) GRADE A/INTERSCOPE
27 19
N.J.SHEBIB,J.HUIZAR,T.WALTON,N.A.A.CHARLES,T.J.BRYANT,M.P.LEBRUN)
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Andy Williams BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran Feat. Khalid 13 24
COMPILED BY

20 R.MERSEY (G.WYLE, E.POLA) COLUMBIA/LEGACY


10 13 50 SHELLBACK, MAX MARTIN, FRED, E.SHEERAN (E.C.SHEERAN, RIGHT HAND/
F.GIBSON, MAX MARTIN, SHELLBACK, K.D.ROBINSON) ATLANTIC/RCA

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AND I

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HOT GIRL BUMMER blackbear
41 13
“Dance
A.M.GOLDSTEIN, BLACKBEAR BEARTRAP/ALAMO/
(A.M.GOLDSTEIN, M.T.MUSTO) INTERSCOPE Monkey”

BLINDING LIGHTS

TONES: GIULIA MCGUAR AN. SWIF T: THEO WARGO/GET T Y IMAGES. BIP: MAT T CROSSICK /GET T Y IMAGES.
The Weeknd
52 METRO BOOMIN, THE WEEKND, ILLANGELO, DRE MOON
XO/REPUBLIC
11 2
(A.TESFAYE, L.T.WAYNE, ILANGELO, A.E.PROCTOR)
Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” swings
53
PLAYING GAMES Summer Walker
16 15
13-9 on the Hot 100, as it climbs 6-3
LONDON ON DA TRACK (S.WALKER, LVRN/
L.T.HOLMES, A.ROBINSON, K.R.BAILEY, C.GRIFFIN) INTERSCOPE on Digital Song Sales (16,000 sold, up

54
THE BONES Maren Morris
48 12
44%, according to Nielsen Music); 12-9
COLUMBIA NASHVILLE/ on Streaming Songs (25.6 million U.S.
G.KURSTIN (M.MORRIS, J.ROBBINS, L.VELTZ) COLUMBIA
streams, up 18%); and 28-20 on Radio
55
INTO THE UNKNOWN Idina Menzel & AURORA 46 3 Songs (38.3 million impressions, up 18%).
R.LOPEZ, K.ANDERSON-LOPEZ, WALT DISNEY
D.METZGER (K.ANDERSON-LOPEZ, R.LOPEZ)
The song, written solely by the Australian
56
HEAT Chris Brown Feat. Gunna
36 15 singer-songwriter (real name Toni Watson),
BUDDAHBLESS (C.M.BROWN, T.B.DOUGLAS, SR., CBE/RCA
A.L.SMALL, K.THOMAS, M.PITTS, L.S.ROGERS, S.G.KITCHENS) has already become the longest-leading

57
JUICY Doja Cat & Tyga
47 7
No. 1 in her homeland. It also tops multiple
TYSON TRAX, YETI (A.Z.DLAMINI, L.GOTTWALD, KEMOSABE/
D.SPRECHER, L.ASRAT, M.R.NGUYEN-STEVENSON) RCA global surveys, including the Official U.K.
Singles Chart, where it concurrently rules
Y 58
START WIT ME Roddy Ricch & Gunna
58 4
JETSONMADE (R.W.MOORE, JR., T.MORGAN, S.G.KITCHENS)
BIRD VISION/ for an 11th week, the most ever for a song
ATLANTIC
by a female soloist. —G.T.
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM Taylor Swift 59 1

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JIMMY NAPES, T.SWIFT (T.SWIFT)
REPUBLIC

HATE ME Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD TITLE CERTIFICATION

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LIKE IT’S CHRISTMAS Jonas Brothers 61 2 81
SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK Joji
69 10
G.M.STONE,F.WEXLER,J.EVIGAN,M.ELIZONDO (G.M.STONE,
REPUBLIC
F.WEXLER,A.WELLS,N.J.JONAS,J.JONAS,P.K.JONAS II,J.G.EVIGAN) P.WIMBERLY, G.MILLER (G.MILLER, J.P.WIMBERLY) 88RISING/12TONE

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VIBEZ DaBaby
21 11 82
MY OH MY Camila Cabello Feat. DaBaby
82 1
JETSONMADE, NEEKO BABY, J.L.HARRIS SOUTHCOAST/ FRANK DUKES (K.C.CABELLO, A.FEENY,
(J.L.KIRK, T.MORGAN, D.D.MOORE, J.L.HARRIS) INTERSCOPE L.B.BELL, S.KOTECHA, A.CLEMONS JR., J.L.KIRK) SYCO/EPIC

REMEMBER YOU YOUNG Thomas Rhett 53 13 ENEMIES Post Malone Feat. DaBaby

59
63 D.HUFF, J.FRASURE, THOMAS RHETT
VALORY
83 L.BELL (A.R.POST, J.L.KIRK, L.B.BELL, W.T.WALSH) REPUBLIC
16 14
(THOMAS RHETT, J.FRASURE, A.GORLEY)

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DEATH Trippie Redd Feat. DaBaby
59 4 84
BABY SITTER DaBaby Feat. Offset
59 18
DJ PAUL, TWHY XCLUSIVE (TRIPPIE REDD,
J.L.KIRK, P.BEAUREGARD, T.MOORE)
TENTHOUSAND
PROJECTS/CAROLINE
GO GRIZZLY, MARIIBEATZ (J.L.KIRK,
K.CEPHUS, J.A.MASSEY, GO GRIZZLY)
SOUTHCOAST/
INTERSCOPE
TAY L O R S W I F T
“Christmas
65
HEART ON ICE Rod Wave
54 5 85
BAD VIBES FOREVER XXXTENTACION Feat. PnB Rock & Trippie Redd 85 1 Tree Farm”
SPEAKER BANGERZ, MALIK, DICAPRIO BEATZ (R.GREEN, ALAMO/ J.CUNNINGHAM (XXXTENTACION, TRIPPIE REDD, TENTHOUSAND PROJECTS/BAD
D.BANKS, L.D.BLEDSOE, M.W.BYNOE-FISHER, J.SMITH SERVANCE) INTERSCOPE R.H.ALLEN, R.SOUKIASYAN, J.CUNNINGHAM) VIBES FOREVER/CAROLINE/EMPIRE

66
CAMELOT NLE Choppa
37 13 86
CANDY Doja Cat
86 3
The song dashes in
FRESHDUZIT (B.L.POTTS, D.TRIPLETT) NLE CHOPPA/WARNER YETI, BUDO (A.Z.DLAMINI, D.SPRECHER, J.KARP, C.BARTOLINI) KEMOSABE/
RCA with 7.7 million U.S.
67
TAKE WHAT YOU WANT Post Malone Feat. Ozzy Osbourne & Travis Scott 8 14 87
EMPTY Juice WRLD
41 4
streams and 26,000 sold,
L.BELL, ANDREW WATT (A.R.POST, J.OSBOURNE, REPUBLIC N.MIRA (J.A.HIGGINS, N.MIRA) GRADE A/INTERSCOPE
TRAVIS SCOTT, L.B.BELL, A.WOTMAN, W.T.WALSH) while becoming Swift’s

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RIDIN’ ROADS Dustin Lynch
68 6 88
WE BACK Jason Aldean
78 4
14th top 10 on Adult
MACON/BROKEN
Z.CROWELL (D.LYNCH, A.GORLEY, Z.CROWELL) BROKEN BOW M.KNOX (B.D.WARREN, B.WARREN, T.HUBBARD, J.M.SCHMIDT) BOW Contemporary (25-10).

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LEAVE EM ALONE Layton Greene, Lil Baby, City Girls & PnB Rock 60 10 89
EASY DaniLeigh Feat. Chris Brown
88 6
CARDIAK,HITMAKA,PAUL CABBIN,R.JERKINS (R.JERKINS,C.P.WILSON,C.J.JACKSON, QUALITY CONTROL/ C.A.CLARK, F.KING (D.CURIEL, C.A.CLARK,
JR.,L.A.DANIELS,C.WARD,L.CARSON,C.E.MCCORMICK,R.ANTEOLA,D.JONES,R.H.ALLEN,L.GREENE) MOTOWN/CAPITOL DEF JAM
F.KING, M.SORUM, R.M.FEREBEE, JR., C.M.BROWN)

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WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum
47 16 90
HOMESICK Kane Brown
88 4
D.HUFF (S.ELLIS, J.GREEN, R.J.HURD, L.VELTZ) BMLG D.HUFF (K.BROWN, B.BERRYHILL, M.J.MCGINN, T.PHILLIPS) ZONE 4/RCA
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HEARTACHE MEDICATION Jon Pardi
67 11 91
NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan
63 9
J.PARDI, B.BUTLER, R.GORE (J.PARDI, BARY DEAN, N.HEMBY) CAPITOL J.BUNETTA (N.HORAN, NEON HAZE/
NASHVILLE J.BUNETTA, T.JESSO, JR., R.CUNNINGHAM) CAPITOL

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PETA Roddy Ricch Feat. Meek Mill
72 1 92
WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles
60 3
OZ, NIL$ (R.W.MOORE, JR., BIRD VISION/ KID HARPOON, T.JOHNSON (H.STYLES, ERSKINE/
O.YILDRIM, N.NOEHDEN, R.R.WILLIAMS) ATLANTIC T.HULL, M.ROWLAND, T.JOHNSON) COLUMBIA

73
TIP TOE Roddy Ricch Feat. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
NIAGGI, PILGRIM (R.W.MOORE, JR.,
G.VAN DEN BROM, B.NORLING, A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE)
BIRD VISION/
ATLANTIC
73 2 93
SHOW YOURSELF Idina Menzel & Evan Rachel Wood 70 3
R.LOPEZ, K.ANDERSON-LOPEZ,
WALT DISNEY
D.METZGER (K.ANDERSON-LOPEZ, R.LOPEZ)
96
SUICIDAL THE BLACK EYED
74
YNW Melly
64 3 94
WE WERE Keith Urban
65 15
HIT RED/CAPITOL P E A S x J B A LV I N
LLC AND NIELSEN MUSIC, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Z3N (J.M.DEMONS, J.GUERRIERI-MARIL) YNW MELLY/300 D.HUFF, K.URBAN (E.CHURCH, J.HYDE, R.TYNDELL) NASHVILLE
“RITMO (Bad Boys
75
VETE Bad Bunny
33 3 95
YELLOW HEARTS Ant Saunders
81 5 for Life)”
LOS NEOS,HAZEN (C.O.BATISTA ESCALERA,I.ORTIZ,J.C.CRUZ,
F.MONTALVO,X.A.SEMPER VARGAS,E.W.SEMPER VARGAS,B.A.MARTINEZ OCASIO) RIMAS A.SAUNDERS (A.SAUNDERS) TRASH BIN/ARISTA

76
NO IDEA Don Toliver
68 2 96
RITMO (BAD BOYS FOR LIFE) The Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin 96 3 The collaboration is The
WONDAGURL (C.TOLIVER, E.N.OSHUNRINDE) CACTUS JACK/ATLANTIC WILL.I.AM,K.HARRIS (W.ADAMS,A.PINEDA,K.HARRIS,J.A.OSORIO BALVIN, BEP/EPIC
F.BONTEMPI,M.GAFFEY,P.W.GLENISTER,A.GORDON,G.SPAGNER) Black Eyed Peas’ first

77
KINFOLKS Sam Hunt
62 9 97
LORD ABOVE Fat Joe & Dre Feat. Eminem & Mary J. Blige 97 1 Hot 100 entry, as well as
Z.CROWELL (S.L.HUNT, Z.CROWELL, J.FLOWERS, J.OSBORNE) MCA NASHVILLE NOT LISTED (NOT LISTED) RNG/EMPIRE their first on Mainstream
6 KISS Trippie Redd Feat. Juice WRLD & YNW Melly BIG STEPPER Roddy Ricch Top 40, since 2011. It
78 N.MIRA, T.LEWIS (TRIPPIE TENTHOUSAND 60 3 98 FLEXICO, FIGUREZ MADE IT, DJ SHAWDI BIRD VISION/ 98 1 rises 38-33 on the latter
REDD, J.A.HIGGINS, J.M.DEMONS, D.SCHOFIELD, N.MIRA) PROJECTS/CAROLINE (R.W.MOORE, JR., C.GONZALEZ, J.NGUYEN, S.A.JAMES) ATLANTIC

list, up 23% in plays.


79
PRAYED FOR YOU Matt Stell
36 19 99
CUBAN LINKS Rod Wave & Kevin Gates 92 3
A.BOWERS, M.STELL WIDE OPEN/RECORDS/GOOD TNTXD, TRE GILLIAM (R.GREEN, K.J.GILYARD,
ALAMO/
(M.STELL, A.BOWERS, A.CRUZ) COMPANY/ARISTA NASHVILLE A.TAGO, T.HORTON, F.D.GILLIAM III) INTERSCOPE
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA

223’S YNW Melly & 9lokknine BEST ON EARTH Russ & BIA
COMPILED BY

80 ROCCO DID IT AGAIN!, 9LOKKNINE YNW 34 14 100 BOI-1DA, J.A.SWEET (RUSS, BIA) DIEMON/RUSS MY WAY/COLUMBIA
100 1
(R.VALDES, J.D.SMITH, J.M.DEMONS) MELLY/300

10 G O TO B I L L B OA R D.C O M F O R C O M P L E T E C H A R T DATA
BILLBOARD 200 ARTIST CERTIFICATION
IMPRINT/DISTRIBUTING LABEL

#1
1 WK

THE WHO
RODDY RICCH
BIRD VISION/ATLANTIC/AG
IMPRINT/PROMOTION LABEL

Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial


Title

WHO
PEAK
POS.

1
WKS. ON
CHART

1
ARTIST CERTIFICATION
IMPRINT/DISTRIBUTING LABEL

DEAN MARTIN
IMPRINT/PROMOTION LABEL

The Dean Martin Christmas Album


THE DEAN MARTIN FAMILY TRUST/SONY COMMERCIAL MUSIC GROUP/LEGACY

LIL TECCA We Love You Tecca


Title PEAK
POS.

49
WKS. ON
CHART

12

YEARHOUR/POLYDOR/INTERSCOPE/IGA 2 1 GALACTIC/REPUBLIC 4 15
CAMILA CABELLO Romance 3 1 BING CROSBY Christmas Classics 19 25
SYCO/EPIC CAPITOL/UME

POST MALONE Hollywood’s Bleeding 1 14 ELTON JOHN Diamonds 7 109


REPUBLIC ROCKET/ISLAND/UME

XXXTENTACION Bad Vibes Forever 5 1 POST MALONE 3 Stoney 4 157


BAD VIBES FOREVER/EMPIRE REPUBLIC

GREATEST JUICE WRLD Goodbye & Good Riddance JASON ALDEAN 9


GAINER GRADE A/INTERSCOPE/IGA
4 82 MACON/BROKEN BOW/BMG/BBMG 2 3
SOUNDTRACK Frozen II 1 4 ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST 6 Hamilton: An American Musical 3 220
WALT DISNEY HAMILTON UPTOWN/ATLANTIC/AG

MICHAEL BUBLE
143/REPRISE/WARNER
Christmas 1 79 BOBBY HELMS
GEFFEN/UME
The Best Of Bobby Helms 58 1 Ricch
PENTATONIX
RCA
The Best Of Pentatonix Christmas 8 7 XXXTENTACION
BAD VIBES FOREVER
? 1 91 Rules
PACE JUICE WRLD Death Race For Love LIL TJAY True 2 Myself
SETTER GRADE A/INTERSCOPE/IGA 1 40 COLUMBIA 5 9 Rapper Roddy Ricch
BILLIE EILISH 2 When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? MUSTARD Perfect Ten starts straight in at No. 1
DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE/IGA 1 37 10 SUMMERS/INTERSCOPE/IGA 8 24
on the Billboard 200
MARIAH CAREY 6 Merry Christmas 3 88 NF The Search 1 20
COLUMBIA/LEGACY NF REAL MUSIC/CAROLINE with his debut studio al-
TAYLOR SWIFT Lover LIL NAS X 7 (EP) bum, Please Excuse Me
REPUBLIC 1 16 COLUMBIA 2 25
for Being Antisocial. The
TRIPPIE REDD A Love Letter To You 4 1 3 GEORGE MICHAEL & WHAM! Last Christmas (Soundtrack) 55 5
TENTHOUSAND PROJECTS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS/LEGACY set bows with 101,000
NAT KING COLE 6 The Christmas Song THE CHAINSMOKERS World War Joy equivalent album units
CAPITOL/UME 7 46 DISRUPTOR/COLUMBIA 65 1
earned in the United
SUMMER WALKER Over It 2 10 SHAWN MENDES Shawn Mendes 1 81
LVRN/INTERSCOPE/IGA ISLAND States during the week
LUKE COMBS What You See Is What You Get 1 5 ANDY WILLIAMS The Andy Williams Christmas Album 63 6 ending Dec. 12, accord-
RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE/SMN COLUMBIA/LEGACY
ing to Nielsen Music.
DABABY KIRK 1 11 DABABY Baby On Baby 7 41
SOUTHCOAST/INTERSCOPE/IGA SOUTHCOAST/INTERSCOPE/IGA Of Please Excuse Me’s
YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE AGAIN AI YoungBoy 2 1 9 KHALID 2 American Teen 4 145 overall start, stream-
NEVER BROKE AGAIN/ATLANTIC/AG RIGHT HAND/RCA
ing equivalent album
VINCE GUARALDI TRIO 4 A Charlie Brown Christmas (Soundtrack) A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE Hoodie SZN

THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART R ANKS THE MOST POPUL AR ALBUMS OF THE WEEK, A S COMPILED BY NIEL SEN MUSIC, BA SED ON MULTI-ME TRIC CONSUMPTION (BLENDING TR ADITIONAL ALBUM SALES, TR ACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS, AND STREAMING EQUIVALENT ALBUMS).
FANTASY/CONCORD 15 77 HIGHBRIDGE THE LABEL/ATLANTIC/AG 1 51 units comprise 98,000
BING CROSBY The Best Of Bing Crosby: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection 18 40 KANYE WEST JESUS IS KING (Soundtrack) 1 7 (equaling 130.7 million
MCA/GEFFEN/CHRONICLES/UME G.O.O.D./DEF JAM
on-demand audio
ROD WAVE Ghetto Gospel 10 6 SOUNDTRACK 3 The Greatest Showman 1 105
ALAMO/IGA FOX/20TH CENTURY FOX/ATLANTIC/AG streams for the set’s
FRANK SINATRA A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra 23 3 JONAS BROTHERS Happiness Begins 1 27 songs), along with 3,000
FRANK SINATRA ENTERPRISES/CAPITOL/UME REPUBLIC
in album sales, and under
VARIOUS ARTISTS A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector JOSH GROBAN 6 Noel
DEC. PHIL SPECTOR/EMI BLACKWOOD/LEGACY 12 7 143/REPRISE/WARNER 1 92 1,000 in track equivalent
FRENCH MONTANA FUTURE & JUICE WRLD
21 BAD BOY/EPIC
MONTANA 25 1 Future & Juice WRLD Present... WRLD ON DRUGS
GRADE A/INTERSCOPE/FREEBANDZ/IGA/EPIC 2 30 album units.
The 21-year-old made
2019 QUEEN
HOLLYWOOD
8 Greatest Hits 11 364 TONES AND I
BAD BATCH/ELEKTRA/EMG
The Kids Are Coming (EP) 62 10 his Billboard chart
YOUNG THUG So Much Fun 1 17 VARIOUS ARTISTS Quality Control: Control The Streets, Volume 2 3 17 debut only a little over a
YOUNG STONER LIFE/300/ATLANTIC/AG QUALITY CONTROL/MOTOWN/CAPITOL
year ago with the Feed
BURL IVES Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 28 40 LAUREN DAIGLE Look Up Child 3 66
MCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS/GEFFEN/UME CENTRICITY/12TONE Tha Streets II mixtape
POST MALONE 3 beerbongs & bentleys 1 85 CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL 10
Chronicle The 20 Greatest Hits 22 449 (debuting at No. 68
REPUBLIC FANTASY/CONCORD

FABOLOUS Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever VARIOUS ARTISTS Dreamville & J. Cole: Revenge Of The Dreamers III
on the Billboard 200
DESERT STORM/DEF JAM 7 2 DREAMVILLE/INTERSCOPE/IGA 1 23 dated Nov. 17, 2018).
THE BEATLES 12
Abbey Road 1 339 FAT JOE & DRE Family Ties 81 1 He claimed his first
APPLE/CAPITOL/UME RNG/EMPIRE

JOHN LEGEND A Legendary Christmas CARPENTERS Christmas Portrait


top 40 hit on the Bill-
26 13 67 53
COLUMBIA A&M/UME
board Hot 100 with his
PERRY COMO The Classic Christmas Album 22 11 ED SHEERAN 4 ÷ (Divide) 1 145 featured turn on Nipsey
RCA/LEGACY ATLANTIC/AG

LEWIS CAPALDI Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent KEVIN GATES I’m Him Hussle’s “Racks in the
VERTIGO/CAPITOL 20 30 BREAD WINNERS’ ASSOCIATION/ATLANTIC/AG 4 11
Middle,” which peaked
BILLIE EILISH Dont Smile At Me 14 103 SOUNDTRACK Frozen: The Songs 16 26 at No. 26 on April 20,
DARKROOM/INTERSCOPE/IGA WALT DISNEY

GENE AUTRY Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer And Other Christmas Classics FLEETWOOD MAC 20
Rumours shortly after Nipsey’s
COLUMBIA/LEGACY 24 11 WARNER BROS./RHINO 1 350
death on March 31.
ARIANA GRANDE Thank U, Next 1 44 DAN + SHAY Dan + Shay 6 77 —KEITH CAULFIELD
REPUBLIC WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WMN

LIZZO Cuz I Love You 4 34 BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS 15


Legend: The Best Of... 5 604
NICE LIFE/ATLANTIC/AG TUFF GONG/ISLAND/UME

CHRIS BROWN Indigo 1 24 CHRIS STAPLETON 4 Traveller 1 222


CBE/RCA MERCURY NASHVILLE/UMGN

TRAVIS SCOTT 2 ASTROWORLD 1 71 MORGAN WALLEN If I Know Me 35 63


CACTUS JACK/GRAND HUSTLE/EPIC BIG LOUD

BRENDA LEE Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Christmas Recordings 41 5 BAD BUNNY X 100PRE 11 51
DECCA/MCA NASHVILLE/UME RIMAS

ANDY WILLIAMS Classic Christmas Album 27 18 OLD DOMINION Old Dominion 9 7


COLUMBIA/LEGACY RCA NASHVILLE/SMN

ED SHEERAN No.6 Collaborations Project 1 22 TREVOR DANIEL Homesick (EP) 83 4


ATLANTIC/AG INTERNET MONEY/ALAMO/IGA

KHALID Free Spirit 1 36 THE GAME Born 2 Rap 19 2


RIGHT HAND/RCA EONE

KELLY CLARKSON Wrapped In Red 3 42 CARDI B 3 Invasion Of Privacy 1 88


19/RCA THE KSR GROUP/ATLANTIC/AG

LUKE COMBS 2 This One’s For You 4 132 LIL UZI VERT Luv Is Rage 2 1 120
RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE/SMN GENERATION NOW/ATLANTIC/AG

ELVIS PRESLEY 4 It’s Christmas Time 40 74 THE BEATLES 11


1 1 398
RCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS/SONY COMMERCIAL MUSIC GROUP/LEGACY APPLE/CAPITOL/UME

YNW MELLY Melly vs. Melvin 8 3 MEEK MILL Championships 1 54


YNW MELLY/300/AG MAYBACH/ATLANTIC/AG

DRAKE 5 Scorpion 1 76 MICHAEL JACKSON 33


Thriller 1 396
YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY/REPUBLIC EPIC/LEGACY
COMPILED BY
SALES DATA

TORY LANEZ Chixtape 5 2 4 KENDRICK LAMAR 3 DAMN. 1 139


MAD LOVE/INTERSCOPE/IGA TOP DAWG/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE/IGA

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ARTIST CERTIFICATION Title PEAK WKS. ON ARTIST CERTIFICATION Title PEAK WKS. ON
IMPRINT/DISTRIBUTING LABEL IMPRINT/PROMOTION LABEL POS. CHART IMPRINT/DISTRIBUTING LABEL IMPRINT/PROMOTION LABEL POS. CHART

THE WEEKND 3 Starboy 1 159 PENTATONIX 2 That’s Christmas To Me 2 51


XO/REPUBLIC RCA

SOUNDTRACK Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 1 137 JOHN LENNON Power To The People: The Hits 24 13
MARVEL/HOLLYWOOD CAPITOL/UME

AC/DC 22
Back In Black 4 389 PENTATONIX Christmas Is Here! 7 11
COLUMBIA/LEGACY RCA

JUSTIN BIEBER Under The Mistletoe 1 47 TWENTY ONE PILOTS 4 Blurryface 1 239
SCHOOLBOY/RAYMOND BRAUN/DEF JAM FUELED BY RAMEN/EMG

DRAKE 6 Take Care 1 354 ELLA MAI Ella Mai 5 61


YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY/REPUBLIC 10 SUMMERS/INTERSCOPE/IGA

EMINEM 7 Curtain Call: The Hits 1 474 LINDSEY STIRLING Warmer In The Winter 22 19
SHADY/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE/IGA LINDSEYSTOMP/CONCORD

2
LADY GAGA & BRADLEY COOPER 2 A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) 1 62 THE BEACH BOYS Merry Christmas From The Beach Boys 157 2
INTERSCOPE/IGA CAPITOL/UME

J. COLE 3 2014 Forest Hills Drive 1 262 DRAKE More Life 1 143
DREAMVILLE/ROC NATION/COLUMBIA YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY/REPUBLIC

OZUNA Nibiru 41 2 THE WHO TAYLOR SWIFT 9 1989 1 261


AURA/SONY MUSIC LATIN BIG MACHINE/BMLG

FRANK SINATRA Ultimate Sinatra Who LAUREN DAIGLE Behold: A Christmas Collection
FRANK SINATRA ENTERPRISES/CAPITOL/UME 32 88 CENTRICITY/CAPITOL CMG 29 22
LIAM PAYNE LP1 111 1 TRAVIS SCOTT Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight 1 171
HAMPTON/REPUBLIC The band matches its high-water mark GRAND HUSTLE/EPIC

MAC MILLER Swimming 3 71 on the list as Who launches at No. 2 FRANK OCEAN Blonde 1 157
WARNER BOYS DON’T CRY
with 89,000 equivalent album units
JOURNEY 15
Journey’s Greatest Hits 10 594 WALE Wow... That’s Crazy 7 9
COLUMBIA/LEGACY earned in the week ending Dec. 12, MAYBACH/WARNER

POLO G Die A Legend 6 27 according to Nielsen Music. The act THE BEACH BOYS 3 Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys 16 188
COLUMBIA CAPITOL/UME
also hit No. 2 with Quadrophenia (in
KANE BROWN Experiment 1 57 ADELE 14
21 1 443
ZONE 4/RCA NASHVILLE/SMN 1973) and Who Are You (1978). XL/COLUMBIA

LIZZO Coconut Oil (EP) 31 21 NIRVANA 10


Nevermind 1 451
NICE LIFE/ATLANTIC/AG SUB POP/DGC/GEFFEN/UME

KACEY MUSGRAVES Golden Hour 4 69 H.E.R. H.E.R. 23 112


MCA NASHVILLE/UMGN MBK/RCA

JOSE FELICIANO Feliz Navidad 84 5 SOUNDTRACK 2 Moana 2 160


RCA/BMG HERITAGE/LEGACY WALT DISNEY

TYLER, THE CREATOR IGOR 1 30 THE BEATLES 11


Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1 226
COLUMBIA APPLE/CAPITOL/UME

XXXTENTACION 17 CELINE DION Courage

THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART R ANKS THE MOST POPUL AR ALBUMS OF THE WEEK, A S COMPILED BY NIEL SEN MUSIC, BA SED ON MULTI-ME TRIC CONSUMPTION (BLENDING TR ADITIONAL ALBUM SALES, TR ACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS, AND STREAMING EQUIVALENT ALBUMS).
BAD VIBES FOREVER/EMPIRE 2 120 COLUMBIA 1 4
COLDPLAY Everyday Life 7 3 METALLICA 16
Metallica 1 552
PARLOPHONE/ATLANTIC/THIRD MAN/AG BLACKENED/RHINO

PENTATONIX A Pentatonix Christmas 1 33 NIPSEY HUSSLE Victory Lap 2 47


RCA ALL MONEY IN NO MONEY OUT/ATLANTIC/AG

IDINA MENZEL Christmas: A Season Of Love 123 2 CHUCK BERRY Berry Christmas (EP) 173 1
SRV/DECCA/VLG CHESS/GEFFEN/UME

LIL BABY & GUNNA Drip Harder 4 62 KANE BROWN Kane Brown 5 158

6
YOUNG STONER LIFE/300/QUALITY CONTROL/MOTOWN/AG/CAPITOL ZONE 4/RCA NASHVILLE/SMN

LADY ANTEBELLUM Ocean 11 4 THOMAS RHETT Center Point Road 1 28


BMLG VALORY/BMLG

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA 3 Christmas Eve And Other Stories 48 59 GUNS N’ ROSES 18


Appetite For Destruction 1 213
LAVA/ATLANTIC/RHINO GEFFEN/UME

DRAKE 6 Views JUICE WRLD BAZZI Cosmic


1 189 14 88
YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY/REPUBLIC
Goodbye & Good Riddance ZZZ/IAMCOSMIC/ATLANTIC/AG

DEAN MARTIN A Winter Romance 128 2 J BALVIN & BAD BUNNY Oasis 9 24
CAPITOL/UME UNIVERSAL MUSIC LATINO/UMLE

QUEEN Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) The late rapper’s Goodbye & Good KIDZ BOP KIDS Kidz Bop 40
HOLLYWOOD 2 60 KIDZ BOP/RAZOR & TIE/CONCORD 97 4
Riddance (59,000 units; up 405%),
THE WEEKND 3 Beauty Behind The Madness 1 223 LANA DEL REY Born To Die 2 335
XO/REPUBLIC former No. 1 Death Race for Love POLYDOR/INTERSCOPE/IGA

TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS 12


Greatest Hits (No. 10, 49,000; up 380%) and WRLD KODAK BLACK Dying To Live
MCA/GEFFEN/UME 2 335 DOLLAZ N DEALZ/ATLANTIC/AG 1 51
on Drugs (No. 75, 13,000; up 266%)
LANA DEL REY Norman Fucking Rockwell! 3 15 EXO OBSESSION: The 6th Album 182 2
POLYDOR/INTERSCOPE/IGA all gain in the wake of his death on SM

MIRANDA LAMBERT Wildcard 4 6 Dec. 8. TAYLOR SWIFT 3 reputation 1 109


VANNER/RCA NASHVILLE/SMN BIG MACHINE/BMLG

JACKSON 5 The Best Of The Jackson 5: 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection 105 10 FOR KING & COUNTRY Christmas: Live From Phoenix 184 2
MOTOWN/CHRONICLES/UME FERVENT/CURB-WORD/CURB

DOJA CAT Hot Pink 19 6 SOUNDTRACK Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 44


KEMOSABE/RCA REPUBLIC

PANIC! AT THE DISCO Pray For The Wicked 1 77 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Trench 2 60
DCD2/FUELED BY RAMEN/EMG FUELED BY RAMEN/EMG

IMAGINE DRAGONS 2 Evolve 2 129 JOJI BALLADS 1 3 56


KIDINAKORNER/INTERSCOPE/IGA 88RISING/12TONE

MAREN MORRIS GIRL 4 40 LIL WAYNE Tha Carter V 1 63


COLUMBIA NASHVILLE/SMN YOUNG MONEY/REPUBLIC

NF Perception 1 114 TRIPPIE REDD A Love Letter To You 3 3 47


NF REAL MUSIC/CAPITOL/CAROLINE TENTHOUSAND PROJECTS

BORIS KARLOFF / THURL RAVENSCROFT How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Soundtrack) 140 2 BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND 10
Greatest Hits 8 307
POLYGRAM/MERCURY NASHVILLE/UME HIDEOUT/CAPITOL/UME

ARIANA GRANDE Sweetener 1 69 LIL BABY Harder Than Ever 3 82


REPUBLIC QUALITY CONTROL/MOTOWN/CAPITOL

CELINE DION These Are Special Times EAGLES 38

111
5
2 77 Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 1 304
550 MUSIC/EPIC/LEGACY ASYLUM/ELEKTRA/RHINO

EAGLES 5 The Very Best Of The Eagles 3 211 STEVIE WONDER The Best Of Stevie Wonder: 20th Century Masters The Christmas Collection 193 2
WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING/RHINO MOTOWN/CHRONICLES/UME

PINK FLOYD 15
The Dark Side Of The Moon 1 946 CHANCE THE RAPPER The Big Day 2 20
PINK FLOYD/LEGACY LIAM PAYNE CHANCE THE RAPPER

21 SAVAGE I Am > I Was 1 51 LP1 EMINEM Kamikaze 1 65


SLAUGHTER GANG/EPIC SHADY/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE/IGA

2PAC 10
Greatest Hits 3 302 ELVIS PRESLEY The Essential Elvis Presley 42 24
AMARU/DEATH ROW/INTERSCOPE/UME RCA/SONY STRATEGIC MARKETING GROUP/LEGACY
Payne becomes the fourth member
KENDRICK LAMAR 3 good kid, m.A.A.d city 2 372 of One Direction to reach the Bill- FOR KING & COUNTRY Burn The Ships 7 10
TOP DAWG/AFTERMATH/INTERSCOPE/IGA CURB-WORD/CURB

LIL MOSEY Certified Hitmaker board 200 as a soloist, following Niall KACEY MUSGRAVES A Very Kacey Christmas
MOGUL VISION/INTERSCOPE/IGA 12 5 MERCURY NASHVILLE/UMGN 21 8
Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn. Still on
GARTH BROOKS Legacy 149 2 GUNNA Drip Or Drown 2 3 42
PEARL the 1D roster to chart: Louis Tomlinson, YOUNG STONER LIFE/300/AG
COMPILED BY
SALES DATA

SZA Ctrl who drops his debut album, Walls, on HARRY STYLES Harry Styles
TOP DAWG/RCA 3 131 ERSKINE/COLUMBIA 1 43
Jan. 31.

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ariah

arey
CONGRATULATIONS
ON 25 YEARS OF FESTIVE
CHRISTMAS MAGIC!
FROM YOUR FRIENDS AND FANS AT
PRODUCED BY BAZ LUHRMANN, JUSTIN

“A PARTY AND A PLA

Amores Como el Nuestro • Bad Romance • Because We Can • Brick House


Children of the Revolution • Come What May • Complainte de la Butte
Diamonds Are Forever • Don’t Speak • El Tango de Roxanne
Firework • Galop Infernal • Gimme Shelter • Habanera • Heroes • Hey Ya!
I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( Who Loves Me ) • I Will Always Love You
Love Is a Battlefield • Material Girl • Milord • Money ( That ’s What I Want )
Never Gonna Give You Up • One More Night • Only Girl ( In the World )
Raise Your Glass • Ride Wit Me • Rolling in the Deep • Roxanne • Royals
So Exciting! ( The Pitch Song ) • So Fresh, So Clean • Such Great Heights
Take on Me • The Sound of Music • Torn • Toxic • Up Where We Belong
You Can’t Always Get What You Want • Your Song

BOOK BY JOHN LOGAN DIRECTED BY ALEX TIMBERS CHOREOGRAPHED BY SONYA TAYEH MUSIC SUPERVISION, ORCHESTRATIONS & ARRANGEMENTS BY JUSTIN LEVINE
LEVINE , MATT STINE , AND ALEX TIMBERS

YLIST FOR THE AGES.”

Burning Down the House • Can’t Help Falling in Love • Chandelier


Crazy • Diamonds • Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Everlasting Love • Ever y Breath You Take • Fidelity
I Don’t Want to Wait • I Love You Always Forever • It Ain’t Me Babe
Jungle Boogie • Lady Marmalade • La Vie en Rose • Let’s Dance • Love Hurts
Mr. Big Stuf f • My Lovin’ ( You’re Never Gonna Get It) • Nature Boy
Pitch Prelude • Play the Game • Pride ( In the Name of Love )
Seven Nation Army • Shut Up and Dance • Single Ladies ( Put a Ring on It )
Sweet Dreams ( Are Made of This) • Sympathy for the Devil • Tainted Love
Walk This Way • We Are Young • What’s Love Got to Do With It • Where It’s At
You Spin Me Round ( Like a Record )

A L H I R S C H F E L D T H E AT R E • 302 W 45TH ST • 8 7 7. 2 5 0 . 2 9 2 9 • M O U L I N R O U G E M U S I C A L . CO M
©2019 Global Creatures. Moulin Rouge® is a registered trademark of Moulin Rouge S.A.
Contents D EC. 21 , 2 0 19 • VO LUM E 1 3 1 NO . 3 0

O N T H E COV ER
Mariah Carey photographed F E AT U R E S
by Ruven Afanador on Nov. 8

87
at Spring Studios in New York.

Christian Siriano dress, Wolford


tights, Tamara Mellon shoes,
Jacob & Co. earrings. THE BUSINESS OF
SEASONAL MUSIC
TO O U R R E AD E R S
Billboard will publish its Inside the business of holiday music —
next issue on Jan. 11. For worth $177 million a year in the United
24/7 music coverage, go to
States alone — where Kacey Musgraves
billboard.com.
is reimagining the Christmas special,
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is amping
up its pyrotechnics and even Hanukkah
music is getting lit.

88
MARIAH CAREY’S
CHRISTMAS MIRACLE
The pop icon started writing Christmas
songs to overcome childhood scars.
Now she has one of the biggest holiday
anthems of all time — and a wintertime
empire of live shows and screen projects
that just keeps growing.

106
THE NO. 1S
The artists who topped the Billboard
charts in 2019 included a Scottish
balladeer (Lewis Capaldi), a SoundCloud
breakout (Lil Tecca) and a Latin dream
team (J Balvin and Bad Bunny). Plus:
Find out which record labels ruled the
Hot 100 and Billboard 200 this year.

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Contents
D EC . 2 1 , 20 1 9 • VOLU M E 1 3 1 N O . 30

B I L L B OA R D H OT 1 00
7
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for
Christmas Is You” caps a 25-year
journey to No. 1, leading the list for
the first time.

THE MARKET
33
Direct Shot, the company that
distributes physical product for the
major labels, can’t keep up with
demand — and the problem is now
affecting the bigger indies.

34
Radio pioneer Tom Joyner looks
back on a 25-year career.

THE SCENE
52
Billboard Women in Music.

THE YEAR IN MUSIC


67
Pop roared back to the top of the
charts — and redefined itself,
thanks to Billie Eilish — while icons
from Elton John to *NSYNC were
reintroduced to a new generation,
rock received a face-lift from
dance’s biggest stars and the debut
single from Western-loving rapper
Lil Nas X occupied the Hot 100’s
summit for a record 19 weeks.

YEAR-END CHARTS
121
Post Malone earns top artist, while
women make history atop the year-
end Billboard 200 albums ranking.

M Y B I L L B OA R D
MOMENT
168
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s manager,
Jay Levey, recalls helping the
comedian-musician score his first
No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2014
with Mandatory Fun.

Clockwise from top left: Alanis


Morissette, Megan Thee Stallion,
Rosalía and Cyndi Lauper
photographed by Austin Hargrave on
Dec. 12 at the Hollywood Palladium
in Los Angeles.

THROW IT BACK CHRISTMAS, CONTINUED


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Mariah Carey reflects on some of her Deep Dive, “The Booming Business of Christmas
biggest career moments, from performing Music.” You’ll find stories on how the movie Last
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Believe” with Whitney Houston at the 71st it, Apple Music architect and A Very Special
Academy Awards in 1999 to filming the Christmas executive producer Jimmy Iovine on
iconic, wedding-themed music video for what makes a great Christmas song and more. Not
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Problems at Direct Shot Distributing have made vinyl unavailable and CDs MIA.
Indie distributors are helping, but the problem could drag on
BY ERIN OSMON

T’S EARLY DECEMBER tracts with Universal and Sony, one of Further complicating matters, around [my rep from Universal] today and they
and Matt Jencik can’t find the largest distributors of physical mu- the time it switched its business to still have 400 copies in stock,” he says.
I any copies of A Charlie sic in the country. The problem became DSD, Warner began using a new busi- But Universal can’t guarantee that DSD
Brown Christmas. The buyer apparent on April 13 — Record Store ness-to-business website that doesn’t will get them. “It makes zero sense,”
for Reckless Records, which owns three Day, the busiest and most profitable day provide tracking information. says Swider. “You’re the biggest music
stores in Chicago, says that at this time of the year for many retailers — when “It is Kafkaesque,” says Jencik. company in the world and you can’t
of year the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack some stores didn’t receive the exclusive “Paperwork that goes nowhere. Calling send me 60 copies of something?”
would normally sell a few copies a day releases they had ordered. Since then, people that don’t respond to you. It’s a On Dec. 9, Billy Fields, vp sales and
— but Reckless can’t sell records it can’t the problem has gotten worse. total nightmare.” account management at Warner Music
stock. “There are holiday records I The problems are varied, complicat- David Swider agrees. The owner of Group’s distribution arm, WEA, posted
couldn’t get that have always been good ed and occasionally absurd. Buyers are The End of All Music in Oxford, Miss., a photo of The Dank D-Funk Blend on
sellers, like titles by Stevie Wonder, told their orders are lost or unavailable is scrambling to source the January Instagram. “Uggh we didn’t receive
Bing Crosby and Dean Martin,” he says. without further explanation. Albums 2020 title for his store’s record-of- any of these, cool to finally see it,” re-
“We were at a holiday fair last week arrive with box-cutter slashes through the-month club, which has anywhere sponded Annie Skinner, owner of Indy
and barely had anything to offer.” the jackets. Large shipping pallets are from 50 to 100 members throughout CD & Vinyl in Indianapolis, under the
Since April, record stores and labels delivered, shrink-wrapped, but with the year. Swider originally picked The store’s account. Warner and Univer-
have been plagued by a distribution bot- just one box. New releases are late, Dank D-Funk Blend, a compilation of sal Music Group did not respond to a
tleneck that began when Warner Music essential catalog titles are unavailable, funk tracks from the Prestige Records request for comment.
Group moved its physical product to and indie-exclusive vinyl pressings — catalog released by Jazz Dispensary in Some of the problems stem from the
Direct Shot Distributing (DSD). The like the silver version of Beck’s new November. But Swider is unsure if he’ll increasing complexity of the physical
change made DSD, which also has con- album, Hyperspace — aren’t delivered. receive the copies he ordered. “I called distribution business, according to Kyle

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Krug, director of marketing for Legacy warehouses or directly to retailers so
Supply Chain Services, which acquired that they have it on hand for tours or
DSD in June. DSD, which used to ship online orders — which in some cases
bulk orders to big-box retailers, now violates the exclusivity provisions of
sends more small orders to individual their distribution deals. “We’ve taken
stores. At the same time, the volume of the approach that it’s better to ask for
online orders is skyrocketing — along forgiveness than for permission,” says EXIT INTERVIEW
with the number of manufacturers in- one indie-label executive.
volved. “The Warner onboarding sort of Retailers are going rogue too. When
created the perfect storm of challenges
for the physical music industry,” says
the metal band Baroness released
Gold & Grey in June, stores formed
Tom Joyner
Krug. (Legacy Supply Chain Services a patchwork supply chain to ensure RADIO PIONEER SIGNS OFF AFTER 50-YEAR CAREER
had started negotiating to acquire DSD that albums reached every shop with
before the Warner switch, he adds.) a scheduled in-store appearance —

I
N 1968, A GROUP OF What moments stand out
Krug also says DSD has added staff at each store shipped its leftovers to the people protested a Tuskegee, from your career?
its Franklin, Ind., warehouse, which next on the list. This holiday shopping Ala., radio station for not Every day was a highlight. My worst
processes all of its physical music season, many stores are stocking more playing soul music. When the day on the air was anybody else’s
product. DSD’s warehouse partner is nonmusic merchandise items like T- station owner offered the protesters very good day, you know? I’m not
also upgrading its technology, although shirts and totes to help offset the losses a regular Saturday afternoon slot, a person that looks back a lot,
Krug says he does not know exactly from missing and late releases. 19-year-old Tom Joyner volunteered though. I haven’t listened to a show
when retailers and labels will notice Until DSD’s distribution improves, to DJ. He would remain behind the that I’ve done since I stopped flying
service improvements. representatives from Warner have said radio mic for over 50 years. back and forth.
In July, Amoeba Music in Los stores should order from one-stops As host of The Tom Joyner Morn-
Angeles hosted an in-store perfor- (third-party wholesalers) — although ing Show, one of the first nationally How did your show’s
mance for artist Cuco, to celebrate that costs more. Skinner says that’s syndicated black radio programs, approach differ from that of fel-
his debut on Interscope Records. But how, on the advice of Warner, she his mission was to entertain, low syndicated radio
sourcing product for the packed show sourced most of her Warner product educate and empower African pioneer Howard Stern?
became an onerous task, says Amoeba for Black Friday Record Store Day on Americans. Now 70, Joyner’s influ- The big question was, “Can you re-
co-owner Jim Henderson, and they Nov. 29. But she doesn’t see this option ence was so profound that when main local?” Black radio has always
ended up with mostly CDs. “There as sustainable. Sources say the three he announced his retirement on been involved in the community.
are also countless issues with returns major labels are providing wholesal- Dec. 13, surprise call-ins to his show We approached it as a local show
authorizations post shows, which ers with discounts to pass through to included Lionel Richie and former that reflected the entire African
impacts credits and payments,” he indie merchants to help offset the extra President Bill Clinton. American country. Every black
adds. And stores remain beholden to cost, a situation that could last through In the mid-’80s Joyner was community has the same wants and
contractual billing cycles — usually 30 Record Store Day 2020 in April. known as “the hardest-working needs, and that’s what black radio
or 60 days — whether they receive the Amid the chaos, distributors like man in radio” because he hosted has always been about. To help with
stock they ordered or not. ADA are losing big accounts. In the a morning show in Dallas and an that, for example, I’d say what time
The problem isn’t just affecting past year, large indies like Beggars, afternoon show in Chicago — fly- it was, but not the hour. Like, “It’s 17
major-label artists. Many indies use Epitaph and Secretly Distribution left ing back and forth every day for past the hour,” and I’d hit a button
distributors — including Alternative ADA. In some cases, indie distributors seven years. In 1994, Joyner struck to cue the radio station. And the
Distribution Alliance (ADA), Ingrooves are stepping in to help stores navigate a deal with ABC Radio Networks to station would announce it was “17
and The Orchard — that funnel prod- shortfalls in lieu of a permanent solu- launch the first syndicated morning past the hour of 8 o’clock.” People
uct through the major-label network tion. “The silver lining to DSD’s fuck- show with music. That prompted didn’t know; they thought I was
and into the DSD warehouse. After ups,” says Swider, “is that the indies are another breakthrough: Mainstream right there [in the market]. People
months of headaches, some indie really helping us get through this.” advertisers like Southwest Airlines, listening to Howard Stern knew his
labels are telling manufacturers to ship McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble show originated from New York. We
large amounts of stock to their own Additional reporting by Ed Christman. and Allstate began buying ads on a fooled people for a long time.
black radio show.
Who’s the one interview that
Why are you retiring now? got away?
When I came along, you didn’t have Stevie Wonder. He performed live
a lot of listening choices. Now you on a Sky Show in Miami in 2005,
can get anything you want, anytime but he never stopped by the studio.
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you want, anywhere you want — I wanted Stevie really bad. (Laughs.)
and you don’t have to wait for radio
or television to do it for you. What- Any predictions about the
24.8B 15.25M 1.075T ever happens to newspapers and
magazines — I’m sorry to say it, but
outcome of the 2020 election?
I think voter turnout in the African
7.5% 8.3% 30.8% I think radio is next on the list. And American community is going to
we’ve done it to ourselves. We’re be record-breaking again. I’ll still
TOTAL ON-DEMAND ALBUM CONSUMPTION TOTAL ON-DEMAND
STREAMS WEEK OVER UNITS WEEK OVER WEEK STREAMS YEAR OVER not relevant anymore. That’s across be pushing people to vote, but
WEEK YEAR TO DATE the board. Black radio has prob- because Trump is so controversial
Album sales plus track-equivalent
Number of audio and video albums plus audio streaming- Number of audio and video ably been more relevant because — so busy tweeting from his toilet
RANCE GREER

on-demand streams for the week equivalent albums for the week streams for 2019 so far over the we concentrate on informing and — he’s doing the work for me.
ending Dec. 12. ending Dec. 12. same period in 2018. empowering our community. — G A I L M I TC H E L L

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RECORD OF THE YEAR POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
The Fight For Their Rights
Netflix is asking film and TV composers to sign away rights to their music, and creators worry other services will follow
B Y K AT H R Y N K R A N H O L D

N OCTOBER, NEARLY 90

I music composers from coun-


tries around the world traveled
to Budapest, Hungary, to attend
the International Council of Music
Creators General Assembly and discuss
an urgent matter: streaming services’
efforts to upend the decades-old struc-
ture of how they’re compensated for
their work.
Traditionally, composers receive
royalty payments each time their music
is performed in a public setting; e.g.,
onstage, at a bar or in a TV series —
including those viewed on streaming
services. But Netflix routinely pushes
to buy out those public performance
rights, paying composers a one-time
fee for all or most of the rights to their
work, and precluding them from earn-
ing any future royalties, according to From left: Ethan Coen, Beckerman, Joel Coen and Beal.
the more than three dozen composers,
agents and lawyers interviewed for this
story. Composers say these buyouts property] over time,” says Jeff Beal, the ers cannot legally negotiate buyouts di- Major production companies typi-
threaten their livelihoods and violate Emmy Award-winning composer for rectly with composers, although it still cally own the copyright to an original
intellectual property law in some coun- House of Cards (produced by Billboard happens, says Cecile Rap-Veber of the score for a film or TV series as part
tries outside the United States. (These parent company MRC Media). Already, French nonprofit Society of Authors, of a contract, but composers retain a
sources requested anonymity to avoid royalties for streaming tend to be much Composers and Publishers of Music financial interest in the copyright and
potential loss of work.) lower than for network shows, he adds. (SACEM). Rap-Veber says SACEM’s share in the royalties, through public
Netflix is not exactly short on funds: Netflix calls the practice of purchas- members have declined what she calls performance payments.
In 2019, the streaming giant could have ing composition rights “direct license an “American agreement,” saying, (Industry sources say royalty fees
spent as much as $15.1 billion licens- deals.” The streaming service and pro- “What I want is to get fair remunera- range from as much as $300 per min-
ing audiovisual content, according to duction studio negotiate directly with tion for my rights holders.” ute for a 15-minute score on a network
estimates from BMO Capital Markets. the composers, avoiding a performance The pay for film and TV composers show to as low as 6 cents a minute for
It also locked in Hollywood hitmakers rights organization (PRO) that typi- is typically broken into at least two shows streaming on Netflix. Meaning,
like Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, cally negotiates and collects royalties components: An initial upfront fee for a composer could receive as much as
Martin Scorsese and Game of Thrones on behalf of composers. Netflix says their time writing a score or theme $4,500 in royalties on a network show
creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss that its direct licensing deals are not song; and the cost of producing the versus 90 cents for a show streaming
with multimillion-dollar deals. mandatory. But composers and lawyers music. (For example, renting a record- once on Netflix.)
Netflix is not the only company point to a so-called handbook given ing studio and hiring musicians to per- Composer Joel Beckerman says he
seeking buyouts from composers, but globally to producers, titled Netflix form on the score.) The fee for a one- has made the “vast majority” of his

COEN BROTHERS: MICHAEL KOVAC/GETTY IMAGES. BECKERMAN: TOMMASO BODDI/GETTY IMAGES. BEAL: JESSE GRANT/GETTY IMAGES.
given its power, composers Delivery Requirements, that hour network show could be as high as income from royalties on a few hit
are pushing back. Earlier
this year, a group led by 158M instructs them to provide
a “work for hire” agree-
$277,500 in its first season, according
to the latest edition of the book Music,
shows. “If you don’t get the back-end
on your hits, you can’t make a living,”
award-winning composers ment to composers. That Money and Success by entertainment says Beckerman, who is one of the com-
including Carter Bur- agreement allows Netflix lawyers Todd and Jeff Brabec. Com- posers leading the “Your Music, Your
NUMBER OF
well (The Ballad of Buster GLOBAL NETFLIX to use the compositions, posers can earn more than $500,000 Future” education initiative. “It’s how
Scruggs), John Powell (Solo: SUBSCRIBERS lyrics, performances and over three years in public performance [composers] put food on the table.”
A Star Wars Story) and Mir- recordings “without limita- royalties when a show has a second run Another problem is that it’s not
iam Cutler (Gilda) started the online tion” and “throughout the universe in on a network, and then airs on cable just Netflix: The Discovery Channel
initiative “Your Music, Your Future” to perpetuity.” Lawyers and composers and streaming services, estimates Todd is seeking to directly license music
educate their peers about music rights. say these terms are “worrisome” and Brabec, a former ASCAP executive. from composers through buyouts as it
“This is not acceptable,” says Burwell, go beyond standard contracts. A Net- But, he adds, the upfront fee isn’t a lot rewrites the terms of its contracts with
who did not take a buyout. Music flix spokesman tells Billboard that the of money. “If a composer breaks even production studios, according to indus-
industry sources say Netflix tends to terms are negotiable. or makes a little money, they are fortu- try sources. Discovery has informed
require direct licenses from composers European countries, many of which nate,” he says. “The cost of producing composers that it will require them to
who have less leverage. “In any given have stronger copyright protections eats up the entire amount.” sign licensing contracts similar to those
year, the [royalty] amount equals or than the United States, are wary of Composers make most of their used by Scripps Networks Interactive,
exceeds the amount you get upfront. Netflix undermining composers’ rights. money on royalties paid for repeated which it acquired in 2018. Discovery
That’s the value of the [intellectual In France, for example, Netflix produc- viewings or plays of their music. executive vp global communications

AMAZON BOUGHT THE WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO A PETER BERG-DIRECTED DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RIHANNA. NETFLIX GREENLIT A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES FROM SWEDEN ON THE STORY OF SPOTIFY.

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ARIANA
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ROLLING STONE
#1 BEST ALBUM 2019

GRAMMY® NOMINEE GRAMMY® NOMINEE


ALBUM OF THE YEAR RECORD OF THE YEAR

GRAMMY® NOMINEE GRAMMY® NOMINEE


POP SOLO PERFORMANCE POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

GRAMMY® NOMINEE
POP VOCAL ALBUM
Nathaniel Brown says, “Our 8,000
hours of original programming a year
drives enormous economic value to
the music community. We compensate
countless composers and musicians
for their valued contributions, and will
continue to do so.”
Facebook is also pushing for
buyouts for its “Facebook Watch”
platform, according to composers.
One says his lawyer tangled over the
buyout provision for weeks before
Jones (left) and Mill at
reaching an agreement; he retained Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop
his standard rights. Power Players event in 2018.
On TV and in streaming, creators’ GOOD WORKS
royalties are based on several metrics,
including the length of a composition
and how much a show featuring the
composition is broadcast or streamed.
Studios track compositions in con-
Dreams From Nightmares
junction with third-party systems Meek Mill’s criminal justice reform organization —
and PROs. Composers then receive
backed by $50 million in funding from its founding partners
statements that detail how often an
episode featuring their work aired. — seeks to bring change to a broken system
While Amazon and Hulu self-report BY JOSH GLICKSMAN
how many times a show is streamed,
Netflix does not. With rare exceptions HEN MEEK MILL WAS nation in terms of rates of correctional control.
for major hit shows where viewership sentenced in November 2017 to two After his release on bail in April 2018, Mill
is disclosed, lawyers and agents say W to four years in prison for a proba- planned to use his visibility to help. “My case
Netflix reports only that an episode or tion violation stemming primarily was just one example of the injustices affect-
film was streamed once, even if it was from two misdemeanors, Philadelphia 76ers ing millions across the country,” said Mill in a
streamed by millions. partner Michael Rubin — a close friend of Mill’s statement to Billboard. “Our team is committed
Netflix is also looking to cut costs — was watching in the courtroom. to passing bills — starting in my home state of
and ensure predictable expenses, say “It was the most shocking thing I have ever Pennsylvania — to prevent others from suffering
industry experts, and reducing what seen,” says Rubin. “For the first 45 years of my and to help put people in positions to succeed.”
it pays to license music is one way to life, I believed that people went to prison for Alongside elected officials from Pennsylva-
do so. The entry of companies like committing crimes. That’s when I realized the nia, REFORM worked to put forth House Bill
Disney and Apple into the streaming whole system was fundamentally broken and 1555 in the state’s General Assembly in April.
business has only amplified concerns trapped poor people.” With HB 1555 — most recently discussed in
that buyout contracts will “become Rubin is hardly the only one unaware. the state’s House of Representatives on Dec. 9,
normal across other streaming ser- That’s part of the reason why Mill — backed by with a vote possible by the end of 2019 or start
vices — that spreads like a virus,” says $50 million in funding from eight fellow of 2020 — REFORM hopes the state will
composer Beckerman. founding partners such as Rubin, Jay-Z cap maximum probation terms, amend
The lack of transparency may and New England Patriots owner penalization for technical violations
change: Netflix has said it would Robert Kraft, among others — created and, among other fixes, establish a
provide more viewership informa- the REFORM Alliance, an organiza- system of incentives to reward good
tion, and the European Union’s tion run by CNN host/activist Van behavior during probation. (The latest
Copyright Directive could require it Jones that is dedicated to changing the text of the bill, however, removed the
to fully report its data. When it comes laws, policies and practices that govern Rubin
proposed probation cap.)
to negotiating contracts that contain the 4.5 million people in the United States Jones adds that establishing the or-
buyout clauses, says entertainment on probation or parole. Jones notes that many ganization’s first big initiative in Pennsylvania
attorney Joe Carlone, “There’s no people aren’t aware of the harsh penalties for could be a gateway to reform elsewhere, given
blanket rule,” adding that he encour- technical violations, which can include arriving its status as a swing state amid the upcoming
ages composer and songwriter clients late to a meeting with a probation/parole of- presidential election. “Every single person run-
to weigh whether it makes sense to ficer or visiting a family member in the wrong ning for President of the United States — includ- MILL: BENNETT RAGLIN/GETTY IMAGES. RUBIN: DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS/GETTY IMAGES.

take an upfront payment for a limited neighborhood. ing Donald Trump — is expressing support for
project that may not run for more than Says Jones, “To hear you can go back to criminal justice reform,” says Jones. “That has
one season. prison for not even committing a crime is com- not happened in living memory.”
Another music lawyer says he pletely incomprehensible to people.” REFORM plans to announce which states it
discourages clients from directly li- At the time of his sentencing in 2017, Mill will target next in early 2020. The organization
censing their music to Netflix, because had already spent over a decade in the criminal ultimately aims to reduce the number of people
without knowing how well streaming justice system of Pennsylvania, one of a handful within the criminal justice system by 1 million
shows are performing, it’s impossible of states that doesn’t set limits on how long a in its first five years.
to determine a fair buyout price to probation term can last. And Mill’s case is all “I’ll work with or against anybody for free-
compensate for no back-end royalties. too common: According to a December 2018 dom,” says Jones. “The few little years we get on
“Everyone,” says another attorney, “is report from nonprofit think tank Prison Policy this earth, the few little heartbeats we get, we
throwing numbers at a dartboard.” Initiative, Pennsylvania is second-highest in the should be able to fulfill our true potential.”

ROY LONEY, LEAD SINGER OF SAN FRANCISCO POWER POP BAND FLAMIN’ GROOVIES, DIED AT 73. COMPOSER GERSHON KINGSLEY, A PIONEER OF THE MOOG SYNTHESIZER, DIED AT 97.

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relies largely on expats; sponsorship


revenue there fell by 20% in 2019
amid lower oil prices, says John Lick-
rish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, the
government’s events arm.
So far, at least, there aren’t many
world-class arenas in the region. The
Coca-Cola Arena, with a capacity of
17,000, is the only multipurpose
venue of that size in the area. Another,
the Yas Bay Arena, is set to open in
April in Abu Dhabi, and will be
operated by Flash Entertainment.
The du Arena, an amphitheater in Abu
Dhabi, is the region’s largest outdoor
venue, with a 50,000 capacity; The
Killers and Lana Del Rey performed
Brandon Flowers and there in the past month.
The Killers onstage
at du Arena in Abu
Saudi Arabia relies more on pur-
Dhabi in December. pose-built outdoor venues, which lim-
its its concert season to 10 months. The
MDL Beast festival, which organizers

Can Saudi Arabia Become The Middle are hoping will draw 200,000 ticket-
buyers over three days, will rely on
stages designed and built in Belgium
East’s Live Music Superpower? and flown to Riyadh, says Alammary,
also a brand strategist for MDL Beast.
Playing Saudi Arabia can also be
Offering large advances and 33 million potential music consumers, the kingdom’s controversial. The 2018 murder of
new push into entertainment is overshadowing neighbors like Dubai and Abu Dhabi Washington Post journalist Jamal
B Y A L E X E I B A R R I O N U E V O and M E L I N D A S H E C K E L L S Khashoggi, allegedly at the direction
of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed
DUBAI — David Guetta, As the country continues its efforts with even deeper pockets, agents say. bin Salman, drew strong pushback
Enrique Iglesias and The to modernize, Saudi Arabia is shaking Lately, the Saudi government and from human rights activists, who
Black Eyed Peas made history in up the Middle East touring scene. Gov- a small patchwork of nascent private urged Guetta and others to cancel their
Saudi Arabia last December when ernment-subsidized events are paying promoters have been pressing their shows. Nicki Minaj pulled out of her
they performed at a festival that just artists two to three times their normal advantage. After the December 2018 show in Jeddah in July citing her sup-
a few years ago would have been fees — and up to twice what neighbor- show, a series of events the following port for women’s and LGBTQ rights
unthinkable in the socially repressive ing countries offer, several agents and year drew top performers, including and freedom of expression.
kingdom, where women were segre- promoters tell Billboard. Dubai, Qatar Maluma, Janet Jackson and 50 Cent. Thomas Ovesen, entertainment
gated from men and concerts were and Abu Dhabi — which previously On Dec. 13 and 14, Calvin Harris, Major director for the Diriyah Gate Develop-
banned for a quarter century. dominated the region’s scant concert Lazer and Swedish House Mafia head- ment Authority, a Saudi government
Just months earlier, the country’s map — have been overshadowed by the lined the Diriyah Festival in Riyadh. agency, says that “no artist is being
ruling family had relaxed long-stand- potential of a wealthy Saudi Arabia, a The largely government-subsidized asked to endorse anything but the op-
ing restrictions on social activities and country with 33 million people, nearly shows in Saudi Arabia have kept ticket portunity to play for their new fans.”
the arts, allowing women to drive and 60% of whom are under the age of 30. prices down, to about $50 to $75 on Some in the music industry say that
men and women to attend entertain- The kingdom’s push into enter- average, organizers say, which is lower Saudi Arabia’s push into entertainment
ment events together for the first time. tainment has been fast, furious and than comparable events in Abu Dhabi, may also be intended to satiate restless
So some 25,000 Saudis — including well-financed, say agents and concert where tickets average $100 to $150. youth starving for diversion. “I go back
women who drove themselves to the organizers. Two years ago, the king- While it’s still early, Live Nation is to demographics,” says del Granado.
concerts without wearing headscarves dom set in motion a long-term plan, on the ground booking talent and pro- With such a young population, the rul-
— attended the three-day festival in dubbed Vision 2030, to diversify its oil- ducing shows. And the newly formed ing family may be trying to give Saudis
the capital of Riyadh. based economy, including $2.7 billion ASM Global, which controls the Coca- jobs and entertainment, “because if
“People just didn’t believe it,” says earmarked for entertainment. Cola Arena in Dubai that opened in not, here comes the Arab Spring.”
Ahmad Alammary, a Saudi who per- “There’s still good money in Dubai 2018, is searching for sites for new ven- Newman and others expect the
forms as DJ Baloo, about the festival’s and Abu Dhabi,” says Bruno del ues, says CEO Bob Newman: “We’re Middle East concert business to take
first day. “Then they saw the footage Granado, an agent at Creative Artists betting on the potential right now.” off over the next half-decade. “I could
of it and were like, ‘OK, we’re partying Agency that represents Maluma. “But The market in Dubai, which estab- see three or four touring stops in
now.’ It was a dream come true.” the money in Saudi Arabia dwarfs lished the Middle East on the touring Saudi alone,” says Ovesen. After this
On Dec. 19, the kingdom is set to what’s in Egypt, Turkey or any other map 15 years ago, has been hurt by an initial rush, though, the free-flow
top itself. MDL Beast, a three-day Middle Eastern country.” economic slowdown and a looming of government funding is expected
electronic music festival with over Over a decade ago, Dubai typically financial crisis that has made it harder to abate, as more privately financed
70 acts on five stages — including overpaid for talent due to geography for promoters to offer premium fees, promoters enter the kingdom. “The
headliners Martin Garrix, Tiësto and and travel logistics. Saudi Arabia, agents say. The live business in Abu market’s going to settle down and
Guetta — is set to become Saudi Ara- in its bid to jump-start its entertain- Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates mature eventually,” says del Granado.
ROB LOUD

bia’s largest live music event ever. ment sector, has done the same, capital with over 1 million people, “It can’t go on like this.”

JODECI MEMBER K-CI HAILEY SIGNED WITH P MUSIC GROUP FOR MANAGEMENT OF HIS SOLO CAREER. ROBIN THICKE SIGNED WITH ICM PARTNERS FOR REPRESENTATION IN ALL AREAS.

40 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


Nadel (left) and
Easterlin photographed
Dec. 10 at Elektra Music
Group in New York.

FROM THE DESKS OF

GREGG NADEL AND MIKE EASTERLIN


Elektra Music Group Co-Presidents

B Y LY N D S E Y H AV E N S • P H O T O G R A P H E D B Y A L L I S O N M I C H A E L O R E N S T E I N

HEN GREGG NADEL WAS HELPING includes the old Elektra division as well as Fueled by
to break O.A.R. at Lava Records in 2008, Ramen, Roadrunner Records, Low Country Sound
“WE WANTED TO BRING THE
W he met Mike Easterlin, then Lava’s senior and Black Cement, featuring a select artist roster that ELEKTRA BRAND BACK TO
vp promotions, for the first time. Easterlin includes Brandi Carlile, The Highwomen, twenty
took the band’s “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” to one pilots and Fitz & The Tantrums. PROMINENCE. THAT’S THE
radio and promoted the record for Nadel — and Nadel and Easterlin credit their first-year wins to
they’ve been friends ever since. the larger team involved, which comprises just over CHIP ON OUR SHOULDER.”
Over a decade later, Nadel and Easterlin are still 70 employees; when EMG launched, its staff of 57
working together, now as co-presidents of Elek- were all brought over from Atlantic. —NADEL
tra Music Group, which was revived as a separate “We went through the process of interviewing
company by Warner Music Group in October 2018. everyone moving over from Atlantic, sharing what NADEL It’s one of those rare songs that can hit across
Elektra had been a subsidiary of Atlantic from 2004 our mentality was going to be for running a smaller all formats, but we wanted to make sure that we
until then, and an innovative major for decades version of that label, how we wanted to develop didn’t skip over the alternative crowds and smaller
before that. Nadel and Easterlin report to Atlantic artists and our staff,” says Easterlin. “A lot of them venues and just go to pop. What’s important is hav-
chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and chairman/COO had been No. 2s or 3s in departments for many, many ing a foundation before you build.
Julie Greenwald. years. Now they’d be running [them].”
EMG’s first release as its own company was How did you learn that?
relatively low-risk: twenty one pilots’ Trench, which What’s your strategy for breaking more unknown art- EASTERLIN Sometimes, it’s what you don’t do. We
hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200. That proved the label ists like Tones and I — a singer who unexpectedly took didn’t cross the first twenty one pilots album, we
could hold its own, and the August signing of Tones off and went to No. 1 in over 30 countries — in 2020? didn’t cross the first Panic! at the Disco album. We
and I and her subsequent success — the Australian GREGG NADEL Not skipping steps. left them in modern-rock land, established them
GROOMING BY SHARON BECKER AT ENNIS

alternative-pop artist’s hit “Dance Monkey” sits at MIKE EASTERLIN Here’s a great example — we almost there and made modern rock feel like we really
No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 — positioned EMG moved Tones and I out of the Mercury Lounge wanted to remain and have a home there, even if we
as a serious competitor. “After accomplishing what when she played in New York for the first time, but had [Panic!’s] “High Hopes” or [twenty one pilots’]
we have with her,” says Nadel, “everyone is going, we were like, “You know what? We promised we “Stressed Out.” Those songs were massive, but we
‘Wow, we can do this.’ ” wouldn’t skip steps.” [As a result], her song “Dance didn’t want to turn our backs on the genres that
The new EMG that Nadel and Easterlin oversee Monkey” was running faster than we were. made these songs cross over.

BLINK-182’S TRAVIS BARKER LAUNCHED DTA RECORDS, A JOINT VENTURE WITH ELEKTRA MUSIC GROUP. SONY MUSIC MADE A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN PODCAST PRODUCER NEON HUM.

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EMG pledged to uphold an “independent spirit”
in its initial memo. How do you do that when you’re
working with viral crossover acts?
EASTERLIN I think it’s important that we keep
that one-on-one relationship with the artist. [We
don’t want to] grow too fast, whether it be
the artist roster or the staff.
NADEL We also have department
heads who are doing this for the
first time, so there’s this under-
dog mentality at EMG. And I
think Mike and I know what 1 2
that’s like, having run Elektra
inside the bigger company. We 4
weren’t just happy to be there
— we wanted to bring the Ele-
ktra brand back to prominence.
That’s the chip on our shoulder.

It’s arguably easier than ever for an


artist to remain independent now. So as
a label group with an indie mentality, how
do you level with a potential signee? 3
NADEL There’s nothing wrong with an artist
staying independent. We want to work with artists
who want to be a part of what we’re doing, and
it only works when everyone is on the same page
and we’re all holding hands together — because it’s
really, really hard to break an artist. 5
EASTERLIN We also have a global footprint to offer.
As an independent artist, that seems to be the No. 1
problem that they have: cracking other territories.
Meanwhile, EMG has offices in 40 countries. If you
look at the Tones and I record that we just started
with a few months ago, that was exploding in Austra-
lia and New Zealand, but they came in and asked,
“Can you get us as big everywhere else?”

You knew each other for years prior to the EMG


1. “Is it corny to say those belong to the entire team of Fueled
launch. Can you describe what the other person by Ramen?” asks Easterlin. 2. “I was honored last year for the
does on a day-to-day basis? Harvest Dinner — we raised over $225,000 for [the] T.J. Martell
EASTERLIN You definitely have to go first — I’m [Foundation],” says Easterlin. 3. Easterlin’s former assistant, Meg
Carey, gave him this gift the day Elektra opened in 2018. 4. “This was
interested to hear what you think I do every day. given to me by a friend after Tom passed away,” says Nadel. “Tom
NADEL I have no idea. (Laughs.) There’s a lot of stuff Petty & The Heartbreakers always have been one of my favorite
we do together. Mike spends Monday mornings at artists. Seeing it not only reminds me of all his great songs and the
shows I’ve seen, but also what a long career that’s built the right way
the radio meeting, talking to the staff. A lot of the
and lasts decades looks like.” 5. Nadel loves this poster “because
day-to-day operational things, with Cathy [Donovan], it reminds me of what an incredible journey it has been for Brandi
who runs our marketing operations, Mike is dialed [Carlile] around this past album and where we started.” 6. “Last year,
in on that as well. There’s a trust there, so we don’t I got to play a round of golf with Adrián Beltré, my favorite baseball
player of all time, and he pulled it out at the very end and signed it to
feel like we have to be in every conversation or every me as a surprise,” says Easterlin. “It’s pretty special. In return, his kids
meeting. We talk on the way in, on the way home, 6
were desperate to see twenty one pilots, and I got them tickets.”
and so it’s funny when somebody says, “Well, I spoke
to Mike,” and it’s like, yes, I know. (Laughs.) We
catch each other up if we’re not together. we’ve realized it’s OK for us to have our separate of everything that moves. We sit and go through all
EASTERLIN Listen, Gregg is out trying to find the things that we’re working on. that stuff. Sometimes we hear a song and we’re like,
next thing, and he’s with the A&R staff a lot, and we NADEL Every four or five weeks, we carve out a “Wow, what is this? Let’s go see it,” meet the person
have a very young A&R staff, so he spends a good day where we’ll sit with each of the product or whatever it is. And then there are other things,
portion of his time training people who are coming managers for an hour each so we can brainstorm. like we were talking about this artist Livingston,
in with new perspectives and new ideas on how we Those are some of the best days — because so where I got a text from one of our A&R guys on a
find artists now. All of them are coming from much comes out of them. Sunday night of this 16-year-old kid singing in a
either independent labels or, in a couple of cases, studio on his own. He never had put out a song. We
they’re coming in straight out of college. He spends In the last year, artist discovery has moved to new flew him in. The next day, he sang in my office, and
a lot of time molding and shaping, listening, going apps like TikTok. How much of your conversations we signed him right away, just because we were so in
through the research. Early on, we tried to be about finding talent come from new technology love with his songwriting, with his voice, and...
involved in everything, and [in the end], nothing platforms like that? EASTERLIN Him.
was getting done. We were literally sitting in meet- NADEL I think it’s a little bit of everything, to be NADEL Yes, him. Just a voice we love and an artist
ings all day. As we’ve grown over the last year, honest with you. We’re definitely trying to be aware we believe in.

HIPGNOSIS ACQUIRED THE CATALOG OF TAYLOR SWIFT SONGWRITER-PRODUCER JACK ANTONOFF. SIMON COWELL’S SYCO ENTERTAINMENT AND THAMES SIGNED A FIVE-YEAR DEAL WITH U.K. CHANNEL ITV.

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They just added an amazing 3 OF THE 7 ACM DECADE AWARDS to their collection of
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• ACM BREAKOUT ARTIST OF THE DECADE.
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• ACM MUSICAL EVENT OF THE DECADE FOR “MEANT TO BE” (W/BEBE REXHA) which holds the
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• “Meant to Be” is the #1 MOST-STREAMED COUNTRY SONG OF ALL-TIME.

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Eilish

BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC


LOS ANGELES, DEC. 12
PHOTOGRAPHED BY AUSTIN HARGRAVE
Billboard’s 2019 Women in Music event, held at the Hollywood Palladium and hosted by Hayley Kiyoko,
gathered a wide-ranging class of honorees — from the year’s biggest breakout acts to established megastars
— as well as the most powerful female executives in the business. Honorees including Alicia Keys, Alanis
Morissette, Brandi Carlile, Nicki Minaj and Executive of the Year Desiree Perez, announced as the new
CEO of Roc Nation at the gathering, spoke about the importance and impact of women in the industry. The
night also included performances from honorees Megan Thee Stallion, who brought her high energy and
charismatic moves to the stage, and Rosalía, who stunned with her soaring a cappella vocals. No two artists
better summed up the intention of the annual event, though, than Taylor Swift (the first-ever Woman of
the Decade) and Billie Eilish (Woman of the Year), both of whom delivered a full-circle moment with their
speeches. When Swift opened the night, she spoke at length about artists’ rights — inspired by her ongoing
battle over the sale of the master recordings for her first six studio albums — saying the industry must take
care of the next generation of artists. When Eilish later closed the evening, she revisited that sentiment,
telling the packed room: “You took care of me.” —LY N D S E Y H AV E N S
Maggie Rogers
(left) presented the
Trailblazer award
to Carlile, who said
backstage that “the
first female artist I
saw myself in was
Tanya Tucker. She
sounded tough, and
that was the kind
of singer I wanted
to be.”

Normani, who
presented Minaj.

Perez

Minaj, the Game- Powerhouse honoree


Changer honoree. Megan Thee Stallion
advised female artists
to “keep going”:
“Just because it’s not
popping now, doesn’t
mean you’re not going
to be popping in six
months,” she said.

Keys, the Impact


Award honoree.

Cyndi Lauper, who presented Eilish, said that for women


in the industry, “your job is not to judge yourself, but to
keep the channel open, and continue to create.”

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Lauren Jauregui, who
presented Rosalía,
said backstage that
she advises her female
peers to “cultivate
self-love that is so
strong, no one’s disbe-
lief can penetrate.”

Rapsody, who presented


Megan Thee Stallion, said
she’d like to tell her younger
self that “I’m proud of how
she has grown in confidence,
how unwavering she is,
and that she never let fame
change who she was.”
Rising Star
honoree Rosalía.

New Motown
signee Tiana Major9
“Follow your instincts,” said Kiyoko backstage. performed her
“It’s always the right thing to do. Focus on your own song “Collide” with
success and your own path.” EarthGang.

54 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


Eilish remarked during her NEW BOSS IN TOWN Former Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown (left) introduced Executive of the Year Desiree
acceptance speech, “It’s Perez as the “real-life Wonder Woman” — and announced her as the company’s new CEO on the spot. She
really weird to be Woman served as COO for the past decade, during which Roc Nation expanded into almost every facet of entertain-
of the Year at [age] 17.” ment, including recording, publishing, management and touring. Perez noted that courage played a huge role
in her career success as a woman: “Nothing will be improved unless it’s challenged,” she said. The Bronx-born
executive then thanked Roc Nation founder JAY-Z, who was in the audience: “[He] taught me to trust myself.”

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Atlantic Records executives, from left: Sheila Richman, Marsha St. Hubert,
Julie Greenwald, Lanre Gaba, Nina Webb and Dionnee Harper.

American Express’ Deborah


Curtis (left) and Anthem
Entertainment’s Helen Murphy
at the Billboard x Amex Impact
Brunch, held in West
Hollywood earlier
in the day.

Billboard editorial
director Hannah
Karp and her
Megan Thee Stallion closed out the night with a raunchy performance of her hit daughter, Odessa.
“Cash Shit,” sans collaborator DaBaby. “I’m just getting started,” she said onstage.

56 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


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CLASS OF 2019
Actress-activist
Jameela Jamil (left)
presented Taylor Swift
34 Deborah Curtis 51 Masha Osherova 68 Anaid Quijada with the Woman of
1 Natina Nimene 18 Jacqueline Charlesworth
the Decade award.
2 Traci Adams 19 Sas Metcalfe 35 Jen Walsh 52 Michele Nadelman 69 Ali Harnell
3 Thea Mitchem 20 Elyse Rogers 36 Amy Cranford 53 Heather Lowery 70 Sharon Dastur
4 Cindy Hill 21 Becky Colwell 37 Marni Condro 54 Tami Hurwitz 71 Jessie Maldonado
5 Christine Lepera 22 Jeannette Perez 38 Wende Crowley 55 Sylvia Rhone 72 Jeanine McLean
6 Lou Taylor 23 Lynn Oliver-Cline 39 Dahlia Ambach Caplin 56 Michele Anthony Williams
7 Marcie Allen 24 Taylor Lindsey 40 Colleen Theis 57 Julie Greenwald 73 Marion Kraft
8 Val Pensa 25 Martha Earls 41 Marissa Morris 58 Debbie White 74 Stacy Vee
9 Lisa Barbaris 26 Rayna Bass 42 Amani Duncan 59 Lanre Gaba 75 Lucy Dickins
10 Nicki Farag 27 Yves C. Pierre 43 Cara Lewis 60 Dionnee Harper 76 Sam Kirby Yoh
11 Leslie Fram 28 Jacqueline 44 Janet Weir 61 Laurie Jacoby 77 Sara Bollwinkel
12 Alessandra Alarcón Reynolds-Drumm 45 Jaime Weston 62 Kelly Strickland 78 Corrie Christopher
13 Maria Fernandez 29 Marisa Pizarro 46 Susan Mazo 63 Michelle Jubelirer Martin
14 Alison Smith 30 Molly Neuman 47 Sarah Trahern 64 Vivien Lewit 79 Alli McGregor
15 Maria Egan 31 Ayelet Schiffman 48 Marsha Vlasic 65 Nina Webb 80 Anjula Singh
16 Dina LaPolt 32 Helen Murphy 49 Virginia Bunetta 66 Jacqueline Saturn 81 Marlene Tsuchii
17 Rachel Newman 33 Carla Wallace 50 Alisa Coleman 67 Monika Tashman 82 Celine Joshua

7 15 23
2 6 9 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 30
1 3 4 5 8 27 28 29
33 34 35 36 37 38 39
31 32
40 41 42 43 44 45 46
53 61 62 63 64
55 57 59 60
47 48 49 51 52
54 56 58
69 50 82
79 80
65 66 67 68 81
71 73 75 76
70 72 74 78
77

Honoree Debbie White (center) of Loeb &


Loeb with her client, songwriter Diane Warren
(left), and fellow honoree Deborah Dugan,
president/CEO of The Recording Academy.

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Monsta X performed
at a Chanel party
celebrating the brand’s
iconic N°5 fragrance in
New York on Dec. 10.

Selena Gomez, who


recently announced her
upcoming album Rare,
(out Jan. 10, 2020),
posed for photos with
fans in Paris on Dec. 13.

FAST FASHION The 1975’s Matty


From left: Madelaine Healy backstage
Petsch, Julia Fox, Kacey during KNDD
Musgraves, Kim Petras (107.7 The End)
Seattle’s Deck
and Aquaria at the sub-
the Hall Ball,
way-themed Moschino where the band
Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Prefall 2020 runway headlined, on
Nicks surprised fans at a Harry Styles show, held at the New Dec. 10.
concert in Los Angeles on Dec. 13, the
York Transit Museum in
same day he released his new album, Rolling Stones guitarist and painter Ronnie Wood
Brooklyn on Dec. 9.
Fine Line. The two performed a duet of presented his art at the “Ronnie Wood Collection” pop-up in
the Fleetwood Mac classic “Landslide.” London on Dec. 12, alongside his wife, actress Sally Wood.

SEAN COMBS’ 50TH BIRTHDAY BRN Group CEO


Dia Simms, former
LOS ANGELES, DEC. 14 president of Combs
Enterprises.
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Combs (center left) held a belated


celebration of his 50th birthday
(which was Nov. 4) at his home,
and posted on Instagram: “Ain’t
No Party Like A Diddy Party!” Lil’ Kim (pictured) performed at the party,
Jay-Z and Beyoncé were among the attendees. where Mary J. Blige also took the stage.

60 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


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I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y M A X- O - M AT I C
IN MUSIC
THE YEAR
for a record 19 weeks; after
all, Lil Nas X warned us that
the Billboard Hot 100’s summit

he’d ride ’till he can’t no more.


loving rapper didn’t budge from
the music world refused to go quietly. Pop

— while icons from Elton John to *NSYNC


roared back to the top of the charts — and

stars, and the debut single from a Western-


As the 2010s came to a close, some things in

received a face-lift thanks to dance’s biggest

D E C E M B E R 2 1 , 2 0 1 9 • W W W. B I L L B O A R D . C O M
were reintroduced to a new generation. Rock
redefined itself, no small thanks to Billie Eilish

67
YEAR IN MUSIC 2 0 1 9

Clockwise from left:


Cabello, Swift, Gomez,
Grande, Mendes, Eilish
and Joe, Nick and
Kevin Jonas.

Back By Popular Demand


In 2019 traditional pop roared back as more superstars worked at the “speed of streaming”
BY ANDREW UNTERBERGER

L
AST YEAR, ONLY TWO says Tom Poleman, chief programming coming out, and they would say, ‘Oh, Grande’s reemergence in late 2018 was
Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s officer at iHeartMedia. Poleman com- this is coming out,’ or ‘That’s coming the beginning of the mainstream’s pop
didn’t feature a rapper. pares the mainstream’s end-of-decade out’ — it was Jonas Brothers, Taylor rebound. “Rapidly after [her fourth
The rest were domi- swing back to pop after the genre’s Swift, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran ... studio album] Sweetener, she put out
nated by hip-hop stars extended dormancy to a similar shift one after another. I was like, ‘Oh, my [new single] ‘Thank U, Next,’ ” he says.
like Cardi B, Post Malone, two decades ago, when the Backstreet God. All these big pop artists are com- “She was releasing music at the speed
Childish Gambino, Travis Scott and, Boys and the Spice Girls burst out ing at the same time.’ ” of streaming.”
for a record 29 weeks, Drake. In 2019, of what had been a grunge-led ’90s. Radio isn’t the only platform where The so-called “speed of streaming”
while plenty of rap can still be found at “We’re coming out of that doldrum pop music regained ground in 2019. has been synonymous with the world
the top of the chart, there’s also a long phase,” notes Poleman, “and we’re get- At streaming services, long thought of rap, where artists have been much
list of top 40 artists — including Selena ting back into a really good place for to be the province of hip-hop and more willing to release new songs at
Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Lady pop — mainstream is cool again.” dance artists, many of these pop stars faster, less predictable rates, without
Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Poleman says that he first noticed were posting their best showings yet. lengthy promotional pushes or even
and (in multiple appearances) Ariana the shift in early spring, when a num- Gomez, the JoBros and Grande all accompanying albums. “Hip-hop
Grande — leading the way for what has ber of long-dormant marquee names snagged No. 1s on Billboard’s Stream- has understood this for years now,”
been a massive comeback for pop. returned to the top 40 in quick succes- ing Songs chart. says Timmermans, “that it’s all about
“I’ve been doing this since 1983, and sion. “I would meet with the labels a Apple Music head of pop program- keeping fans engaged by releasing
I watch the pop cycles ebb and flow,” few months before the projects were ming Arjan Timmermans believes that content very quickly, instead of having

Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang announces a 50th-anniversary concert to take place in August, later canceling it in July.

68 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


A BIG ’19 FOR ‘9 TO 5’
In 1981, Dolly Parton earned her first Billboard Hot 100
No. 1 with the country-pop hit “9 to 5.” Now, nearly 40 Parton in
a six-month setup and then working a years later, the track had its biggest resurgence yet — February.
radio single for another eight months, “9 to 5” has been steadily gaining during the past decade,
which really didn’t help pop during with its annual streaming totals doubling each of the
the streaming age.” past three years. In 2019 alone, it earned 55.7 million U.S.
The poster child for pop thriving streams (as of the week ending Nov. 28), according to
in the modern era is 18-year-old Billie Nielsen Music, a 112% gain from 2018, compared with
Eilish, whose first album, When We streaming’s overall 31.5% gain. Saleswise, it has sold
All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, set 49,000 downloads, a 22% gain from 2018. It’s in
streaming records after a three-year part thanks to a series of unexpected events: from
trickle of music built anticipation for appearing in the 2016 animated movie Sing and 2018
her full-length debut to a fever pitch. film Deadpool 2, to having the track used by Sen.
Eight months after the album release, Elizabeth Warren during her presidential campaign
Eilish issued a new single, “Every- rallies. (Parton’s manager, Danny Nozell, has said he
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thing I Wanted,” and promptly scored didn’t approve of the use.) Most recently, the song
another top 10 hit. “If you take Billie, appeared in a TikTok meme that has popularized it with
or [K-pop group] BTS — they’re art- a younger audience. Billboard breaks down the tune’s
ists that grew up in the streaming age, streaming performance since 2010. —X A N D E R Z E L L N E R
so they know how to release music
perfectly for their audience,” says Jer-
emy Erlich, head of music strategy/
interim co-head of music at Spotify. Y E A R - BY-Y E A R S T R E A M S F O R “9 TO 5”
To recognize Eilish as a defin- 60M
ing pop star of 2019, however, is to 55.7M
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also understand just how much the 50M


(as of the week
definition of “pop” has evolved in the ending Nov. 28)
40M
last decade. Grande leaned heavily on
hip-hop and R&B production on hits 30M
like “7 Rings,” while Halsey’s “Night- 25M
mare” is largely indebted to alterna- 20M
tive rock and grunge — yet both still 10.7M
play as “pop” on most radio stations 10M 6.3M
4.2M
and streaming playlists. Then there’s 478,000 1.4M 2.2M
65,000 103,000
0
Eilish: This year’s biggest mainstream 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
breakout artist is all but unclassifiable.
“Billie is the biggest pop star in the
world, but it doesn’t sound like tradi-
tional pop — it’s definitely alternative
and urban-leaning,” says Erlich. “The
younger generation doesn’t really

HEY NOW, YOU’RE A ROCK STAR


think by genre.”
By expanding the definition of the
genre, acts that may have tradition-
ally been viewed as hip-hop could Why a wide range of radio formats finally embraced Post Malone with Hollywood’s Bleeding
now be considered pop. Timmer-
mans cites Lizzo, Post Malone and
Lil Nas X as artists who could belong TWO YEARS AGO, POST MALONE leaning track, “Circles” (his fourth
to both. “Part of my job is to under- sang, “Man, I feel just like a rock star.” Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 and first solo
stand how pop is moving and how In 2019, he became one — at least, chart-topper), he made his debut
the center of pop is moving, and how according to Billboard’s rock charts. on Adult Contemporary. Two weeks
we can push pop forward,” he says. His first two albums, Stoney (2016) later, it became his second track to
“Not just promoting the things that and beerbongs & bentleys (2018), so- land on Alternative Songs.
are considered pure pop, but also the lidified him as a hip-hop/pop staple, “With the sound and familiarity
things that are the unicorns and the and while this year’s Hollywood’s that Post has now, it took a short min-
outliers to ensure that pop maintains Bleeding increased his stronghold ute before realizing he fit right in,”
its strength.” in those genres, it also expanded says Matt Malone, program director
Between the increased variety of his reach. In a span of four weeks in of Entercom Communications’ alter-
music labeled as pop and the resur- October, three songs from the new native WQMP Orlando, Fla. The sta-
gence of some of the decade’s more album landed Post Malone on three tion added “Circles” and “Allergic” in
traditional mainstream artists, those radio airplay charts for the first time mid-October, and, a month later, the
involved and invested in the genre’s each. The guitar-wailing “Take What former was its most-played song (in ence with the hip-hop and top 40
success see only greater things in the You Want” (featuring Ozzy Osbourne the week ending Nov. 24), according stations in the market,” he adds.
decade to come. “It’s going to get even and Travis Scott) became his first to Nielsen Music. “They sound right “If they’re going to quote-unquote
more pop in the 2020s,” says Pole- entry on Mainstream Rock, the at home between twenty one pilots’ steal my biggest artists when it
man. “But the more variety you get in crooning “Allergic” brought him to ‘The Hype’ and Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy.’ makes sense, no shame in me doing
there, the better.” Alternative, and with his most pop- “We share our biggest audi- it the other way.” — G A RY T R U S T

Childish Gambino makes history as “This Is America” becomes the first rap track to win both record and song of the year at the Grammy Awards.

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YEAR IN MUSIC 2 0 1 9

SIN CITY’S
JACKPOT YEAR
The musical landscape of the Las Vegas Strip underwent seismic changes in 2019,
from Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Cardi B, Janet Jackson and others launching residencies
to Vegas icons like Céline Dion closing significant runs —H I L A RY H U G H E S

DEC. 28, 2018 JAN. 28 FEB. 21 APRIL 4


Lady Gaga launches Enigma, a Wayne Newton kicks off Mariah Carey closes After the Palms resort invested
futuristic reimagining of her greatest Wayne Newton: Up Close her run of The Butterfly $690 million into a top-to-bottom
hits, and, on Jan. 20, Jazz & Piano, and Personal, a cheeky Returns — her second renovation, new club KAOS opens
featuring classic covers. They evening of song and residency at The with a star-studded celebration
grossed a combined $48.4 million banter that celebrates his Colosseum at Caesars featuring performances from Cardi B,
during the shows’ first year, 60 years of performing in Palace — with a Travis Scott, J Balvin, Marshmello
according to Billboard Boxscore. Las Vegas. $3.6 million gross. and others. The venue closed in
November after internal issues.

MAY 17 APRIL 28 APRIL 27


Queen Latifah, Eve, Omnia — where Calvin Backstreet Boys
Gabrielle Union and Harris, Tiësto, Steve Aoki close their epic Larger APRIL 6
others turn out to support and other marquee DJs Than Life residency, Aerosmith opens Deuces
Janet Jackson on the call home — receives its which opened at the Are Wild, the band’s hit-
opening night of her 3 millionth guest during Zappos Theater at churning career retrospective
Metamorphosis residency one of Zedd’s regular Planet Hollywood in and first-ever residency, at
at the Park Theater. Saturday residencies. March 2017. the Park Theater.

JUNE 8
After 16 years of
regular performances
in Las Vegas and
$681 million in
MAY 31 combined grosses AUG. 13 AUG. 14 NOV. 2 NOV. 16
Christina Aguilera launches her between A New Day George Strait announces he’s Def Leppard Gwen Stefani Donny & Marie take their
Xperience residency at Zappos and Céline, Céline extending his monthly Strait to opens its Sin City closes her Just a final bow together at the
Theater and earns a $4 million Dion retires from the Vegas residency at T-Mobile residency at Planet Girl residency after Flamingo on the closing night
gross from the first eight shows. Colosseum. Arena, with dates booked Hollywood. a 17-month run. of their sibling act, which they
through February 2020. performed for 11 straight years.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle dies at 33 after being shot in Los Angeles; his Victory Lap album subsequently reenters the Billboard 200 at No. 2 as tributes pour in.

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M Y FAVO R I T E 2 0 1 9 A L B U M LUCKY AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR YEARS, media explaining ourselves, and this song “Misunderstood”
Victoria Monét because he was a songwriter first. He works with the pro-
ducer D’Mile, who does all of my music, too. I first heard
is a way to say, “We’re fine just how we are.”
Sometimes I hear Marvin Gaye in his tone — it’s not like
his song “Roll Some Mo” in a meeting with Tunji Balogun, he was trying to be or imitate him, but he listened to him
who is Lucky’s A&R [rep at RCA Records], and I knew his and absorbed it, and spit it back out in his own way. I also
PAINTED BY LUCKY DAYE voice, but Tunji called him “Lucky.” I referenced his real feel like New Orleans in general has a big influence on how
name [David Brown], and Tunji was like, “Yeah!” Right talented [Lucky] is, with some of the horns and the strings
when the song comes on, it sounds like you’re dipping and the bass. The soul of the project is from his city. It feels
into another world, and his voice is better than experimental; he wasn’t afraid to try new things.
butter. We had just done a song together for the A lot of people are still discovering [Painted], although
Insecure soundtrack called “Little More Time,” it was released months ago [in May]. It’s always my first
and then he put out “Roll Some Mo” as his first suggestion when someone’s like, “What have you been
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single. I’ve been hooked ever since. listening to?” It’s really nice in the car, or around the
The album is for people who aren’t afraid to house if you’re cleaning up or cooking. Some of the
love. It has been a long time since we’ve songs can even transfer into a kick-back party vibe.
heard a new male artist be that vulnera- If you’ve ever seen him live, it’s even better. It has
ble. One of my favorite lyrics is “We’d been at least eight years [since we met], and
be so much better misunderstood.” now, I call him Lucky.
We spend so much time on social —AS TO L D TO TAT I A N A C I R I SA N O

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West during his Sunday


Service performance at PARTY ROCK
ANTHEMS
Coachella in April.

This year, some of dance music’s biggest


names all gravitated toward remixing the same
genre: rock, from punk to hardcore
BY JOHN OCHOA

MARSHMELLO/A DAY TO REMEMBER


In June, the masked producer teamed up with Florida metalcore/pop-
punk band A Day to Remember on the effervescent “Rescue Me.” The
lead single from Marshmello’s July album, Joytime III, peaked at No. 5
on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

CHURCH IN THE WILD M ARTI N GA R RI X/ PAT R IC K ST U M P


In April, Garrix released “Summer Days,” a funky track featuring
How Kanye West found God — and rebounded — in 2019 rapper Macklemore and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy; the
Dutch DJ followed it up in August with “Home,” a track featuring

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regular collaborator Bonn that’s laced with grunge-era guitars.
N JAN. 6, KANYE WEST’S raps, “Radio needs this,” later asking, “If I talk about
wife, Kim Kardashian-West, God my record won’t get played/Huh?/Well if this
posted a clip on Twitter of a take away from my spins/Then I hope this take
spiritual gathering at which West away from my sins.”
and Kid Cudi performed gospel The timing of West’s latest reconnection with
renditions of “Violent Crimes” and God is particularly auspicious, though: In 2018,
“Ghost Town.” The following week, a fan-filmed West received blowback from the hip-hop com-
video surfaced of West’s cousin and frequent col- munity after wearing a red “Make America Great
laborator, Tony Williams, speaking about West’s Again” hat, affirming his support of President
newly formed passion project: Sunday Service. Trump. West later invited more controversy when R EZZ / UN D E ROATH
“The goal is to be able to communicate love he stopped by TMZ and declared that slavery was

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The Canadian bass producer worked with the Tampa, Fla.,
effectively,” says Williams in the clip. “a choice.” Peers like John Legend and Meek Mill
Christian-rock band’s guitarist-vocalist Aaron Gillespie on
Since then, Sunday Service has exploded: immediately called out West for his comments, “Falling,” a raw, brooding bass bomb. The duo debuted the song
Everyone from Brad Pitt to DMX — who provided but despite being momentarily “canceled,” West at Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival in May.
a morning prayer to kick off Sunday Service in reemerged as a self-described born-again Chris-
March — has attended; Chance the Rapper tian in 2019 — and bounced back.
lauded West during an interview on Jimmy Kim- In October, he punctuated his yearlong focus
mel Live! in September, referring to him as his on religion with his 10th studio album, Jesus Is
“spiritual adviser”; and at the Easter Sunday edi- King, which arrived following a series of delays.
tion, which West held before day three of Coach- The gospel-infused project debuted at No. 1 on the
ella’s second weekend, he debuted merchandise Billboard 200 with 264,000 album-equivalent units,
that read “Holy Spirit” and “Trust God.” At one according to Nielsen Music. YG was among those
point, West was rumored to headline Coachella, who saluted West on his latest, tweeting: “Outside
but backed out after organizers allegedly refused of him loving Trump. I fuck with bro heavy. Genius!”
KAYZO/ALEX GASKARTH
to build a giant dome as his stage; he came to the With Christianity composing West’s new path,
desert anyway, along with the Kardashian clan, Yeezy is seemingly willing to relinquish his pride for Los Angeles DJ Kayzo released his second album, Unleashed, in
August, on which he worked with bands from across the post-
Teyana Taylor, Chance and Ty Dolla $ign. his beliefs. As he told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in
hardcore, emo and pop-punk worlds, including All Time Low’s
West’s faith has been a recurring theme in his October: “Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job Gaskarth, Our Last Night and Underoath. The album hit No. 14 on
work since his 2004 debut album, The College is to spread the gospel, [and] to let people know the Dance/Electronic Album Sales chart. Says Kayzo: “Everyone’s
Dropout. On its breakout single “Jesus Walks,” he what Jesus has done for me.” — CA R L L A M A R R E taking notice that there are no rules anymore.”

Beyoncé releases Homecoming, a Netflix documentary about her 2018 Coachella headlining performance, along with a surprise live album of the same name.

72 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


MONTRÉAL
OLYMPIC
PARK
THE STADIUM

Discover past and upcoming events and artists at the Montreal Olympic Park,
including: an edgy pop singer, Latin superstar, famous family of singers, orchestra
conductor, ancient Egyptian opera singer, auto show, dirt bike event, team of gymnasts,
Hollywood film shoot, and visit from the pope.
To find out more about the Olympic Park and its lineup of indoor and outdoor events,
visit parcolympique.ca/en/plan-your-event.
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From left: Freddie Mercury,


John, Jackson and Kelly.

We Are The
Champions
—Aren’t We?
This year’s biggest biopics and docuseries
boosted their subjects’ streaming numbers, even
as some complicated their legacies
B Y L I N D S AY Z O L A D Z

I
N 2019, A HANDFUL OF temporary acts like Imagine Dragons
celebratory biopics and and Panic! at the Disco.
revelatory docuseries put At the same time, Elton John’s hits
certain legacy acts back in collection Diamonds occupied the
the spotlight, for better or No. 4 slot thanks to a biopic boost
worse. While some of these from the 2019 musical Rocketman.
were met with joy and oth- In June, the set also catapulted to
ers with horror, these releases had No. 7 on the Billboard 200, making
one consistent effect no matter how it John’s 20th top 10 album. While
troubling their revelations: stream- Rocketman didn’t quite reach the
ing of the subjects’ music increased. commercial heights of Bohemian
Last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody Rhapsody, it still grossed a respect-
(which grossed over $900 mil- able $195 million worldwide.
lion globally) delivered Queen’s “I’ve probably had the greatest
hit-filled catalog to a new genera- year of my career at 72 years of age,”
tion — and was embraced. Though John, who was also on a 300-date
the film opened in November 2018, farewell tour and released a New
the band’s discography rode the York Times best-selling autobiogra- tary series — Lifetime’s Surviving music. But even these controversial
wave of its renewed popularity well phy this year, recently told Billboard. R. Kelly, which aired in January, and docuseries appear to have boosted
into 2019. At the top of the year, “I’m thrilled.” HBO’s Leaving Neverland, broad- streaming of both artists’ music.
Universal Music Group announced Even Netflix’s 2019 Mötley Crüe cast in March — drew new scrutiny Surviving R. Kelly actually spurred
that “Bohemian Rhapsody” was flick, The Dirt, boosted the band’s to Kelly’s and Michael Jackson’s a 116% increase in Kelly’s streams
officially the most-streamed song of streams by 329%, despite poor reputations. In the midst of troubling on the last day (Jan. 5) of its three-
the 20th century, having racked up reviews. (Netflix rarely shares view- accusations of sexual abuse, activists day release. And in the week ending
over 1.6 billion streams worldwide, ership numbers, though in April across social media demanded that Jan. 10, two of his biggest catalog hits,
according to UMG. The rock classic its chief content officer announced listeners #MuteRKelly, and sev- “Ignition (Remix)” and “I Believe I
had always been a behemoth, but plans to be more transparent going eral radio stations pulled Jackson’s Can Fly,” briefly returned to Bill-
Rami Malek’s Academy Award-win- forward.) But Bohemian Rhapsody
ning performance gave it new life. and Rocketman proved lucrative
The film had an impact well beyond enough — at the box office and on
just its title track: In the six months
following the release of Bohemian
streaming services — that there will
likely be movie studios continuing
“I’VE PROBABLY HAD THE
Rhapsody, Queen’s on-demand music to bet on rock nostalgia in 2020 and
streams tripled, from 588 million beyond. Two projects already slated GREATEST YEAR OF MY CAREER
to 1.9 billion. Sales, too, had a 483% for release next year include the
increase from the previous year. So David Bowie musical Stardust and
colossal was the Bohemian Rhapsody an Aretha Franklin biopic starring AT 72 YEARS OF AGE.”
bump that, at midyear, the band occu- Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
pied the top two spots on Billboard’s On the other end of the spectrum, — E LT O N J O H N
Top Rock Albums chart, besting con- two highly controversial documen-

Following the release of his fifth album, IGOR, Tyler, The Creator statues pop up at various spots throughout New York.

I L L U S T R AT I O N B Y A L I C I A TATO N E
CUT GEMS
These four 2019 Billboard cover profiles packed in so much
that a few worthy anecdotes didn’t make the final story

Two weeks after I first met P!nk is a self-described After plowing his way Upon my arrival to The
Billie Eilish at Coachella, “California crystal through two Shake Shack Armory in Minneapolis,
we spoke again on the lady” with a passion for sandwiches, DaBaby I walked around with
phone. She said perform- astrology: As she washed looked at me inside his the Jonas Brothers’
ing for the first time at the dishes after our lunch, Sprinter van and said Philymack publicist when
festival had been “fucking she gave me a crash two words: Billboard she realized the trio had
crazy,” and that she didn’t course in my sign and Baby. “Y’all remember I been given separate
know how to process warned me about my Sat- told y’all that would be dressing rooms. “That’s
any of it. After she got urn Return, a kind of early my nickname, right?” not going to work,” she
offstage, the first thing midlife crisis that occurs he said, referencing his said. Despite each room
she did was go into her around 29 or 30, when Billboard.com interview being stocked with Coors
trailer alone. “I was com- the planet moves back to in February: “Now, we Light and Celsius (the
pletely silent,” she said. “I the position it occupied on the motherfucking energy drink of choice
actually had to be on an at one’s birth: “The world cover.” In the eyes of in the Jonas camp), she
oxygen tank with tubes takes you by your ankles, DaBaby, his meteoric insisted the venue get
going into my nose — I shakes all the shit out of success isn’t all that sur- them one larger room
was on that for a long-ass your pockets, turns you prising — this was always instead of three, saying,
time. It was great.” right side up, and smacks part of the plan. “They’re going to want to
—LY N D S E Y H AV E N S you on your ass.” — CA R L L A M A R R E be together.”
—N O L A N F E E N E Y —TAY LO R W E AT H E R BY

board’s R&B Digital Song Sales chart.


Similarly, Jackson’s fan base has been
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ing to stream and purchase his music


as a way of maintaining his once-posi-
AT THE
tive public image. During the 31-week
period after the documentary aired,
ACADEMY
on-demand streams of Jackson’s AWARDS
catalog increased by 22.1%, outpacing Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s
the industry’s 21.8% growth. And at
“Shallow” duet went viral, Cooper (left) and
Halloween, “Thriller” still benefited Gaga at the Oscars
from its seasonal bump, returning to and a No. 1 hit was born in February.
the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 44.
Despite the looming threat of so-
called “cancel culture” — in which fans
on social media deem an artist or band
to be over — these numbers suggest
121%
“Shallow” had the
20
The number of spots
22
The number of weeks
17
“Shallow” became the
that not even recasting an icon in a
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new light for a new audience can bring biggest spike the A Star Is Born it took for “Shallow” 17th best original song
down a hit. In the digital age, listeners among best original single jumped on the to reach the top of the recipient to top the
are much more inclined to continue song nominees, Billboard Hot 100 Hot 100, five months Hot 100, and the first
celebrating a legacy artist, rather than selling nearly 21,000 to hit No. 1 after the after its release in since Eminem’s “Lose
banish one to obscurity. downloads. Oscars performance. September 2018. Yourself” in 2002.

Taylor Swift’s LGBTQ-friendly video for “You Need to Calm Down” is released in June, and later wins video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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A$AP Rocky is detained in Sweden on a preliminary assault charge after video footage captures the rapper in a fight; he’s released in August.

LATIN’S FESTIVAL FRENZY


As Latin music has increasingly influenced global pop, artists like Rosalía, J Balvin and others secured major
first-time slots at international events. Four stars reflect on their festival achievements in 2019

R O SA L Í A J B A LV I N BAD BUNNY KAROL G

“Lollapalooza Argentina was incredible “Coachella was the beginning, and “I was a fan of [Coachella] way, way before I “In Spain, [especially at Puro Latino Fest
because it was the very first show in the tour, [headlining] Lollapalooza Chicago was was successful in music. I always wanted to 2019], the energy is amazing. People display
and I had never seen an audience move that confirmation. Playing there implies a very go. So playing there was huge for me; plus, this immense respect for the artist — and for
way, so in sync with everything happening big level of responsibility because we are there were tons of people — and it was a Latin artists in particular — and it’s a beautiful
on the stage. And then, Coachella is a representing as Latinos; it’s not just J Balvin market completely different from my Latin thing. My challenge in festivals is to make
place where so many artists I admire have — it’s a culture. It was scary, of course, but market. But I felt the support very quickly my show stand out from the others, so I talk
performed. Since it was the beginning of the it was so successful. We won them over. So because there were a lot of Latins in the with the audience — I get offstage and speak
tour, I wasn’t sure they would know the songs. many artists wrote me: Will.i.am; Pharrell crowd. I get very nervous before taking the with them, dance with them. Next year, I’m
But they followed everything I did — the Williams; Scooter Braun, who wasn’t my stage, and Coachella was no different, but supposed to tour Europe alone. But in a way,
energy was so incredible, I couldn’t believe it. manager at the time. Most of the artists after I got feedback from the fans, I relaxed. I’m almost sorry, because the energy you feel
I left the stage in tears. Up until that moment, who were [at Coachella] came to see me the I met a lot of cool people, but the only one in festivals is so magical and wonderful that I
the only tour I had ever done was seated second Saturday because they had heard so I remember was Marshmello — I met him think a part of me will [miss that].”
alone on a stool.” much about the show.” without his mask.” —AS TO L D TO L E I L A C O B O

M Y FAVO R I T E 2 0 1 9 A L B U M
THERE WEREN’T MANY ALBUMS THAT stuck with me Nobody’s gonna push me off track” and the melody really
Kevin Abstract this year besides [House of Sugar]. I actually opened up stuck with me.
for [Alex G] in 2015 in San Antonio, and that was kind of His shit seems thoughtful but doesn’t seem too calcu-
my introduction to him. It was before [my group] Brock- lated. It creates this world for me to go to while I’m listen-
HOUSE OF SUGAR hampton was any sort of popular. A producer and friend ing, and that’s what I appreciate a lot about any album
of mine, Michael Uzowuru, showed me the song “Sarah” that I love. It’s not too short [at 37 minutes], it’s not too
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(SANDY) ALEX G [from 2015’s Trick], and I used to listen to that song a long — I wish every album was its length. It’s so refresh-
lot when I was 19. I never talked to him, but he’s one ing, and that’s really what I needed — something that
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of those artists that I kind of don’t want to meet just stood out from everything else and kept inspiring
because his shit is so magical and I like appreciating me for the new projects I’m trying to do. Shit really,
it from afar. But I also would love to meet him and really stands on its own.
pick his brain. From top to bottom, it feels like one cohesive
I was just alone in my bedroom when some- dream — it’s kind of foggy. I like to put it
one sent [House of Sugar] to me. I don’t want on if I’m having a weird day and I don’t
to say that I didn’t fully get it at first, but it really know why I feel a certain way. Not
took a second to fully grow on me in all to be cliché, but I treat music like a
the right ways. I wish the hook on “Gretel” soundtrack for my life, and [House of
went a few more times, but I love that Sugar] makes life make a little bit more
it didn’t — I love the sense of restraint. The sense for me.
combination of the lyric “I don’t wanna go back/ —AS TO L D TO J O S H G L I C KS M A N

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Meek Mill is released from probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge from 2007, ending a nearly 12-year legal battle.

5 Billy Ray Cyrus hops on a remix of “Old official remix, “Old Town Road (Seoul Town Road
APRIL Town Road” after the song is removed Remix),” featuring BTS’ RM. 26 Visits Twitter’s New
from Billboard’s country charts. “Means you’re doing York headquarters, taking the reins from CEO Jack
something great! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome Dorsey for the day. “Lil Nas X’s command of Twitter,
to the club!” tweets Cyrus a few days earlier, referencing meme culture and connecting with fans stood out to
his ’90s country-pop hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” 6 Posts us from the beginning,” says Twitter head of music
a photo of himself working on new music: “I live in the partnerships Kevin O’Donnell, who helped plan the
studio now.” 9 Turns 20 years old, the same day it’s an- stunt. 31 Celebrates 1 million U.K. sales of “OTR,”
nounced that “OTR” hits No. 1 on the Hot 100. Asked how writing on Instagram: “THANK U UK! i love u!!”
he celebrated, he told Billboard, “I’d just became famous 3 “OTR” spends its 17th week atop
and rich. That’s a celebration in itself.” 11 “OTR” breaks AUGUST the Hot 100, breaking the all-time
the one-week U.S. streaming record, with 143 million U.S. record for most weeks at No. 1 on the chart. “OTR”
streams in the week ending April 11. 19 Celebrates 1 mil- passes tied previous record-holders “One Sweet
lion Instagram follow- Day” (by Mariah Carey
ers, noting in a post that and Boyz II Men) and

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10 months earlier, he “Despacito” (by Luis Fonsi
had only 1,205. 22 Goes and Daddy Yankee). Carey
horseback riding with is among the many artists
Cyrus. 28 Live-debuts who congratulate him
“OTR” remix with Cyrus on social media, saying,
(left, arm raised) during “Keep living your best life!”

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Diplo’s Stagecoach 11 Goes roller-skating with
Festival set and drops
second official remix,
with Diplo (left, in red),
the same day. “OTR”
‘ROAD’ Noah Cyrus. 14 Partners with Topps baseball cards
for his own limited-edition trading card. 17 “OTR”
breaks the record for most weeks (19) at No. 1 on the
Hot Rap Songs chart. It goes on to notch 20 weeks

Nas X came back “a whole new person.”


music video director
Calmatic later says Lil

1 Releases limited-edition 7-inch “OTR” vinyl.


TO RICHES before falling from the top. 19 Congratulates Billie
Eilish on breaking his streak at No. 1
on the Hot 100, as “OTR” slips
from the top slot after 19 weeks.
MAY 5 Attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service, where
Last year Montero Lamar Hill purchased a Nine Inch Nails-sampling
21 Meets Katy Perry and Jeff
trap beat online for $30 and laid down some syrupy verses about a
Kim Kardashian-West snaps a photo of him and West — Bezos at Amazon’s post-Prime
lonely cowboy. In December 2018 he released “Old Town Road” inde-
later, he reaches out to Kardashian-West on Twitter to Day company party in Seattle.
track down the pic. 7 Makes TV debut on Desus & Mero. pendently as Lil Nas X. And in the first three months of 2019, the song 24 “OTR” makes Barack Obama’s
12 Brings Cyrus onstage at Rolling Loud Festival Miami climbed the Billboard Hot 100 as he finalized a deal with Columbia annual Summer Playlist. 25 Wishes
to perform “OTR.” 13 Signs with Creative Artists Agency Records. Yet it wasn’t until April — when Billy Ray Cyrus joined a remix Billy Ray Cyrus a happy birthday on Instagram:
for worldwide representation. 16 Hangs with Usher. of “Old Town Road” and the song began its record-breaking run at “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A LEGEND WHO HELPED
17 Releases the Western-inspired “Old Town Road” music No. 1 — that Lil Nas X’s professional life become a one-of-a-kind, year- ME TAKE MY CAREER TO THE NEXT
video, with appearances from Cyrus, Chris Rock, Rico defining whirlwind. B Y T A T I A N A C I R I S A N O LEVEL!! I LOVE U BILLY!! 26 Performs
Nasty, Diplo, Vince Staples and more. “The “Panini” at the MTV Video Music
video showcased how universally relatable Awards and takes home song of
this song is,” says Calmatic. “Everyone the year and best direction for the
from the cowboys in the mountains of Montana to kids dancing in South Central “OTR” remix featuring Cyrus. 27 Thanks supporters and collaborators — includ-
Los Angeles felt authentically represented.” 21 Teams up with Postmates to ing his family, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, Columbia Records chairman/CEO Ron
deliver a “Maserati sports car” to Cyrus, referencing the country icon’s verse in the Perry, Diplo and the “fans who keep me going everyday” — on Instagram.
remix. 23 Moves into a new apartment, bringing no less than 21 cowboy hats. 25 Is 5 Releases the futuristic “Panini” music video, directed by Mike
brought onstage by Anderson .Paak at the Boston Calling Festival to perform “OTR.” SEPTEMBER Diva. 5 Meets Euphoria star Hunter Schafer: “new friend
26 Hangs with Doja Cat. 27 Performs ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Bos- alert.” 7 Hangs with SZA. 10 Performs at his former high school. 13 Releases
ton. 29 After an Ohio elementary school teacher tags him in a Twitter video of her students dancing a “Panini” remix featuring DaBaby. 20 Performs at the iHeartRadio Festival.
to “OTR,” he surprises them with a performance at the school’s talent show. “When Lil Nas walked 22 Shares a photo on Instagram of him and Oprah
into that gymnasium and hundreds of kids were going bananas, that was the moment I realized just Winfrey: “oprah pinched my cheeks u guys.” 22 Shares
how big he was going to be,” says Maverick Management’s Adam Leber, who co-manages Lil Nas a photo on Instagram of him and Camila Cabello: “watch-
X. “The level of insanity from those kids was reminiscent of superstars like Britney or Miley.” ing her career over the past few years has been inspiring asf.
2 Hangs with Blueface. 3 Reposts Instagram video of Cardi B dancing to “OTR,” which can’t wait to work with you one day.” 23 Makes his first appearance on
JUNE she captioned, “#1 song in the world.” 8 Surprises crowd at CMA Fest to perform with The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 27 Announces he’s taking a break from music,
Cyrus and Keith Urban. Writes on Instagram, “I keep running into legends.” 16 Wishes a happy canceling performances at TwitchCon and the Sandbox Music Festival.
Father’s Day to his dad, who, he says on Instagram, “continued to fully support me after i randomly 1 Opens up on CBS This Morning about coming out,
left school to do music last year.” 19 Releases merchandise. 21 Releases his 7 EP, which includes the OCTOBER saying he used to pray “that it was a phase.” 3 The
Cardi B team-up “Rodeo” and his second single, “Panini.” The project later debuts at No. 2 on the “Panini” music video hits 100 million views. 5 Wins single of the year and
Billboard 200. 23 Meets Rihanna. “star struck,” he says on Instagram. 24 He and Cyrus ride horses best collab, duo or group, at the BET Hip Hop Awards for the “OTR” remix
to the entrance of the BET Awards in L.A. and perform “OTR” on a saloon-themed stage. 25 Pres- with Cyrus. 15 Appears on the Stagecoach 2020 lineup announcement.
ents the Silent Rodeo Experience, a choreographed puppet show, live set and meet-and-greet, in 22 “OTR” becomes the first song of 2020 — and the fastest in history
L.A. 30 Comes out as gay on the last day of Pride Month, making him the only artist to have done — to be certified diamond by the RIAA. 24 Earns five American Music
so while having a No. 1 record. “some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not Award (AMA) nominations. 30 Sony Music reports another $1 billion
gone fwm no more,” he writes on Twitter. quarter in recorded music sales, with Lil Nas X’s “Panini” among its best-selling releases. 31 Dresses
1 Shares a video on Instagram from his “first real studio session,” saying he was “lowkey up as Cam’ron for JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s annual Halloween party in L.A.
JULY nervous asf about how it was gonna go.” 3 Makes a panini with Gordon Ramsay after 2 Teases an unreleased track on Twitter. 5 Reznor tells Billboard that he ap-
connecting on Twitter. 5 Is brought onstage by Cardi B during her headlining set at the Wireless NOVEMBER proves of Lil Nas X sampling his band’s song for “OTR”: “He did a good job.”
Festival in London. “It was lit — keep doing your thing, the stars is the limit,” she 13 Becomes the first openly gay black male artist to take home a CMA Award, as the first “OTR”
tweets about their shared set. 11 Reaches 1 million YouTube subscribers. 12 Releases remix wins musical event of the year. 14 Billboard reveals “OTR” as the No. 7 top Hot 100 song of
the third official remix of “OTR,” with Young Thug and Mason Ramsey. 16 Releases the 2010s. 20 Receives six Grammy Award nominations, including record of the year (for the first
an Area 51-themed video for the “OTR” remix with Young Thug and Ramsey. “OTR” remix), album of the year (7) and best new artist. “NO FUCKING WAY,” he writes on Twitter.
18 Encourages fans to help him break the Hot 100 record for most weeks at No. 1. 24 Accepts the AMA for favorite rap/hip-hop song for “OTR,” saying, “Whether you’re 15, 30, 55 or
“EVERY PLAY COUNTS!!” he writes on Instagram. 24 Releases the fourth and final whatever, and you feel like your moment has passed, know that it’s waiting for you.”

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of his success, artists and celebrities
like Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon
and South Korean boy band BTS have
joined the platform. In September,
TikTok even struck a multiyear partner-
ship with the NFL, which created an
official account and will soon launch
NFL-themed challenges.
HOT GIRL MATH
Megan Thee Stallion
Even with TikTok’s 26.5 million monthly rebranded the warmest season
active users in the United States, though, as #HotGirlSummer —
the service will have to evolve more if it and released a hit featuring
wants to maintain success. “If it contin- Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
ues exactly as it is now, there’s a chance to soundtrack it
that it hits a ceiling,” says Eugene Wei, a

CLOCKING IN
former executive for Amazon, Oculus and
Hulu, who follows the tech and media
industries. “There’s no doubt that after
827,515
The number of times the

FOR A HIT
the acquisition [of Musical.ly], TikTok has
#HotGirlSummer hashtag has
become more prominent in the cultural
been tagged on Instagram.
discussion, but there is only so much of a
market for meme videos.”
How video-sharing app TikTok ruled 2019 — and
why it may or may not be able to hold steady in 2020
And as it enters 2020, the platform
and its parent company, ByteDance,
1.6M
face bigger challenges than ever: from The amount of views
BY MICAH SINGLETON for a teaser clip Megan shared
increasing competition from services
like Instagram and Facebook (which on her Instagram, in which
launched a TikTok rival named Lasso), to she asked fans to pre-save
“Hot Girl Summer.”

T
questions from the U.S. government and
IKTOK — THE VIDEO APP fuel hits. “It’s the first real innovation of lawmakers about whether the app poses
that has rapidly increased
in popularity after acquiring
social [media] that we’ve seen in a while,
because it’s not about an artist or about
a risk to national security.
Since October, when Senate Minor- No. 11
Musical.ly in August 2018 — a song or even about influencers and ity Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Where “Hot Girl Summer”
shook the music industry in personalities,” says Elissa Ayadi, senior and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked debuted on the Billboard Hot
2019 following the breakout vp fan engagement and digital market- U.S. intelligence officials to assess the 100 in August — Megan’s highest
success of Lil Nas X. ing at Warner Records. “It’s really about national security risk TikTok poses due to entry on the chart to date.
Artists have embraced the platform the meme.” its ties to China — calling it a “potential
this year — including Miley Cyrus, Lizzo, Lil Nas X proved that to be true with counterintelligence threat we cannot
Kesha and The Chainsmokers (all of
whom have been active users in the past
his hit “Old Town Road,” which sat
atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks
ignore” — TikTok’s 2020 outlook is murky
at best. Though, Ayadi is confident it
187.3M
The number of U.S. streams
60 days). Meanwhile, the “meme cul- after gaining popularity on TikTok as can become an industry staple: “If we’re “Hot Girl Summer” has raked in
ture” — in which a certain image and/or a meme. “I promoted the song as a talking about the next six months to a through Nov. 28, according to
video rapidly spreads online with various meme for months until it caught on to year, they’re going to continue to grow,” Nielsen Music.
user-made captions or interpretations — TikTok, and it became way bigger,” Lil she says. “Just here in the States, there’s
that TikTok revolves around continues to Nas X told Time in March. In the wake massive potential.”

Nicki Minaj tweets that she’s retiring from music to start a family with her newlywed husband, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, but later releases songs with PnB Rock and Karol G.

WAITING IN VAIN
These pop superstars hinted at new
L A DY G AG A
Gaga kicked off the year on the
awards circuit for A Star Is Born
RIHANNA
“2019” was Rihanna’s answer to
a fan who asked “When is the
ADELE
Earlier this year, Adele was re-
portedly prepping the follow-up
— performing “Shallow” at the album dropping?” in a Decem- to 25, which broke the record for
music in 2019 — only to leave fans hoping Grammy Awards and winning an ber 2018 Instagram comment. biggest first-week album sales
that 2020 would be more fruitful Academy Award for best original Instead of releasing the follow- following its 2015 release. While
song — while launching a pair up to 2016’s Anti, though, she making a highly publicized visit
of Las Vegas residencies. The signed a worldwide deal with to a New York drag bar in March,
pop superstar spent the rest of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in she confirmed she was “working”
2019 posting studio photos and September and stayed busy in the city (she had been photo-
teasing her sixth full-length as with her Fenty line (including graphed entering Manhattan’s
producers including SOPHIE, tapping fellow artists Normani Electric Lady Studios) and, two
BloodPop and Boys Noize con- and Tinashe as brand ambas- months later, on her 31st birthday,
firmed involvement. Although sadors). A long-promised project she teased in a cheeky Instagram
Lady Gaga declared that she influenced by her Caribbean caption that “30 will be a drum
was “pregnant with #LG6” in roots still has yet to materialize, n bass record” — but a rumored
March, there’s no due date on extending the longest album November date came and went.
the horizon. drought of Rihanna’s career. —JAS O N L I P S H U T Z

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Halsey Justin Bieber


June 30 on Instagram and Twitter June 30 on Instagram
She deserves to own the painstaking Scooter has had your back since the
labor of her heart. She has surpassed all days you graciously let me open up
expectations of what an artist is even for you.! As the years have passed we
capable of … it turns my guts that no matter how much haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our
power or success a woman has in this life, you are still differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it
susceptible to someone coming along and making you to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t
feel powerless out of spite … I am standing with her. fair I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through
communication … Neither scooter or i have anything
negative to say about you we truly want the best for you.

Kelly Clarkson
July 13 on Twitter
@taylorswift13 just a thought, U should
Yael Cohen (Braun’s wife)
June 30 on Instagram
go in & re-record all the songs that
U don’t own the masters on exactly Scott (Scooter) was so excited to work
how U did them but put brand new art & some kind of and build with you. How embarrassing
incentive so fans will no longer buy the old versions. I’d this temper tantrum is because you
buy all of the new versions just to prove a point didn’t get your own way. He believes in and supports
you, I sincerely hope you can learn to love and believe in
yourself the way my husband does.

Selena Gomez
Nov. 15 on Instagram
I have known Taylor for 13 years. She
Demi Lovato
July 1 on Instagram
is the most dedicated, fearless, feisty,
strongest woman I’ve ever known … I have dealt with bad people in this
Seeing my best friend (or any of my friends) be constantly industry and Scooter is not one of them.
pulled down is the worst feeling. Taylor fights. She will He’s a good man. Personally, I’m grateful
never stop fighting … I just want a change of heart. he came into my life when he did. Please stop “dragging”
On June 30, news broke that Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings people or bullying them … Y’all can come after me all you
had acquired Big Machine Records — and, along with it, want but I’m always gonna stay loyal to my team.
Taylor Swift’s six-album catalog. Swift publicly criticized the deal,
Kesha claiming that she had tried to buy back her master recordings
Nov. 18 on Twitter for years, to no avail. In the months that followed, Swift alleged
that Braun and Big Machine Label Group founder/CEO Scott Sia
I stand in solidarity with @taylorswift13.
Borchetta were actively blocking her from performing her July 1 on Twitter
Artists should be allowed the right to
perform their songs as they wish. As a older songs, which Braun and Borchetta denied. All the You’re a good kind man @scooterbraun
songwriter, songs are our children, our accomplishments, while, a number of artists — including longtime I hope this passes quickly.
our thoughts, and our voice. friends of Swift and clients of Braun — have I love you keep going.
taken to social media to weigh in on
the continuing battle.

Rihanna releases The Rihanna Book, a 500-page, 15-pound autobiographical collection of photos captured throughout her life.

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M Y FAVO R I T E 2 0 1 9 A L B U M THIS YEAR, THE RECORDS I WAS REALLY LISTENING come. It grabs you immediately. I also love the pacing;

Maggie Rogers to were older, like McCartney II and a lot of Lucinda Wil-
liams and Gillian Welch, but Sharon has been one of my
the track list is perfect.
Something I always try and put into my music is just the

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favorite artists and songwriters since I started listening to beauty of being human, trying to make something that
her in high school. I’ve always been in awe of her, her voice shows the flaws, because that friction is what makes great
REMIND ME TOMORROW and her production style. When I was at New York Univer- records great. There are a couple of perfect moments on
sity — she’s such a New York figure — she was someone this where Sharon’s voice cracks; she’s just yelling, but
SHARON VAN ETTEN
I looked up to, and she inevitably became a mentor and a she’s so empowering in her rawness. The way the record
friend in a real way as I was graduating from college. takes you through these emotions, it feels like driving at
But this year, there was this real beautiful synchron- night through Los Angeles — you hear it lyrically.
icity — I shared a release day with Sharon; This is a giant year of change for me, both person-
[her] record came out the same day as [mine], ally and professionally. It’s a mess out there — you got
Heard It in a Past Life, and we got to cheers to hold tight to the albums that hold you. I feel like she
together that night. It feels so connected to had me, like she was with me. Having these moments
my record in a way — like, if mine is light, of chaos within the record that are also in some way
hers is really dark, but in a way that I love. very organized, it made me feel settled in the deep
It’s so haunted. There’s so much grit in this unsettling I was going through — it was a tour
record but still so much space. I’m hang- companion. It’s no surprise that this record
ing on every breath when it starts, the hit me, because I love everything that Sharon
spacing of those chords — you just don’t makes, but it really found me right when I
know when the next one is going to needed it. —AS TO L D TO LY N D S E Y H AV E N S

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Baby, One More Tim

1 2

3 4

1. COACHELLA COMEBACK 2. BACKSTREET’S BACK 3. SPICING UP THEIR LIVES 4. OOPS! IT WAS WORN AGAIN
Grande (center) brought out *NSYNC members From left: Backstreet Boys’ Kevin Richardson, From left: Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell (Ginger In the music video for Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s
Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, JC Chasez Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Nick Carter Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Mel B Daughter” — the lead single off her EP She Is
and Joey Fatone during her weekend- one and Brian Littrell perform during the band’s (Scary Spice) and Melanie C (Sporty Spice, Coming — Cyrus wore a red latex body suit
Coachella headlining set. They joined the star DNA World Tour, which tallied over 100 in front) during their Spice World Tour stop similar to the one Britney Spears wore in her
for her “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m gigs and followed a successful Las Vegas in Bristol, England. The reunion trek — which 2000 video for “Oops!... I Did It Again.” Cyrus
Bored” (which samples the band’s “It Makes Me residency. The tour supported its January spanned 13 dates and grossed $78.2 million, posted a video still of herself in the outfit on
Ill”) and ended with their classic single “Tearin’ album of the same name, which topped the according to Billboard Boxscore — ended an Instagram, even tagging Spears, to which
Up My Heart.” Billboard 200. 11-year hiatus for the girl group. Britney’s little sister, Jamie, commented:
“I thought this was Britney.”

Selena Gomez nabs her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Lose You to Love Me,” the lead single from her first album in over four years. Harry
Though the 2010s just wrapped, turn-of-the-century

me
bubblegum pop made a strong comeback this year, from
unexpected boy band triumphs to throwback fashion homages.
“We’re all calling back to that early-2000s era,” Ariana Grande’s
“Thank U, Next” video director, Hannah Lux Davis, told
Billboard in 2019. “It’s prime time for our generation now.”

‘VIVA FOREVER’
Melanie C, aka Sporty Spice, on how nostalgia fueled 2019

I
T WAS ONLY LAST YEAR the Diplo remix of Niall Horan’s
that Charli XCX and Anne- “Nice to Meet Ya,” which is so ’90s
Marie wrote love letters with those house-y pianos. You’re
to Y2K pop with songs taking something really authentic
titled “1999” and “2001,” from the ’90s, but it has real reso-
respectively. But in 2019, the nance with young people.
period’s biggest names came back
to claim their era: The Backstreet Spice Girls songs were often
Boys scored their first No. 1 album joyfully over the top — is that a
in 19 years with January’s DNA, defining trait of music from that
*NSYNC (sans Justin Timberlake) era?
reunited during Ariana Grande’s It was so important to the Spice
weekend-one headlining Coachella Girls because it made us relat-
set in April, and the Spice Girls able. We are pretty normal girls
gave everyone what they really, at heart. We took pride in our
really wanted when they embarked imperfections. I think that’s miss-
on a sold-out U.K./Ireland stadium ing today, especially with the
tour in May. Melanie C — who, Instagram generation, where kids
following her girl group’s reunion, is have these apps that make them
turning her focus to her solo career look perfect. We celebrate making
with new single “High Heels” — mistakes. Some of the most fun
looks back on the year. moments of the Spice Girls are
when Geri [Horner, aka Ginger
Could you feel nostalgia for late- Spice] goes wrong!
1990s/early-2000s pop culture in
the air this year? At the final show of the tour,
Yeah! I think these things go in Geri apologized for the abrupt
cycles, especially with fashion. My way she quit the group in 1998.
daughter’s 10, and she’s a big Urban Did this tour help you see your
Outfitters fan. I walked in there last younger self in a new light?
summer and was like, “Oh, my God, One hundred percent. Through
they raided my loft!” It was very the years, we’ve often talked about
much on our minds when [the Spice getting back together, and part of
Girls] finally got our shit together me was nervous because it would
and agreed to do some shows. mean revisiting things that were
quite painful. But now we’re a little
5. THANK U FOR THE TRIP On your reunion tour, some of bit older, and being a mum as well,
DOWN MEMORY LANE the new arrangements of old I’m in a different phase in my life.
Though released in November 2018, Grande’s “Thank U, songs weren’t actually new at When you have success as a young
Next” music video lived well into 2019 — the song
all — they were classic David person in the industry, you’re so
was the lead single and title track to her February
4:  C OURTESY OF RCA. 5: COURTESY OF REPUBLIC (4). MELANIE  C :

Morales remixes from the ’90s. overworked, you’re in survival


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album, which topped the Billboard 200 (while the song


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became her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100). In the How much inspiration did you mode. I don’t think you ever have
clip, Grande reenacts scenes from four early-2000s draw from the archives? time to fully appreciate what you’re
rom-coms: Mean Girls, Bring It On, 13 Going On 30 and
A lot — because of the nostalgic doing. It’s cathartic to go back and
Legally Blonde — with everyone from Jennifer Garner
to Reese Witherspoon approving the reinterpretations feel we wanted to create, but also celebrate all the success that we’ve
on social media. On the first anniversary of the song because the ’90s are influencing had. It’s strange how long it took
and music video, Grande tweeted: “i can’t believe how so much at the moment. I’ve been for me to feel brave enough.
WIREIMAGE.

much i’ve learned and healed, how much i still have to doing a bit of DJ’ing the last couple —N O L A N F E E N E Y
learn and heal!”
of years, and this weekend, I played

Styles drops second solo album Fine Line, previewed by the singles “Lights Up” and “Watermelon Sugar,” both of which he performs while hosting Saturday Night Live in November.

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Dave Matthews Billie Eilish

Kiss Jason Aldean Florida Georgia Line Mumford & Sons Charlie Puth

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CHRISTMAS MUSIC MAY SEEM LIKE A NOVELTY — BUT STREAMING HAS MADE IT AN ANNUITY.
It’s a business worth an estimated $177 million a year in the United States (see page 87) and dominated by
artists ranging from Brenda Lee to Mariah Carey, who has turned a 1994 hit into her own cottage industry
(p. 80). Now, Kacey Musgraves is reimagining the Christmas special (p. 91), Trans-Siberian Orchestra
is amping up its pyrotechnics (p. 94) — and even Hanukkah music (p. 92) is getting lit.


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Mariah Carey Ɛ
Í0:1;<5);
Miracle
The pop icon started writing Christmas songs to overcome
childhood scars. Now she has one of the biggest holiday
anthems of all time — and a seasonal empire of live shows
and screen projects that just keeps growing
BY HILARY HUGHES

P H OTO G R A P H E D BY R U V E N A FA N A D O R

Carey photographed Nov. 8 at


Spring Studios in New York.

Styling by Jason Rembert


Christian Cowan dress, Wolford
tights, Lorraine Schwartz earrings.
Lorraine Schwartz earrings.
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I
N HINDSIGHT, MARIAH CAREY Yet even its status as a No. 1 single doesn’t stateside theater shows, Carey played a handful
regrets the bangs. totally capture the song’s might. “All I Want for of U.S. arenas.
“Even then it wasn’t good,” she Christmas Is You” has topped Billboard’s Holi- “We had talked about Christmas and doing
scoffs, condemning the offending day 100 for 38 of the seasonal chart’s 43 weekly something special,” says her longtime agent, Rob
fringe and ringlets she sported at her editions since it launched in 2011, and it’s also the Light of Creative Artists Agency, of the show’s
first Christmas concert in Decem- biggest-selling digital holiday track of all time: origins. “She brought up the Christmas show at
ber 1994. Then 24 with a handful To date, it has sold 3.6 million downloads in the Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes and how
of No. 1 hits already to her name, United States, according to Nielsen Music. (Re- special it was for her, how she always wished she
Carey had just released her first holiday album, markably, the song is being released as a physical could do something like that. I responded, ‘Why
Merry Christmas, when she and a gospel choir single for the first time ever this month.) Carey is can’t you?’ The hope now is to take [her Christ-
took the stage at the Cathedral of St. John the especially proud of how, last year, the song broke mas show] and really make it an annual event that
Divine in New York. Along with classic carols, Spotify’s record for the most streamed track in takes on a much wider, worldwide appeal.”
she performed live for the first time some of the a 24-hour period. “I think that’s very impor- Carey’s passion for Christmas is unmissable in
album’s new songs — including “All I Want for tant,” she says during our original conversation, conversation. She rattles off sales figures, chart
Christmas Is You.” “because people want to say, ‘She’s a physical stats and behind-the-scenes trivia as quickly as
Carey has been thinking a lot lately about that [albums] artist. She doesn’t understand or know she cracks jokes, including several that wink at
St. John the Divine concert, which over the years [streaming]. It’s a different business.’ Then why her own diva reputation. (When I first mention
has achieved legendary status among her fans. In did the song break the record for most streamed Merry Christmas’ 25th anniversary, she cuts me
November, she released a deluxe anniversary edi- song within one day?” off: “Let’s get this straight: It has only been two
tion of Merry Christmas that included previously Today, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is years since the release of the album,” she says
unreleased live recordings from that show, and the gold standard for contemporary Christmas with a laugh.) But Carey is also unflinchingly can-
she has been revisiting the film footage from that originals, sitting in the holiday canon alongside did as she looks back on painful holiday memo-
night, like the performance of “Joy to the World” “White Christmas,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and the ries from her “extremely damaged” childhood
she released as a music video 25 years ago. But carols Carey grew up singing. Even her closest — her parents divorced when she was 3 — and she
she still can’t quite get over her style choices. collaborators can’t quite fathom its cultural im- doesn’t hesitate to draw a straight line between
“Somebody tweeted the [“Joy to the World” pact. “That’s the thing I know about most Christ- them and her unabashed adoration of the holiday
video] the other day: ‘Love this. Bet she hates the mas records: You’re not going to be Bing Crosby; as an adult. Carey’s Christmas business is lucra-
hair, though,’ ” says Carey, flashing a wry smile you’re not going to be Nat ‘King’ Cole,” says Ran- tive and, of course, lots of fun, but it’s driven by
in a loft in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood dy Jackson, who played bass on Merry Christmas something much deeper.
late one November evening. Today, the amber and has worked with Carey as a musical director, “I truly love Christmas and just live for that
waves framing her face look much sleeker than producer and manager over the years. “But she feeling that’s unlike everything else,” she says.
the voluminous mane she rocked in the ’90s. took it upon herself and wrote new Christmas “It’s a childlike quality that I have, and I know
“It should’ve just been regular curls without songs that were unbelievably amazing.” that. I know most people are like, ‘Ugh, it’s
the ponytail and the blown-out Christmas. I have to get every-
bangs. But we all go through these body gifts and deal with my
things, and I digress.” family.’ It’s not that I don’t have
Nothing — neither tweet nor “We all have different triggers those issues. I do. But I put it all
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unfortunate coif — gets past aside for just one peaceful mo-
ment alone by the tree listening
Carey, whose keen memory and
fastidious eye for detail are at the that make us feel more grounded. to music.”
height of their powers during the
holidays. In the years since she The first time I sing ‘All I Want for Do you hear Merry Christmas
released Merry Christmas, the any differently now than you did
season has become as essential to Christmas Is You’ each year is the back then?
her brand as her famed whistle It’s interesting, because I pick
register and her many Billboard
Hot 100 chart-toppers. A few
best part of the year for me.” a lot of things apart about the
Merry Christmas album. Origi-
weeks after our interview, “All I nally, I would just nitpick “All
Want for Christmas Is You,” which I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Carey co-wrote with collaborator Not the song itself, but the vocal:
Walter Afanasieff, topped the Hot 100 (on the Creating a modern classic is not enough for “Why didn’t I fix this? Why didn’t I do that?”
chart dated Dec. 21) for the first time thanks to Carey, however. In the past decade, she has also Things that would irritate me. Now I just live
the annual (and growing) spike in streaming it built a Christmas empire that stretches well be- with it and love it. My relationship with Merry
receives around the holidays. It is Carey’s 19th yond music. The single has spawned a TV special Christmas is better than it was when I first made
No. 1 single on the chart — the most among solo (for ABC in 2010), a Hallmark Channel original the album. I put so much into it. It wasn’t like,
artists in history — and only the second holi- movie (2015’s A Christmas Melody, which she “Here’s a throwaway.” This was a real labor of
day song to reach the top position (after The starred in and directed), a children’s book (2015’s love, and I’m a perfectionist.
Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song” with David All I Want for Christmas Is You, which inspired a
Seville ruled for four weeks in 1958-59). 2017 animated film of the same name) and an an- Your two Christmas albums — Merry Christmas
“We definitely wanted to kick it into high gear nual Christmas spectacular that, since its launch II You arrived in 2010 — touch on so many sounds
this year with the song to celebrate the 25th an- in New York in 2014, has expanded into multiple and styles. Do you find the subject of Christmas
niversary, but I definitely didn’t expect it to hit cities and grossed $16.5 million, according to creatively liberating?
No. 1 two weeks before Christmas,” Carey tells figures reported to Billboard Boxscore (which I find it freeing, honestly, because it’s taking
me the day of the song’s summit. “I just want to do not include grosses for all dates). Two years myself out of having to be like, “This is my ver-
thank everybody. I want the world to have the ago, she brought the show to Europe for the first sion of what I think a hit is.” It doesn’t necessar-
best holiday ever.” time, and in 2019, instead of her usual cluster of ily make sense to everybody. I’ve said this before,

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and I touch on it in my memoir [due in 2020 on that way! We all have different triggers that Santa Claus comes to the house and talks to them.
Andy Cohen’s imprint at Henry Holt & Co.]: I make us feel more grounded. I know what makes When I didn’t have kids, I helped a friend of mine
grew up looking forward to the holidays all year me feel festive, and the first time I sing “All I that used to work with me. She had a kid, and I
long, but because I have such a tragically dys- Want for Christmas Is You” each year is the best made the holidays about her. It was for me, but it
functional family, certain family members or ex- part of the year for me. [also let me] see the holidays through the eyes of
family members would ruin it every year. As an a child. Now, with my own kids, it’s just a trillion
adult, what I’ve tried to do is take what I always What do you remember about the very first time times more impactful.
wished Christmas would be and have the perfect you performed it?
holiday season. For me, it’s not just making a It was at St. John the Divine. All of that audio is When do the holidays start for you?
Christmas album for the sake of jumping on a available for the first time on this deluxe anniver- As soon as I stop working. This year, I think
bandwagon. It’s literally exorcising the demons sary edition. That was a really defining moment they start on the 22nd, which is a day and a half
that I had to battle as a child and coming out still of my career. It was a charity event, and we raised too late, if you ask me. [I like] at least a week
feeling festive. over half a million dollars for the Fresh Air Fund of Christmas music and Christmas movies and
[a nonprofit that provides summer programs for activities only. When we’re relaxing, no one’s
You have songs on your album that speak to this children from low-income communities]. That’s allowed to listen to anything but Christmas music
melancholy. Did you always want to acknowledge the reason the whole thing is so important. I’m until Jan. 1.
the darker side of the holidays in your work? just like, “Yeah, yeah, whatever. I remember it.
The truth is, it was a subconscious thing. It was boring. It was all rich people. They barely “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has led to more
Somebody mentioned to me the other day that clapped. Nobody knew ‘All I Want for Christmas’ than just Christmas shows. It has inspired books,
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the saddest yet.” But then the kids in the front were all Fresh films. It’s a big part of the movie Love, Actually.
Christmas song ever written. I was like, “Did Air Fund kids, and they were all clapping in Fresh The curious thing about that is that [the movie]
you have to get that analytical about it?!” But Air Fund T-shirts. They fueled me. Those kids happened before the song was as big as it is. So
after hearing that, I was like, “Oh, I can see it: gave me so much life. the Love, Actually moment, I’m actually very
‘Santa, won’t you bring me the one I really need/ grateful for it because I think it did help the song
Won’t you please bring my baby to me quickly.’ ” Speaking of children: Your 8-year-old twins, Mo- reach an even greater audience. But I also think
(Laughs.) I just want to enjoy the holidays. The roccan and Monroe, are a part of your Christmas the song has taken on a life of its own that I had
Christmas songs that I’ve written help me do shows. I saw them stop by the photo shoot for this never anticipated.
that. The songs that were written decades before story on their way to choir practice.
I was born help me do that. A Charlie How many asks do you get a year to
Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red- license “All I Want for Christmas Is
Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snow- You”?
man — all these things that I grew A lot. Some are from people whom I
up watching and still watch with my “I come from an extremely respect enormously. I [usually] want
kids [do that]. to say yes, but I may be working
damaged childhood. But the that year on something for myself
There’s a really sweet moment in with the song, be it a film project or
your Christmas show when you cover
“Christmastime Is Here” from A Char-
thing is, from the manure comes cartoon. I should be flattered, and
I am. But sometimes I just want to
lie Brown Christmas and clips from
the cartoon play onscreen.
a flower. If you don’t have that keep my version. It’s precious to me
because it genuinely feels like it’s a
I love that you said that because this
guy that’s working on my show right
optimism, you won’t survive.” part of my childhood that I never got
to experience.
now has been like, “Let’s redo the
Charlie Brown part.” I’m like, “But the What inspired you to branch off into
[Charles] Schulz estate gave me that film with these songs?
footage!” They were like, “We love your version They want to be onstage. I said, “If you don’t want Honestly, I’ve always wanted to do a cartoon
of ‘Christmastime Is Here’! That’s our favorite to do it, please tell me, because I’ll never force you movie around my character from the All I Want
version of that song.” For me, that was a huge to do anything with show business. It’s up to you.” for Christmas Is You book. I would love to do
compliment. But yeah, I don’t think it needs to be [They’re like,] “We want to do it! We want to do another. I think I would do a better version now
redone. You can’t make it better! You can’t rein- it!” They’ve been running out and giving me hugs because my life is different — the people in my
vent people’s memories and make them different! and throwing T-shirts to the crowd [at my shows], professional career are different. But I’m still
which is all fun and games, but they actually have happy because my kids love it. It’s a nice thing
Tradition is a big part of Christmas, but you made beautiful voices. If they want to do it, they need to for children. I’m not saying it’s a Christmas
some changes to the show this year: In New York, get to rehearsal and figure out the song and focus classic, but I know I have the capacity to make a
you moved from the Beacon Theatre to Madison and not be on the iPads all the time. But they’re Christmas classic. I would like to have the sup-
Square Garden. doing great. I’m so glad you saw them on their port system to do that. That, I think, is the next
Obviously, I still love doing those shows at the hoverboards because that’s their new favorite chapter in this. I believe it can happen.
Beacon Theatuh, dahling — it’s great that it’s thing. I love anything that’s not the iPads.
intimate — but I wanted to put on an even bigger At this point, it seems like if you wanted to do
kind of a show, more of an extravaganza. So this How has parenthood changed the way you cel- a musical based on the song, there would be an
year, certain things changed. But when it comes ebrate the holidays? audience. If you opened a pop-up “All I Want for
to, “Oh, we should change the Charlie Brown Aside from these Christmas shows, there’s the Christmas Is You” restaurant, I’m sure the line
thing, we can re-create it,” I’m like, “But I don’t actual leaving town and celebrating Christmas would be around the block.
want that!” I don’t care that it’s not super high in Aspen [Colo.], which is my favorite, favorite This is what we talked about last year! But
definition. Who cares? It is what it is! It’s more thing to do. It’s become their favorite thing to do. unfortunately, there have been a couple years
nostalgic for me the other way, so make it work We do everything from sledding to sleigh-riding. of difficult stuff that I’ve had to overcome and

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Mugler dress, Jacob & Co. earrings.

get through. But you push your way through we had no money. She would wrap up fruit in erased. I just focused on the holidays. You can
anything negative. You should remember that I newspaper and give it to me like, “This is from drown in negativity, or you can push past it. I
come from an extremely damaged childhood. But the cat!” She would sing Christmas carols and don’t know what they told you to write about
the thing is, from the manure comes a flower. You make mulled wine and have her friends over. I or what you wanted to write about. But I think
have to go through some stuff where you can get got that from her, and whatever our differences that’s the story.
to a place where you can be optimistic because if are, I’m so thankful for that.
you don’t have that optimism, you won’t survive. The fact is, her Irish family disowned us. I’m Last question: What do you want for Christmas
not going to get into it — it was a different time this year?
What were your holidays like growing up? — but to her mom, that she married a black man Honestly — how do I say this? — we want peace
[My mother] is the reason why I love Christmas was the biggest affront that could ever happen. on earth. I think everybody knows that we want
so much. She got me into it. My dad wasn’t into As a person, it makes you feel like, “Well, what that. Personally, I would like for my children to
it — my parents were divorced. But she was am I? I’m not worthy of love from this side of have a beautiful holiday and have the best time
super festive and tried really hard even though the family?” But at the holidays, everything got ever. And I would like the same for myself.

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Clockwise from top: Ariana
Grande, John Legend, Kelly
Clarkson, Chuck Berry, Bruce
Springsteen, Paul McCartney,
Kacey Musgraves and Michael
Bublé, who have all had success
with holiday music.
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IVE MONTHS AGO, Merry Christmas. Someone from man- tion. So Koppe’s team of music elves was defined by holiday purchases,
during the dog days of agement suggested looping in Carey, — which included executives from which meant that hit recordings were
summer, Sony Music whom Koppe says is “very hands-on” marketing, publicity, A&R and product enormously profitable the year they
executive Lyn Koppe about marketing — “the look and feel, management — worked with Twitter were released but didn’t generate
was already running a timing and strategy.” And, within min- to create an exclusive video of Carey much revenue after a couple of years.
15-person meeting to utes, the five-octave alto herself had reading fans’ tweets about her holiday Few record stores stocked much older
prepare for Christmas. It wasn’t her joined the call to chime in on the best music. They created a video skit to Christmas music, and terrestrial radio
first that year, either. Koppe, executive way to promote the reissue. go with an enhanced version of the doesn’t pay to use recordings in the
vp global catalog for Sony’s Legacy “I think there were a few jaws on album for Spotify. And by fall, they United States. But because streaming
Recordings, leads a team that every the floor,” says Koppe, recalling her were promoting the Last Christmas monetizes the ongoing consumption of
January begins planning how to TikTok counterparts’ reaction to soundtrack — which includes the music rather than an initial purchase,
promote the year’s holiday releases, as Carey’s cameo at the meeting. But Wham! single the movie is named it has changed the concentrated busi-
well as the company’s evergreen sea- there was a lot at stake: The singer’s after, as well as other songs by the ness of Christmas music even more
sonal music. As the sun shone down iconic Christmas album has become an group — and working to maintain the dramatically than the rest of the indus-
on Sony’s Manhattan offices, which annuity for her and Sony, a blue-chip visibility of time-honored seasonal hits try. These changes have also amplified
overlook Madison Square Park, the property in a holiday recorded-music by Andy Williams, The Ronettes and the cumulative advantage of the classic
group tossed around ideas by phone business that was worth $177 million Elvis Presley. “We make sure they’re holiday recordings that come up first
with executives from TikTok and in 2018 in the United States alone, not forgotten about,” says Koppe. in search results — whether typed in
members of Mariah Carey’s manage- estimates Billboard. This year, at least, there’s little or voice-requested.
ment team on how to promote the Carey understands that even the danger of that. For about a century, Although it’s hard to get exact
25th-anniversary reissue of Carey’s most enduring albums need promo- the business of Christmas music figures for the holiday music business,

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the most popular recordings in the the rewards are considerable — the tracks is dominated by the original recording is “Jingle Bells,” cut by the
genre generate far more revenue than top holiday recording of 2018, Carey’s versions of classic songs, recorded by banjo player Will Lyle in 1889. In
they did a decade ago. “Last Christ- “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” was artists that younger listeners aren’t 1905, Victor Records had a hit with
mas” by Wham! sold 81,000 tracks streamed almost a quarter as much familiar with: Williams, Helms, Burl “Silent Night, Hallow’d Night,” an
in the United States in 2008 — and as the year’s top pop song. But the Ives (“Have a Holly Jolly Christ- English version of the German hymn
sold and streamed the equivalent of No. 100 holiday recording on stream- mas,” the No. 5 most popular holiday “Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht.” Thirty
706,000 last year, according to Nielsen ing services was streamed less than recording of 2018) and Gene Autry years later, Bing Crosby made the
Music. Older recordings are getting 10% as much as the No. 100 pop track. (“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” song an even bigger hit, which was in-
more popular, too: Andy Williams’ To get a sense of just how much No. 9). Helms’ version of “Jingle Bell cluded on the 1940 Decca compilation
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the streaming has changed this part of Rock” is more than 12 times as popular An Album of Christmas Music — the
Year,” the third-most-popular holiday the business, consider that some of as the second-biggest version, by Now That’s What I Call Christmas! of
recording of 2018, sold 52,000 tracks the most popular holiday recordings Hall & Oates. Perhaps it is because the 78 rpm era.
in 2008 and streamed and sold the weren’t easily available on traditional holiday music is so associated with Over the next few years, Crosby
equivalent of 839,000 last year. Overall, CD albums a decade ago. The second- tradition, “I don’t know of a rerecord- helped make Christmas big business.
holiday music accounted for 0.89% most-popular holiday song in 2018 was ing that outperforms the original,” says His 1942 recording of “White Christ-
of on-demand streams in 2015 and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms, a SiriusXM director of programming mas” sold 600,000 copies that year
1.11% last year — and during that time, 1950s country artist who aside from Jess Besack. and 2 million in 1943, according to
the overall revenue from on-demand that track sold the equivalent of 1,000 These songs are like blue-chip Crosby biographer Gary Giddins, and
streaming rose from $1.57 billion in albums, including downloads and stocks: uncool but no less valuable for it is said to have sold over 50 million
2015 to $5.5 billion in 2018, according streaming. Some holiday hits by fa- it. And they’re likely to grow in value, copies worldwide — making it the
to the RIAA. mous artists weren’t even available on along with streaming revenue in gen- biggest single ever. That recording,
Most of this Christmas cash goes albums: Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful eral. “Christmas hits,” says Koppe, “are plus another take on “Silent Night”
to a relatively small number of rights Christmastime,” the Eagles’ “Please the gifts that keep on giving.” and other songs, were released as the

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holders. Last year, the top 50 holiday Come Home for Christmas” and Bruce Crosby album Merry Christmas, a ver-
recordings accounted for 35.3% of all Springsteen’s live recording of “Santa HRISTMAS MUSIC HAS sion of which is still in print today.
holiday streaming, while the top 50 Claus Is Coming to Town” were issued been a significant part of Rock changed pop culture, but
pop tracks accounted for just 12% of as singles, though they’re all available the music business for as singers like Presley embraced the
streaming in that genre. Half of the top now on compilations. long as there has been one season, too: The most popular holiday
holiday track streams go to the top 252 At a time when streaming is ruled — and some of the same songs have LP in the United States is his Christ-
recordings, while half of pop streams by pop and hip-hop from the past two been popular since the days of wax mas Album, which has been certified
go to the top 613 pop tracks. At the top, decades, the list of the top 100 holiday cylinders. The first known Christmas 17-times platinum in various versions.

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Cohen in 1985.
tion Susan Boyle included it on

‘Hallelujah’ For her 2010 holiday album, The Gift,


which hit No. 1 on both the Bill-
board 200 and on the Official U.K.

The Holidays? Albums Chart. In 2015, violinist-


singer Lindsey Stirling released a
How an unlikely standard by a Jewish Buddhist version that reached No. 81 on the
Billboard Hot 100 and No. 21 on
got cast as a Christmas song the Holiday 100 the following year;
that same year, German superstar
Helene Fischer included the song
LEONARD COHEN’S “Hallelujah,” iconic two decades ago, after on her hit album Weihnachten.
with its ambiguous, imagistic lyr- John Cale’s version was used Since 2016, however, the most
ics about sex and spirituality, was on the Shrek soundtrack and popular version of “Hallelujah”
once described by Jeff Buckley, Buckley’s version appeared in on streaming services by far has
perhaps the song’s most famous a video VH1 made in tribute to been Pentatonix’s, which has been
interpreter, as “the hallelujah of Sept. 11 rescue workers. Around streamed 346 million times in the
the orgasm.” So how did an a cap- that time, it also began to be United States, according to Nielsen
pella version by Pentatonix get to used in religious services, its Old Music. “When people hear it,” the
No. 21 on the Billboard Holiday 100 Testament imagery and chanted group’s Scott Hoying told Billboard
in 2018 — after peaking on that one-word chorus offering a in 2018 about the song’s staying
chart at No. 2 in 2016? solemnity that seemed to fit power, “they feel something.”
It’s just the latest twist in the weddings, funerals and various —A L A N L I G H T
ongoing story of what may be occasions in between.
the world’s least likely standard, Written by Cohen — a Jewish Alan Light is the author of The Holy
which originally appeared on Buddhist — the song was first or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff
Cohen’s 1984 album, Various associated with Christmas in 2010, Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of
Positions. The song only became when Britain’s Got Talent sensa- “Hallelujah.”

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SINGLES OF THE SEASON
TOP HOLIDAY STREAMING 2008 track sales 2018 track equivalents, No. 1, No. 2 and
TRACKS, 2018 2018 track equivalents No. 3 most popular versions of the song

MARIAH CAREY 1.35 MILLION


ALL I WANT FOR
1 CHRISTMAS IS YOU
322 , 00 0
MICHAEL BUBLÉ 122,000
1 . 3 5   MI L LI O N JUSTIN BIEBER 75,000
Mariah Carey

BOBBY HELMS 843,000


89 , 000
JINGLE BELL ROCK
2 Bobby Helms 8 4 3 , 000
HALL & OATES
GLEE CAST
69,000
60,000

IT’S THE MOST ANDY WILLIAMS 839,000


3 WONDERFUL
5 2 , 0 00
PENTATONIX 39,000
TIME OF THE YEAR 8 3 9, 00 0 AMY GRANT 19,000
Andy Williams

BRENDA LEE 826,000


ROCKIN’ AROUND THE
4 CHRISTMAS TREE
1 01, 000
INGRID MICHAELSON 82,000
8 2 6 ,0 0 0 PENTATONIX 48,000
Brenda Lee

BURL IVES 799,000


HAVE A HOLLY
5 JOLLY CHRISTMAS
69, 00 0
MICHAEL BUBLÉ 222,000
7 99 ,0 00 LADY ANTEBELLUM 48,000
Burl Ives

NAT “KING” COLE 758,000


THE CHRISTMAS 9 8 , 00 0
6 SONG
7 5 8, 00 0
LAUREN DAIGLE
JUSTIN BIEBER
281,000
59,000
Nat “King” Cole

PENTATONIX 729,000
N/A
HALLELUJAH
7 Pentatonix 7 2 9 , 00 0
TORI KELLY
LINDSEY STIRLING
158,000
33,000

WHAM! 706,000
8 1 ,0 0 0
LAST CHRISTMAS
8 Wham! 7 06 ,0 00
ARIANA GRANDE
GLEE CAST
104,000
36,000

GENE AUTRY 688,000


RUDOLPH THE
9 RED-NOSED REINDEER
3 4 ,0 00
BURL IVES 115,000
6 8 8 ,0 0 0 DEAN MARTIN 65,000
Gene Autry

THE RONETTES 595,000


9 , 00 0
SLEIGH RIDE
10 The Ronettes 5 9 5, 00 0
ELLA FITZGERALD 86,000
JOHNNY MATHIS 82,000

GREENEST CHRISTMASES THE TOP HOLIDAY ALBUMS OF THE NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN ERA
8M 7.4M
7M 6.4M 6.3M 6.0M
6M 5.4M 5.2M
ALBUMS 5M 4.2M
SOLD
THIERRY ORBAN/SYGMA /GE T T Y IMAGES

SINCE
3.8M 3.75M 3.74M
4M
1991, IN
MILLIONS
3M 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Kenny G Josh Mariah Céline Various Michael Vince Mannheim Trans-Siberian Mannheim
2M Miracles: Groban Carey Dion Artists Bublé Guaraldi Trio Steamroller Orchestra Steamroller
The Holiday Noel Merry These Are Now That’s Christmas A Charlie Christmas Christmas Fresh Aire
Album 2007 Christmas Special Times What I Call 2011 Brown in the Aire Eve & Other Christmas
1M
1994 1994 1998 Christmas! Christmas 1995 Stories 1988
2001 1965 1996
0

SOURCE: NIELSEN MUSIC


From left: Darlene Love, Frank
Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, George
Michael and Elvis Presley.

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It includes a rendition of “White


Christmas” that upset songwriter
Irving Berlin so much that he asked
radio stations not to play it.
As pop music continued to evolve,
Christmas repertoire did too. Kurtis
Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’,” released
by Mercury Records in 1979, was
the first rap single to go gold, with
sales of 500,000 (see story, below).
In 1987, Run-D.M.C. hit No. 78 on the
Billboard Hot 100 with “Christmas
in Hollis,” which sampled Clarence
Carter’s 1968 soul single “Back Door
Santa.” Other holiday music sounded
less like the songs on the pop charts:
Producer Chip Davis’ new age project,
Mannheim Steamroller, hit No. 50
on the Billboard 200 in 1984 with
Christmas, and it went on to release
38 holiday albums that all together
account for 21.6 million album-equiv-
alent units.
Although streaming has boosted
the holiday music sector even more
than the overall industry, it’s harder
than ever to score a Christmas hit the original recordings are usually far the payoff can be extraordinary. which debuted on the Dec. 21 Digital
that remains popular year after more popular, at least partly because Last year, Ariana Grande’s original Song Sales chart; the Jonas Brothers’
year. It’s one thing for a new tune to streaming algorithms have turned 2014 track “Santa Tell Me” garnered “Like It’s Christmas,” which reached
sell, or stream, in its initial year of their familiarity into advantageous 82.9 million streams, more than any No. 25 on the Holiday 100 when it
release — but quite another to show positioning. “Original recordings, other original holiday song released came out and was streamed 12.7 mil-
up on the chart every year, like Carey with years of thumbs-up and listens, this decade. The second-most-popular lion times in the first three weeks fol-
does. “Getting a big hit with a new definitely tend to rise to the top of our was Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe,” also lowing its release; and Taylor Swift’s
Christmas song is gold when it hap- Christmas and holiday stations,” says an original, with 58.5 million. Because “Christmas Tree Farm,” which de-
pens,” says Kevin Gore, president of Alex White, vp music programming streaming-service algorithms tend to buted on the Dec. 21 Hot 100. All three
global catalog at Warner Music Group and curation at Pandora. reinforce popularity, a bit of luck and are upbeat, with the cozy but celebra-
(WMG). “But it’s not easy.” That’s an understatement: Since the right promotion could keep them tory feel of holiday classics. “The
Some acts score with new ver- most streaming services tend to rec- high on the chart for years to come. Jonas Brothers song captures the good

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sions of classics: Pentatonix had 19 of ommend songs that are already popu- feel of a modern Christmas classic,”
last year’s 200 most popular holiday lar, especially in response to general VEN BY THE STANDARDS says Jeff Moskow, head of U.S. A&R
streaming tracks, and Michael Bublé search queries like “Christmas music,” of pop music, holiday hits for the Now That’s What I Call Music
had the second-most-popular versions Billboard’s Holiday 100 chart has less are unpredictable. Among series, who slotted it after Carey’s “All
of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” and turnover than the Supreme Court. this year’s candidates: Keith I Want for Christmas Is You” on Now’s
“All I Want for Christmas Is You.” But For hits that break through, though, Urban’s “I’ll Be Your Santa Tonight,” Christmas playlist on Spotify.

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How Billboard Staffers Helped Rap Up
ONE GROUNDBREAKING CHRISTMAS who sometimes wrote music reviews, and a recent transfer from the U.K. office, con-
hit didn’t just make the Billboard charts — it Ford was a production manager who also vinced Mercury that the song would recoup
was produced by two former employees. In wrote a column about R&B. They both knew its costs (about $6,000, remembers Moore)
1979, J.B. Moore and Robert Ford left the that hip-hop represented the future of music in the United Kingdom alone.
magazine to produce “Christmas Rappin’ ” — Public Enemy’s Chuck D has cited a 1978 “Christmas Rappin’ ” — a song “ ’bout a
for an up-and-coming rapper named Kurtis article by Ford as one of the first mentions of red-suited dude with a friendly attitude” —
Kurtis Blow Blow. Released on Mercury Records, the the genre in a national publication. Even so, wasn’t originally intended to be a Christmas
single went gold, and Blow became the first they didn’t get any interest from A&R execu- tune. Moore, who wrote the lyrics, decided
rapper to sign a major-label deal. tives in New York, so they took “Chrismas to give it a holiday theme because labels
At Billboard, Moore was an ad salesman Rappin’ ” to Chicago, where Alan Saines, like songs they can sell every December.

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Even if a song doesn’t outlast De-
cember’s snowmen, it could still help
the artist that recorded it. Holiday
releases are an easy way to keep per-
formers visible at the end of the year,
which can only help merchandise
sales. “It’s an always-on music busi-
ness,” says Jay Gilbert, co-founder of
Label Logic, a company that provides
marketing services for labels and
managers. “You need to keep your
audience engaged.” And the popular-
ity of Christmas movies means that
holiday music often scores lucrative
synch placements.
Sometimes, new Christmas songs
that debut without much fanfare
maintain their popularity surprisingly Musgraves and Troye Sivan
well. Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” peaked performed “Glittery” on The Kacey
Musgraves Christmas Show.
at No. 42 on the Hot 100 when it ar-
rived in 2014 and improved to No. 33

Let It Snow,
in 2018. Similarly, Kelly Clarkson’s
“Underneath the Tree” peaked at
No. 78 when it was released in 2013

Let It Stream
and rose to No. 44 last year. “I don’t
know why some songs stick and some
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don’t,” says Moskow.


As in the rest of the music business,
popularity depends significantly on
playlist placement — for both new and
How do you breathe new life into a years-old Christmas album? If you’re
old material. Consider “Driving Home
for Christmas” by British musician Kacey Musgraves, you turn it into an Amazon variety show special
Chris Rea, an original song he wrote

K
that hit No. 11 on the U.K. singles chart ACEY MUSGRAVES’ I genuinely wanted to create some- The album had a mix of originals
in 1988. It took over a decade for it Golden Hour won album thing that felt different and new but and covers. What do people want
to become a Christmas staple in the of the year at the 2019 also familiar and nostalgic at the same from Christmas music today?
United Kingdom, and it’s now on Spo- Grammy Awards, but time. It was put together based on Everything has already been said
tify’s Christmas Hits playlist — even there’s another record of hers that’s the feelings that everyone experi- about Christmas a million times over,
though Rea hasn’t had a song on a U.S. equally beloved by fans: A Very Kacey ences during the holidays, [so] it was but one aspect you don’t hear a lot
chart since 1990, and most listeners Christmas, from 2016. This year, important for me to stay away from about is that the holidays are actually
are probably unfamiliar with him. “A Musgraves reimagined the album any religious themes. I treated my sad for a lot of people. There’s one
song like Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home as The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Christmas record no differently than I song on the record called “Christmas
for Christmas’ is experiencing a lot Show, an Amazon Prime Video would one of my regular albums. It’s Makes Me Cry” that talks about how
more discovery than it would have in a special (out now) that channels the not like I threw it out there to cash in every year you go home, your parents

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cheer of old-school holiday variety on the holiday commerce. are a little bit older, [and] there are
shows with help from guests like people that aren’t there that used to
Camila Cabello and James Corden. What made you want to reimag- be. Moments like that were important
And it likely won’t be the last time she ine it as a star-studded Christmas for me to have.
revisits the album. “[Christmas] has special?
been a big part of her career and will With all that was going on with Where do you see A Very Kacey
continue to be moving forward,” says Golden Hour, there wasn’t really a way Christmas fitting into your career
Musgraves’ manager, Jason Owen. that I could do a proper Christmas long term?
“She is going to have her hand in the tour again, so I was like, “What if we Hopefully it’s something you can

Christmas holidays for the rest of her career.”


Musgraves reflects on how she put
her own spin on holiday music.
made an old-school special?” It was a
passion project but a big undertaking.
Being a triple threat is hard work! I’m
come back to every year. A lot of
people told me they listen to it when
it’s not even Christmas, like in the
“Christmas Rappin’ ” turned out to be one: not an actor. I’m not a dancer. Doing middle of July. That makes me feel
It peaked at No. 53 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Critics have praised A Very Kacey those things in conjunction with sing- like I created something that can work
Airplay chart in 1995 and at No. 35 on Hot Christmas as a modern holiday ing and playing — and doing all of just as a [regular] musical piece for
Rap Songs in 1999. classic. What were your goals that, like, 16 hours a day for six days me, not just constrained to a holiday
“It took Mercury forever to realize how when you made it? straight — was a big task. period. —TAY LO R W E AT H E R BY
big it was,” says Moore, who with Ford went
on to produce Blow’s landmark “The Breaks”
and work with the R&B group Full Force. “I’m
sitting here staring at my gold record that
should be platinum.” — G .P.

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different era,” says WMG’s Gore.


No one wants to leave discovery to
chance though, even for established
classics. So executives who don’t have
stars like Carey to work with are get-
ting creative. Warner made a video for
a new recording of “White Christ-
mas” by Bublé, and Universal Music
Group’s UMe catalog division hired
studios to make animated clips for
nine of its classic holiday recordings,
including Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow!
Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and The
Jackson 5’s “I Saw Mommy Kissing
Santa Claus.”
“We recognized that there’s an
opportunity to develop and extend
engagement with our holiday cata-
log to an underserved audience that From left: HAIM, Black
and Wayne Coyne of
primarily accesses music through
The Flaming Lips.
YouTube,” says UMe president/CEO
Bruce Resnikoff. So far, the 1.4 million

One New Album,


YouTube views that Frank Sinatra’s
“Jingle Bells” racked up in the three
weeks between Nov. 4 and Nov. 25 rep-
resent a 220% increase over the same

8 Crazy Nights
period last year.
To younger YouTube users, some of
these songs may sound as quaint as the
animation looks. But Christmas music
has always been driven by collective How the HAIM sisters, synagogue gift shops and a Scorsese music supervisor
nostalgia — listeners want a version
all helped a very modern collection of Hanukkah songs come to life
of “White Christmas” just like the
one they used to hear. “If a customer

T
requests a holiday song simply by song WO YEARS AGO, boasts a mix of covers evergreen quality to it. But sing. My hope is if this goes
title, they likely expect and enjoy the Verve Forecast ap- and original music from also, making it available well, maybe next year we
classic recorded version as a return,” proached Grammy- the likes of HAIM and The at nontraditional retailers, do another five songs and
says Karen Pettyjohn, senior music winning music supervisor Flaming Lips. like all of the synagogue just add to it. One person
curator at Amazon Music. Randall Poster (Boyhood, gift shops, and seeing if that I really wanted to get

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The more customers enjoy those The Grand Budapest Hotel, The market for Christ- we can make contact with — he said he would but just
results, of course, the more likely The Irishman) with a prop- mas music is massive. the built-in audiences that got caught up in the sweep
streaming algorithms are to keep offer- osition: curate and pro- What was the strategy the various artists on the of his new record — was
ing them. Which means that songs like duce a Hanukkah album. “I behind putting out a record have [helped]. Ezra Koenig.
Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is had just finished doing the Hanukkah album?
You” could remain popular as long as soundtrack to the movie It’s not an easy thing. It How did you ensure it Why such fondness for
Christmas itself. SuperFly with Future, and doesn’t have the built-in wouldn’t come off as Hanukkah?
I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a Christmas music col- parody? It was always the fun Jew-
great follow-up: Hanuk- lectors, so we talked Probably the most famous ish holiday, really. And as
kah,’ ” recalls Poster, who about trying to have a Hanukkah song at this point far as the musical repertoire
CHRISTMAS, CONTINUED grew up celebrating the longer view — there’s an is Adam Sandler’s “The Ha- [went], “The Hanukkah
holiday. He started reach- nukkah Song.” That’s why I Song” was pretty much the
Check out Billboard Pro’s ing out to friends and Poster was searching for a spiritual favorite, or “Dreidel Dreidel.”
December Deep Dive, “The collaborators, “convincing component, which allowed I had a sense of it being
Booming Business of Christmas Music,” them that I wasn’t kidding.” me to approach artists who a musical holiday, though
for additional, exclusive analysis of But it wasn’t until longtime weren’t Jewish, who had there aren’t that many to
why the holiday season has become so pal Jack Black sent in two no real sense of the holiday choose from.
lucrative for the music business — and recordings — one of which or the history. I tried to find
how you can cash in. You’ll also find was actually a Passover balance, because I wanted What will success for the
stories and data that examine success song — that Poster felt he to have some of that silly, album look like to you?
of label-generated compilations that had the foundation for an joyful element. To tell you the truth, I feel
are streaming-focused; a look at how album. “Jack gave us the like it already is a success.
the movie Last Christmas affected the substance, so everything Was it tough to get art- For me as a Jew, it was
Wham! single that inspired it; and Apple [else] would feel like it ists onboard? important to focus on more
Music architect and A Very Special was part of a whole.” The It’s not an easy one where of the spiritual component,
Christmas executive producer Jimmy additional song ended you can say, “Hey, let’s do and I think we’ve captured
Iovine on what makes a great Christmas up inspiring the title of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ ” that. I’m waiting for my
song. If you are not yet a member, Hanukkah+ (out now, and and set the stage for some- rabbi to hear it.
subscribe at billboard.com/offer. on vinyl Dec. 13), which body to just come in and —LY N D S E Y H AV E N S
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra at
rehearsals in November.

Jingle JuggernautTwenty years in, Trans-Siberian Orchestra — the laser-shooting, metal-riffing musical extravaganza —
is still one of the Christmas season’s most popular (and profitable) attractions
BY STEVE KNOPPER

T
HE MID-AMERICA CENTER metallic contraption on the side of the TSO’s future momentarily seemed According to Elliot Saltzman, Adam Lind
in Council Bluffs, Iowa stage spews out tiny lightning bolts timed unsure in April 2017 when the orchestra’s and Kenny Kaplan — partners in Night
— located in an industrial to lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra’s solos. founder, and one of its chief composer- Castle Management, which oversees the
park down the street from It is the show’s latest upgrade: a double arrangers, Paul O’Neill — who had once production — 60% of this year’s ticket
the Cresline Plastic Pipe Company — Tesla coil. “Well,” says Al Pitrelli, 57, the worked in promotions and management holders are repeat customers.
looks from the outside like any other tour’s musical director and West group for AC/DC and Def Leppard — died For TSO to remain relevant to
8,000-capacity arena. But every year for lead guitarist, who’s standing near the unexpectedly at the age of 61 from a future generations (and maintain its
three weeks or so in late October and soundboard, “that doesn’t suck.” reaction to prescription medicine. But current profitability), new music will
early November, Trans-Siberian Orchestra TSO’s tour — which kicked off Nov. 13 O’Neill’s family decided that the show almost certainly have to be composed.
turns the venue into a high-tech assembly and is slated to hit 66 cities for 109 shows must go on, and when the touring com- Saltzman, Lind and Kaplan say they
line and launch pad for its annual tour. in seven weeks — marks the 20th year of pany hit the road again that November, it are always thinking ahead, but right
In the main arena space, two rehearsal an unlikely live-music concept that, de- quickly showed that TSO could maintain now, they have a tour to do. “That kind
stages are set end to end to accommo- spite its compact itinerary, consistently its luster as a live act without its creator of decision comes a little later,” says
date the two iterations of TSO’s 18-piece ranks among the top live runs of the year. at the helm. In 2017 and 2018, TSO scored Kaplan. “We get through this one, then
orchestra — the East, which will play According to Billboard Boxscore data, to the two biggest Boxscore grosses in we look at how it played out, how it
dates east of this central U.S. location, date TSO has grossed $546.1 million and its history: $50.2 million and $56.7 mil- will change, what we learned along
and the West, heading in the opposite sold 11.5 million tickets to 1,484 shows. It lion, respectively. (The latter figure also the way.”
direction. On this particular Thursday is one of only 32 acts in the history of the reflects the highest ticket prices in the O’Neill used to tell the musicians and
night in early November, the East group database to gross more than $500 mil- act’s history.) The orchestra finished at crew that the music should last centu-
runs through its nearly two-and-half-hour lion as a solo headliner and one of only No. 20 on Billboard’s Money Makers rank- ries, and they are determined to fulfill
set — complete with dozens of fiery ex- 15 solo headliners to sell in excess of ing of the top-earning acts of 2018, with that prophecy. “I’m fairly positive he’s
plosions, webs of crisscrossing green and 10 million tickets. And though it’s not a $18.5 million in collective sales, stream- watching it, going, ‘You're doing good,
red lasers, floating video screens, dueling radio staple — even during the holiday ing, publishing and touring income. guy, keep going,’ ” says Pitrelli. “He
long-haired metal guitarists and elaborate season — TSO has had nine albums on Based on ticketing trends for the act, used to tell me every tour: ‘Just get me
classical and progressive-rock pieces the Billboard 200, four of which reached Billboard estimates that TSO’s 2019 through January.’ I’m going to get him
engineered from (among many other the top 10; sold 10.1 million albums and box office could approach $60 million, through another January.”
JASON McEACHERN

things) Beethoven riffs, Jimi Hendrix’s 4.9 million song downloads; and gener- thanks, in part, to the decision to revisit
“Purple Haze” and “Hark! The Herald ated 467.9 million on-demand streams, the orchestra’s debut album, Christmas Additional reporting by Eric Frankenberg.
Angels Sing.” At one point, a 24-foot-long according to Nielsen Music. Eve and Other Stories, in its entirety. Read the full story at billboard.com.

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THE BORDER-
CROSSING
BALLAD:
‘SOMEONE
YOU LOVED’
B Y TAY L O R W E AT H E R B Y

Capaldi photographed by
Shayan Asgharnia on June 11 at
Capitol Records in Los Angeles.
T
his June, Lewis Capaldi’s face was plastered
along the walls of London’s Underground sta-
tions. The ads, promoting his debut album,
Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent,
featured an amusingly unflattering photo of
the Glasgow-born singer, his head wrapped
in a towel, tossing up a peace sign, and read “The Scottish
Beyoncé on a London Underground billboard. Finally
famous.” By that point, he was, at least in Britain: His single
“Someone You Loved” had held the top spot of the Official
U.K. Singles Chart for seven nonconsecutive weeks.
What Capaldi didn’t realize then was that five everyone that Lewis was a real priority. We got
months later, he would be pretty famous in the huge support from Spotify Germany, which was
United States, too. “Someone You Loved” — an really instrumental. They pushed him to the rest
anthemic ballad about burning heartbreak — hit of the world.
No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late October and
held the top spot for another two weeks in Novem- ROSA ASCIOLLA head of artist and label marketing,
ber. (It also reigned for multiple weeks on Main- North America, Spotify
stream Top 40, Adult Top 40 and Radio Songs, and There was a lot of excitement around Lewis.
it topped Adult Contemporary for one week.) Yet Globally, he was someone that we wanted to take a
it was by no means an obvious international hit. It chance on in 2017. There was magic in the marriage
wasn’t propelled to viral popularity through a Tik- of his voice and the music and the unassuming pop
Tok clip or meme, it boasted no big-name feature, star [he was]. That was really compelling for us.
and Capaldi — a ginger-haired 23-year-old with no
heartthrob aspirations — was an unknown stateside LIEBERBERG The confidence was there — his
and, by his own admission, an unlikely pop star. personality, the way he handled social media.
But to Capaldi’s team, the reason for the song’s When you hear him perform, you can tell that this
success was fairly simple: Its emotional content is somebody who can convey his emotions in a
deeply resonated with a ready and willing audi- unique way, touching people around the globe.
ence, thanks in large part to the talent and commit-
ment of the artist himself. “The American public FRANK BRIEGMANN president/CEO,
always has had a strong connection to heartbreak UMG Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon
songs,” says Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO We had a lot of excitement among Capitol,
Steve Barnett, who led the effort to launch Capaldi Virgin U.K. and us, and we knew from the
in America (along with Virgin EMI/Vertigo in beginning that the collaboration would not be
the United Kingdom and Universal Music Group a sprint, but a marathon.
Central Europe). “And it had been a while since a
song like this has been as big as this. Lewis did it TED COCKLE president, Virgin EMI
brilliantly — and very much in 2019 style.” There was nothing more than a hunch and a belief
Of course, both Capaldi and Barnett had some that something about the way this chap sang felt a
help. Here’s how one of 2019’s biggest No. 1s little bit more special than most. People were super
came to be. conscious not to miss any steps, to make sure that
he wasn’t put under any undue pressure to be-
come famous overnight, and we just kept releasing
“Something About The Way music. The amount of work that was done in 2017
This Chap Sang” in Glasgow to make sure he was hailed as their man
from their city was enormous. He released “Bruises”
DANIEL LIEBERBERG president, Sony Music Enter- in May 2017, and that connected [enough] for the
tainment, Continental Europe and Africa; formerly of streaming partners to take him seriously.
Universal Music Group
I signed a lot of international artists to [UMG’s
German sector] because if you want to find “This Feels Like It
international talent in Germany, it’s quite limited. Could Be Quite Big”
I knew Ryan [Walter, Capaldi’s manager], and he
had a new artist, Lewis. I was lucky to be the first LEWIS CAPALDI artist/co-writer
person he sent the music to. I spent a week with I never saw myself as someone who would have a
the demos, and I was so convinced of his vocal big single. I kind of still don’t. I always saw myself as
ability. We had meetings with Spotify, and we told someone who would make an album — my goal once

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things started to kick off a couple of years ago was


to get a top 10 album. I didn’t really have any grand
plans to take over the singles charts. To be honest,
I was shitting myself that the album wasn’t good
enough [when I wrote “Someone You Loved”].

COCKLE I don’t recall anybody believing it was


Capaldi onstage
going to be as career-defining as [it has become]. But at O2 Academy
people thought it was a really strong song. It was on- in Birmingham,
brand for him, and the sentiment of it was great, so England, in
November.
it was nicely positioned. The moment we went out
with it, it very quickly [got a reaction], and then it did
not stop in its growth.
consolidate everything so it was really a combined BRIEGMANN Our biggest asset was Lewis himself.
CAPALDI The song came out on a Wednesday [in plan, and that’s what we were able to do. He was on the road tirelessly in the United
November 2018]; I played it in Newcastle [Eng- States. He was down for everything, and in all the
land] on Thursday and in Glasgow on Saturday and BRIEGMANN We shot a video especially for the madness he never lost his down-to-earthness,
Sunday. It only had been out for a day when I was U.S. market, which had a very positive impact on humor and cheerfulness.
in Newcastle, and people were singing every word. airplays and streams.
That was the moment I was like, “This feels like it CAPALDI Getting to meet everybody at radio
could be quite big here.” COCKLE In my experience, British acts — whether stations and play shows [in the United States]
it’s Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons, Florence + made a really big difference. Everyone tells you
BRIEGMANN It started in Ireland, then made its The Machine — work in America when the excite- stories of how Ed Sheeran went to every single
way through Switzerland and Sweden to Norway ment and energy from the U.K. is enormous. We’ve radio station. I didn’t feel like I had to make these
before hitting major markets and the big time in the always really had to prove our value in the U.K. for guys want to play my song more — I was going
U.K. in December. [an artist] to arrive in America as a concrete hero. there to say, “Thank you,” and express some
Before the album was out, we were putting on arena gratitude for playing it so much, and to Spotify
shows [in the United Kingdom]. Seven weeks at and Apple for putting it in so many playlists.
No. 1, that’s comparable to “Uptown Funk!” and the
“I NEVER SAW Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.” At that point, Greg [Marella, COCKLE Lewis thinks of himself as a lottery winner.
Capitol Music Group executive vp promotion] and He walked into every room in America knowing
MYSELF AS Steve knew they could say to everybody, “We’re that he was at the very start. He was happy to show
coming to you with a song.” that he wanted to be loved by American people.
SOMEONE WHO His Irving Plaza show [in New York] on June 4
was proof of the concept for Lewis as an artist in CAPALDI We landed in Dallas [in mid-September],
WOULD HAVE America. It felt like the equivalent of when we and I got a notification from Billboard tagging
reached Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London the me: “Lewis Capaldi has his first top 10.” That was
A BIG SINGLE. I year before. We were all sitting there wondering
if this humor of his was a transatlantic humor. He
the moment I was like, “Oh, fuck — this is seri-
ous.” Then I played the shows, and when it got
KIND OF STILL did a 10-song set, and [upon] hearing everyone
sing back and the room laughing [at his jokes],
to “Someone You Loved,” it was just fucking next
level. Even then, I was like, “Fucking job done,
DON’T.” Steve and I looked at each other and thought,
“This can really work.” It was such a crucial baton
we can all go home happy.” But everyone else was
like, “Oh, no, we keep going now.” I did feel like

—CAPALDI pass between the U.S. and the U.K. He had some
grass-roots support, even if media were unim-
there was a level up a bit.

pressed by this chubby Scottish man that didn’t BARNETT Lewis was not open to doing any
quite look like John Mayer. remixes — he wanted it to be purely authentic,
ASCIOLLA This song was one of those rare instanc- and we supported that. It happened because of
es where he built this fan base, he was connecting the audience, but he was his best advocate. Who
with his fans. We see these indicators, and we’re “Our Biggest Asset possibly other than Lewis would anoint himself
like, “Let’s try it.” We put it in Today’s Top Hits in Was Lewis Himself” “America’s sweetheart”?
November 2018, and it just activated everyone.
ASCIOLLA [Capaldi] very much has that FaceTimey, CAPALDI I don’t think of myself as a pop star,
BARNETT The first thing we had to do was to get selfie-type of vibe going on, whether it’s on his but I’m a heartthrob for sure. (Laughs.) Right
him [stateside]. He played his first show [of 2019] in Instagram or his videos. That’s why we thought now, I still consider myself to be a one-hit
America in February. That’s when the whole thing that it was really important, whenever we had the wonder. We’ll see where we go; perhaps I’ll
started to gear up. April 1, we pushed the button opportunity, to get him in front of people. When he be a flop star. I’m just singing some songs, and
across every single area: Spotify was very helpful, was in New York, we rented a tour bus for his top if people like to listen to them, that makes me
ZAKARY WALTERS

and then traditional radio started to kick in; Pandora fans, and he narrated the history of New York, but very happy and pleases me — both emotionally
was very early; Sirius was very early. But we had to in his own Scottish way. and financially.

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EPUBLIC RECORDS’

R
“Everybody wants a shot at the title, so you got,” says Lipman. “There was a lot of world,” and Taylor Swift, whose latest
core approach, says everybody brings their A-game into every planning and strategy applied, but the real- album, Lover, was her first as a Republic
chairman/CEO Monte situation,” says Lipman. “We respect the ity of it is, it’s just brilliant music.” artist. (The label distributed and promot-
Lipman, is built on five competition — it’s greater than it has ever For Post Malone — at this point an es- ed her prior albums, which were released
pillars: creative, expectation, been — and we also accept the chal- tablished chart-topper — the label played by Big Machine.) Swift had three top 10s
strategy, execution and accountability. And lenge. We go to work every day and want a longer game. Both “Sunflower” and on the Hot 100 this year, including two —
following that plan has helped Republic to win, and we will find a way to win.” “Circles” spent over a month in the top 10 “ME!” (with Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon
cement its status as the No. 1 Billboard That has meant breaking some of of the Hot 100 this year before reaching Urie) and “You Need to Calm Down” —
Hot 100 label for the sixth year in a row, as the accepted rules of pop music. At the its summit. “He’s the anomaly,” says Lip- that reached No. 2. “Taylor, in particu-
well as seven of the past eight. “We don’t beginning of this year, Ariana Grande man. “He’s a modern-day superstar, and lar, is very driven, focused and just an
leave things for luck,” says Lipman. “We’ve released Thank U, Next just seven months in the streaming revolution you couldn’t amazing human being,” says Lipman. “But
got a roster that we believe is second after her last album, the Grammy Award- ask for an artist like Post Malone.” Lipman it’s a real strategic alliance. We will feed
to none. And by virtue of being a strong winning Sweetener — a time frame that says that each of his No. 1s performed off each other, we’ll bounce off different
partner, with those strategic alliances, would, says Lipman, “typically go against in a “more traditional way,” climbing the ideas, and ultimately it’s Taylor’s decision
we’re able to do amazing things.” conventional wisdom.” But Grande was charts gradually and burrowing into the at every crossroads.”
In 2019, that meant Hot 100 No. 1s insistent in her vision and her plan, and national psyche before hitting the top, Lipman points to his brother, co-
from Ariana Grande (“Thank U, Next,” Republic helped her land her first two as singles used to more regularly before chairman/COO Avery, as well as his “field
“7 Rings”), the reunited Jonas Brothers chart-topping singles. the streaming era. On the other end of general,” GM Jim Roppo and executive
(“Sucker”) and Post Malone (“Sunflower” Even more impressive: Those singles the slow-burn spectrum was Lil Tecca, vp promotions Gary Spangler — whose
with Swae Lee, “Circles”), as well as both debuted at No. 1, a feat that only two the 16-year-old rapper whose debut radio market share, says Lipman, “is higher
Hot 100 top 10s from Taylor Swift, Drake dozen artists have pulled off — and only single, “Ransom,” climbed to No. 4 on the than other music groups combined” — as
and Lil Tecca. The campaigns have three others have done twice. Yet the label Hot 100 in September — another stream- part of the team that has helped Republic
bridged the traditional and the nontradi- scored another No. 1 debut, with the Jonas ing juggernaut, but one from a newcomer deliver once again. But he’s already look-
tional, with superstars and newcomers Brothers’ comeback single, “Sucker,” just in whom the label is investing. ing to the future. “What are we doing in
alike, in genres from pop to hip-hop to a month later. “It’s almost like delivering a Yet the biggest aces up Republic’s the first 90 days? What are we hoping to
R&B and everything in between. But the knockout punch: It’s calculating, it’s stra- sleeve were Drake, whom Lipman calls accomplish?” asks Lipman. “I can tell you,
results, for the label, are the same. tegic. You veer back and give it everything “the heavyweight champion of the our head is already in 2020.” —DA N RYS

110 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


The SoundCloud
Breakout: Lil Tecca Balvin (left) and
Bad Bunny.
WHEN LIL TECCA’S “RANSOM” DEBUTED ON
the Billboard Hot 100 in June, the Queens rapper
was just another 16-year-old trying to burst
through the SoundCloud bubble. That changed
swiftly when he teamed up
with director Cole Bennett
(founder of multimedia
company Lyrical Lemonade),
headed to the Dominican
Republic and filmed the song’s
Lil Tecca
rump-shaking video. It quickly
racked up millions of views on Bennett’s YouTube
channel, which has 11.6 million subscribers. Within
two months, Tecca’s whistling anthem peaked at
No. 4 on the Hot 100.
“The music he makes is different, his voice is
different,” says his manager, Giuseppe Zappala.
“He has a very clear vision of what he wants to do.”
In May, Republic Records signed Tecca to a joint
venture with his own imprint, Galactic Records.
On his 17th birthday in August, Tecca released his
debut album, We Love You Tecca, which landed
at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. THE DYNAMIC DUO:
For Tecca, the appeal is simple: “A lot of [my fans]
downloaded SoundCloud just to listen to me. You J BALVIN AND BAD BUNNY
have to be unique. That’s it.”
The Takeaways

M
AJOR COLLABORATIVE
How did you develop a strong fan base so albums are a rarity in Latin music, so BAD BUNNY From José, I learned discipline, in and
quickly? when rumors swirled for over a year out of the recording booth. He always wakes up early.
LIL TECCA There has to be a reason why people about a J Balvin-Bad Bunny joint release, When he goes to work, it’s work. He doesn’t go into the
connect to you. I’ve been a fan of artists before, it started to feel like an urban legend. As it turned out, studio to joke around. It’s no wonder he has gotten so
and there’s a reason why they resonate with me. the two superstars (born José Álvaro Osorio Balvin and far in life.
If there’s nothing different about you, you’re not Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, respectively) had been BALVIN I also learned discipline from Benito. He
going to get a special kind of fan base. discussing a possible project for almost two years, and comes to do what he has to do, and he composes
in June they surprise-dropped the eight-song OASIS on very quickly. Above all, he knows what he wants. And
Giuseppe, why do you think We Love You Universal Music Latin, Balvin’s label. It bowed at No. 1 that makes it easier. And he likes basketball a lot, and
Tecca went to No. 1? on the Top Latin Albums chart and earned both artists now I’m a fan.
GIUSEPPE ZAPPALA The buildup to “Ransom” their first top 10 on the Billboard 200, where it entered BAD BUNNY He eats very healthy and only at certain
helped all of Tecca’s old songs pop off. “Love Me” at No. 9. Calling from New York (Balvin) and Miami (Bad times. I’m a terrible eater. That’s why I’m chubby.
came out seven months before “Ransom”; “Did It Bunny) on different days, the pair recalled how, in the BALVIN The same, but the opposite. I would love to eat
Again” came out five months before it. So every- end, they made it all happen in just a few weeks. hamburgers, French fries, like he does, but the results
thing was a buildup because of those smaller wins. wouldn’t be positive. And he’s a total night owl. The
When we got our first 10,000 plays on Sound- The Genesis opposite of me.
Cloud, we were losing our shit. Tecca’s also very BAD BUNNY It was completely natural. We have good
engaging with his fan base. He was consistently chemistry. The Partnership
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dropping good music and also marketing it. He J BALVIN In many ways, Benito and I share an aesthetic BAD BUNNY I think I’m more aggressive. I’m the evil
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was one of the first people [to use the social video and originality. When he appeared on the scene, he side, so to speak. If you have to choose a good one
app] Triller to promote his music. brought a fresh perspective. I felt like the only crazy and a bad one, I’m the bad one. Balvin’s style is more
one there! It’s very hard for a label to bring two artists relaxed. But that mix is what makes it work.
How does Tecca compare with other artists together like this. It has to come from a place of respect. BALVIN When it comes to rapping, he’s far more stac-
you have worked with? BAD BUNNY We each came with our own ideas, but it cato, and his voice is deeper. That’s his stamp. My
ZAPPALA He’s one of the hardest-working people took us just three weeks to record together. raps have a lot of attitude, but they don’t sound like
I’ve stumbled across. He’s very articulate. What he Bad Bunny.
has that a lot of artists don’t is a personal sense of The Process BAD BUNNY We were both in the studio doing our
direction in what he wants. BAD BUNNY I liked to interrupt him and challenge him. I thing creatively. No one interfered. Doing all duets
would bug him and tell him he was too slow. (Laughs.) might sound complicated, but it depends on the
Tecca, your manager thinks you can be one Really, everything was cool. artists, on the egos. José is clear, and he takes sug-
of the greats. Are you ready for that? BALVIN It was all about teamwork. There’s trust, there’s gestions. And I do, too. José said yes to everything I
LIL TECCA I don’t put myself on that pedestal. faith in each other. If anything, the creative process was brought to the table.
Right now, I’m trying to get there — if I put myself very quick and very efficient. Each of us brings a differ- BALVIN This album broke many paradigms. It’s a big
in that space already, that would just build ego. I ent color, and we complement each other. statement. It’s Medellín, Colombia, next to Santurce,
have to keep going and grinding like I’m still get- BAD BUNNY Nothing was complicated. We each gave Puerto Rico. It’s an album that showcases tolerance and
ting 100 plays. — CA R L L A M A R R E our opinion, and that was it. unity and a vision for the culture. —L E I L A C O B O
THE No
1s
The Radio Slow-Burner: “Dancing With A Stranger”
In an era of out-of-nowhere really sexy music because it made mon to take 18, 20 weeks to SMITH The song launched me
hits and splashy No. 1 debuts, me feel better, so I wanted the get to the top, especially with into a really beautiful space of
Sam Smith and Normani’s song to capture what I was doing: midtempo songs. writing and freedom. There’s a
Smith “Dancing With a Stranger” was going to clubs and kissing people. femininity within that song that has
(left) and
Normani. an old-fashioned radio success IVEY It appeals to young and old: ignited a flame within me; it trig-
story, topping Billboard’s Radio NORMANI I happened to be [at It’s easy to sing, it’s not offensive, gered the transition I’ve made into
Songs and Adult Top 40 charts the same studio as Smith] and it’s not a novelty record — it’s just a nonbinary person.

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in May after 15 and 17 weeks, heard Sam had a record to play a well-written, well-sung song. It

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respectively. The artists, along me. Sam was like, “Do you want to was big at both [adult top 40] and NORMANI Sam has a unique way
with Capitol Records executive jump on it?” And I was like, “Right adult contemporary [in addition to of captivating the audience with
vp promotion Greg Marella now?” I wasn’t prepared! But Sam pop]. It’s a three-format record. vulnerability. That was different for
and iHeartMedia president was my hypeman. You could just me — my fans hadn’t been able
of CHR programming feel the energy. MARELLA While we’re work- to see me in that light. I’m happy
strategy John Ivey, look ing the single, we could see all the song will always be part of my
back on its rise. MARELLA When we were out the consumption data, all the story as a solo artist.
playing this record [for DJs] and international data — it indicated
SMITH I had just gone getting ready to launch, most that it was going to be really big. [It IVEY I think we’ve played it 3,000
through a breakup and people thought it was going to became] a weekly conversation of times [at KIIS-FM Los Angeles]
the last thing I wanted to be an absolutely monster song. reassuring everyone that the data and it’s still [in rotation] for us. It’s
do was write a sad song. But they knew how long it takes is there. It’s a process of spreading a song that people will be singing
I was listening to a lot of to cut through. It’s not uncom- positive information. for years. —TAYLOR WEATHERBY

THE GLOBAL NO. 1s YOU (PROBABLY) NEVER HEARD


BY JOSH GLICKSMAN

NORWAY DIGITAL
SONGS SALES
Keiino,
“Spirit in the Sky”
FRANCE DIGITAL The country’s 2019
THE OFFICIAL U.K. SONG SALES Eurovision entry
SINGLES CHART PNL, “Au Dd” is like if Chvrches
Stormzy, The powerhouse met the Frozen 2 Xue
“Vossi Bop” rap duo of brothers soundtrack — icy
The British rapper is Ademo and N.O.S. synth-pop outfitted
Stormzy has collected four with traditional BILLBOARD CHINA
hip-hop royalty overseas SOCIAL CHART
but a burgeoning name No. 1s on the France Scandinavian chanting.
stateside; his Atlantic Digital Song Sales Joker Xue,
Records deal and chart since last July. “Puppet”
The video for Xue’s
upcoming tour should
GERMANY SONGS soaring ballad
change that.
Capital Bra, “Prinzessa” about a failing
Germany’s most-streamed artist relationship came
in 2018, the rapper recently with a surprise
PORTUGAL DIGITAL SONG SALES signed to Urban Records, a bloody plot twist. BILLBOARD KOREA
division of Universal Music K-POP 100
Julinho KSD,
“Hoji N’Ka Ta Rola” Group Germany. AKMU, “How
The song’s stretchy hook Can I Love the
helped the MC — already ITALY DIGITAL Heartbreak, You’re
a YouTube success with the SONG SALES GREECE DIGITAL the One I Love”
group Instinto 26 — land a deal Mahmood, SONG SALES
AUSTRALIA DIGITAL
The sibling duo returned
with Sony Music Entertainment “Soldi” Nikos SONG SALES in 2019 following a
Portugal this fall. Italy’s 2019 Oikonomopoulos, two-year hiatus during
MEXICO POP ESPAÑOL AIRPLAY Tones and I,
Eurovision entry “Valto Terma” which Lee Chan-hyuk
Camilo + Pedro Capó, “Tutu” “Dance Monkey” fulfilled South Korea’s
A co-writer on Becky G and Natti was a triumphant, After winning a Greek OK, you’ve probably
hip-hop-inflected reality TV show in mandatory draft service.
Natasha’s 2018 hit “Sin Pijama,” heard this one. The
Camilo launched his solo career this track that 2006, he dominated Aussie native has made
year and later worked with Shakira ultimately placed the 2010s, topping his it in the United States
on a remix of this song. second in the country’s albums chart — the song peaked at
competition. with his last seven LPs. No. 9 on the Billboard
Hot 100 and earned her
a performance on The
Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon.

BILLBOARD ARGENTINA HOT 100


Sech, Ozuna and Anuel
AA feat. Darell and
Nicky Jam, “Otro Trago”
The star-studded club track
Sech made history with a record 13
nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1
on this chart.
Tones and I

SOURCES Billboard Argentina, Billboard China, Billboard Korea, GfK Entertainment, Nielsen Music, Official Charts Company

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1s

THE BILLBOARD 200 LEADER: ATLANTIC


T’S A DECEMBER MORNING , Billboard 200 (and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Al- a different route to the top with Dying approach. “Ed did videos for seven of

I
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and Craig Kallman is caught between bums) in January, remaining on the chart to Live. “When that little clip of him in the songs,” says Greenwald. “And he’s
cities, and perhaps years, too. for six weeks; her Cuz I Love You peaked the studio with Travis Scott recording so good on social media, doing acoustic

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The co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic at No. 4 and hasn’t left the top 30 since ‘Zeze’ was released, it skyrocketed,” says versions, lyric videos — a lot of great
Records has been busy cultivating 2020 its May release. “We haven’t changed Michael Kyser, Atlantic’s president of digital assets to make sure we have all
projects, shuttling among Los Angeles our opinion about the importance of the black music. “It went triple-platinum off the tools we need to keep marketing and
(where Portugal. The Man has been album, even in a digital, singles-driven of Instagram.” promoting the album.”
recording with Jeff Bhasker), Miami (where era,” says Kallman. “It’s all about connec- After Meek Mill, A Boogie and Kodak But the secret weapon in Atlantic’s 2019
Cardi B has been working on the follow-up tion and fulfilling the voracious desires of Black all hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, success story may well be an album that
to Invasion of Privacy) and Atlanta (where fans who are used to direct engagement all three pursued what Kyser calls “old arrived two years ago. The soundtrack
a scripted TV series about Aretha Franklin with the artist through social media. But grass-roots promotion”: touring. “All to The Greatest Showman has amassed
that he’s producing is shooting). “It has fundamentally, when it comes to artist these artists put out great music, then hit 3.2 million album-equivalent units since
been a crazy month,” he says. But right development and building culturally sig- the road to talk to the fans and touch the its late-2017 arrival, and it remained in
now he’s pushing pause to reflect on the nificant artists, the album is still a body of consumers,” says Greenwald. “So we can the top 40 of the Billboard 200 through
A&R approach that made Atlantic both the work that signifies what they represent.” do a lot of tour marketing, get radio sta- most of the 2019 chart year. “It has just
industry market-share leader (with 12.57%, Certainly that was the case with Meek tions involved, local fanzines and blogs been a nonstop juggernaut over 2018
according to Nielsen Music) and the No. 1 Mill’s Championships, which addressed — just light up the marketplaces as we’re and 2019,” says Kallman, who hopes
label on the Billboard 200 in 2019 — not the rapper’s well-documented struggles moving around the country.” the original Broadway cast recording of
that it’s really over. “We’re doing some with the Pennsylvania court system. He Established Atlantic superstar Ed Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill will
touch-up single mixes and edits for Lizzo teased the album during a conversation Sheeran also delivered a new album continue the trend. “We’re big believ-
[and] trying to find one more single for at Georgetown University about criminal in 2019 — No.6 Collaborations Project ers in the soundtrack and theatrical cast
A Boogie [Wit Da Hoodie] and looking at justice reform. “He was using his platform debuted at No. 1 and has racked up 1 mil- album world, from Hamilton to Dear Evan
producers for his new album,” he explains. not only to talk about the music, but also lion album-equivalent units as of Nov. 28. Hansen to Greatest Showman.” Speaking
Lizzo and A Boogie both contributed to talk about his experience and what he Busy touring the world, Sheeran couldn’t of secret weapons: The cast recording of
to Atlantic’s chart dominance this year: was battling,” says Atlantic co-chairman/ come to the United States to support the Hamilton has spent over four years on the
His Hoodie SZN rose to No. 1 on the COO Julie Greenwald. Kodak Black took project, so he and Atlantic took a digital Billboard 200. —J O E L E V Y

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THE No
1s
WHAT HITS ARE MADE OF
Breaking down the 14 songs that topped the Billboard
The Sleeper Single: “Calma”
Hot 100 in 2019 (as of the Dec. 14 chart), using data from the
T 39 YEARS OLD, PUERTO RICAN
Billboard charts and analytics firm Hit Songs Deconstructed

The Artists
A singer-songwriter Pedro Capó got his
first-ever Billboard No. 1 when “Calma”
— a laid-back reggae-infused track celebrating
his home country’s beaches and Medalla beer
41.2% 58.8% — topped the Latin Airplay chart in April, nine
FEMALE MALE
months after its release. Capó never intended it
37.5% 62.5% to be a single, but a series of fortunate events —
Capó (left) and Farruko in one of the “Calma” music
RETURNING CHART-TOPPERS FIRST-TIME CHART-TOPPERS from a fortuitous product placement to star-
videos, which has racked up over 1.7 billion YouTube views.
studded remixes — turned it into Latin music’s
33.3% 66.7% sleeper hit of the year.
GROUP/DUET SOLO ARTISTS Farruko I was under house arrest [for not declar-
Pedro Capó It was so innocent. We were just ing transportation of over $10,000 into the United
jamming with all things tropical and that mental States], so I’d listen to music and write every
Most Weeks At The Top picture of Puerto Rican beer on the beach. I
thought it was a very special song, but I didn’t
afternoon. I was listening to a Puerto Rican playlist
and the song came up. It brought up all these
think it was a hit. We took it to Sony, but no one feelings. So I wrote Pedro on Instagram: “Brother,
2 Weeks 8 Weeks
POST felt it, and that was that. I love that song. It would be an honor for me to
ARIANA
MALONE GRANDE Isabel De Jesús, director of A&R and premium collaborate on a remix.”
“Circles” “7 Rings”
3 Weeks content, Sony Music U.S. Latin I’ve worked Alex Gallardo, president, Sony Music U.S. Latin
LEWIS
19 Weeks
with Pedro 10 years, and when I heard the song, In the urban world, Farruko has one of the best
CAPALDI
“Someone LIL NAS X I thought it was the best thing he’d given me. noses for hits. The song was this cool reggae
You Loved” “Old Town Road” But when we presented it, everyone thought it [track], and Farruko saw the potential to make it
(18 with Billy Ray
Cyrus) was cool but not a huge song. Things changed more street and brought all his fans. Suddenly you
7 Weeks when [Capó’s friend, musician] Joy [Santiago] got had an island song, but with bite.
LIZZO 2 Weeks Medalla involved. Then I got the green light. De Jesús The U.S. Latin team felt it immediately.
“Truth Hurts” HALSEY
“Without Me” Capó Joy played the song for Medalla’s head of When Farruko got on the song, it became a
marketing in Puerto Rico. She said: “If you get me priority. Then, Rafa [Arcaute, vp A&R for Sony
a meeting with Sony, I’ll stop my summer cam- Music U.S. Latin] had dinner with Swizz Beatz
paign and go with this instead.” They put up the and he showed the track to Alicia [Keys, who
WAS money for the video and the song came out. hopped on another remix].

93.2
The Average No. 1
De Jesús We began to see the metrics from Gallardo This is a great example of how no one
the onset. The numbers were growing unusually has the absolute truth when it comes to spotting
HAD fast for Pedro. Within a few weeks we started to hits. We liked the song, but didn’t think it could
BPM rhapsodize about who would be a great artist to be big. Then Farruko came along, and we were

LASTED
remix it. Literally the next day, Pedro sent me a wowed. And then Alicia came along. It’s the beauty

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screenshot of his conversation with Farruko. of the business; we’re always surprised. —L .C.

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5.4 SONGWRITERS MINUTES SECONDS

THE TOURING TITAN: ED SHEERAN


MONTHS AFTER ED SHEERAN WRAPPED meeting The Rolling Stones in the history books
The Biggest Moods his record-setting ÷ (Divide) tour, he adds another once again: The band previously held the title
Billboard Boxscore win to his already impressive for biggest year-end gross, with $425.1 million in
Lil Nas X SELF-EM
“Old Town PO list. As the 2019 year-end charts close, Sheeran 2006 for the Bigger Bang tour.
W
Road” is the second act in Boxscore history to have the Sheeran joins a diverse group of six acts that
ER

NG top-grossing tour for two consecutive have won the year-end top honor two
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EN

years. According to figures reported to or more times. The Grateful Dead


A

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BO

Boxscore during the tracking period, (1991, 1993) and Madonna (2004,
he grossed $223.7 million and sold 2012) have each scored twice; Bon
2,587,445 tickets this year. Jovi three times (2008, 2010, 2013),
The Rolling Stones are the only other the Stones five (1995, 1998, 1999,
Selena Gomez Sheeran
“Lose You to
act to achieve this two-timer feat, in 2003, 2006), and U2 holds the record
Love Me” 1998 and 1999. But in 1999, they were beat in with seven year-end wins (1992, 1997, 2001,
total attendance by Dave Matthews Band and 2005, 2009, 2011, 2017).
Travis Scott *NSYNC. Sheeran is the first to both outgross Sheeran scored another Boxscore No. 1 earlier
“Highest in
the Room”
Halsey and outsell the competition two years in a row. in 2019 when he crowned the Top Tours list in
“Without Me”
The 2019 leg of the ÷ (Divide) tour ended in April with the month’s highest-grossing trek
Ariana
Grande
August. Sheeran’s full 2018 run was the year’s ($31.8 million from his tour’s Asia leg). But the
Lizzo Shawn Mendes
“7 Rings” and Camila Cabello biggest tour and had the biggest year-end sweetest win for him came at the tour’s end,
S

“Truth
Hurts” LO H IP “Señorita” gross of any tour in Boxscore history. The trek when it became the highest-grossing and best-
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R E L AT I O NS
earned $429.5 million during the 2018 chart year, selling tour of all time. —E R I C F RA N K E N B E R G

116 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


EVE NTS & HAPPENINGS

NOVEMBER 5 - 6, 2019 | LOS ANGELES

Billboard ’s annual Live Music Summit and Awards featured


over 100 speakers, panelists and artists who came together to
discuss the future of music and the live experience. P!nk was the
first female solo artist to receive the Legend of Live honor, while
Hootie & The Blowfish received the tour of the summer award
for their top-grossing reunion tour.
Billboard would like to thank our official sponsors of the Live
Music Summit, including AEG Presents, ASM Global, Easterseals,
STAPLES Center, Nielsen, Flash Entertainment, Oakland Arena,
Banc of California Stadium, Entertainment Benefits Group,
Prism.fm, SAG-AFTRA, Scotiabank Arena, Spokane Arena,
Simmons Bank Arena, Golden1 Center, TaxSlayer Center, 2
BOK Center and Tacoma Dome.

3 4

1 Dave Brooks, Billboard’s senior director of touring and


live entertainment, welcomed attendees to the Live
Music Summit. 2 Nielsen head of analytics and insights
David Bakula moderated the panel “Live Music Fan
Deep Dive: An In-Depth Look at Music’s Most Passionate
Fans” that focused on consumer trends and insights.
3 P!nk accepted the coveted Legend of Live honor and
also won the award for tour of the year. 4 SAG-AFTRA
hosted a delicious dessert array at the awards
presentation. 5 Easterseals presented the panel
“Limitless Possibilities in Live: Improving the Concert
Experience for Individuals With Disabilities.” From left:
The Hollywood Reporter ˦˘ˡ˜ˢ˥ Ё˟ˠ ˘˗˜˧ˢ˥ ˃˜ˬ˔
Sinha-Roy, WITH Foundation executive director Ryan
Easterly, Microsoft Theater vp events Russell Gordon,
Carbonhouse principal Brandon Lucas, Accessible
Festivals executive director Oren Shani and Jason
5
Johnson of American Language Services.
6 Live Nation Urban vp talent and touring Heather
Lowery led a thought-provoking panel with leading
female music executives during “Femme It Forward:
Surviving, Thriving and Flipping the Script in a Male-
Dominated Industry.” From left: EMAGEN Entertainment
Group partner Ebonie Ward; Alex DePersia of Patriot
Management and executive event producer of
Something in the Water; Epic Records vp A&R Erika
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and television development Bianca C. Quesada; and
Another Planet Entertainment vp strategic alliances
Danielle Madeira. 7 The panelists of “Must Play 2025:
Which Markets, Venues and Fans Will Shape the
International Touring Map in the New Decade,”
sponsored by Flash Entertainment. From left: Fourward
founder Will Ward, Billboard international editor Alexei
6 Barrionueva, WME partner, music Brian Cohen, Duriyah
Gate Development Authority entertainment director
Thomas Ovensen and Flash Entertainment CEO
John Lickrish. 8 Comedian Roy Wood Jr., a senior
correspondent on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,
returned as host of the awards ceremony. 9 Summit
attendees gathered for a lunch sponsored by AEG
Presents. 10 ʻˢˢ˧˜˘ ʙ ˇ˛˘ ʵ˟ˢ˪Ё˦˛ ˪˘˥˘ ˛ˢˡˢ˥˘˗ ˪˜˧˛
the tour of the summer award for their top-grossing
Group Therapy reunion tour. 11 STAPLES Center hosted
a pre-awards cocktail reception.

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Post Malone earns top artist in a year when
youthful, genre-blending acts led the way on the
charts, while women make history at the top of
the year-end Billboard 200 albums ranking

BY KEITH CAULFIELD

OST MALONE CROWNS BILLBOARD’S years: S.R.O., Whipped Cream & Other Delights and (with “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya, at
year-end Top Artists tally for the first Going Places ranked at Nos. 7-10 in 1966, while No. 8 and “Closer,” featuring Halsey, at No. 10), and
time, capping off a blockbuster year for in 1967, the act placed Whipped Cream & Other 2017 (thanks to “Something Just Like This,” with
the genre-hopping star. The 24-year-old Delights, Going Places and What Now My Love at Coldplay, at No. 5 and “Closer” at No. 7).
singer-songwriter finishes in first place Nos. 1, 3 and 5, respectively. Amazingly, Post Malone is the only act to have
in large part due to a trio of smash albums on the Beerbongs debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Bill- a pair of top 10s in both the year-end Hot 100 and
Billboard 200, along with a bevy of hits on the board 200 dated May 12, 2018, and ranked in the Billboard 200 recaps at the same time in two con-
Billboard Hot 100. top 20 in every week during the 2019 chart year secutive years. (To quote the artist: “Wow.”)
As Post Malone is the year’s top male artist, he’s (Nov. 24, 2018-Nov. 16, 2019). Hollywood’s Bleeding On the year-end 2019 Billboard 200 Albums
joined by Ariana Grande as the top female artist blasted in at No. 1 on the Sept. 21 list and racked recap, Billie Eilish (who was born Dec. 18, 2001)
(No. 2 on the overall Top Artists ranking) and the up five weeks at the top during the chart year — becomes the youngest artist to have the year-end
Jonas Brothers as the top duo/group (No. 11 on the longer than any other album in this period. No. 1 album as the 18-year-old’s When We All Fall
overall list). Post Malone’s domination continues on the 2019 Asleep, Where Do We Go? tops the tally. The set
Post Malone finishes 2019 with his two most re- year-end Hot 100 Songs chart, where he has two launched atop the Billboard 200 on April 13 and
MALONE: EMMA MCINTYRE/GETTY IMAGES. GRANDE: KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES.

cent albums ranking in the top 10 on the year-end top 10 titles: “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the spent the rest of the chart year in the top 10. Eilish
Billboard 200 Albums recap: 2018’s beerbongs & Spider-Verse),” a co-billed collaboration with Swae also leads the 2019 Top New Artists chart.
bentleys is No. 5, while this year’s Hollywood’s Lee at No. 2, and “Wow.” at No. 5. Because he also Following Eilish at Nos. 2-4 on the Billboard 200
Bleeding sits at No. 9. A year ago, he also had two had two tracks in the 2018 year-end top 10 (“rock- Albums ranking are a trio of albums by leading
titles in the top 10, as beerbongs and his first album, star,” featuring 21 Savage, at No. 5 and “Psycho,” ladies: Thank U, Next by Grande, the A Star Is
2016’s Stoney, were Nos. 3 and 9, respectively. He featuring Ty Dolla $ign, at No. 6), Post Malone is Born soundtrack by Lady Gaga and her co-star
is the first act to have two albums in the year-end just the second act, and first solo artist, to tally Bradley Cooper, and Lover by Taylor Swift. It’s
top 10 in back-to-back years since 1966 and 1967, a pair of top 10s in back-to-back years since the
Post Malone (above), who is No. 1 on 2019’s Top Artists
when Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass had three Hot 100 launched in 1958. Only duo The Chain- recap, doubles up with a pair of top 10s on both the year-end
albums in the year-end top 10 in both of those smokers had previously managed the feat: in 2016 Billboard 200 Albums and Hot 100 Songs rankings.

122 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


2019

the first time the top four are all credited to


women. The last time those ranks came close to
being as female-centric was in 1996, when Alanis
Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Mariah Carey’s
Daydream, Céline Dion’s Falling Into You and the
all-female soundtrack to Waiting to Exhale were in
the top four.
Continuing the youth trend, 20-year-old Lil
Nas X claims the No. 1 Hot 100 song of the year,
“Old Town Road.” The track, which features Billy
Ray Cyrus, ruled for a record-breaking 19 weeks on
the weekly Hot 100. Lil Nas X (who turned 20 on
April 9), is the youngest male artist with the year-
end Hot 100 No. 1, and the second-youngest act
ever to lead the year-end tally. He trails only Lulu,
who at the age of 19 claimed the most popular tune
of 1967 with “To Sir With Love.”

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart


performance from Nov. 24, 2018, to Nov. 16, 2019.
The year-end Top Artists category ranks the best-
performing acts of the year based on activity on the Bill-
board 200 albums tally and the Billboard Hot 100 songs
list, as well as streaming, social media and Billboard
Boxscore data. Data registered before or after a title’s
chart run is not considered in these standings. That
methodology detail, and the November-to-November
time period, account for some of the differences be-
tween these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are
independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

TOP ARTISTS
POS / ARTIST / LABEL

1 POST MALONE Republic

2 ARIANA GRANDE Republic

3 BILLIE EILISH Darkroom/Interscope/IGA


4 KHALID Right Hand/RCA

5 DRAKE OVO Sound/Republic

6 TRAVIS SCOTT Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic


7 ED SHEERAN Atlantic/AG
Since 2010, five women have
8 TAYLOR SWIFT Republic
reigned on the annual Top
9 LIL NAS X Columbia Artists — Female tally: Ariana
10 HALSEY Capitol Grande (pictured), this year
and in 2017; Lady Gaga (2010);
11 JONAS BROTHERS Republic
Adele (2011-12 and 2016);
12 JUICE WRLD Grade A/Interscope/IGA Taylor Swift (2013, 2015 and
2018); and Katy Perry (2014).
13 CARDI B The KSR Group/Atlantic/AG
14 DABABY SouthCoast/Interscope/IGA
15 BTS BigHit Entertainment 22 QUEEN Hollywood 34 YOUNGBOY NEVER BROKE AGAIN Never Broke Again/Atlantic/AG
16 PANIC! AT THE DISCO DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/EMG 23 DAN + SHAY Warner Music Nashville/WMN 35 GUNNA Young Stoner Life/300/AG
17 LUKE COMBS River House/Columbia Nashville/SMN 24 A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE Highbridge The Label/Atlantic/AG 36 KANE BROWN Zone 4/RCA Nashville/SMN
18 LIL BABY Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 25 P!NK RCA 37 LADY GAGA Interscope/IGA
19 SHAWN MENDES Island 26 CHRIS BROWN CBE/RCA 38 MARSHMELLO Joytime Collective
20 LIZZO Nice Life/Atlantic/AG 27 XXXTENTACION Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE 39 THOMAS RHETT Valory/BMLG
21 MEEK MILL Maybach/Atlantic/AG 28 J. COLE Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope/IGA 40 MAROON 5 222/Interscope/IGA

29 ELTON JOHN Mercury/Island 41 SWAE LEE Eardrumma/Interscope/IGA

30 IMAGINE DRAGONS KIDinaKORNER/Interscope/IGA 42 CAMILA CABELLO SYCO/Epic


NO. 1, TOP ALBUM SALES
31 BAD BUNNY Rimas 43 SAM SMITH Capitol
Lover, Taylor Swift 32 KODAK BLACK Dollaz N Dealz/Atlantic/AG 44 YNW MELLY YNW Melly/300/AG

33 21 SAVAGE Slaughter Gang/Epic 45 THE ROLLING STONES The Rolling Stones/Promotone B.V./Polydor/Interscope/IGA

D E C E M B E R 2 1 , 2 0 1 9 • W W W. B I L L B O A R D . C O M 123
NO. 1, COMEDY DIGITAL TRACK SALES

“Earth,” Lil Dicky


76 CITY GIRLS Quality Control/Motown/Capitol

77 BLUEFACE Fifth Amendment/eOne


78 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Capitol Nashville/UMGN

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79 KANYE WEST G.O.O.D./Def Jam
80 DJ KHALED We The Best/Epic

81 BILLY JOEL Columbia

82 EAGLES ERC

After notching seven 83 BACKSTREET BOYS K-BAHN/RCA


top 40-charting albums on 84 PAUL MCCARTNEY MPL/Capitol
the weekly Billboard 200
85 MEGAN THEE STALLION 1501 Certified/300/AG
in 2015-18, Young Thug
logged his first No. 1 with 86 MAREN MORRIS Columbia Nashville/SMN
So Much Fun in August.
87 BAZZI ZZZ/iamcosmic/Atlantic/AG

88 MUSTARD 10 Summers/Interscope/IGA

46 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER One Mode/Capitol 61 NORMANI Keep Cool/RCA 89 6IX9INE ScumGang/TenThousand Projects

47 LAUREN DAIGLE Centricity/12Tone 62 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE BMLG 90 KENDRICK LAMAR Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope/IGA

48 LIL TECCA Galactic/Republic 63 TWENTY ONE PILOTS Fueled By Ramen/EMG 91 POLO G Columbia

49 METALLICA Blackened 64 BILLY RAY CYRUS Wheelhouse/BMG/BBMG 92 SHECK WES Cactus Jack/G.O.O.D./Interscope/IGA

50 BRUNO MARS Atlantic/AG 65 CHRIS STAPLETON Mercury Nashville/UMGN 93 MIGOS Quality Control/Motown/Capitol

51 YOUNG THUG Young Stoner Life/300/Atlantic/AG 66 SUMMER WALKER LVRN/Interscope/IGA 94 LIL UZI VERT Generation Now/Atlantic/AG

52 ELLA MAI 10 Summers/Interscope/IGA 67 MORGAN WALLEN Big Loud 95 NIPSEY HUSSLE All Money In No Money Out/Atlantic/AG
53 BRADLEY COOPER Interscope/IGA 68 BASTILLE Virgin/Capitol 96 FLEETWOOD MAC Unsigned
54 LEWIS CAPALDI Vertigo/Capitol 69 OFFSET Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 97 THE WEEKND XO/Republic
55 EMINEM Shady/Aftermath/Interscope/IGA 70 TRIPPIE REDD TenThousand Projects 98 ERIC CHURCH EMI Nashville/UMGN
56 JASON ALDEAN Macon/Broken Bow/BMG/BBMG 71 TYLER, THE CREATOR Columbia 99 BENNY BLANCO Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope/IGA
57 NF NF Real Music/Capitol/Caroline 72 FUTURE Freebandz/Epic 100 LUKE BRYAN Capitol Nashville/UMGN

58 MICHAEL BUBLE Reprise/Warner 73 LIL WAYNE Young Money/Republic


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THE YEAR IN CHART FEATS

BILLIE, BLANCO AND MORE B Y G A RY T R U S T

36 100 4 30 ’80s, ’90s, 1 10:21


’00s & ’10s
Record number of With his latest Billie Eilish became Ozzy Osbourne Number of writers, Tool time: The
weeks Maroon 5’s single, “Weight of the first female waited an unprec- Decades in which producers and band’s “Fear Inocu-
“Girls Like You” the Badge,” George soloist to hit the edented 30 years Kenny G has earned performers of “The lum” became the
ruled Adult Strait became the Alternative top 10 (and three months) at least one top 40 Git Up,” and they’re longest Hot 100 hit
Hot 100 hit. The
Contemporary, first artist with 100 with her first four between Billboard all Blanco Brown. ever by run time,
saxophone icon
besting the 28-week career Country chart entries: “You Hot 100 top 10s: He is the only artist surpassing David
extended his run this
command of Uncle Airplay entries. Should See Me in “Close My Eyes For- to fill all three roles Bowie’s “Blackstar”
year with a featured
Kracker’s “Drift a Crown,” “Bury a ever” (with Lita Ford) turn on Kanye West’s by himself on a (9:57).
Away” (featur- Friend,” “Bad Guy” came out in 1989, “Use This Gospel.” Hot Country Songs
Strait
ing Dobie Gray) and, in Novem- and Post Malone’s He joins Michael No. 1 since the
in 2003-04. ber, “All the “Take What You Jackson, Madonna, chart adopted its
Good Girls Want” (featuring U2 and “Weird Al” streaming-, airplay-
Brown
Go to Hell.” Osbourne and Travis Yankovic in achiev- and sales-based
Maroon 5’s ing this feat of
Adam
Scott) dropped in methodology
Levine September. longevity. in 2012.
2019

8 DABABY SouthCoast/Interscope/IGA
9 LUKE COMBS River House/Columbia Nashville/SMN
10 LIL BABY Quality Control/Motown/Capitol

TOP ARTISTS — FEMALE


POS / ARTIST / LABEL
‘STAR’ POWER

SOUNDTRACKS
1 ARIANA GRANDE Republic
2 BILLIE EILISH Darkroom/Interscope/IGA
Jonas Brothers
3 TAYLOR SWIFT Republic
celebrate their

SHINE
second year-end 4 HALSEY Capitol
finish at No. 1 on the 5 CARDI B The KSR Group/Atlantic/AG
Top Artists — Duo/
Group recap, having 6 LIZZO Nice Life/Atlantic/AG
first earned the 7 P!NK RCA
distinction in 2008.
8 LADY GAGA Interscope/IGA OR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER
9 CAMILA CABELLO SYCO/Epic half a century, four soundtracks

TOP ARTISTS — DUO/GROUP 10 LAUREN DAIGLE Centricity/12Tone appear in the top 15 of the 2019
year-end Billboard 200 albums chart.

POS / ARTIST / LABEL TOP NEW ARTISTS Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star
Is Born ranks at No. 3, joined by Queen’s
1 JONAS BROTHERS Republic Bohemian Rhapsody at No. 12, The Greatest
2 BTS BigHit Entertainment POS / ARTIST / LABEL Showman at No. 14 and Spider-Man: Into
3 PANIC! AT THE DISCO DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/EMG the Spider-Verse at No. 15. (A Star Is Born is
1 BILLIE EILISH Darkroom/Interscope/IGA
4 QUEEN Hollywood the highest-placing soundtrack on a yearly
2 LIL NAS X Columbia
5 DAN + SHAY Warner Music Nashville/WMN recap since Frozen was the No. 1 overall
3 DABABY SouthCoast/Interscope/IGA
6 IMAGINE DRAGONS KIDinaKORNER/Interscope/IGA album of 2014.)
4 LIZZO Nice Life/Atlantic/AG
7 MAROON 5 222/Interscope/IGA The last year that the top 15 was so full
5 GUNNA Young Stoner Life/300/AG
8 THE ROLLING STONES The Rolling Stones/Promotone B.V./Polydor/Interscope/IGA of screen-powered tunes was 1967, when
9 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER One Mode/Capitol

10 METALLICA Blackened TOP LABELS the region was populated by three film
soundtracks — Dr. Zhivago at No. 3, The
Sound of Music at No. 4 and A Man and a

TOP ARTISTS — MALE POS / LABEL

1 REPUBLIC
Woman at No. 6 — along with a pair of al-
bums by TV stars The Monkees: More of the
2 INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M Monkees at No. 1 and their self-titled debut
POS / ARTIST / LABEL 3 ATLANTIC GROUP LP at No. 2. However, those Monkees titles,
1 POST MALONE Republic 4 CAPITOL while containing music featured on the
2 KHALID Right Hand/RCA 5 RCA quartet’s NBC series, were not categorized
3 DRAKE OVO Sound/Republic 6 COLUMBIA as soundtracks.
4 TRAVIS SCOTT Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic 7 EPIC So, if one skips past that bit of
5 ED SHEERAN Atlantic/AG 8 UNIVERSAL MUSIC ENTERPRISES Monkee business, the last year with
6 LIL NAS X Columbia 9 SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE four soundtracks in the year-end top 15
7 JUICE WRLD Grade A/Interscope/IGA 10 WARNER until 2019 was 1965, when Mary Poppins
reigned at No. 1, followed by The Sound of
Lizzo wraps 2019 at No. 4 on Music at No. 3, My Fair Lady at No. 4 and
Top New Artists and No. 6 on
Goldfinger at No. 6.
Top Artists — Female, while
also claiming the No. 13 hit on Of 2019’s four top soundtrack finishers,
Hot 100 Songs, “Truth Hurts,” two are holdovers from the 2018 roundup:
JONAS BROTHERS: KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES. LIZZO: FRANK HOENSCH/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES.

her first leader on the weekly


Hot 100 chart. The Greatest Showman wrapped at No. 4,
and A Star Is Born was No. 37.
Notably, while four soundtracks appear
in the 2019 year-end top 15 on the Bill-
board 200, the entire chart contains just
eight. That’s a slight decrease from 10 in
2018 and 11 in 2017, although still up from
just three in 2016. —K .C.

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2019

HOT 100 SONGS


POS / TITLE / ARTIST / LABEL

1 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus Columbia
2 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee Republic
3 WITHOUT ME Halsey Capitol
4 BAD GUY Billie Eilish Darkroom/Interscope
5 WOW. Post Malone Republic
6 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille Joytime Collective/Astralwerks/Capitol
7 7 RINGS Ariana Grande Republic
8 TALK Khalid Right Hand/RCA
9 SICKO MODE Travis Scott Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic
10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers Republic
11 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/EMG
12 THANK U, NEXT Ariana Grande Republic
13 TRUTH HURTS Lizzo Nice Life/Atlantic
14 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani Capitol
15 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello SYCO/Island/Epic/Republic
16 I DON'T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Atlantic/Def Jam
17 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope
18 GOING BAD Meek Mill Feat. Drake Young Money/Cash Money/Maybach/Republic/Atlantic
19 SHALLOW Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Interscope
20 BETTER Khalid Right Hand/RCA
21 NO GUIDANCE Chris Brown Featuring Drake CBE/RCA
22 GIRLS LIKE YOU Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B 222/Interscope
23 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max Atlantic
24 SUGE DaBaby SouthCoast/Interscope

HALSEY scores her highest year-end rank


on Hot 100 Songs as “WITHOUT ME” FINISHES
AT NO. 3. She placed at No. 7 in 2017 as
featured on The Chainsmokers’ “Closer.”

25 MIDDLE CHILD J. Cole Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope


26 DRIP TOO HARD Lil Baby & Gunna Young Stoner Life/Quality Control/Motown/300/Capitol
27 SOMEONE YOU LOVED Lewis Capaldi Vertigo/Capitol
28 RAN$OM Lil Tecca Galactic/Republic
29 IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes Island/Republic
30 GOODBYES Post Malone Featuring Young Thug Republic
31 ZEZE Kodak Black Feat. Travis Scott & Offset Dollaz N Dealz/Atlantic
32 BETTER NOW Post Malone Republic
33 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer One Mode/Capitol
34 MONEY IN THE GRAVE Drake Feat. Rick Ross OVO Sound/Republic
35 SPEECHLESS Dan + Shay Warner Music Nashville/WAR/Warner
36 BREAK UP WITH YOUR GIRLFRIEND, I'M BORED Ariana Grande Republic
37 PLEASE ME Cardi B & Bruno Mars Atlantic
LIL NAS X: MATT WINKELMEYER/GETTY IMAGES. SHARK: COURTESY OF PINGFONG.

38 MONEY Cardi B The KSR Group/Atlantic


39 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift Republic
40 PANINI Lil Nas X Columbia
41 LOOK BACK AT IT A Boogie Wit da Hoodie Highbridge The Label/Atlantic
42 A LOT 21 Savage Slaughter Gang/Epic
43 ME! Taylor Swift Featuring Brendon Urie Republic
44 MIA Bad Bunny Featuring Drake Rimas/OVO Sound/Warner Bros.
45 POP OUT Polo G Featuring Lil Tjay Columbia
46 BEAUTIFUL CRAZY Luke Combs River House/Columbia Nashville
47 THOTIANA Blueface Blueface/Fifth Amendment/eOne
48 LUCID DREAMS Juice WRLD Grade A/Interscope

128 BILLBOARD • DECEMBER 21, 2019


74 CLOSE FRIENDS Lil Baby Quality Control/Motown/Capitol

ARIANA GRANDE’S “7 RINGS” is, aptly, the year’s 75 BABY SHARK Pinkfong Smart Study
76 MY TYPE Saweetie ICY/Artistry Worldwide/Warner
NO. 7 HIT ON HOT 100 SONGS. She added
77 WORTH IT YK Osiris Def Jam
three top 10s on the weekly Hot 100 in
78 ONLY HUMAN Jonas Brothers Republic
2019, upping her career total to 14. 79 KNOCKIN' BOOTS Luke Bryan Capitol Nashville
80 TRIP Ella Mai 10 Summers/Interscope
81 RUMOR Lee Brice Curb
49 MO BAMBA Sheck Wes Cactus Jack/G.O.O.D./Interscope 82 SWERVIN A Boogie Wit da Hoodie Feat. 6ix9ine Highbridge The Label/Atlantic
50 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran Feat. Khalid Right Hand/Atlantic/RCA 83 HOW DO YOU SLEEP? Sam Smith Capitol
51 WAKE UP IN THE SKY Gucci Mane X Bruno Mars X Kodak Black Guwop/Atlantic 84 BABY Lil Baby & DaBaby Quality Control/Motown/Capitol
52 WHISKEY GLASSES Morgan Wallen Big Loud 85 LOOK WHAT GOD GAVE HER Thomas Rhett Valory
53 GOD'S COUNTRY Blake Shelton Warner Music Nashville/WMN 86 GOOD AS YOU Kane Brown Zone 4/RCA Nashville
54 BE ALRIGHT Dean Lewis Island/Republic 87 CLOUT Offset Featuring Cardi B Quality Control/Motown/Capitol
55 PURE WATER Mustard & Migos Quality Control/Motown/10 Summers/Capitol/Interscope 88 LOVE LIES Khalid & Normani Fox/RCA
56 THE GIT UP Blanco Brown TrailerTrapMusic/BMG/Wheelhouse/Stoney Creek/Broken Bow/Warner 89 ONE THING RIGHT Marshmello & Kane Brown Joytime Collective/RCA Nashville/RCA
57 TAKI TAKI DJ Snake Feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B DJ Snake/Geffen/Interscope
90 CASH SHIT Megan Thee Stallion Feat. DaBaby 1501 Certified/300
58 CLOSE TO ME Ellie Goulding X Diplo Feat. Swae Lee Polydor/Interscope
91 TEQUILA Dan + Shay Warner Bros. Nashville/WAR/Warner Bros.
59 ENVY ME Calboy Paper Gang/Polo Grounds/RCA
92 SHOTTA FLOW NLE Choppa No Love
60 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle Centricity/12Tone/Warner Bros.
93 HOT GIRL SUMMER Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign 1501 Certified/300
61 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/EMG
94 TALK YOU OUT OF IT Florida Georgia Line BMLG
62 CIRCLES Post Malone Republic
95 BEAUTIFUL Bazzi Featuring Camila Cabello ZZZ/iamcosmic/Atlantic
63 BEER NEVER BROKE MY HEART Luke Combs River House/Columbia Nashville
96 EYES ON YOU Chase Rice Dack Janiels/Broken Bow
64 THE LONDON Young Thug, J. Cole & Travis Scott Young Stoner Life/Atlantic/300
97 ALL TO MYSELF Dan + Shay Warner Music Nashville/WAR
65 CON CALMA Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry Feat. Snow El Cartel/UMLE/Capitol
98 BOYFRIEND Ariana Grande & Social House SRV/Silent/Republic
66 MURDER ON MY MIND YNW Melly YNW Melly/300
99 WALK ME HOME P!nk RCA
67 WHEN THE PARTY'S OVER Billie Eilish Darkroom/Interscope
100 ROBBERY Juice WRLD Grade A/Interscope
68 ACT UP City Girls Quality Control/Motown/Capitol
69 I LIKE IT Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin The KSR Group/Atlantic
70 TRAMPOLINE SHAED Photo Finish/Caroline NO. 1, RHYTHMIC
71 LEAVE ME ALONE Flipp Dinero Cinematic/We The Best/Epic
72 BREATHIN Ariana Grande Republic “Wow.,” Post Malone
73 BURY A FRIEND Billie Eilish Darkroom/Interscope

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Originally released in 2015, Pinkfong’s


“Baby Shark” went viral in 2019,
reaching No. 32 on the weekly Hot 100.
It eventually sparked merchandise
(including fishing tackle) and the
group’s more than 100-city tour.

Along with claiming the record for the


most weeks — 19 — at No. 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town
Road” (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus) also
spent the most frames of all time — 20 —
atop the Streaming Songs chart.

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2019

HOT 100 ARTISTS


POS / ARTIST / LABEL

1 POST MALONE Republic

2 ARIANA GRANDE Republic


3 KHALID Right Hand/RCA

4 BILLIE EILISH Darkroom/Interscope

5 HALSEY Capitol
Khalid earned his
6 LIL NAS X Columbia highest-charting
Hot 100 hit in a lead
7 TRAVIS SCOTT Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic
role when “Talk” rose
8 CARDI B The KSR Group/Atlantic to No. 3 in June.
9 JONAS BROTHERS Republic

HOT 100 LABELS HOT 100 SONGWRITERS


10 PANIC! AT THE DISCO DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/EMG

11 DABABY SouthCoast/Interscope
12 DRAKE OVO Sound/Republic

13 TAYLOR SWIFT Republic


POS / LABEL POS / SONGWRITER
14 LIZZO Nice Life/Atlantic
15 JUICE WRLD Grade A/Interscope 1 REPUBLIC 1 FINNEAS

16 LIL BABY Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 2 INTERSCOPE 2 LOUIS BELL

17 SHAWN MENDES Island/Republic 3 ATLANTIC 3 BILLIE EILISH

18 LUKE COMBS River House/Columbia Nashville 4 CAPITOL 4 POST MALONE

19 DAN + SHAY Warner Music Nashville/WAR/Warner 5 COLUMBIA 5 KHALID

20 SWAE LEE Republic 6 RCA 6 BILLY WALSH

21 MEEK MILL Young Money/Cash Money/Maybach/Republic/Atlantic 7 EPIC 7 J. COLE

22 ED SHEERAN SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Atlantic/Def Jam 8 300 8 TAYLOR SWIFT

23 MARSHMELLO Joytime Collective/Astralwerks/Capitol 9 WARNER 9 CARDI B

24 J. COLE Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope 10 ELEKTRA MUSIC GROUP 10 LIL BABY

25 A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE Highbridge The Label/Atlantic

26 CAMILA CABELLO SYCO/Island/Epic/Republic


27 SAM SMITH Capitol
HOT 100 PRODUCERS
28 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER One Mode/Capitol
POS / PRODUCER
29 CHRIS BROWN CBE/RCA

30 AVA MAX Atlantic 1 LOUIS BELL

31 NORMANI Capitol 2 FINNEAS

32 LIL TECCA Galactic/Republic 3 FRANK DUKES

33 KODAK BLACK Dollaz N Dealz/Atlantic 4 MARSHMELLO

34 BILLY RAY CYRUS Columbia 5 ILYA

35 MAROON 5 222/Interscope 6 ANDREW WATT

36 LEWIS CAPALDI Vertigo/Capitol 7 NICK MIRA


Billboard launched
37 BAD BUNNY Rimas/OVO Sound/Warner Bros. 8 DANN HUFF the weekly Hot 100
Producers and Hot 100
38 21 SAVAGE Slaughter Gang/Epic 9 DISCLOSURE
Songwriters charts in
39 BASTILLE Joytime Collective/Astralwerks/Capitol 10 WHEEZY 2019. Finneas led the
former list for its first
40 YOUNG THUG Young Stoner Life/Atlantic/300

HOT 100 PUBLISHING


three weeks.
41 JUSTIN BIEBER SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Atlantic/Def Jam
42 YNW MELLY YNW Melly/300
43 GUNNA Young Stoner Life/Quality Control/Motown/300/Capitol

44 ELLA MAI 10 Summers/Interscope


CORPORATIONS HOT 100 PUBLISHERS
45 KANE BROWN Zone 4/RCA Nashville
POS / PUBLISHING CORPORATION POS / PUBLISHER
46 THOMAS RHETT Valory

47 LADY GAGA Interscope 1 SONY/ATV MUSIC 1 SONGS OF UNIVERSAL, INC.,BMI


DKHALID: PAUL MORIGI/GETTY IMAGES. FINNEAS: DIEGO DONAMARIA/GETTY IMAGES.

48 BLUEFACE Blueface/Fifth Amendment/eOne 2 UNIVERSAL MUSIC 2 WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP.,BMI

49 CITY GIRLS Quality Control/Motown/Capitol 3 WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC 3 KOBALT SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC,ASCAP

50 SHECK WES Cactus Jack/G.O.O.D./Interscope 4 KOBALT MUSIC 4 UNIVERSAL MUSIC CORP.,ASCAP


5 BMG 5 SONY/ATV SONGS LLC,BMI

6 BIG MACHINE MUSIC 6 SONGS OF KOBALT MUSIC PUBLISHING AMERICA, INC.,BMI

SAM SMITH added TWO TOP 25 HITS ON THE WEEKLY 7 LAST FRONTIER 7 WC MUSIC CORP.,ASCAP

HOT 100 in 2019, the first time that the singer- 8 ARTIST PUBLISHING GROUP MUSIC 8 EMI APRIL MUSIC, INC.,ASCAP

9 BIG DEAL MUSIC GROUP 9 EMI BLACKWOOD MUSIC INC.,BMI


songwriter has doubled up in a year since
10 DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING 10 BMG PLATINUM SONGS US,BMI
arriving with four such entries in 2014.
SEE MORE YEAR-END CHARTS AT B I L L B OA R D.C O M /C H A R T S /2 0 1 9/ Y E A R - E N D .

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First a global smash,
Ava Max’s “Sweet