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Every superstar artist wants a #1 album – it’s position of power. At times they will fight for a #1 album. In this case, Khaled is suing Billboard when it failed to give him a #1 album. To boost sales, superstar artists will sell merchandise that also includes downloads which are called bundle deals. Billboard would not count Khaled’s downloads that were part of a “bundle deal” with an energy drink costing him a #1 album. Khaled sold more than 100k units that were attached to the energy drink. The Jonas Brothers are on track for a #1 album and their latest album is bundled with tickets. Hillsong scored their first #1 album edging out P!nk. It’s been said that Billboard disqualified roughly 20k in ticket-bundle redemptions from Hillsong United.

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Elton John’s biopic Rocketman was supposed to be the next Bohemian Rhapsody, but it took a dive at the box office falling below expectations. In a ten day period – Rocketman only brought it $47.5 million whereas Bohemian Rhapsody clocked over $100 million with half the promotion. Rocketman received better reviews and Elton John was even bigger than Freddie Mercury. So what happened with Rocketman?

Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody are vastly different in how they portray the iconic frontman. Bohemian Rhapsody focused on Freddie Mercurys life as an artist and his talent. Rocketman explores Elton John’s sexuality and his drug issues painting him as a sex-crazed junkie. The members of Queen were deeply involved in the making of Bohemian Rhapsody and made sure that Freddie Mercury was defined by his talent and showmanship and nothing else.

As of now Rocketman has generated $72 million while Bohemian Rhapsody has pulled in $900+ million worldwide

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You’re a songwriter in the music business and may have number one hits, but outside of a small inner circle, nobody knows who you are. Music producers are even more anonymous. The good news is that Billboard will launch a weekly top songwriters and producers chart onJune 15th. Billboard will rollout the top 10 charts for Hot 100 songwriters and producers that will coincide with charts from genres including R&B/hip-hop, rap, R&B, country, rock, dance/electronic, Latin, Christian and gospel. The songwriters and producers will finally have a ‘look at me’ moment outside a yearly award ceremony

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Apple will finally shut down iTunes.  Apple will rollout new software for Mac this fall and iTunes will cease to exist. Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV will replace iTunes.  For those who have an iTunes library full of songs – no need to worry. Your iTunes library will exported into a new app, which includes your downloaded songs, purchased songs, or songs ripped from a CD.

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Both Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are back with new music. Miley dropped the first of three six-song EPs while Katy Perry released a Ariana-Grande style single “Never Really Over.” Perry is aiming for the radio charts and Miley is taking chances again. In fact, Miley hasn’t made a radio album since Bangerz which was released 2013. There has been a lot of talk if Miley and Katy can still move tracks and and sell tickets. While Miley and Katy focused on outside endeavors new pop stars dominated like Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Cardi B, and Billie Eilish.

Most pop stars rarely last more than 5 years, nobody survives the changing trends. That still doesn’t mean business is over.  They can still generate lots of money, even though they can’t pack the same size venues. When the pop stars of yore like Katy and Miley discover the fact they will no longer be trending topics, they will actually start writing great music again – the type of songs that broke them in the first place. Creativity is the highest when their are no strings attached.

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