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UMG'S $4.5 BILLION
FIRST-HALF HAUL
The rich get richer. (7/30a)
SPOTIFY TOPS 165M
PREMIUM SUBS (UPDATE)
The dominant platform keeps growing. (7/29a)
A KID-FRIENDLY TOP 20
Thunder from Down Under (7/29a)
NYC HOMECOMING CONCERT SETS LINEUP
A day in the park (7/28a)
JAZMINE SULLIVAN ON THE POWER OF R&B
Perpetuating a grand tradition (7/28a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS
From tender shoots to mighty oaks.
MARKETSHARE MANIA
Let's do the numbers.
DELTA VARIANT
It is not the name of a Henry Miller novel.
IS IT TIME FOR ANOTHER ROCK STORY?
Could be. Dunno.
Music City
MANAGERS WEIGH IN: CLARENCE SPALDING (MAVERICK)
7/28/20

What’s the biggest challenge ahead?
The uncertainty. We as a business can adapt. Just what are we adapting to and when are huge questions. Six months, 12 months doesn’t seem like a long time when you say it real fast, but in our business, it’s a very long time.

How are you coping without live music?
Not very well. I think forget how important the entire live experience is to our being. We all tend to remember our first and last, but all the shows in the middle make us whole.

For a manager, it’s such a release. To see your act onstage. having that emotional connection with a huge crowd—and they’ve poured their heart and we soul into those 90 minutes. I’ve never watched so much YouTube as I have in the last three months, gone back and watched my favorites in concert. Tina Turner live in France—fuck me!

What’s one thing you hope for the industry?
I hope we come back stronger and smarter. Some things will never be the same; that’s okay; we will find another way. But a world without live music would be a very lonely place.