mszendaya: Yall already know who I’m rooting for at the…


Yall already know who I’m rooting for at the Grammys. (personally I think 24k Magic did not have one bad track, it was just pure gold.)

Chart Beat Podcast: How Bruno Mars, Cardi B & Ed Sheeran Are Keeping Atlantic Records Rolling in 2018

Chart Beat Podcast: How Bruno Mars, Cardi B & Ed Sheeran Are Keeping Atlantic Records Rolling in 2018:

Atlantic senior vp pop & rhythmic promotion John McMann returns with more inside insights.

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what’s on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.

This week, Atlantic Records senior vp pop and rhythmic promotion John McMann returns to discuss the label’s fast start in 2018, picking up where it left off in 2017 when, most notably, Atlantic reigned as the No. 1 label; Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars finished as the year’s top two artists, respectively; and, Sheeran’s “Shape of You” wrapped as the top Billboard Hot 100 song.

Less than a month into the new year, Atlantic’s fortunes remain robust, as, this week, Sheeran’s “Perfect” tops the Hot 100 for a sixth week and Mars and surging labelmate Cardi B blast 35-3 with their newly-remixed “Finesse,” originally a Mars solo song on his 2016 album 24K Magic.

As for how the collaboration came about, “He had talked about ‘Finesse’ from early on, and as singles got released [from 24K Magic], he always thought, ‘Maybe I can get to ‘Finesse’ as a single,” McMann says. To kick off 2018, “We wanted another Bruno single out there, he wanted to be continuing the reign of 24K Magic and he was really starting to fall in love with this phenom, Cardi B.

“He came up with the idea of, ‘She’s on fire and she’s a great complement to who I am as an artist with this song. Let’s see if it could work.’ He went in the studio with her and they just happened to nail it.”

Enjoy the entire latest Chart Beat Podcast and check back for more upcoming episodes with artists, label executives, radio programmers and personalities, songwriters, producers and more. 

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour Hits $200 Million Earned

Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour Hits $200 Million Earned:

Bruno Mars leads the pack on the weekly recap of top-grossing Hot Tours (see list below) with sales reported from the final 2017 leg of his 24K Magic World Tour that began in the spring of last year. The singer played 10 shows in Latin American markets during November and December to close out the tour for the year, grossing $37.4 million from 408,443 tickets sold.

The ongoing trek in support of his November 2016 release 24K Magic kicked off with a European leg that ran from March 28 until mid-June. A stretch through North American cities began in July and culminated with a four-night stint in Los Angeles in November.

The Latin American run launched in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 18 and continued through Dec. 7, stopping at venues in seven countries. In two cities, Mars played for two nights – first at Rio’s Praça da Apoteose to kick off the run, and then on Nov. 22 and 23 in São Paulo at Estádio do Morumbi. Los Angeles-based band DNCE opened all the shows on the Latin jaunt.

Bruno Mars’ ‘24K Magic’ Makes ‘Finesse’-Fueled Return to Top 5 on Billboard 200 Chart
Since the 24K Magic World Tour began in Belgium on March 28, 2017, the sold-ticket count stretches just over 2 million with an overall gross reaching $200 million. Produced by Live Nation, the trek has included a total of 115 headlining performances so far.

Aside from a handful of appearances in the Americas, Mars’ 2018 itinerary will include treks to Australia and New Zealand in March followed by an Asian leg in April and May. A final run of shows is set for June and July in European markets including a host of festival appearances. The tour is set to wrap at the British Summer Time Festival at London’s Hyde Park on July 14.

HOT TOURS – Jan. 16, 2018
Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Jan. 9-15

Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)

Nov. 18-Dec. 7
Praça da Apoteose, Rio de Janeiro (2/2)
Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo (2/2)
Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires (1/1)
Estadio Nacional, Santiago (1/1)
Estadio Nacional, Lima (1/1)
Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador (1/1)
Estadio El Campín, Bogotá (1/1)
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José (1/1)
408,443 (408,443)

Nov. 7-15
Allianz Parque, São Paulo (2/2)
Arena do Gremio, Porto Alegre, Brazil (1/1)
Estadio Único Ciudad de La Plata, Buenos Aires (2/2)
244,975 (244,975)

Dec. 31
BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. (1/1)
17,927 (17,927)

Jan. 6
Place Bell, Laval, Quebec (1/1)
7,776 (7,776)

Dec. 2
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin (1/0)
6,467 (9,788)

Nov. 3
Harrah’s Cherokee (N.C.) Casino Resort (1/0)
2,648 (3,037)

Nov. 17-18
Bluesville at Horseshoe, Tunica, Miss. (1/0)
Riverdome at Horseshoe, Bossier City, La. (1/0)
2,596 (2,724)

Jan. 11-13
Carolina Theatre, Durham, N.C. (1/1)
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach (1/0)
Music Hall, Charleston, S.C. (1/0)
2,849 (3,178)

Oct. 28
Harrah’s Resort Southern California, Events Center,Valley Center, Calif.  (1/0)
2,192 (2,220)

Dec. 20
Stephens Auditorium, Ames, Iowa (1/0)
2,546 (2,676)

Bruno Mars Matches Mariah Carey & Beyonce as Only Artists With Three Top Five Hot 100 Hits From Each of Their First Three Albums

Bruno Mars Matches Mariah Carey & Beyonce as Only Artists With Three Top Five Hot 100 Hits From Each of Their First Three Albums:

Mars reaches such heights as “Finesse,” with Cardi B, flies 35-3 on the Hot 100.

As previously reported, Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” rockets from its No. 35 debut to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 20).

Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” leads the Hot 100 for a sixth week and Justin Timberlake’s “Filthy” soars in at No. 9 after its first seven days of availability.

As for “Finesse,” the song’s vault gains Mars entrance to an exclusive club: artists with at least three top five Hot 100 hits from each of their first three proper albums. He’s the first male and third act overall to boast such career-opening consistency, following only Mariah Carey and Beyoncé.

Let’s take a chronological look at the elite three superstars, now including Mars, to earn such triple-triples (or, in Carey’s case, more) over the Hot 100’s 59-year history.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
“Vision of Love,” No. 1 on the Hot 100 for four weeks, beginning Aug. 4, 1990
“Love Takes Time,” No. 1 (three weeks), Nov. 10, 1990
“Someday,” No. 1 (two weeks), March 9, 1991
“I Don’t Wanna Cry,” No. 1 (two weeks), May 25, 1991

“Emotions,” No. 1 (three weeks), Oct. 12, 1991
“Can’t Let Go,” No. 2, Jan. 25, 1992
“Make It Happen,” No. 5, April 11, 1992

Music Box
“Dreamlover,” No. 1 (eight weeks), Sept. 11, 1993
“Hero,” No. 1 (four weeks), Dec. 25, 1993
“Without You”/“Never Forget You,” No. 3, March 19, 1994

“Fantasy,” No. 1 (eight weeks), Sept. 30, 1995
“One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men, No. 1 (16 weeks), Dec. 2, 1995
“Always Be My Baby,” No. 1 (two weeks), May 4, 1996

Carey is the only artist with at least three top five Hot 100 hits from each of her first four proper albums … a feat that Mars could match with his next LP. (Among Carey’s run of her first four proper sets above were two other releases not counted for this story’s look at proper albums specifically: her 1992 MTV Unplugged EP and 1994’s holiday album Merry Christmas.)

Beyoncé (as a soloist apart from Destiny’s Child)
Dangerously in Love
“Crazy in Love,” feat. JAY-Z, No. 1 on the Hot 100 for eight weeks, beginning July 12, 2003
“Baby Boy,” feat. Sean Paul, No. 1 (nine weeks), Oct. 4, 2003
“Me, Myself and I,” No. 4, Feb. 21, 2004
“Naughty Girl,” No. 3, June 5, 2004

“Deja Vu,” feat. JAY-Z, No. 4, Aug. 12, 2006
“Irreplaceable,” No. 1 (10 weeks), Dec. 16, 2006
“Beautiful Liar,” with Shakira, No. 3, April 7, 2007 (from the set’s deluxe version)

I Am…Sasha Fierce
“If I Were a Boy,” No. 3, Nov. 8, 2008
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” No. 1 (four weeks), Dec. 13, 2008
“Halo,” No. 5, May 23, 2009

Bruno Mars
Doo-Wops & Hooligans
“Just the Way You Are,” No. 1 on the Hot 100 for four weeks, Oct. 2, 2010
“Grenade,” No. 1 (four weeks), Jan. 8, 2011
“The Lazy Song,” No. 4, June 18, 2011

Unorthodox Jukebox
“Locked Out of Heaven,” No. 1 (six weeks), Dec. 22, 2012
“When I Was Your Man,” No. 1 (one week), April 20, 2013
“Treasure,” No. 5, Aug. 3, 2013

24K Magic
“24K Magic,” No. 4, Dec, 10, 2016
“That’s What I Like,” No. 1 (one week), May 13, 2017
“Finesse,” with Cardi B, No. 3 (as of Jan. 20, 2018)

(Mars first released the EP It’s Better If You Don’t Understand in 2010, prior to Doo-Wops & Hooligans later that year.)

As previously reported, if we expand the stat to the Hot 100’s top 10, Mars is still just the sixth act with at least three Hot 100 top 10s from each of their first three proper albums. He follows Lionel Richie, the only male before Mars to earn the honor, and the first artist overall to do so, in 1982-86 (following his time as the Commodores’ frontman); Whitney Houston, who scored at least three top 10s over her first four albums, including The Bodyguard (categorized as both a soundtrack and a Houston album), in 1985-93; Carey; Beyoncé; and Lady Gaga (2009-11, including 2010’s The Fame Monster