The Grammys and the Oscars are within the rear-view mirror, and South by Southwest remains to be a month away. Which means the music business will get to take a deep breath and ponder the extra vital issues in life. Like whether or not a tune is any good.

This week in music:

BILLIE EILISH BOND SONG – The theme for the forthcoming James Bond movie, No Time To Die, has been launched by pop music’s latest celebrity and her producer brother. To this point, it’s spawned extra debate than that meme over gold gown versus blue gown. These used to the hovering anthems spawned by Shirley Bassey through Adele could not discover the whispered and moody styling right here to their style. Others really feel it’s one more triumph for the primary household of 2020 pop. Take a pay attention and make up your personal thoughts.

JUSTIN BIEBER CARPOOL: It’s wall-to-wall Justin Bieber, celebrating the discharge on Valentine’s Day of his first album in 5 years. Bieber’s Adjustments has already spawned one controversy. As a part of his three-day look on The Late Late Present with James Corden, it was revealed that (gasp) Corden doesn’t really drive the automobile as he turns his head, sings and dances within the driver’s seat. The automobile is towed, a lot to his everlasting shame.

UNIVERSAL GOES PUBLIC: Common Music, the world’s greatest file firm, is planning to supply shares on the inventory market. The information comes only one week after rival Warner Music Group introduced comparable plans. UMG is residence to Taylor Swift and the Beatles, amongst others. Vivendi, the music group’s French father or mother firm, stated it aimed to drift by “early 2023 on the newest.”

GREG KOT BUYOUT: One more rock critic is gone from the foremost newspapers, because the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot stated that he’s taking a buyout after 40 years, together with the final 30 as music critic. Kot is 62 and plans to deal with a basketball enterprise.

BEALE STREET LINEUP:  The Lumineers, Three 6 Mafia, The Avett Brothers, Lil Wayne and The Smashing Pumpkins will probably be a part of the performers scheduled to look at this yr’s Beale Road Music Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. The three-day pageant is held yearly throughout Memphis in Could. The music pageant will run Could 1 by means of 3.  Different acts scheduled to carry out embrace Nelly, Weezer, DaBaby, Lindsey Buckingham, Patty Griffin, and the Deftones.

MUSICIANS AND AB 5: The largely freelance world of music professionals took successful from California’s Meeting Invoice 5, which mandated that gig employees – together with could musicians, but additionally embracing freelance writers, ride-hailing drivers, coders and extra – needed to be listed as workers in the event that they labored a certain quantity for anybody. That led to issues, however now the invoice’s sponsor goes again to the drafting board and revising the surprising penalties to raised swimsuit the world’s employees.

LOCAL 47 BACKS BERNIE:  Los Angeles’ Native 47 of the American Federation of Musicians has endorsed Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president within the 2020 major election. “At the moment greater than ever, unions and employees are beneath assault by exploitative forces which can be eroding our center class. Speedy motion and activism is essential,” stated Native 47 president John Acosta. “Bernie Sanders is the most effective presidential candidate to defend musicians and all employees by defending jobs and employees’ rights.”

YOUTUBE HELPS MUSIC: YouTube paid out $Three billion to the music business in 2019 from advertisements and subscriptions because it companions to develop income and promote new artists, stated CEO Susan Wojcicki. In a weblog publish Friday celebrating the corporate’s 15th birthday, she laid out some achievements and aspirations. The variety of YouTube creators incomes 5 figures yearly, as an illustration, has grown by greater than 40% prior to now yr. Greater than 170,000 YouTube channels world wide have greater than 100,000 subscribers.