EMI took the lead in European albums chart share this year. According to a full-year aggregate of the European charts compiled by Billboard, the London-based major had a 25.9% share of the albums char

EMI took the lead in European albums chart share this year. According to a full-year aggregate of the European charts compiled by Billboard, the London-based major had a 25.9% share of the albums chart, up seven percentage points from 2002. EMI's success owed much to sales from Robbie Williams, Norah Jones, Coldplay, Radiohead, Blue and Atomic Kitten.

Universal fell to second place with a 23.1% album chart share, down from 25.3% last year. BMG's share grew by nearly five percentage points to 17.7%, moving it to No. 3 from No. 5. The German major finished the year on a roll, thanks to Dido's success with "Life for Rent" (see chart story, page 1).

Warner Music ranked No. 4 with a 14.5% share; top-sellers included albums by Linkin Park, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sean Paul, R.E.M. and the Darkness. Sony's ranking dropped from No. 2 to No. 5, as its share declined more than 10 points to 13.6%. Independent labels had a collective 5.2% share.

In singles, Universal, the undisputed leader for the past five years, increased its European chart share to 36.2% from 30.9%. The top three singles of the year were all from Universal: Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love?," Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and T.A.T.U.'s "All the Things She Said."

BMG had 18.3% singles chart share, followed by Sony, 17.8%; EMI, 12.1%; Warner, 9.9%; and indies, 5.7%.

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