Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

Miranda Lambert
 RCA Records Nashville

Miranda Lambert in 2014 for RCA Records Nashville.

Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum.

Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio songs. Its biggest inroads: the country rankings, where its No. 1 stronghold is fortified, thanks to a whopping eight percentage points in growth to 34.8 percent from the 26.9 percent it had in the first quarter (credit: Miranda Lambert, whose “Automatic” is the third-most-played song on country radio). That translates to a 15 percent spread in the country rankings between Sony, which runs the EMI Music Publishing catalog, and the No. 3-ranked Warner/Chappell, which had a 19.8 percent share in the second quarter. Comparably, Warner ranked second in the first quarter, tallying a 21.3 percent share of the top 100 country radio songs.

On the pop front, the seven largest publishers almost all hold steady at the same ranks from the first quarter, with the exception of SONGS Music Publishing and BMG Chrysalis, which switch places -- the latter is ranked fifth with 6.5 percent while the former drops to sixth with 3.6 percent. Entering the top 10 for the first time since 2006, when Billboard began tracking market share of the top 100, is a “very proud” Round Hill, whose eighth-place finish, says chairman/CEO Josh Gruss, primarily is due to the success of American Authors’ “Best Day of My Life,” in which his 4-year-old firm has a publishing stake. Meanwhile, King of Crunk eeked into the No. 10 spot with DJ Snake & Lil Jon’s arena anthem, “Turn Down for What.”



Pharrell Williams
leads the pack as the top songwriter in the second quarter, garnering more than twice as many points (devised by splitting equally the total plays of each song among its writers) as No.2-ranked Ryan Tedder. Williams co-wrote four of the top 100 radio songs, including his own “Happy.” But the No. 1 song? John Legend’s “All of Me.”

01.    Pharrell L. Williams / 4 / 444,372.38
02.    Ryan B. “Alias” Tedder / 5 / 196,611.00
03.    Tobias “Toby” Glad / 1 / 194,843.50
04.    John “Legend” Stephens / 1 / 194,843.50
04.    Dan Smith / 1 / 180,494.00
05.    Richard Adam “Calvin Harris” Wiles / 1 /    136,824.00
06.    Ella “Lorde” Yelich-O’connor / 2 / 125,938.00
07.    Martin Karl “Max Martin” Sandberg / 5 / 125,660.67
08.    Joel Little / 2 / 125,938.00
08.    Timothy V. “Timbaland” Mosley / 5 / 110,880.59
09.    Ashley Gorley / 3 / 106,335.67
10.    Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald / 5 / 104,949.77
11.    Jerome “Jroc” Harmon / 5 / 110,880.59
14.    Henry Walter / 5 / 104,949.77

This article first appeared in the August 16th issue of Billboard Magazine