Publishers Quarterly Q4: Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Is Tops, Sony/ATV Rules for the 14th Straight Quarter

Drake Hotline Bling
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Drake in the video for "Hotline Bling."

The publisher held off a Q3 threat from Warner/Chappell but increased its lead in the fourth.

It's getting more than a little predictable: For the 14th consecutive quarter, Sony/ATV was the top-ranked music publisher among the top 100 radio songs. The company widened its lead in fourth-quarter 2015 to 25.8 percent after a mild third-quarter scare that had Warner/Chappell pull within 1.5 percentage points of its lead.

Sony/ATV, which has been the market leader since becoming the administrator for EMI Music Publishing in 2012, had a stake in 54 of the top 100 songs, up from 49 (and 21.2 percent) in the third quarter. Warner/Chappell held second place, with its share slipping to 17 percent from 19.6 percent in the third quarter. Universal Music Publishing Group rose one spot to third on the strength of a nearly four-percentage-point gain (to 14.8), while Kobalt slipped to fourth (10.6).Among the top 100 country radio songs, Sony/ATV (20.5 percent) and Warner/Chappell (20.1 percent) held down the top two spots, with UMPG (10.5 percent), Round Hill/Big Loud Shirt (6.1 percent) and BMG (5.7 percent) following.

For the fifth consecutive quarter, Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg was the No. 1 songwriter with credits in nine of the top 100, including Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams," his highest-placing song, at No. 2. Drake scored the quarter's top song with "Hotline Bling."

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 13 issue of Billboard.