Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rules Again But Warner/Chappell Gets a Big Boost From Lukas Graham

Lukas Graham
Danny Clinch

Lukas Graham

Though Warner/Chappell Music continues to assert itself, Sony/ATV claimed the title of top U.S. publisher for the 16th straight quarter, widening its lead as it grew its market share to 26.58 percent in 2016's second quarter, which ended June 30.

In maintaining its hold on top, Sony/ATV had a share in 49 of the top 100 radio songs, including the No. 2 title, Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza." But, like Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell also grew its market share -- to 22.97 percent from 22.62 percent -- and even scored a higher number of songs with 50, up from 47 last time. Lukas Graham's "7 Years" was the company's top track this quarter and ranked No. 1 among airplay songs.

Coming in third overall, Universal Music Publishing Group's slice dropped to 12.01 percent, down four percentage points from the first quarter. Its song count also fell, as it claimed a share in 31 of the top radio tracks, down from 35, while its top song remained the same during both quarters: Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself."

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Meanwhile, Kobalt posted the most growth from the prior quarter, surging nearly three percentage points to 11.71 percent to remain at No. 4, while BMG's share dropped to 6.7 percent from 7.62 percent, good for fifth place. But BMG claimed 23 songs in the second quarter, and its top hit was the No. 3 overall title, Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign). The track, which also was the top song for Kobalt, is split among four of the top five publishers, with Sony/ATV and Warner/Chappell also claiming a share.

This article was originally published in the Aug. 6 issue of Billboard.

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