In a rare occurrence for the Publishers Quarterly, the three major music publishing companies in the United States -- Sony/ATV, Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner/Chappell -- have a share in the same top song: "Closer," by The Chainsmokers, which has six authors and is also the top radio song for the fourth quarter of 2016.
The track helped Sony/ATV hold the No. 1 spot in market share for the 18th consecutive quarter. Although the company dropped two points to 25.86 percent from 27.87 in the third quarter, it placed 54 titles among the top 100 radio songs, five more than in the third quarter.
Warner/Chappell holds at No. 2 with 19.01 percent market share and 46 songs (up from 17.49 and 45), and the publisher’s Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots was the top songwriter for the quarter, placing three tracks in the top 100. Meanwhile, Universal climbs one spot to No. 3 with 14.13 percent and 41 songs, up from 13.31 and 38 in the third quarter. Kobalt slipped four percentage points to fourth place with a 9.6 percent share and 25 titles, down from 34 in the third quarter.