With Ed Sheeran remaining the top songwriter for the second quarter in a row, the market leader flexes its muscles again with its 22nd victory of the past 23 frames.
After reclaiming the top spot in Billboard's rankings of the top 10 publishers in the fourth quarter of 2017, Sony/ATV Music Publishing stays at No. 1 in Q1 2018 after turning in its best market share since Q3 2016, with 26.24 percent of the top 100 radio songs. Sony had a stake in 58 of the top 100 tracks, up from 49 in the prior quarter.
Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" was the top song for Sony/ATV and No. 1 overall. That is, well, perfect for the Brit, helping make him the No. 1 songwriter for the second quarter in a row with four songs in the top 100. Sheeran also co-wrote "Shape of You" (No. 31); Taylor Swift's "End Game," featuring himself and Future (No. 51); and Liam Payne's "Strip That Down" (featuring Quavo) at No. 60.
Warner/Chappell continued its third straight year of strong showings, at 19.68 percent and a share of 55 of the top 100 songs, down from 57 in Q4 2017 (20.53 percent). Warner/Chappell’s top track was Camila Cabello's "Havana" (featuring Young Thug).