Publishers Quarterly: Big Lead for Sony/ATV at No. 1

Bruno Mars
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Bruno Mars performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on Dec. 2, 2016 in Los Angeles.  

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).

Universal Music Publishing Group pulled a 17.59 percent share -- its fourth quarter in a row above 17 percent -- with 48 top 100 songs, up from 46, despite a slight drop from its 18.21 percent share in Q4 2017. Its top song was Bruno Mars' "Finesse" with Cardi B.

Kobalt grew to 11.68 percent from 10.03 percent as it placed 37 songs (including "Havana") in the top 100, up from 33, while BMG scored a 5.93 percent share, up from 5.17 percent. This time around, BMG placed 23 titles in the Top 100 radio songs for the quarter, the same amount as the prior quarter.

As for the rest, Reservoir, Round Hill Music/Big Loud Shirt and Pulse Music Group now have back-to-back appearances in the Top 10 ranking, while Ole is making its first appearance since the fourth quarter of 2016; and Downtown Music Publishing has returned, giving it a Top 10 ranking in two of the last three quarters.