Publisher's Quarterly: Sony/ATV Reigns Again as Concord Breaks Into Top 10

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In the first quarter of 2019, Sony/ATV widened its lead as the top publisher among the 100 most-played radio songs, growing its market share to 22.52% from 21.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018. It also posted an increase in the number of radio songs with 58, up from 56 last quarter, led by the No. 1 track for the period, Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes."   

This quarter, Billboard also looked at publisher market share for the Hot 100, which factors in streaming and sales as well as airplay; Sony/ATV was also the leader there, with a 21.35% market share. In fact, the top six publishers held the same spots on each list.   

For the second quarter in a row, Universal Music Publishing Group ranked second, with a 17.05% market share of the top radio songs (and 16.39% of Hot 100 songs), though that number is down from 18.92% in the previous quarter. UMPG placed 51 songs in the quarter's top radio songs, down one from the prior quarter; its top song was the period's overall No. 2 track, Halsey's "Without Me." Warner/Chappell Music once again retains the No.4 spot in the first quarter in radio songs, finishing with a 16.13% share (14.78% of Hot 100 songs). Like Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell had a stake in Panic!'s "High Hopes," as did Kobalt and BMG. Moreover, for the ninth consecutive quarter Warner/Chappell Nashville was the No. 1 ranked publisher in the top 100 country airplay songs.  

Kobalt retains the No. 3 ranking but its market share declines slightly to 16.46% from 17.35% in radio songs, while accounting for 13.02% of Hot 100 songs, which places it No. 4 in those rankings. A previous version of this story and the chart rankings did not give Kobalt credit for representing Anthony Jermaine White, AKA J. White and JWhiteDidIt, who was listed in the ranking on his own in the Hot 100 rankings, but now his market share is included in Kobalt’s share in both publisher rankings. BMG remained at No. 5 among radio songs, but its market share was down to 5.7% from 8.03% last quarter. 

For the first time ever, Concord Music Publishing cracked the top 10 radio songs, coming in at No. 6 with a 1.95% market share. The publisher had a share in four of the period's top hits, including Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" (No. 9). Concord held the same spot in the Hot 100 with 3.72%.     

In airplay, Round Hill Music returned to the top 10 after missing out in the prior quarter, placing five songs in the top 100 radio songs, including the No. 29 track, Luke Bryan's "What Makes You Country." Downtown Music Publishing, back for the first time in a year, placed No. 8. And for the second quarter in a row, peermusic is in the top 10; before re-entering the top 10 rankings last quarter, it had been five years -- since the fourth quarter of 2013 -- since peermusic had last made the airplay rankings. Post Malone co-writer Louis Bell was the top songwriter for the quarter.      

On the Hot 100 rankings, The Royalty Network came in at No. 7, while Reservoir Media, Streamcut Media and Downtown Music Publishing rounded out the top 10.

This article originally appeared in the May 11 issue of Billboard. In addition to this story being changed to reflect Anthony Jermaine White's shares being added to Kobalt’s market share and thus the removal of the songwriter from the rankings, this story has also been altered to reflect Reservoir Median and Streamcut Media moving up one notch in the Hot 100 rankings; and the addition of Downtown.