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.