The publisher spent its eighth straight quarter at No. 1 for the top 100 radio songs, while wresting control of the top spot from UMPG among Billboard Hot 100 hits.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing was the No. 1 publisher among both the top 100 radio songs (22.96% share) and Hot 100 songs (23.96% share) for the third quarter of 2019. That marks the eighth straight quarter it topped the radio songs list, while it wrested the top spot among Hot 100 songs away from Universal Music Publishing Group (22.93%), recording the highest market share since Billboard started tracking shares of those songs at the beginning of this year.
Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" was the No. 1 Hot 100 song, while Khalid had the No. 1 airplay song with "Talk" and was also the top writer for that list in the third quarter. Khalid also shared writing credits on Ed Sheeran's "Beautiful People," featuring Khalid (No. 18 track); "Eastside" from Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid (No. 35); and his own tune, "Better" (No. 65). Louis Bell was the top writer among the Hot 100 songs, with a co-write on nine songs, including three in the top 10.
Sony/ATV had a share in 56 of the top 100 radio songs, including "Talk," in which UMPG — coming in second for the fourth straight quarter and collecting a share in 51 songs — also had a share. Kobalt, at No. 3 on the radio list, slipped slightly in market share to 16.59% from 16.9% last quarter, with its top song among the 42 it had a share in being the No. 2 track, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care." Warner Chappell Music improved slightly to 14.86%, but stayed in fourth for the sixth straight quarter; its top song was Lizzo's No. 3 track, "Truth Hurts." Meanwhile, Warner Chappell retained the No. 1 ranking for the top 100 country airplay songs for the 11th consecutive quarter, this time with a 24.7% share.