At the end of 2019, Kobalt Music Group’s publishing division claimed a 15.09% share of the songs on the Billboard Hot 100, a percentage only bested by giants like Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony/ ATV. That share rose even higher in Billboard’s Publishers Quarterly reports throughout 2020, with the independent company peaking at 17.94% and maintaining a top four ranking for the year so far.
Kobalt — which ASCAP named publisher of the year in June — credits its global “one team, one roster” strategy with helping it attract hit-makers like The Weeknd, Max Martin, Roddy Ricch and FINNEAS, Billie Eilish’s brother and collaborator; the lattermost brought home six of the 20 wins for Kobalt songwriters at the 62nd Grammy Awards in January. With its publishing roster scoring 12 Hot 100 No. 1s in 2020 (listed below with total year-to-date streams, with the top five earning over 500 million each), for Kobalt, the hits keep on coming.