The first-quarter rankings for music-publishing royalties are in, and the most notable winners are Sony/ATV and SONGS. Although the former's No. 1 finish is hardly surprising - Sony/ATV has held the top spot for seven successive quarters since taking over administration of EMI Music Publishing in 2012 - the company's 31.9 percent market share, almost double that of No. 2-ranking Universal Music Publishing Group, should have Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier handing out primo cigars to his executives.

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