BMG scored a major milestone this week when the independent music company landed 22 No. 1s across Billboard charts.
The achievements are spread fairly evenly between BMG’s recording and publishing divisions, and span several musical genres from country to rock, Latin, R&B, dance, and pop.
Two members of BMG’s roster count for 10 of the entries alone. BMG recording act A Perfect Circle tops five charts with its new album, Eat the Elephant, which leads on Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums, Tastemakers, Independent Albums and Vinyl Albums.
Songwriting collective The Monsters & Strangerz also top five charts with their co-write, “The Middle,” recorded by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, which leads the Mainstream Top 40, Adult Top 40, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts.
BMG songwriter Bebe Rexha leads on three charts, Radio Songs, Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs, with her hit, “Meant To Be,” recorded by Rexha and Florida Georgia Line.
The chart toppers also include Top Country Album with Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town and Country Airplay No. 1 with Aldean’s “You Make It Easy.” (Last week, Rearview Town also topped the Billboard 200).
Aldean, who records for BMG’s Broken Bow Records, isn’t the only artist contributing more than two entries to the list. Recording artist Lil Dicky also lands two No.1s for “Freaky Friday,” featuring Chris Brown, which is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart and R&B Streaming Songs.
BMG songwriter Poo Bear also snags two No. 1s for his part in co-writing “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, featuring Justin Bieber, which is No. 1 on Latin Digital Song Sales and Latin Streaming Songs.
“This is first and foremost the achievement of [several] of our clients,” said BMG U.S. President of Repertoire & Marketing Zach Katz. “We congratulate all of them. But in a week in which we celebrate having two albums in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 for the first time — from A Perfect Circle and Jason Aldean — it’s an incredible demonstration of BMG’s ability to succeed in a wide range of genres and in both music publishing and recordings.”
In other BMG news, BMG placed placed fifth in the Top 10 publishers for the Top 100 radio songs for the first quarter, with a 5.93% share, making the 32nd consecutive quarter it has earned a Top 10 ranking. Beginning with the March 29 report, BMG made its debut in the Nielsen Music market share report. Since then, BMG has accumulated 0.37% share in album consumption units, already making it one of the bigger independent labels. The share doesn’t include full year-to-date data, and only accounts for 5 weeks of sales and streaming activity. Also, sources suggest that Nielsen Music is not yet tracking the full BMG catalog.