Warner/Chappell Music celebrated its highest ranking since Billboard began tracking the top publishers’ market share in 2006, but the top spot remained elusive as Sony/ATV increased its lead by nearly two percentage points in the third quarter of 2015, from 19.6 percent to 21.2 percent.*
Led by chairman/CEO Martin Bandier, Sony/ATV — which has been the No. 1 publisher since the third quarter of 2012, after it acquired a stake in and took over administration for EMI Music Publishing — saw its share increase even though its total number of titles among the top 100 radio songs slipped to 46 from the previous quarter’s 52. Its top track was the No. 3 song, Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar).
Warner/Chappell came in with a strong 19.6 percent market share, up 0.2 percent from the previous quarter. The company had a stake in 49 of the top 100 tracks including The Weeknd‘s No. 1 “Can’t Feel My Face.”
Meanwhile, Universal Music Publishing Group tumbled to 10 percent after 11 consecutive quarters of posting market share in the range of 15 percent to 18 percent. Its top song was Wiz Khalifa‘s “See You Again” (featuring Charlie Puth). SONGS Music Publishing, which also has a share in “Face,” posted 5 percent for the third quarter, its all-time peak and the eighth consecutive quarter the publisher has placed in the top 10.
Ultra International Music Publishing returned to the rankings after a five-year absence: It is the only top 10 publisher with a stake in the No. 2 song, OMI’s “Cheerleader.”
This article was originally published in the Nov. 21 issue of Billboard.