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Publishers Quarterly: Sony Has Sweet Quarter With Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’

For the second straight quarter, Sony Music Publishing ruled both the Top Radio Airplay and the Hot 100 Songs charts. The period from July 1 to Sept. 30 marked the company’s eighth time topping both tallies at once since Billboard instituted the Hot 100 Songs chart in 2019.

Stakes in the No. 1 songs on both charts — Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA on Top Radio Airplay and The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” on Hot 100 Songs — helped Sony earn dominant market shares: 29.53% on Top Radio Airplay, with 59 songs; and 28.86% on Hot 100 Songs, with 63 songs. (Warner Chappell Music, Universal Music Publishing Group and Kobalt all held shares in those top tracks, too.) Sony has led Hot 100 Songs for nine of the 11 quarters the chart has existed, plus Top Radio Airplay for 15 of the past 16 quarters. Last quarter, Sony earned a 23.48% share with 56 songs on Top Radio Airplay and 32.58% with 60 songs on Hot 100 Songs.

Olivia Rodrigo and her Sour collaborator Daniel “Dan” Leonard Nigro — both of whom are represented by Sony — tied as Top Radio Airplay’s leading songwriters with four songs, including “good 4 u” (No. 2). Amala Zandile Dlamini, aka Doja Cat — represented by Kobalt — led Hot 100 Songwriters with six credits, including “Kiss Me More” at No. 5.

Warner Chappell edged out Universal to hit No. 2 on Top Radio Airplay with a 19.22% market share and 58 songs (from 17.44% and 48). On Hot 100 Songs, it ranked third for the second quarter in a row, this time with a 17.90% market share and 52 songs (from 16.95% and 47). The publisher has also ruled the top 100 Country Airplay songs for a 19th consecutive quarter, with a 29.35% share.

Universal fell to No. 3 on Top Radio Airplay with a 17.56% market share and 45 songs (from 21.05% and 49), while ranking second again on Hot 100 Songs for the sixth consecutive quarter with a 19.81% market share and 57 songs (from 18.02% and 47).

Kobalt ranked fourth on both charts with a 14.45% market share and 38 songs on Top Radio Airplay (from 14.71% and 34), and a 14.78% market share and 33 songs on Hot 100 Songs (from 12.82% and 47). In the Top Radio Airplay, Kobalt received a boost as the administrator for the Artist Partner (Publishing) Group, which according to data Kobalt provided Billboard, tallied about a tenth of Kobalt’s share, or about 1.4%.

BMG held onto the No. 5 spot on both charts, but its market share declined on both from its second quarter performance. It earned a 6.33% market share and 26 songs on Top Radio Airplay (from 9.41% and 24), including Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” featuring Daniel Ceasar and Giveon (No. 9). On Hot 100 Songs, it scored a 4.68% market share and 17 songs (from 7.40% and 21), including Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open” (No. 12).

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On Top Radio Airplay, Round Hill Music came in sixth with a 2.07% market share and eight songs, including Luke Bryan’s “Waves” (No. 18); Pulse Music seventh with a 1.50% market share and eight songs, including “Stay” (No. 7); Spirit Music eighth with a 1.21% market share and six songs, including Marshmello and Jonas Brothers’ “Love Me Before You Leave Me” (No. 12); Big Machine Music ninth, with a 1.14% market share and five songs, including Lainey Wilson’s “Things a Man Oughta Know” (No. 22); and Reservoir 10th with a 1.06% market share and 10 songs,  including  BTS’ “Butter” (No. 23).

On Hot 100 Songs, Pulse Music came in sixth with a 2.06% market share and 13 songs; Hipgnosis Songs Group seventh with a 1.39% market share and two songs, including Olivia Rodrigo’s “Deju Vu” (No. 10), in its first chart appearance under that name (formerly it operated as Big Deal, which it acquired in September 2020); Spirit Music eighth with a 1.22% market share and eight songs, including “Love Me Before You Leave Me” (No. 17); Round Hill Music ninth with a 0.88% market share and four songs, including “Waves” (No. 33); and Reservoir 10th with a 0.81% market share and eight songs, including “Butter” (No. 3).

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