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Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Reclaims No. 1 Spot in Fourth Quarter of 2017

After falling out of first place for the first time in five years, Sony/ATV Music Publishing roared back to the top in the fourth quarter of 2017 with 24.1 percent of the period's top 100 radio songs.

After falling out of first place for the first time in five years, Sony/ATV Music Publishing roared back to the top in the fourth quarter of 2017 with 24.1 percent of the period’s top 100 radio songs.

The publishing giant was up almost five-and-a-half percentage points thanks to stakes in 49 songs, including the top track for the quarter, Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still.”

Sony/ATV also claimed the fourth quarter’s top songwriter, Ed Sheeran, who had a hand in four of the top 100 songs, including “Perfect” (at No. 7) and Liam Payne‘s “Strip That Down,” featuring Quavo (No. 97).

Despite falling to No. 2, Warner/Chappell Music still owned 20.5 percent with cuts of 57 songs — the most of any publisher for the quarter. It also was the No. 1 country publisher, with a 27 percent share.

At No. 3, Universal Music Publishing Group posted a strong showing for its third consecutive quarter, commanding 18.2 percent thanks to stakes in 46 songs.

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Kobalt Music turned in a 10.03 percent performance, its best since the fourth quarter of 2015, to rank No. 4. During the quarter, which saw Kobalt Capital purchase the SONGS Music Publishing catalog, Kobalt had a share in 33 of the top 100 radio songs, with its top song being the No. 3 song for the quarter, Camila Cabello‘s “Havana,” Feat. Young Thug.

BMG ranked No. 5 with 4.17 percent share, down from the 8.34 percent it had last quarter. It placed 23 songs in the top 100 radio songs, including the No. 4 song, Maroon 5‘s “What Lovers Do,” featuring SZA.

Rounding out the top 10, Words & Music/Big Deal placed No. 6 at 1.68 percent; Pulse Music Group, No. 7 at 1.64 percent; Round Hill Music/Big Loud Shirt at No. 8, with 1.55 percent; Big Machine Music, No. 9 with 1.53 percent; and Reservoir, No. 10, with 1.34 percent.

Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Reclaims No. 1
Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Reclaims No. 1

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 3 issue of Billboard.