Publishers Quarterly: Sony, Silk Sonic Top Q2 2021


Sony now leads Hot 100 Songs for eight quarters of the chart’s 10 history quarters, this time ahead of No.2 Universal Music Publishing Group by more than 14 percentage points. It ranked 60 songs (up from 59 and a 23.56% market share), including “Levitating” by Dua Lipa with DaBaby (# 2). On Top Radio Airplay, it had 56 songs with a 23.48% market share (versus 55 songs and 22.59%), including Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” with Daniel Caesar and Giveon (# 2).

This is the first time that a publisher has crossed the 30% market share threshold on either ranking since 2014, when Sony / ATV did so as a minority owner and director of EMI. Music Publishing, which he now fully owns.

As UMPG went from # 1 to # 2 on Top Radio Airplay, its market share fell to 21.05% with 49 songs (from 22.59% to 55), including “Peaches”. On Hot 100 Songs, it maintained its number 2 position, picking up 47 songs for a market share of 18.02% (against 58 and 22.64%), including “Levitating”.

Warner Chappell Music took third place on both charts, after 11 quarters at No.4 in the Best Radio Publishers chart and four quarters in the Hot 100 chart, all behind Kobalt. On Top Radio Airplay, Warner Chappell captured a 17.44% market share with 48 songs (vs. 16.05% and 55 songs); on Hot 100 Songs, it captured a 16.95% market share with 47 songs (up from 16.97% and 53 songs). The publisher also led the Top 100 Country Airplay songs for an 18th consecutive quarter, with a share of 26.6%.

Falling to No. 4 in both charts, Kobalt fell to 14.71% market share on Top Radio Airplay with 34 songs (up from 18.26% and 48 songs), including “Peaches”. On Hot 100 Songs, it slipped to a 12.82% market share despite increasing its song count to 47 (up from 16.99% and 42 songs), including “Levitating”.

BMG increased its market share on Top Radio Airplay to 9.41% with 24 songs (versus 7.74% and 25 songs) and on Hot 100 Songs to 7.4% with 21 (versus 6.48% and 21 songs). ).

On Top Radio Airplay, Round Hill Music again came in sixth, with a market share of 1.85% and nine songs (up from 2.41% and eight songs), including “Gone” by Dierks Bentley (# 30) ; Big Machine Music moved up from ninth to seventh, with 1.3% market share and five songs (up from 1.11% and four songs), including “Forever After All” by Luke Combs (# 24) ; Hipgnosis Songs Group (formerly Big Deal / Words & Music) returned to the top 10 to rank eighth, with 1.25% market share and four songs, including “déjà vu” by Olivia Rodrigo (# 27) ; Reservoir fell to ninth place from seventh place last quarter, with 1.17% market share and 10 songs (up from 1.55% and nine songs), including Ariana Grande’s “Positions” (no. ° 17); and Pulse Music Group slipped to 10th from the eighth quarter last year, with 1.08% market share and four songs (up from 1.50% and seven songs), including Pop Smoke’s “What You Know Bout Love” .

On Hot 100 Songs, Jermaine “J” Cole came in sixth with a 1.89% market share and five songs, thanks to his recent album The Off-Season, including Cole’s “My Life” (# 48); Reservoir retains seventh place this quarter, decreasing market share slightly to 1.52% and dropping to 11 songs (up from 1.55% and nine songs), including BTS’s “Butter” (# 7); Hipgnosis Songs Group (formerly Big Deal / Words & Music) again ranked eight, with 1.30% market share and two songs (up from 1.05% and three songs). Including “déjà vu” (n ° 11); Concord returned to the count in ninth place, with 0.81% market share and five songs, including Giveon’s “Heartbreak Anniversary”; and Spirit took 10th position, with 0.73% market share and four songs, including “Breaking Up Was Easy In the 90’s” by Sam Hunt (# 32).

* For the Top 10 Publishers Top Radio Airplay chart, percentage calculations were based on all of the top 100 detection songs from 1,990 US radio stations electronically monitored by MRC Data, 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the period April 1 to June 30, 2021. For Top 100 Songs from Top 10 Publishers, percentage calculations were based on Top 100 Songs rated by Billboard Hot 100 points calculated from digital sales, streaming and Data-tracked MRC radio broadcast detections during the period of March 2 or April 2. to July 1, 2021, reflecting the release dates of April 17 to July 10. The information on the publishers of the musical works of the two charts has been identified by the agency Harry Fox. A “publisher” is defined as an administrator, copyright holder and / or controlling party.


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