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All of the major music companies have now published their financial details for 2014. A comparison of their respective performances reveals differing fortunes for the three in terms of earnings from recorded music and music publishing sales.


  • Factoring in exchange rate fluctuations and company consolidations suggests that, in group terms, SME and WMG made gains in 2014 while UMG suffered a decline.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the financial results for the three major music groups for the calendar year 2014
  • The research note details which company made gains in 2014 in recorded music and music publishing

Key questions answered

  • Has UMG maintained its position as the biggest record company in the world?
  • Has UMPG maintained its position as the biggest music publishing company in the world?

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  • Summary
  • Leveling the music company measurement playing field
  • Record company measures
  • Music publisher performance


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