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Music & Copyright’s annual survey of the recorded-music and music-publishing sectors has revealed the changes in global market share for the three major music groups and the independent sector.


  • Recorded-music leader UMG maintained the top spot, with an increased share of digital sales fully offsetting a decline in the company's share of physical sales. UMG also increased the gap on second-placed SME, with the latter suffering a fall in both its digital and physical shares.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the annual market share results for the major music and publishing companies for 2018.
  • Explains the share results for the companies as well as including details of the performance of the global music publishing sector.

Key questions answered

  • Which of the three major record companies increased their market share in 2018?
  • Which of the major music publishers registered the biggest share increase in 2018?

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Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Share gains for UMG and WMG at SME's expense
  • Differences in digital share performances
  • Another positive year for music publishing


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