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


  • Recorded music leader UMG lost market share in 2015, but WMG, the smallest of the three majors, made the biggest gains. SME experienced a slight increase in its share.
  • Sony/ATV remained the leader in terms of corporate publishing control, despite its share edging down. UMPG was the only major publisher to increase its market share.

Features and Benefits

  • Details 2015 market-share figures for the major record companies and publishers as well as the leading independent music publishers.
  • Includes recorded music market-share figures for some of the world's biggest music markets.

Key questions answered

  • Did SME close the gap with recorded music leader UMG last year?
  • By how much did independent music publishers collectively increase their market share in 2015?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Modest movement in record company market shares
  • National recorded music market shares
  • 2015 a healthy year for music publishing


  • Author

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