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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.


  • For the second consecutive year, recorded-music leader UMG lost market share, while smaller major WMG closed the gap on second-placed SME.
  • Sony remained the leader in terms of corporate music publishing control, though its share has fallen for two straight years.

Features and Benefits

  • The research note details the annual assessment of record company and music publisher market shares.
  • This year's assessment breaks out the overall digital market share figures to include shares for streaming and other digital.

Key questions answered

  • Which major record companies registered market share gains in 2016?
  • By how much did the independent music publishing sector increase its market share last year?

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  • Summary
  • Shifting market shares, but majors still dominate
  • Increased digital market share granularity
  • Another healthy year for music publishing


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