For the second quarter in a row, Sony Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group split top honors in the publishers’ rankings. Sony topped the Top Radio Airplay category with a more than seven percentage point lead over No. 2 UMPG, while the Hot 100 ranking did the opposite: UMPG overtook Sony by about one percentage point to reach No. 1.
This is every publisher’s second quarter above those categories.
Harry Styles’ “As It Was” was the No. 1 song on the Hot 100 for the second quarter in a row and held steady as the No. 2 song on Top Radio Airplay for the same period. Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” finished first on Top Radio Airplay and number 2 on the Hot 100 Songs, and was the top song for each of the Big Three publishers except for one category. The third quarter’s top 10 publishers with a share of “As It Was” are UMPG and Pulse, while UMPG, Sony and Warner Chappell Music each have a share of “About Damn Time”.
Kate Bush’s stranger thingsThe fueled resurgence continued as her Sony-released “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” debuted at No. 3 on the Hot 100 Songs, No. 7 on Top Radio Airplay, and because she is the track’s sole songwriter. They established him as one of the top Hot 100 songwriters of the quarter.
Styles and his main co-writer Kid Harpoon (born Thomas Edward Percy Hull) received top songwriter honors in the radio airplay category for the writing of “As It Was” and his credit as two of the three songwriters on another top 10 radio airplay hit, “Late Night Talking”.
In Top Radio Airplay, Sony improved its industry-leading market share by more than five percentage points compared to its 25.62% performance in the second quarter, even though its song count fell from 64 to 63 tracks. Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” was Sony’s top song on both the Hot 100 and Radio Airplay charts.
No. 2 UMPG’s radio airplay market share also grew more than 1.5 percentage points quarter-over-quarter, and its song placements rose from 54 to 56. While “About Damn Time” was also UMPG’s top track on the Top Radio Airplay chart, Styles. “As It Was” was its No. 1 track on the Hot 100.
UMPG maintained its No. 1 Hot 100 Songs ranking for the second quarter, even though its market share was down half a percentage point from Q2’s 31.25% market share, and its number of songs dropped from 67 to 60.
As it did with its radio airplay performance, Sony increased its market share by a little over five percentage points compared to its 24.69% second-quarter market share. The number of its songs also increased from 62 to 64.
Warner Chappell, Cobalt, and BMG ranked No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 on both the Top Radio Airplay and Hot 100 publisher rankings, respectively—a sequence that has remained in place for seven consecutive quarters in the Hot 100 rankings and two top radio airplay singles. in a row for
In radio airplay, Warner Chappell’s market share fell slightly more than two percentage points from the previous quarter, and its song number dropped from 54 to 48. Its song count has dropped from 53 to 49. The top song on both charts was “About Damn Time” by Warner Chappell. Warner Chappell Nashville also relinquished its status as the No. 1 country music publisher for 22 consecutive quarters. It slipped to No. 2 behind Sony.
Cobalt remains at No. 4 in both rankings, despite losing market share. For Top Radio Airplay it fell to 13.21% from 14.945% QoQ. For the Hot 100, it fell more than three percentage points, from 11.97% to 8.60%. Similarly, its song number is down from 53 to 49 for the Hot 100 chart while remaining stable at 43 for the Top Radio Airplay chart. Jack Harlow’s “First Class”, which peaked at No. 4, was its top airplay song, while Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” was its top Hot 100 song, which peaked at No. 5.
BMG also saw market share declines in both rankings, falling from 4.48% in the second quarter to 3.12% for the Top Radio Airplay chart; and 3.58% to 2.17% for the Hot 100 chart. Its top song on both charts was Harlow’s “First Class”, which peaked at number 7 on the Hot 100.
In the second half of the rankings, Hipgnosis and Pulse Music Group maintained their fourth straight quarter on the Top Radio Airplay rankings at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, and traded second places on the Hot 100. quarter.
While Hipgnosis managed to hold onto its sixth place ranking on the Top Radio Airplay chart, its market share dropped from 2.65% to 1.77% in the second quarter. In the Hot 100, it fell from 2.76% to 2.01% in the second quarter, causing the publisher to drop from No. 6 to No. 7. Glass Animals’ “Heatwave” was its top song on both charts, peaking at No. 12. at both.
Pulse Music also saw market share drop, falling from 2.76% to 2.07% of the Hot 100 in the second quarter, but still moved up one spot in the rankings to No. 6; while its tally fell from 2% to 1.6% in the second quarter in the Top Radio Airplay ranking. Its lead single was “As It Was” by Styles.
On the radio airplay chart, three publishers came close to tying: Pulse at 1.607% with No. 8 Concord at 1.597% and No. 9 Downtown at 1.593%. Round Hill Music rounded out the rankings with 1.05%. For the Hot 100, the same three publishers remained in the last three spots at different positions, with Round Hill at No. 8, Concord at No. 9, and Downtown at No. 10.