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The Global Music Publishing Market Streaming Shifts the Conversation

Report by Zach Fuller
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The 20,000 Foot View: The effects of music streaming having supplanted both the download and the CD as the mainstream format for recorded music (accounting for        of total recorded revenue in 2018) are being keenly felt across the music publishing industry. The DNA of streaming consumption (playlists, lower mechanical royalties, less revenue on average for superstar catalogue) has firmly shifted the goal posts in market influence, meaning the position to drive the overall publishing market is increasingly up for grabs. 2018 music publisher market shares reveal where the change is most apparent across both companies and regions.

Key Findings

  • Music publishing revenue grew by        year-on-year (YoY) in 2018 to        billion in revenue
  • Sony/ATV took        market share in 2018, up from        the previous year, registering the highest major publisher revenue growth at       
  • UMPG had        market share of global music publishing revenues in 2018, identical to its share in 2017
  • Warner Chappell had a market share of       
  • Sync’s share of publishing revenue was       
  • The streaming-led upswing has haemorrhaged mechanical rights, which fell by        from 2017 to        million in 2018 publishing revenue
  • Independents took        of the        million in new music publishing revenue generated in 2018, while UMPG took        Warner Chappell        and Sony/ATV       

Companies and brands mentioned in this report: BMG, Bucks Music, Downton Music Publishing, Kobalt, Peer Music, Reservoir Media, Roundhill Sony/ATV Publishing, Spotify, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell

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