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Introduction

The Major Record Company Factsheets are a collection of financial and operating data published by the three major label groups: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.

Highlights

  • Total revenue for UMG at current exchange rates increased 6.2%, to €6,023m in 2018, from €5,673m in 2017. At both constant currency rates and constant rates/perimeter (constant rates), revenue was up 10%.
  • Sony Corp. reported that its music division SME registered a modest dip in sales in the third quarter of its 2018 financial year but a big jump in operating income.
  • Following on from a financial year boosted by almost all its main revenue streams, WMG has registered a very positive first quarter of its new financial year.

Features and Benefits

  • Details financial and operating data published by the three major label groups, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.
  • Includes financials as well as recorded-music sales by format and source.

Key questions answered

  • How did all the major record companies perform in the final three months of 2018?
  • What share of the three majors' total revenue comes from recorded music?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Major Record Company Factsheets: 4Q18