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This research note contains the first roundup of music statistics analysis for May 2019.


  • US collective management organization (CMO) SoundExchange paid $220.7m in digital performance royalties to record companies and recording artists (including spoken-word actors and comedians) in the first quarter of this year.
  • UMG was the biggest recorded-music distributor in South Africa last year, according to figures published by trade group RISA.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the latest set of music industry statistics published in the last two weeks.
  • Examines first-quarter SoundExchange exchange distributions and SiriusXM and Pandora operating figures, as well as the major music distributor market share details for South Africa and Norway.

Key questions answered

  • How much did ASCAP distribute to its members in total last year?
  • Which was the biggest music company in South Africa and Norway?

Table of contents

SoundExchange, SiriusXM, and Pandora; South Africa and Norway market shares; ASCAP; Live Nation; Apple

  • Strong start to the year for SoundExchange
  • SiriusXM revenue boosted by Pandora acquisition
  • UMG and SME dominate South Africa market share
  • ASCAP reports second year of $1bn+ distributions
  • Big concert gains for Live Nation
  • Services shine in Apple second-quarter results
  • UMG and SME make share gains in Norway


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