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Recorded-music leader UMG maintained the top spot, with an increase in both its physical and digital market shares in 2017. Second-placed SME suffered a dip in its recorded-music share, while smaller major WMG continued its upward trend and registered a share increase.


  • UMG had a 29.7% share of combined physical and digital recorded-music trade revenue last year, up from 29% in 2016. For just digital revenue, UMG's share stood at 32%, while its physical share was 25.4%.

Features and Benefits

  • Details the market share figures for the three major record companies and the independent sector.
  • Assesses market shares for recorded music and music publishing.

Key questions answered

  • Which record company registered the biggest market-share gain last year?
  • What share of publishing revenue is accounted for by the independent sector?

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  • Summary
  • UMG and WMG gain share at SME's expense
  • Greater scrutiny of digital market
  • Positive year for music publishing


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