The first six months of 2017 were exceptional for one major music publisher in Germany: Warner/Chappell who, as we recently noted, is thriving amid the growing popularity of hip-hop in the territory.
According to stats compiled by Gfk Entertainment and published in local trade title MusikWoche, Chappell grew its market share in H1 2017 by 6.6% year-on-year to claim a 21.7% portion of Germany’s singles market.
That solidified the major’s position at No.2 in the territory behind Sony/ATV, whose share fell 4% year-on-year from 29.51% to 25.49% – which was still enough to take the No.1 spot.
With its gains, Warner/Chappell stretched its lead over Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) to 6.3%.
However, UMPG held on to the No.3 spot with a 15.39% share – up 1.9% on H1 2016.
Snapping at UMPG’s heels was another gainer on the chart, BMG.
It achieved a 15.08% share in the first six months of this year to take the No.4 position – up 3.8% compared to the same period of 2016.
Kobalt rounded out the H1 2017 Top 5 with a 6.59% share, down 2.6% year-on-year.
Overall, largely thanks to Warner/Chappell’s gains, the ‘big five’ publishing groups increased their combined singles market share in Germany by 5.7%.
The latest album from Warner/Chappell-signed gangsta rap band 187 Strassenbande (pictured) – Sampler 4 – went straight to No.1 in Germany last month.
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