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DAVE WINS 2019 MERCURY PRIZE
The British rapper is honored. (9/20a)
REVENUE CHART: POST BREAKS THE BANK
Malone's big payday. (9/20a)
HITS LIST
TAKES A FALL
The usual suspects break out their autumn wardrobes. (9/20a)
GREEN ON RED
Billie Joe keeps rockin'. (9/20a)
GREEN ON RED
Punk-pop goes the weasel. (9/20a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Blighty Beat
U.K. MARKETSHARE FOR H1 2019
7/8/19

The U.K. major label marketshare stats for H1 2019 are in, with Universal winning the race by a rise of 2.3% year-on-year while the independent sector is up 0.4%. Sony is down 0.8% and Warner has dropped by 1.8%.

The stats for 2019 come courtesy of the Official Charts Company and were first printed in U.K. trade title Music Week. They are as of chart week 26 (ending 6/28) and, as always, we’re using the AES all albums figure.

Universal has had a particularly good run of late with a share of 37.3% across the last six months. That’s thanks to the runaway success of breakout star Lewis Capaldi (Virgin EMI) and best-selling albums from Ariana Grande (Island), Billie Eilish (Polydor) and the A Star is Born ST (Polydor), as well as top singles by Mabel (Polydor), Sam Smith & Normani (Capitol) and Post Malone (Island). It’s the best performance for the label in a while—UMG ended 2016 and 2017 at 35%, rising to 36.2% in 2018. This time last year, its share was 35%. Virgin EMI and Polydor are the top two performing imprints with 11.0% and 9.2% respectively.

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