The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” rules both charts, and Roddy gets Riccher.

In the second quarter of 2020, Sony/ATV Music Publishing topped both the Top Radio Airplay songs and Hot 100 publisher charts with market shares of 20.11% and 20.18%, respectively. This marks the publisher’s 11th consecutive No. 1 ranking on the radio tally — which it has led for 31 of the last 32 quarters — this time with shares in 58 of the list’s 100 songs.

From April to July, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” was the No. 1 song on the two charts. Among writers, Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr., better known as Roddy Ricch, topped the Hot 100 with co-writes on five songs, including DaBaby’s “Rockstar” (No. 5) and his own “The Box” (No. 6). He’s represented by Kobalt. On the Top Radio Airplay songs chart, Billie Eilish O’Connell and her brother, Finneas Baird O’Connell, tied for first with the songs “everything i wanted” (No. 9) and “bad guy” (No. 64). Universal Music Publishing Group reps Eilish; Finneas is signed to Kobalt.

In the ongoing back-and-forth battle for Hot 100 publisher rankings, Sony/ATV edged out UMPG, last quarter’s leader, with 20.18% to 20.03% shares, respectively. This is Sony/ATV’s fourth win in the ranking since it debuted in the first quarter of 2019, this time with a stake in 54 songs, including Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” featuring Beyoncé (No. 2).

UMPG had a share of more Hot 100 songs than any other publisher, with 58, including “Blinding Lights.” (That’s up from 54 songs the prior quarter.) But the company fell from second to third place on the radio airplay rankings with a 17.85% share, down from 18.58% last quarter, even though it was up in total tracks, from 52 to 55.

On the Top Radio Airplay publishers list, Kobalt’s market share rose three percentage points from last quarter, to 19.04%, with 45 songs charting, including “Blinding Lights.” That was enough to overtake UMPG for No. 2 — its ninth time in the spot since 2012. On the Hot 100 publisher ranking, Kobalt’s market share fell to 17.09%, from 17.94% the previous quarter, for third place.

Warner Chappell Music — which also had a stake in “Blinding Lights” — ranked fourth in the Top Radio Airplay (14.70%) and Hot 100 rankings (15.09%). Once again, the company topped the Country Airplay publisher rankings with a 21.44% share, its 14th straight quarter ruling that tally.

BMG ranked fifth on both charts with an 8.38% share on Top Airplay Songs and 7.53% on Hot 100, where it has improved market share for the fourth consecutive quarter. Its top song was Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” (No. 3, Top Airplay Songs; No. 7, Hot 100).

On the rest of the airplay chart, Big Machine Music ranked sixth (with a 2.98% share), Round Hill Music seventh (2.94%), Pulse Music eighth (2.48%), peermusic ninth (1.67%) and Downtown Music 10th (1.51%).Rounding out the Hot 100 publisher rankings were Pulse (No. 6, with a 3.03% share), Round Hill (No. 7, 2.63%), Big Machine (No. 8, 2.28%) and peermusic (No. 9, 1.25%).

Deundraeus Portis — aka producer Twysted Genius — was No. 10 with a 0.72% share based on co-writes for Lil Baby’s “Emotionally Scarred” (No. 45) and “Sum 2 Prove” (No. 67).

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 15, 2020 issue of Billboard.


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