May 28, 2009 / 7:23 AM / 10 years ago

Universal retained number one music spot in 2008

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) - Universal Music Group, owned by Vivendi (VIV.PA), maintained its position as the world’s largest recorded music company and music publisher for the third consecutive year in 2008, research shows.

A report by Informa called Music & Copyright said Universal increased its share in terms of revenues generated from the sales of both physical and digital recorded music, due to hits from artists such as singer Duffy.

Universal had a market share of 28.7 percent in 2008 from 28.1 percent in 2007, ahead of Sony BMG with 21.1 percent, Warner Music Group WMG.N with 14.9 percent and EMI with 9.6 percent.

In music publishing, Universal had a market share of 23.2 percent, ahead of EMI on 18.3 percent and the other major groups.

“This marks the third straight year that the same company has been number one in both the recorded music and publishing sector,” report editor Simon Dyson said.

“Although all the majors reported reduced recorded music revenues in 2008, UMG’s decline was the lowest. This suggests that UMG is simply more successful than the others in marketing and selling music or is cashing in on the influence that being dominant brings.”

Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by David Cowell

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