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EMI FINDS LOVE WITH RIHANNA


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For the second year running a Rihanna song leads the way as EMI claims the singles publishing crown for the sixth time in eight years


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hit by Rihanna led the way again for EMI Music Publishing in 2011 as it finished as top annual singles publisher for the sixth


time in eight years. Twelve months earlier Only Girl (In The World),


co-penned by EMI’s Stargate writers Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen, was EMI’s biggest smash of the year to lead it to the singles publishing crown. And it was a Rihanna-fronted song that helped to deliver the goods again last year with EMI writer Calvin Harris’s We Found Love helping to give EMI an unrivalled 23.1% of the singles market. We Found Love was 2011’s fifth biggest single


and was joined among the year’s top sellers by another Rihanna hit co-authored by Stargate, 12th- placed S&M. Although not on the scale enjoyed by Universal,


EMI also reaped some of the rewards of Adelemania, achieved through its writer Paul Epworth who co-penned three of 21’s songs, including the year’s ninth biggest single Rolling In The Deep. Having in Philip Lawrence one-third of the incredibly-successful Smeeezingtons songwriting and production team on the books also helped and this provided EMI with shares in Bruno Mars’ 2011 hits, including in Grenade and The Lazy Song the seventh and 15th top sellers of the year. It also claimed a 50% share of Chris Brown


featuring Benny Benassi’s Beautiful People, 2011’s 16th top seller, plus minor shares in hits such as On The Floor by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull and One Direction’s US breakthrough What Makes You Beautiful, the latter through Savan Kotecha. The company’s market share covering the Top


100 ‘A sides’ of 2011 was only slightly down on its 2010 tally, dropping by three-fifths of a percentage point, but its lead widened from 4.0 to 6.7 points as closest rival Universal’s score went into reverse. With a 16.4% share of the chart singles market,


compared to 19.7% in 2010, Universal finished once again in runner-up position with Adele matching her album contribution by also being its main singles star. Her ballad Someone Like You, co- written with BMG Chrysalis’s Dan Wilson, gave the company a 60% stake in 2011’s biggest single,


‘We Found Love was 2011’s fifth biggest single and was joined among the year’s top sellers by another Rihanna hit co-authored by Stargate, 12th-placed S&M’


while it also controlled the other half of Rolling In The Deep. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s contribution to his band’s Moves Like Jagger provided Universal with 25% of the year’s second top single, while its writer Example had his most successful 12 months yet. Two years earlier Sony/ATV finished as top


singles publisher of the year for the first time ever, but in 2011 it had to settle for third place with its share dropping to 14.5%, back to the level it was at in 2008. This still put it some distance ahead of Warner/Chappell. Its signing Jessie J scored a series of hits across


the year, led by Price Tag, while Ed Sheeran delivered a trio of top five singles in the year, most successfully The A Team. The publisher’s most successful hit machine of recent years Lady Gaga was also back with Sony/ATV claiming an 85%


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TOP 10 SINGLES 2011 POS ARTIST / TITLE / WRITER / PUBLISHER


1 ADELE Someone Like You Adkins, Wilson Universal 60%, BMG Chrysalis 40% 2 MAROON 5 FEAT. CHRISTINA AGUILERA Moves Like Jagger Levine, Levin, Malik, Schuster Kobalt 75%, Universal 25%


3 LMFAO FEAT. LAUREN BENNETT & GOONROCK Party Rock Anthem Gordy, Gordy, Listenbee, Schroeder Global Talent 100%


4 JESSIE J FEAT.B.O.B. Price Tag Cornish, Gottwald, Kelly, Simmons, Devlin Kobalt 33.8%, Sony/ATV 26.3%, Warner/Chappell 30%, Universal 10%


5 RIHANNA FEAT. CALVIN HARRIS We Found Love Wiles EMI 100% 6 PITBULL FEAT. NAYER, AFROJACK & NE-YO Give Me Everything Perez, Van De Wall, Smith Bucks 55%, Sony/ATV 25% Universal 20%


7 BRUNO MARS Grenade Mars, Lawrence, Levin, Brown, Kelly, Wyatt BMG Chrysalis/Bug 37.5%, Warner/Chappell 32.5%, EMI 20%, Sony/ATV 10%


8 ED SHEERAN The A Team Sheeran Sony ATV 100% 9 ADELE Rolling In The Deep Adkins, Epworth Universal 50%, EMI 50% 10 JENNIFER LOPEZ FEAT. PITBULL On The Floor Khayat, Hamid, Junior, Sky, Bilal, Perez, Hermosa, Hermosa Sony/ATV 55%, EMI 20.3%, Universal 10%, others 14.7%


share of Born This Way, which ranked in 14th spot in the year-end chart, while its writer Pitbull was also busy with two chart-topping singles, Give Me Everything and On The Floor. While its 2011 albums share fell to a post-


millennium low, Warner/Chappell’s share of the singles market was not quite as bleak but it did drop the company back below 10%. Having slipped to 7.4% in 2009, its singles market share lifted back up to 11.3% in 2010 after successes including Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil’s When We Collide being selected as the X Factor winner’s single, but was back down again last year to 9.5%. This drop happened even though its deep


catalogue was plundered again by The X Factor with Damien Rice’s Cannonball covered by 2011 victors Little Mix, although their single’s sales were way below those of other recent winners. However, Warner/Chappell did register among the year’s very biggest sellers, including controlling 30% of Price Tag and one-third of Christina Perri’s Jar Of Hearts, the year’s 11th top single, while it handled a quarter of Snoop Dogg’s Sweat. While Warner/Chappell slipped further away


from the top of the leader board, for EMI the victory to become top singles publisher ended up being a fairly comfortable one. The company has looked to up its game on


albums in 2012 and has already enjoyed debut chart-toppers from its signings Lana Del Rey and Emeli Sandé. But both projects have also been accompanied by hit singles, ensuring it remains strong in this market, too.


TOP 10 PUBLISHERS 2011 SINGLES


ALBUMS 1 EMI 23.1%


2 UNIVERSAL 16.4% 3 SONY/ATV 14.5%


4 WARNER/CHAPPELL 9.5% 5 KOBALT 9.3%


6 BMG CHRYSALIS 6.6% 7 GLOBAL TALENT 3.3% 8 BUCKS 3.1% 9 BUG 2.7%


10 PEERMUSIC 2.4%


UNIVERSAL 28.8% EMI 17.5%


SONY/ATV 17.4%


WARNER/CHAPPELL 8.9% BMG CHRYSALIS 6.6% KOBALT 4.6% BUG 2.5%


PEERMUSIC 2.1% IMAGEM 1.4% BUCKS 1.2%


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