RadioandMusic
| 17 Sep 2021
See how the major music companies will generate more than $20BN soon

MUMBAI: The record industry has had a roller coaster in the last years.

Luckily, MBW has crunched the reported calendar Q2 financials from the three major music companies; Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group, and Warner Music Group.

According to the portals calculations have revealed:

• Combined, the recorded music arms of the three major music companies generated $4.63 billion in the three months to end of June – up by a whopping 40.1% (or +$1.32 billion) on the same period of 2020;
• When you add global publishing revenues to recorded music revenues at UMG, SMG, and WMG, things get even rosier. On this basis, the three majors generated $5.60 billion in calendar Q2 2021, up by $1.53 billion (or +37.6%) on the same period of last year;
• That $5.60 billion turnover equates to the three majors cumulatively generating $61.5 million per day in the year’s second quarter – or, in turn, $2.56 million every hour;
• Universal Music Group saw its quarterly global turnover (recorded music plus publishing) grow by a massive $607 million year-on-year in Q2; Sony Music Group’s equivalent global figure (including Japan) rose by $592 million; Warner Music Group was up $331 million;
• In the first six months of 2020, the three major music companies generated $10.91 billion – putting them firmly on course for a cumulative $20 billion year.

Focusing on the half-year results for the majors this year (i.e. the six months to end of June) shows us that Universal Music Group is now firmly in contention to get near, or maybe even surpass, a $10 billion-plus turnover in 2021.

UMG’s turnover across recorded music and publishing in the first six months of 2021, according to MBW’s calculations, stood at $4.65 billion.

That was up by $864 million year-on-year.

Universal was also comfortably the biggest recorded music company in the world at the midyear point of 2021, generating $3.97 billion from its labels and artists.

That UMG recorded music half-year number was up $807 million year-on-year versus the first six months of 2020.

Sony, however, ran the world’s biggest music publishing company in H1 2021, by a comfortable distance.

Sony’s global music publishing operation – led by Sony Music Publishing, but also including the firm’s pubco in Japan – generated $838 million in the six months to end of June 2021.

That was up by $181 million on the equivalent revenue from the midyear point in 2020.

Combined, across recorded music and publishing, the three majors generated $10.91 billion in the first six months of 2021.

That was up by over $2.3 billion on what Universal, Sony, and Warner jointly reported in revenues for the equivalent period of 2020.