Billboard's Top Ten Singles Last Week All Released By Universal
The world of Music Labels got dramatically smaller when Universal bought EMI and the result is here at last for all to see. Not simply that all ten songs on the singles charts belong to major labels, that goes with the territory, but that they all belong to one label is unheard of.
In the first (but not the last) of a time occurrence, Columbia and WB are nowhere to be found in Billboards charts last week. It is all Universal, some of it via EMI.
According to the New York Post: “No. 1 on the list, which measures sales, radio play and streams, is Katy Perry with Capitol Records, acquired as part of Universal’s $1.9 billion EMI acquisition, finalized a year ago this month. Perry’s catchy “Roar” last week displaced Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which occupied the top spot for 12 weeks. Thicke is signed to Universal’s Star Trak/Interscope label. Lorde, the 16-year-old newcomer from New Zealand, leaps to No. 3 on the list with her alternative-radio hit, “Royals.” She is on the Lava/Republic label. At No. 4 is Jay Z, featuring Justin Timberlake, with “Holy Grail,” on Roc Nation, while at No. 5 Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” is on PRMD/Island Records. Rounding out the top 10 are: Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais’ “Summertime Sadness,” on Polydor/Interscope; Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” on Streamline/Interscope; Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan (Cash Money/Republic); “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, another EMI acquisition on the Lazy Hooks/Capitol label; and, “Berzerk” (Aftermath/Interscope) from Eminem.“
Universal are taking bows for the “successful integration” of EMI into the UMAC family but that is nonsense of course, why would Universal take a bow for a Columbia Records hit?
This is, of course, what we all expected to be the end of the consolidation of the majors, three record companies ruling everything with ALL major indies sharing distribution with the majors and everybody else scraping out $2,000 here and there from ASCAP and streaming services.
What next for the music industry? Who knows? Read the article here.