This is why the Senate is holding hearings, and why the FTC and European Commision are holding this up. Here are the latest marketshare breakdowns in the US, as counted by Soundscan for last week and shared with Digital Music News by a top label executive.
If the deal closed right now with all approvals, UMG+EMI would account for more than 40 percent of total recording sales (physical, digital, whatever). Moreover, the top two labels (the new UMG plus Sony) would command roughly 73 percent marketshare.
@future_of_music Wednesday, May 16, 2012
@shinyribs Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Yikes is right.
@madktc Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Truly a super major.
@juliomuniz Wednesday, May 16, 2012
@penas Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Breve, apenas duas grandes gravadoras donas de 73% da Música do planeta.
Visitor Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Final Countdown.
visitor Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Looks like you are assuming they won't have to downsize the company to complete the purchase
@DroMUSIC90 Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Did not realize that WMG's market share was so tiny compared to Sony and Universal.
@slowburner Thursday, May 17, 2012
If Universal & EMI merge, 73% of all US music'll come via just two companies. "Major label" seems like understatement.
@trailofdata Thursday, May 17, 2012
Yikes - if the Universal / EMI merger goes through, 7 in 10 records in the US will come via just two companies...
@PaulDaugherty1 Thursday, May 17, 2012
PartlyCloudy Thursday, May 17, 2012
I got it.
We should start an indie distribution company, to create an alternative to this.
I'll call it... The Orchid.
Anon Friday, May 18, 2012
That's all fine and good till Sony buys you and all the other indie distributors and turns them into a Major in an Indie suit (torn jeans and a t-shirt most likely). A turd by any other name still smells like shit.
Whatevs Thursday, May 17, 2012
UMG has to divest itself of around $500mm in assets in order to get this done. Considering the 1.2mm pound purchase price for EMI, I don't think the overall impact on the industry is as huge as the picture painted on the chart.
Visitor Thursday, May 17, 2012
Devil's Advocate: Does a combined Universal/EMI really have any more leverage than the two had separately, or even, than Universal had on its own? Just because the combined company has a larger (40%+) share doesn't mean that it can exert more influence than the 2 separate entities could before. Indies, after all, will still have the same share of the market regardless of whether or not these 2 combine.
me Thursday, May 17, 2012
wonder what the (apple) pie looks like for music retail these days?
@ToniMalyn Thursday, May 17, 2012
This is really scary and bad.
Lies Thursday, May 17, 2012
Don't act like you are so surprised. If you actually bothered to buy music from indie artists and not steal it, that chart would be much much different today. So, shut up and don't pretend that you care.
Hi Friday, May 18, 2012
What he said.
@ferfresneda Thursday, May 17, 2012
Hmmm! Esto no puede ser muy bueno!
@lilhenriques Friday, May 18, 2012
Monopoly? Thank goodness for the interwebs!
Brad Manly Friday, May 18, 2012
Meh. It's like the Titanic buying the iceberg.
@Section101 Tuesday, May 22, 2012
You have to be able to market yourself!!
@contrapuntist Tuesday, May 22, 2012
..and we end up with more crappy music.
Told You So Wednesday, May 23, 2012
All this worry from people who used to pay $15.99 for a cd. What did you expect? Once a human being figures out how to get something for free after they have been paying an inflated fee for the product they never have anymore concerns about how they consume it. Hide and watch. All of us will soon see the record biz just fade away and then we will be left with all the American Idol, Voice, etc...cramp that isn't really about the art of creating music. Don't you just love technology!
@jeffreybmann Wednesday, May 23, 2012