Universal Flexes Dominant Marketshare Once Again

When Doug Morris speaks, other labels listen, thanks to the massive marketshare enjoyed by Universal Music Group.

According to album-specific figures released by Nielsen Soundscan data, Universal Music grabbed a share of 31.9 percent, up from a year-ago share of 31.61 percent.  That easily outpaces second-place Sony BMG, which pulled a 24.97 percent share, a dip from year-ago totals of 27.44 percent.

Elsewhere, Warner Music gained while EMI slipped.  Specifically, Warner moved to 20.28 percent, up from 18.14 percent previously.  And EMI fell to 9.37 percent, below year-ago totals of 10.20 percent.  Meanwhile, independents showed strength at 13.48 percent, up from 12.61 percent in 2006.

Report by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.