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Lady Gaga. image by Tim Cashmere

Lady Gaga. image by Tim Cashmere

Universal Music Was The Biggest Music Label Of 2011

by Paul Cashmere on January 5, 2012

in News,Noise Pro

Universal Music maintained its position as the biggest music label of 2011 but it was close.

Lady Gaga. Photo by Tim Cashmere

Lady Gaga. Photo by Tim Cashmere

29.85% of all music sales during 2011 were through Universal but Sony was just a bees dick behind at 29.29%, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Universal Music lost market share in 2011, down from 30.84% and Sony made good gains, up from 27.95% the previous year.

Warner Music was fairly steady at 19.13%, down a tad from 20.01% in 2010. EMI was at 9.62%, down from 10.18% the previous year.

Other labels combined accounted for 12.11% of sales in 2011.

Universal was number one for new music selling 31.85% of new releases in 2011. Sony sold 29.56%, Warner 17.39%, EMI 9.07% and others 9.85%.

Catalogue albums were Universal 27.42%, Sony 28.97%, Warner 21.18%, EMI 10.34% and others 12.07%.

Sony was number one for physical albums with 31.08% of sales thanks to strong physical sales for Adele. (Sony had Adele for North America). Universal had 30.53% of sales, Warner 18.78%, EMI 9.44% and other 10.17%.

Digital albums went to Universal 28.35%, Sony 25.36%, Warner 19.91%, EMI 10% and others 16.37%.

Biggest albums by label for 2011 were:

Universal – Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’ (3)
Sony – Adele ‘21’ (1)
Warner – Michael Buble – ‘Christmas’ (2)
EMI – Lady Antebellum – ‘Own The Night’ (10).

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