NY Post: Sony Battling UMG For Top Sales Spot
May 25, 2012 at 4:00 AM (PT)
SONY MUSIC is on a roll, with ADAM LAMBERT's "Trespassing" holding the top spot on the sales charts, and THE NEW YORK POST reports SONY is close to becoming the top sales label. "In 2012 through last week, VIVENDI-backed UNIVERSAL's market share lead in overall U.S. sales had narrowed to 1.2 percentage points, at 30.4%, vs. SONY's 29.2%. Last year SONY trailed by 2.8 percentage points, which narrowed from a 5.2 percentage point difference in 2010."
SONY controls the top-3 sales slots, with ADELE's "21" at #2 and CARRIE UNDERWOOD's "Blown Away," at #3. "We had a lot of success with GRAMMYS and that translated into sales," a Sony insider told THE POST.
A SONY spokeswoman said, "We are thrilled with the success we are seeing so far this year."
In a back-and-forth battle for the top spot, a UMG source told THE POST, "so much depends on the release schedule. There’s a lot of back and forth. It’s the year-end that counts."
In the most recent week of sales, SONY had a 30.6% share of total U.S. music sales, with UNIVERSAL at 29.8%, WARNER MUSIC with 18.1% percent and EMI with 9%.