01/03/2010 - Kobalt ranks top indie publisher in US airplay for seventh consecutive quarter
NEW YORK, NY (March 1, 2010) - Billboard Magazine has reported that Kobalt Music Group (Kobalt) received an 8.3% share of the US publishing market in ranking by radio airplay in the fourth-quarter of 2009.
For the seventh consecutive quarter Kobalt continued its rank as the top independent publisher in the USA with a ranking of fifth just behind the four major US publishers.
According to Billboard Magazine, "Kobalt's share rose two percentage points from the 6.1% it had in the third quarter and is up sharply from 5% in fourth-quarter 2008. In all, Kobalt wound up with a piece of 13 of the top 100 songs, including the No. 6 track, "Empire State of Mind," by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, and the No. 9 song, Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone."
Willard Ahdritz, CEO and Founder of Kobalt, said the company is poised for another successful quarter in Q2. Now in its ninth year of operation, Kobalt has grown to administrate the songs of more than 900 content holders with most recent signings including Grammy-nominated artists Kid Cudi, writer Arnthor Birgisson, and global superstar DJ Tiësto.
About Kobalt Music Group
Kobalt is the leading independent music publisher offering unparalleled transparency, online global copyright administration, creative and synch/licensing services, digital collections and pipeline advances to writers, publishers and other publishing rights holders. With 80 employees in offices in London, New York, Nashville, LosAngeles, Berlin and Stockholm, as well as agents in over 20 major territories, Kobalt administers more than 175,000 copyrights worldwide, including the world's top songwriters, artists and other music publishers. Kobalt clients include Gwen Stefani, Kid Rock, Kelly Clarkson, Busta Rhymes, Nate "Danja" Hills, Dave Stewart, Dr. Luke, Ryan "Alias" Tedder, Max Martin, Brian McKnight, One Republic, Moby, Tiësto, Phoenix, Interpol, Royksopp, Kid Cudi, Nine Inch Nails, Desmond Child, Dennis Matkosky, Andreas Carlsson, ArnthorBirgisson, The Hives, 8 Mile Style (publisher of Eminem), Cut Copy, DJ Premier, Nat Geo Music, Bridgeport Music (publisher of Parliament Funkadelic & George Clinton), Getty Images, EverGreen Copyrights, Music Publishing Company of America, Big Life, Richard Ashcroft, and Shelly Peiken, among many others.