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Sony/ATV Scores It’s Highest UK Market Share
May 27, 2009 

Following a record-breaking fourth quarter in 2008, Sony/ATV’s UK
office kicked off 2009 by achieving its highest combined market share
to date with 19.8% during Q1. This secured Sony/ATV in second place for
the quarter, with Universal Music Publishing barely claiming victory
with 20.5% (a .7% lead).

Although Sony/ATV’s album market share was its best since 2006, the
majority of its success in Q1 was due to its domination of the singles
market, where it finished with an incredible 23.5%.

Out of the Top 10 UK Singles of Q1, Sony/ATV had percentages on seven
of them, including Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” and “Just Dance,” James
Morrison and Nelly Furtado’s “Broken Strings,” Beyonce’s “Single Ladies
(Put A Ring On It),” Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” Alesha Dixon’s “Breathe
Slow,” and Alexandra Burke’s rendition of “Hallelujah.” (All
percentages from MusicWeek, 5/23/09)

Playing For Change: “Stand By Me”

Video of the song “Stand By Me” (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller/Ben
E. King) has been gathering huge responses from the YouTube

The track comes from an album called, “Songs Around The World”; it was
released on April 28 through Concord on Starbucks’ label Hear Music and
in just a few days, it debuted at #10 on Billboard’s album chart. It’s
all part of a project called, “Playing For Change” which is designed to
promote world peace.

For this cover version of Sony/ATV’s classic song, “Stand By Me”,
Grammy®-winning producer Mark Johnson hit on the idea of recording
street performers and little-known artists ‘live’ around the globe. The
first artist that Mark and his team recorded was Roger Ridley, a street
musician in Santa Monica, California; they then flew to New Orleans,
Louisiana, and gave a set of headphones to Grandpa Elliott, a blind
singer in the famous French Quarter, so that he could add his own
vocals and harmonica while listening to the recording of the Santa
Monica artist.

The project and that track literally mushroomed from there. Another New
Orleans musician added some metal percussion and the producers then
traveled on through Europe, Africa and South America, capturing the
performances of other musicians and singers, all of whose contributions
contributed to the final mix and this video chronicles the evolution of
the recording.

-Alan Warner

Sony/ATV Wins Big at Ivor Novello Awards

Sony/ATV had some enormous wins at the Ivor Novello Awards, the UK’s
most prestigious songwriter’s awards, held on Thursday, May 21st.
Sony/ATV’s songwriters took four of the biggest awards of the event,
with two of them – Vince Clarke and Don Black – winning the highest
career icon accolades.

Sony/ATV’s writers won the following awards:

Album: We Started Nothing
Writer/s: Julian De Martino / Katie White Performed By: The Ting Tings UK Publisher/s:
Playwrite Music (administered by Warner/Chappell Music) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Vince Clarke

Eg White

Don Black

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