Market dominance of the big three record labels in China 2018, by key indicator

The "big three" music companies that lead global record sales also dominate the Chinese market. In 2018, Universal, Sony, and Warner contributed almost 60 percent of the sales revenue in the record industry in China. However, their music accounted for around 20 percent of the amount played in the mainstream music platforms, like QQ Music, Kugou, and NetEase Music.

Total market share of Universal, Sony Music, and Warner Music in China and worldwide in 2018, by key performance indicator

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Release date

June 2019


Worldwide, China

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*Mainstream music platforms refer to Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music for global market; QQ Music, Kugou, Kuwo, NetEase Music, and Xiami Music for Chinese market.

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