Harry Styles tops Sony Music's global best-selling releases in quarterly results

Harry Styles tops Sony Music's global best-selling releases in quarterly results

More good news for Harry Styles this week.

Following his first ever Mercury Prize shortlisting this week with Harry’s House, the album moved ahead as the year’s biggest seller to date in the UK, while lead single As It Was passed a million sales (it was already the year’s biggest song).

Now Sony Music has revealed that Harry Styles’ third album came out on top in the company’s fiscal first quarter (three months to June 30). 

Based on revenue performance, Harry’s House was the No.1 recorded music project in that period, even though it was released several weeks into the quarter (May 20). What’s more, 2019’s Fine Line by Harry Styles - itself a perennial strong performer for Sony Music - was No.6 overall for the major during the three months to June 30 this year.

Future’s I Never Liked You was in second place during the quarter, while Doja Cat’s Planet Her was in third. 

Sony Music recorded music revenue was up 31.4% year-on-year to 199.567 billion yen (£1.23bn) in Q1. 

Streaming revenue was up 27.5% to 139.111 billion yen (£856 million) in the quarter. Sony noted that on a US dollar basis the increase was 8%, with the high value of the yen affecting these Q1 results after conversion to Japanese currency.

Physical revenue was up 23.2% to 25.598 billion yen (£160m).

Sony Music Publishing revenue increased by 33.8% to 63.057 billion yen (£388m).

“We are monitoring the impact of the global economic slowdown on streaming services, but we have not changed our view that the global music market, including both recorded music and music publishing, will grow steadily over the next several years at a growth rate in the high single digits,” said executive deputy president and chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki, during the earnings presentation.

Today’s financial results coincide with another strong performance in the weekly charts for Sony Music UK.

On the Radiomonitor national radio airplay charts, the major occupied Nos.1-5, led by Harry Styles’ Late Night Talking. 

Sony also had seven of the Top 10 radio hits, including entries for Calvin Harris feat Justin Timberlake, Halsey  & Pharrell Williams, Sigala & Talia Mar, George Ezra, Tom Grennan and Beyonce.


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